September 7 2012
Marie Le Fort
Known for its endless nights and its attraction to the jet set, Bodrum sparkles during season. A veritable Turkish Saint-Tropez with its oversized yachts and the odour of expensive sunscreen, the resort is still riding on its glorious past. There was a time when the peninsula led a bohemian life among painters and artists, singers and actors, and it is not so long ago that Mick Jagger would join Nureyev at the corner cafe…
Hidden away in a quiet corner of the Bay of Mantalya, facing the Aegean Sea, Amanruya goes against the onslaught of holidaymakers. A retreat and a ‘place of dreams’ (Ruya means ‘dreams’ in Turkish), the latest development from the Asian Aman Group is based on an ethos of timelessness: a clear, unobstructed view, architecture that resides in harmony with the site and a carefully chosen location immersed in silence. The Amanruya not only blends into the natural landscape, but also offers its clients the luxury to ‘disappear’.
The feeling of luxury comes from being conspicuously absent here. Shielded from any and all, Amanruya unwinds like a village with small plots and peninsulas, paved dry stone trails and private residences. Built with care by the couple Emine and Mehmet Ogun using hand-laid stone and pink mortar, the traditional architecture is a tribute to the Ottoman style and rural customs of the region.
Start your day with an early morning plunge in your private pool, followed by private yoga overlooking the bay, or a drive through the olive grove to the Beach Club and its pebble beach…as if you were alone in the world. At once contemporary and timeless, Amanruya manages to give this seaside resort a soul. A rare and unique place.
Bülent Ecevit Cad., Demir Mevkii, Göltürkbükü. Bodrum.
+90 252 311 12 12