It is in the prestigious village of Türkbükü, beside the Aegean Sea, that the Divan group has placed its jewel. The site alone is worth the journey, but you will marvel even more when you step through the hotel entrance. The planting has been superbly managed, with blocks of bougainvillea that highlight low walls and facades; and the staff are impeccably dressed in white, in the style of the Turkish Riviera.
The rooms with their clean lines, recently re-done by the architect Sinan Kafadar, reflect excellence in even their smallest details. The ‘luxury’ class room in which I stayed has a separate living room and a balcony overhanging the sea, where it is good to relax looking out over the natural beauty of the bay. The warm touches of wood and the subdued lighting made me feel ‘at home’.
This concept of ‘home away from home’ is my memory of each stay I’ve made in a Divan hotel. It celebrates Ottoman heritage, combined with a contemporary aesthetic, a discreet luxury and the particular sense of hospitality that one finds only in Turkey.
Here, my days started with breakfast served at a table alongside the swimming pool, before a walk in the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding area, taking in the views, or going to sunbathe on the private beach. At dinner time, it was in the brasserie, with its sea view, that I tasted Turkish specialities (cooked with products that are absolutely fresh and local) and incredible desserts that had been given that special “Divan” touch.
I let myself be pampered by the attentive staff, and I thoroughly enjoyed one of the finest beaches in the region. I left with regret, promising myself that I would return as soon as possible.
It is not by chance that the Divan Bodrum was chosen as “Most Excellent Charming Hotel of Europe and the Mediterranean” by Condé Nast.
The exclusive experience I had there is one I will not forget.
Photography : Bodrum Photographer