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Kelsey tick’s Turkey off the bucket list at LUX* Bodrum

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Posted on 30th May 2018

When the opportunity to travel to LUX* Bodrum in Turkey arose, I was immediately excited. Turkey had made its way onto my bucket list over the course of the past year as it is becoming an ever-increasing tourist-friendly destination.

After a 4 hour flight to Bodrum, and a 20 minute transfer to the hotel I was greeted by a very relaxed check-in process. The staff welcomed me with a cocktail while I lounged on the sofas overlooking the incredible view of the private beach cove. During my visit, I stayed in a Sea-Front View with Balcony – a modern room with large windows overlooking the resort and cove. This view was most spectacular from both the large rain shower, and the lounge chair on the balcony. The room was a comfortable size and the King Bed was very luxurious.

There are a variety of different rooms all with varying sizes of balconies and bedrooms, some with terraces, heated indoor pools and massage tables. I was lucky enough to be shown the LUX* Private Beach Villa; at the end of the road it is very secluded and has its own private pier and Jacuzzi out front. There is a private section in the Villa for a nanny with a separate room, bathroom and entrance, whilst the master bedroom has a huge bathroom with its own massage room. The Villa showcases the architectural creativity and extravagance of the hotel.

Being built into a mountain the location is beautiful and creates for stunning views, however the resort is quite steep and requires a chauffeured buggy to travel around – despite this, staff seem to always be there just when you’re in need of a ride!

The hotel itself is a beautiful resort with loads of facilities – an outdoor cinema with cushions, throw blankets and unlimited popcorn. There is a pirate ship Kids Club and small basketball court for children. The water-fountain and paddling pool were still under construction during my visit, but are set to be completed by the end of May 2018. The Spa is great for yoga and pilates before breakfast, and boasts a variety of different spa treatments. The Bar and balcony on the 4th floor is perfect for an aperitif whilst overlooking the most romantic sunset in Bodrum.

LUX* Bodrum also offers activities for both children and adults, including a coffee making workshop at Lux Café, and ice-cream making workshops in their kitchens; both are great fun, and a great way to meet their baristas and chefs. The hotel also offers a professional photography service called PhotoFanatics which captures all of your holiday memories.

Guests can lounge on the beach all day – the largest private beach cove in Bodrum which is absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of sunbeds all free of charge except the curtained sun-boxes (500 Lira per day). Otherwise, the guests can spend the day by the infinity pool – not heated but perfectly refreshing.

There are two restaurants onsite; the main restaurant ‘Stella’ is an Italian restaurant of excellent quality with prices not being too outrageous. The wine selection is limited with the only offerings being the local wine made especially for the hotel ‘Scrucap’ – however these are of fine quality and pair nicely with many different dishes. ‘Beach Rouge’ offers the same wines and is fantastic for a Turkish lunch. During the evening, this area converts into a space for a more casual dinner in ‘Bodrum Blue’ – here you can select freshly caught local fish for dinner. ‘Beach Rouge’ also boasts a shisha lounge and DJ in the evenings making the space feel more like a fun beach club, perfect for a drink and a dance.

LUX* Bodrum is located 30-45 minutes from the centre of Bodrum depending on traffic, which is perfect for a day of shopping and eating out at the Marina.

Overall, my time at LUX* Bodrum was a fantastic experience and I’m looking forward to returning in the near future!

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