Set on a hillside and overlooking the Aegean Sea, Amanruya and its freestanding cottages look a stylized Turkish village. Each cottage is made from local materials, including local white marble floors and dark acajau wood, and has its own garden with private pool and pergola. The restaurants serve fresh Mediterranean meze and Turkish dishes on a selection of bay-view dining pavilions scattered throughout the grounds, and there’s a Beach Club by the secluded bay that offers a variety of watersports for the active and cold drinks for the sun-soakers. For respite from the sun, make your way up the winding staircase to the breezy library-with-a-view, or schedule soothing spa treatments in the poolside sanctuary.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Check-out can be extended to 4pm; check-outs between 4pm and 7pm will be charged half the daily room rate, and check-outs after 7pm will be charged for a full extra day.
Double rooms from $778.44 (€700), excluding tax at 19.8 per cent.
Rates usually include à la carte breakfast and free round-trip airport transfers between Bodrum Milas International airport and Amanruya.
Climb the spiral wood staircase to the third floor the library tower. This light-filled room has four walls of windows and is lined with cosy window seating; it’s a beautiful spot to read, relax and take in the 360-degree views.
Annually from 1 October to 15 April.
At the hotel
Beach, yoga studio, tennis court, fitness centre, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: TV, DVD player, iPod dock, WiFi, minibar with free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Nespresso coffee machine, and Aman bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All the pavilions have spacious gardens, shimmering private swimming pools, and bright white bedrooms. For the most privacy and striking sea views, go for an aptly named Deluxe Sea-View Cottage.
The day-bed-flanked 50m infinity pool runs alongside the spa. It’s lined with emerald-green marble from Turkey’s southern Antalya region, and if you swim to the overflowing edge you’ll be rewarded with views over the olive trees down to the bay. There’s also a smaller communal pool, and each pavilion has a private pool too.
Next to the inviting infinity pool, Aman Spa has two treatment rooms, one specifically for couples. Choose from a range of Amanruya rituals, classic massages (including Swedish and Thai), facials, mani-pedis. Book the spa’s signature treatment for a cardamom and bergamot essential oil-infused Swedish massage followed by reflexology and energy work, or revitalise weary feet with an herbal foot-bath, crystal salt scrub and reflexology combo.
Bring floaty boho coverups and impossibly white swimwear.
You can borrow bikes to explore your surrounding, meditatively stretch in the yoga studio, or work on your swing on the tennis court.
Small dogs can stay for free in your room, but they’re not allowed in any of the public areas, the restaurants or the beach club. Dog bowls are provided, but you’ll need to bring the kibble. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bodrum Peninsula.
Amanruya is more suited to adults, but children are welcome; the Garden Terrace Pavilions work best for families. The hotel can organise activities, such as tennis and swimming lessons, arrange babysitting for €11 an hour, and provide key baby kit.
Amanruya is more suited to adults, but children are welcome. The Garden Terrace Cottages work best for families, but extra beds can fit in all of the cottages (free baby cots and beds for under-12s and €180 a person a night for Smiths 12 and older).
The Garden Terrace Cottages are best for those travelling with little Smiths.
Young Smiths can borrow bikes (and helmets) for free; tennis and swimming lessons, and youth yoga sessions, can be arranged for an additional charge. Children's books, DVDs, colouring-in and painting accoutrements, and board games are also available.
Each cottage has its own private pool. Swimming lessons for littles can be arranged by the hotel.
There’s a children’s menu at the Poolside Dining Pavilion, and menu items can be adapted at the other eateries.
With 12 hours’ notice, babysitting can be arranged for €11 an hour. A surcharge applies after midnight plus extra cost for taxi after midnight.
No need to pack
Amanruya can provide baby cots and highchairs, bottle-sterilising equipment, baby baths and Johnson bath products. Nappies, baby wipes, formula and baby food are available for purchase.
Please note: prams must be carried up steps to hotel entrance and the restaurants.
You can’t go wrong with the abundance of outdoor seating with beautiful views; particularly romantic dinners can also be arranged on sea-view terraces.
Something effortlessly boho and breezy will work from breakfast straight through to the evening.
Chef Ercan Soylu whips up classic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine at the Poolside Dining Pavilion. The home-style menu includes freshly-baked bread, meze platters, daily changing seafood options and specials; chef Soylu will happily prepare meals to suit individual preferences, too. Breakfast is served on the pavilion, too. At the Beach Club, you’ll find a menu of unfussy light lunches and snacks perfect for water-induced hunger.
The Beach Club pours out drinks throughout the day, and each day a different pavilion hosts a free afternoon-tea service before being converted into the bar de la nuit. Wines from Amanruya’s cellar can be sampled in the brick-walled wine lounge.
Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from 11am to 5pm, and dinner from 5pm to 11pm. Drinks can be ordered until 11pm.
Should hunger strike in your cosy cottage, order sharing plates of cheeses and meze dishes, sandwiches, salads and drinks straight to your dwelling from 7am to 11pm. Breakfasting by your private pool is an especially pleasant way to start the day.
Bodrum Town is 15 minutes away, and there’s onsite valet parking at Amanruya.
Worth getting out of bed for
Arrange water-based activities – sailing, snorkelling and canoeing – at the beach club, or borrow bikes to cycle around Amanruya’s grounds and the surrounding landscape. Venture to ancient city Ephesus, near Selçuk, for a serious dose of history: its excavated remains showcase centuries of the past, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire. Now home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, marina-side Bodrum Castle is worth a visit. Smiths interested in Turkish tradition or the arts should arrange a visit to the village of Mumcular, whose artisans have been making pottery since the days of the Ottoman Empire; if you’re lucky, they may invite you to try your hand at moulding the distinctive red clay.
Pull up a chair in the palm-tree- and banana-plant-dotted courtyard of Kocadon Restaurant and admire the deep-blue Aegean as you sip apertifs; for dinner, try the traditional hünkar beğendi: lamb chunks in a smoked-aubergine puree. For marina-side meze, head to bright blue-and-white Memedof Bodrum. Local favourite Musto dishes out traditional fare and more adventerous options, including a yufka pastry and mushroom layered number and duck liver sushi. It’s open daily from morning until midnight and has a full, thirst-quenching bar too. Modern-art-lined Zazu Bodrum is open all day; order eggs many ways for breakfast, burgers and salads for lunch, meze with grilled meat and fish for dinner, or simply sit outside with a colourful cocktail in hand.
For low-key burgers, pizzas and salads, make your way to tasty Tango Bodrum. If you’re looking for something sweeter, bakery Yunuslar has you covered from breakfast pastries to decadently decorated cakes.
Marina Yacht Club Bodrum has uninterrupted sea views and no less than three bars. Sip your evening drinks at the rooftop bar, club bar or jazz bar.
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You’d be forgiven for thinking Amanruya is a world away from the passport queue at Bodrum; this village-like hillside resort is enviably secluded. The olive tree-lined grounds have glittering Aegean views, angular apricot-coloured brick buildings and inviting stone-lined pools; in addition to the expansive hillside infinity pool, each cottage has its own private pool, too.
Book a signature Aman treatment in the dainty poolside spa before heading to your bright and airy guest cottage, where a white-draped four-poster bed, wood-beamed ceiling and lush private garden await. Make the most of your serene private pool and pergola-shaded daybed, then float your way to a feast of Mediterranean meze on a sea-view dining perch.
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