Six Senses’ new private estate on the Aegean Coast (the first Six Senses hotel in the Mediterranean) is a design-led spa hotel immersed in natural beauty; a space for luxury living with wellbeing and relaxation at the heart of its ethos.
Whilst the hotel is under an hour’s drive from Bodrum, for those looking to splash out on something special, why not start your holiday in style and arrive by luxury yacht or helicopter!
The Turkish Aegean has become the latest destination for the ultra-glamorous, likened to St Tropez for its hedonistic clientele, who can be found cocktailing in sophisticated beach clubs and yachting from peninsula to peninsula in the heat of the summer. Six Senses Kaplankaya’s position on a headland with a 6km-long private stretch of coastline gives it a truly isolated and exclusive setting, providing guests with seven pristine white sand beaches to enjoy, and a gentle sea breeze, courtesy of its position nestled into a protected bay.
The hotel itself is a vast complex of modern architectural style, jigsawed subtly into a contrasting rugged landscape of green hills, overgrown with thick scrub, Cypress trees and olive groves.
140 rooms and suites feature contemporary interiors, complete with timber-wood floors, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, marble bathrooms and – for those who can handle a little tech - iPad control of in-room features such as lighting, temperature, sound etc.
Don’t worry, you’ll be given a little demo and it really is fool-proof! A yoga mat, beach bag and flip flops are also provided for every guest. I love that every room in the hotel has an outside space, whether a shaded balcony, terrace or garden, all of which look out to a panoramic view across the sea and distant hills – the sunsets from here are gorgeous.
Throughout the hotel, rooms are styled with calming earth tones and minimally furnished, which really enhances the stress-free ambience. Some suites feature plunge pools and I particularly love the Family Villa with a private pool – get in touch to discuss the room categories in more detail.
Be sure to make the most of one of the most stunning, ground-breaking Spa’s to grace the shores of the Mediterranean. The SSK spa includes a Watsu pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and hammam, salt grotto, igloo and crystal steam room. A brilliant team of highly experienced practitioners will take care of each guest’s individual needs, creating personalised wellness treatments and programs to improve fitness, nutrition, relaxation and general physical and mental wellbeing. Try a delicious juice or smoothie from Alchemy after a relaxing spa treatment.
Whilst the extensive list of wellness experiences may be one of the most appealing aspects of a stay at SSK, the hotel’s location lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities as well, such as hiking and biking along the beautiful coastline, and watersports for all levels, including paddle boarding and kayaking atop the clearest waters. This region is rich in history and a stay would be wasted if some gentle sight-seeing wasn’t factored-in, even if just for a morning or two. The hotel is close to a number of extraordinary ancient archaeological sites, including two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and a number of Greek temples and roman ruins. Whilst simply lounging on the beach and floating in the warm shallows is a perfectly respectable way to while away a stay at Six Senses Kaplankaya – indeed it is encouraged! - there are plenty of activities that can be arranged from the hotel should you need a little variety.
My favourite SSK experiences are the foodie ones; Turkish cooking classes and olive oil tastings, or visits to local food markets to sample the exotic flavours of the southern Aegean. The Kids Club arranges daily activities and sports, or for something really special, why not take a helicopter ride to soar along the spectacular coastline and over the delta to spot flamingos from the skies.
I can recommend some lovely restaurants nearby and in Bodrum, but Six Senses Kaplankaya’s 4 restaurants are wonderful and incredibly varied in their offerings, so there’s no need to venture further if you don’t feel like it. Dine at Sage & Sea for exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, Mezze by the Sea for fresh seafood and traditional Turkish dishes, Wild Thyme for modern casual dining and Anhinga for Italian cuisine.
For a special dinner, there’s a private little deck right on the water, which can be beautifully lit with candles and the setting is utterly romantic with the soothing sound of gentle lapping water just steps away.
For many of my clients, sustainable travel or environmentally-conscious travel is becoming increasingly important. We love to partner with hotels that place sustainability at the forefront of their operations. At Six Senses Kaplankaya, all food and hotel materials are sourced locally, and all activities and experiences are created with ecological and fair-trade solutions in mind. The hotel funds a local reforestation project and fundraises for local schools, whilst also providing a number of employment opportunities within the region.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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