Bodrum summers are memorable for their fresh Aegean sea breezes, outdoor restaurants on the shores or on terraces, shopping, sailing, and more than anything abundance of beach and water activities. Summers always bring out the best in people and had a logic of their own. Summers are about freedom and youth. Music and sun. Summer is about hope and making memories. It has a reputation to keep!
The Bodrum Peninsula is located on the western coast of Turkey and is one of the world’s known islands and comes alive in the long days of summer for families, music lovers and honeymooners.
The island has attracted luxury yacht owners and hotel chains from across the world. Bodrum is stepping up it’s game and slowly becoming (if it isn’t already) one of the most popular places to be in summer.
Early in May, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace opened its doors to loyal fans of the Jumeirah group and to new guests, hoping to win their hearts with a property that covers 110,000 square meters and the famous Talise Spa. The property sells itself with the luxury brand name; however, you will always find once you enter their majestic doors, you will have a whole lot of more love. I was alone during this trip. Maybe my heart was so soft, but one thing for sure, where the Romans, Byzantine, Latin & Ottoman empires roam, is where the luxury, grandeur and peace is.
Built on a hill, (formally the Golden Savoy), Jumeirah Bodrum Palace has 11 interior pools, 7 public pools, 58 villas with private pools, 2 salt water pools, 9 villas with private in-room Turkish Hammam, 4 imperial Villas and The Palace each have a sauna and steam room and finally 22 decorative pools. The hotel’s hand painted artwork by a Kazakhstan artis feature in the lobby and villas.
A massive thank you to Turkish Airlines too for taking extra good care of me on their business flight to Bodrum from Dubai.
Here is Jumeirah Bodrum Palace – A Luxury Stay
Travel Junkie Diary
My premium suite room looked nothing like what my home would, but it went back in time through the riches of Turkish kings with their gold on display and his balcony which always would face the mountains and seas. Amenities from the finest Bvlgari and matching his and hers bathrobes. On the second day, I ordered lunch in the room so I can speed up with work and had a conference call. The order came in with a beautiful set with generous portions and tasteful ingredients. The Maldivian suites were definitely one of my favorites! With 8 suites and only 20 meters away from the Aegean sea, the one bedroom Maldivian Suites are for perfect romance with an infinity pool!
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace will not disappoint. With 7 public pools, Sinbad club for the kids and the long stretch of sandy and stone beach, I spent my time making sure I was not missing out on any spots. The weather was perfect. The sun was strong but the wind breeze was stronger, making sure you could fall asleep so easily on the sunbed. The hotel has a place for everyone that is looking for some breathtaking views, water sports activities or some romance and even, just like me, some time alone. My favorite place is the cliché of spots, the cabanas by the beach where you can rent your own and fall asleep with the breeze with not a single nuisance. Clearly, it was my favorite place to take a large sum of pictures but you can understand why. That’s why I had to pick it as the cover of the article!
On the first evening, I joined the GM and his guests for dinner at the Lebanese restaurant (of-course) Fortunella. There is always a little bit of home everywhere you go. In Turkey, with Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, I found a little bit of Dubai and Lebanon. It’s always a comforting moment when you are in a foreign country to be able to share the same …
Fortunella is somewhat my favorite. From the bohemian colorful chic décor of vintage Beirut, to the best of the oldies music slightly playing in the background (thankfully not the loud obnoxious music) making that place extra special with our favorite chef and floor manager from Dubai Zaabeel Saray’s, Nafoura restaurant.
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace has 5 restaurants to choose from with in-room dining options a la carte menu and a variety of selections for breakfast, 5 bars and a shisha lounge.
If you have followed my journey with my 14 day detox program, you will know that I am off a lot of food and mostly having green juices. Syham, the waitress at the pool bar, was very fond of my diet and (I stress that I was being difficult but I had to maintain my strict diet) responded to every request I have asked for including making my own fresh green juice! That made my whole stay special!
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace is not for everyone. It’s for those who enjoy the luxury side of family time. Those who crave the romance of the ottoman empire days of art and luxury and those who simply love to be spoiled with an abundance of space choice. It’s for the finest things in life. Only 20 minutes away from the airport and 15 minutes away from the city center.
Highly recommend it for honeymooners, families with children and those traveling to Bodrum for the love of the beach, food and an experience worth the price.
Sunoil by Nuxe
Lip Balm by Chanel
Hat by Zara Home
All photos were shot by my fabulous Canon 760D
Thank you to my dear friend Ibrahim Al Beshari who lend me his Tripod too!
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