Travel: Turkey

About 8 years ago all my family sat around together to plan a city trip that would mix culture, shopping, eating, drinking and a little luxury. It got a little rowdy so it was decided that each of us would write the name of the city on a piece of paper and it would be drawn out of a hat.

My choice was Istanbul and I won the draw!!

The trip was incredible and ticked every single box. We stayed in a hotel over looking the Bosporous with delicious lunches and dinners on various pontoons watching the comings and going of super yachts, ribs, day boats and International cargo ships. Truly fascinating!!

The Bazaar was more inspiring than I could even begin to describe. Once I got over the heckling, I found myself totally immersed in the culture. I loved the people. I found them warm, welcoming and humorous. Thus began my little love affair with Turkey.

A few years later I attended a detox retreat in Bodrum. It was run by a gorgeous girl, Kate Marriott. Her company Revive Wellness,  was basically juicing and raw eating for 7 days... the results after just one week were astounding.

Due to the nature of my detox trip I didn't get to explore too much so decided a few months ago to go back to Bodrum. We stayed in a new hotel, Caresse Resort. Situated 10 mins outside Bodrum and one of a few new 5 star resorts recently opened, Caresse did not disappoint. The hotel overlooks the Algean Sea with stunning views across the bay. From the minute you walk in it feels uber relaxed. Masses of comfortable seating areas and quiet corners. Wonderful friendly service, amazing Spa (you must try a Turkish Bath treatment!!) and relaxed, delicious dining - try the Fried Aubergine with Pomegranate!!!!

At night it livens up with the recently opened Buddha Bar which attracts The Beautiful People coming in off Yachts (great for people watching if you'd rather not get involved?). Also…magnificent sunsets!!

My room was spacious and really comfortable but to be honest because outside is so beautiful I was rarely there. Water taxis's operate and will transport you across the bay to the charming town centre for late night shopping and some beautiful traditional restaurants. One's really worth visiting are Orfoz and Mimoza - incredible!!


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