How to build a Bodrum Loft… On a foundation of Aegean-lapped sands, fringed with floating, lounger-decked pontoons, stack masterfully manicured gardens and tree-shaded terraces – home to Italian and Aegean restaurants; add a choice of convivial bars, a pool, spa and a gym, and secure with well-spaced tiers of luxurious yet minimalist villas and suites; the sparkling navy sea – always in view – adds a welcome and calming constant.
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A bottle of wine and fruit platter in your room on arrival. There’s a room upgrade for GoldSmith members, where available.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £309.65 (€366), including tax at 8 per cent.
Rates exclude buffet breakfast, from €25. One-week minimum stay in June, July and August.
The hotel’s concierge team can arrange anything from chauffeured buggy rental to a helicopter tour of the peninsula, from haircuts to cookery courses to sound therapy.
The hotel is closed from 1 November to 30 April.
At the hotel
Restaurants and bars, patisserie, swimming pool, gym, spa, yoga loggia, beach, floating sun decks, library. In rooms: Smart TV, free WiFi, tea and coffee, mini fridge and local bath products.
Our favourite rooms
One-bedroom apartments, always ground floor, are vast with as much space outdoors as in; highlights include a made-for-lazing living room and raffia-roofed alfresco dining area. For families, two-bedroom villas are ideal. Groups should look no further than Bodrum Loft’s sociably arranged three- and four-bedroom villas. All rooms come with mesmerising views of the Aegean.
A wooden deck dotted with parasols and floor-level cushioned loungers edges the adults-only infinity pool, with shrub-framed views of the Aegean beyond and is open 7am till 7pm. An oval pool for children – shallow and shaded – sits to one side.
Tucked below the hotel’s garden terrace, the spa is a plant-dotted restful retreat with an ivory-painted lobby furnished with café tables and chairs. Off the lobby is a warren of sauna, steam and treatment rooms, although you could opt for a massage in one of the outdoor cabanas nearby.
Espadrilles or slides for padding around the resort; cover-ups glamorous enough to allow for afternoon cocktails on the way back from the beach.
On-call electric buggies make getting around Bodrum Loft easy. The gym offers personal training, private yoga and pilates classes. The hotel can arrange grocery deliveries for villa guests.
Welcome. Cots can be added to suites; villas come with a single bedroom ideal for a nanny. Babysitting or a nanny can be booked ahead at extra cost.
All ages – babies and toddlers are well catered for, and for older children, there are ample activities to entertain.
Villas of all sizes make the most sense for families – with plenty of space and the option to cook. If you’re travelling with just one little Smith, a generously proportioned one-bedroom apartment will meet your needs.
There’s no crèche at the hotel, but the concierge can organise a nanny (extra cost).
Days at the beach, children’s cookery classes or sport sessions (July and August), private family day trips to nearby beaches or sites of interest. The concierge can help organise age-appropriate entertainment.
A modest children’s pool, shaded and shallow, sits to one side of the adults-only infinity pool; open 7am until 7pm.
Highchairs are provided and in all rooms there’s a mini fridge, and a kitchen in villas and one-bedroom apartments. Both Elia Loft and Paper Moon can adapt dishes to suit little Smiths. In-villa private dining is a good option for meals tailored to your tastes and the sugary delights of Vakko Patisserie are sure to be a hit.
Available through the concierge at extra cost – book ahead to avoid disappointment.
If travelling with your own nanny or au pair, villas come with a ground-floor single bedroom and separate bathroom.
The hotel uses sea water purified through reverse osmosis. Green roofs are used to harvest rainwater which is used for irrigation. Rock incorporated into the hotel’s design is coated the traditional way with a blend of hay, olive oil and egg white (that’s no yolk).
A table at the terrace’s edge at Paper Moon offers uninterrupted views of dazzling Demirbükü Bay. At Loft Elia, any table on the shaded terrace will do.
Longs and a light shirt for him, full-length floatiness for her: donning your finest can only add to the sense of occasion at either restaurant.
At Loft Elia, chef Yilmaz Ӧztürk works wonders with regional produce to celebrate Aegean cuisine. On the tree-shaded terrace, dine on dishes such as tenderloin cooked over fire with morel mushrooms and foie gras or oven-baked sturgeon with courgettes and asparagus. For a relaxed atmosphere and fabulous Italian, Paper Moon is the exclusive Bodrum outpost of this Istanbul favourite, which originated in Milan. Chef Giuseppe Pressani oversees an elegant menu of classics such as beef carpaccio and pan-fried clams, veal Milanese and grilled lobster, as well as pasta and risotto. Also an Istanbul export – and more takeaway than restaurant – Sunset Sushi offers spring rolls and tempura alongside traditional sushi, including show-stopping boxed platters, which you can take to your table at Elia Bar. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Vakko Patisserie, where pastry chefs Ghislain Gaille and Phillippe Chatelain offer a Turkish take on the French pastry experience.
An indoor-outdoor space with superlative sea views, Elia Bar is open till late for cocktails and tunes that get livelier as the hour gets later: pull up a stool at the wraparound bar beneath bubble pendant lights or nab a sofa in the wooden loggia outdoors. Paper Moon’s alfresco aperitivo bar is the place for fridge-cold flutes of prosecco on sunny afternoons.
Breakfast is served at Loft Elia, 9am–3pm; lunch, 12 noon–7pm, after which dinner service continues until midnight. Paper Moon and Sunset Sushi are both open 12 noon–12 midnight.
There’s no room service, but you can order takeaway such as pizza or sushi through the hotel. Or you could take out the middle (delivery) man and arrange a private dinner at your villa or suite, prepared and served by the hotel’s gourmet kitchen team.
Bodrum Loft is on private Demirbükü Bay, on the Aegean-facing north coast of the Bodrum peninsula.
Milas-Bodrum Airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Private transfers can be arranged from €65 one way.
Trains from Izmir will get you as far as Aydin, but from here you’d need wheels or a bus to cover the distance to Bodrum Loft, still more than two hours away.
If you prefer the freedom of having your own wheels, there is free valet parking and a secure car park at Bodrum Loft.
Fancy a sea transfer from the airport? The hotel can arrange this by seaplane or private boat.
Worth getting out of bed for
Overlooking the Aegean, Bodrum Loft is well placed for watersports such as Scuba, sailing, windsurfing or kayaking; the concierge team can organise deep-sea fishing trips, too. There’s an 18-hole golf course 30 minutes away by car. Or for sightseeing with a soupçon of adventure, the hotel can arrange horse riding or cycling.
A lantern-lit pier lapped by the Aegean is the setting for finessed fish dishes such as fish manti (dumplings) and steamed catch of the day at Orkide. Beside the bay in Gümüşlük, Mimoza Fish Restaurant is an open-sided restaurant with lamp-lit ornamental trees on the terrace where seafood is celebrated in a greatest-hits menu of paella, bouillabaise, calamari and shrimp tagliatelle alongside grilled lamb, shish and salads.
Cocktails, DJ sets and a beachfront setting create a heady mix at bar and restaurant Lucca by the Sea, a short drive west on the peninsula. Limon Cafein Gümüşlük is perfectly positioned for cocktails with a sunset view and tempts you to stay and dine on Turkish mezze on the terrace.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachside hotel on Demirbükü Bay and unpacked their hand-painted ceramics and pistachio nougat, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Bodrum Loft on the Bodrum peninsula…
On the garden terrace at Bodrum Loft, bedecked with pergolas, raised beds and potted trees, you’ll find an artfully timbered loggia, jutting out to sea and lined with cushioned benches, which appears to serve little purpose beyond offering a tranquil spot from which to linger over a glass of wine and admire the view. It’s a design feature that perfectly captures Bodrum Loft’s expectation-exceeding hospitality. With on-shore views this good, you may feel a day’s private yacht charter is surplus to requirement, but – y’know – just in case… With sushi, Italian and Turkish restaurants on site, options for in-villa dining or takeaway whisked to your door may seem superfluous. And with sunshine and lazy days at the beach on tap, perhaps you’ll have no need of a snooze-inducing massage at the spa. But if there’s one thing you should expect, it’s that these are excesses you’ll soon come to love.