Openings: Bodrum Loft Brings Eco-Style to Turkey’s Glam Resort Town
As international travel begins to open back up, it would seem reasonably prudent to not return immediately to those shoulder-to-shoulder urbanista adventures that were so much a feature of our pre-pandemic lives. So yes, we’ll likely skip the fashion splurges in Milan, and take a rain check on the Shoreditch bar hopping for now, in favor of slightly less, shall we say, crowded experiences.
Now Bodrum, Turkey is hardly a secretive destination. The glam-o-rama Aegean resort is famous for drawing star power like Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Jade Jagger…and Bill and Melinda Gates have been known to be yachting about the marina at nearby Yalikavak. But in ideological opposition to glitzy five-star hotels and resorts like the Marmara, the EDITION and the Amanruya by Aman, a wondrously discreet new hideaway has just opened, tucked into nature and just far enough away from the celebrity shuffle.
Indeed, the edifyingly named Bodrum Loft is more like a tiny village than a hotel, veritably built directly into the landscape of its own miniature peninsula. In fact, it’s almost like an island apart – and so is the perfect choice for those still not comfortable with the dropping of social distancing restrictions. Located on 57,000 square meters of land, more than two-thirds of that has been left untouched – so it’s essentially a nature getaway, yet within spitting distance of a glamorous Turkish Riviera resort town. Olive and citrus trees abound.
But it’s also a design destination, with the project carried out by the venerable Tabanlioglu Architects (Four Seasons Alacati, Libertas Rixos Hotel in Dubrovnik). For it, they created 36 private spaces (some villas), connected by a series of patios, which are all embedded cleverly into the terrain itself. Interiors have a breezily rustic vibe, but are also almost Corbusian in their cool, uncluttered sensibility – boho chic, but ideologically modernist. Everywhere one looks are life-altering views of the bright blue Aegean.
Perhaps most importantly, environmental sensitivity and sustainability were and are essential elements of the Bodrum Loft doctrine.
But privacy also comes with perks. To be sure, if one can tear oneself away from one of those luxurious villas, the property also boasts the Loft Elia restaurant, which serves an epicurean breakfast, courtesy of Chef Yılmaz Ozturk, and shaded by olive trees; Paper Moon, offering a menu of Italian classics down by the beach; and a serene library lounge, plus cafe/patisserie. Wellness types can take a swim in the outdoor pool, exchange a morning namaste on the dedicated yoga terrace, or indulge in a reinvigorating massage at the open-air spa.
In truth, one need hardly leave the property, except perhaps for the opportunity of possibly bumping shoulders with a supermodel or an Oscar-winner in town.