Position yourself almost anywhere at Mett Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum and you’ll find your eyes wandering inexorably towards the turquoise waters of the Aegean and magical, mediaeval Bodrum Castle beyond. Trying to glide into the pool with swan-like grace; nodding in rapt appreciation of the gallery’s modern art; listening to your private DJ on your cabana’s spacious decking; even when supine on the private beach, and you realise you’ve failed once again to get past the first paragraph of your holiday read. However, in the unlikely event you tire of that view, make for the traditional Turkish hammam where a vigorous rub-down will soon return you to your senses.
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A cocktail each at Isola, plus early check-in and a late check-out (depending on availability)
3pm. Earliest check-in, 12 noon. Times are flexible depending on availability.
Double rooms from £480.16 (€558), including tax at 8 per cent.
Rates include an à la carte breakfast in the main restaurant.
31 October – 22 April
At the hotel
Private beach (towels and beach bag provided), spa with Turkish hammam and salt room, gym, sauna and steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants and a bar. In rooms and villas: Balcony or terrace with sea or garden views, air-conditioning, minibar, TV, walk-in shower, Korres toiletries for rooms and suites; Bvlgari toiletries for villas.
Our favourite rooms
The Loft Sea View had us fist-pumping the air thanks to its gleaming marble floors, bags of space and a whopping great balcony with comfy seats and some of the best panoramas in the resort. Ask for the suite that – uniquely here – comes with internal sliding glass doors that open onto a petite, plant-filled atrium. It feels a bit like having your own tropical hothouse inside the room.
Sea views from the outdoor infinity pool and sundeck are to dive for, and there are smart loungers and cabanas for style-conscious sunbathers.
Extreme exfoliation is the name of the game at Moi Spa, with a steam room, salt room, infrared sauna and traditional Turkish hammam. There’s a small indoor pool and massage treatments can be provided in outdoor cabanas. Workouts in the gym can be supplemented by one-on-one or group sessions with a personal trainer.
Your slinkiest swimwear and designer sunglasses for strutting your stuff by the pool in the morning; floaty boho chic and floppy hats for turning heads at cocktail hour in the afternoon.
Unfortunately, due to the layout of the resort, Mett isn’t accessible for wheelchair users.
The resort has a few rooms and villas that are suitable for families. There’s a playroom and children’s workshops are available during high season.
For such a vast complex, Mett Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum’s footprint is surprisingly small. Produce – fish fresh from the Aegean, juicy olives and plump tomatoes that burst with flavour – is sourced locally, while solar panels generate much of the electricity required to keep the lights on. There’s even a fancy reverse-osmosis system that produces fresh drinking water. Local stone and light woods from Turkey’s forests keep things sustainable and lend a fresh, natural feel to the whole resort.
You’d be hard pushed to find a better table in the whole of Bodrum than the Isola terrace at sunset with a crisp, chilled pinot grigio, as the mediaeval castle lights up across the bay.
Floaty floral caftans for her and lightweight linens for him, to make the best of the evening’s balmy sea breezes when dining al fresco.
Breakfast is served in the hotel's laidback main restaurant until 11am, so there’s plenty of time for even the latest of risers to linger over a Turkish coffee. A selection of fruits, yoghurts, pastries, omelettes and more can be ordered from the à la carte menu.
Folie’s open-air shoreline setting, flanked by loungers and cabanas, lends a Mediterranean beach club ambience to proceedings. A small strip of perfect golden sand separates the restaurant from the Aegean, from where the gleaming seabream you just chose for dinner was so recently plucked. Cocktail glasses clink in the cabanas as the sun sets and the party starts, with regular live bands and DJs spinning ambient and Balearic house until late in the evening.
Set on the hill with sunset views of Bodrum Castle and the Aegean’s endless horizons, Isola serves up a menu of modern Italian classics and homemade pasta dishes alongside an extensive selection of the best wines from Piedmont, Tuscany and Sicily. The wide terrace gets the best of the balmy sea breezes, and there’s a glass-enclosed dining section inside, with striking floral wallpaper and a lively bar.
If you're looking for something a little more upbeat, then head to open-air Attiko. Overlooking Heremtan Cove, the restaurant serves a Pan-Asian evening menu with perfectly paired cocktails and has a DJ going into the night.
The Gulet Bar is open 10am–7pm daily, serving a range of beers, wines and cocktails.
Isola and Folie restaurants are open until 11pm; Attiko is open for food until 11.30pm (1am for drinks).
Round-the-clock room service means you can dine on your terrace at any hour of the day or night.
Scattered among Haremtan Cove’s rocky outcrops and pristine golden beaches, Mett Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum promises soul-nourishing Aegean views and maximum relaxation.
It’s around a 45-minute taxi ride from Milas-Bodrum Airport to the resort.
Cars are available to hire from the airport. Drivers are rewarded with coastline vistas and plenty of stopping places for photo opportunities along the short route to the resort. Valet parking is available on arrival.
Worth getting out of bed for
In the unlikely event you tire of rolling out of bed and straight onto the resort’s private sandy beach, there’s plenty more to keep you entertained on this lively stretch of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
Boat trips are a fine way to sightsee without wearing holes in your flip-flops. There are dozens of different routes and operators, with options ranging from full-day excursions to the Greek Islands to local tours around the Bodrum Peninsula. Itineraries vary, but most will include stops for swimming and snorkelling in otherwise inaccessible waters, a photo opportunity at the Bodrum windmills, and lunch in a traditional fishing village.
The narrow, cobbled lanes of Bodrum old town are always worth stretching your legs for. Here, dazzling whitewashed houses are tempered by fragrant pink bougainvillea, snaking vines and window-shutters painted in vibrant blues and reds. Duck into the shaded bazaar for traditional Turkish rugs and throws, hand-crafted woodwork, unique jewellery and decorative artisan pottery – not to mention some of the world’s gooiest baklava.
Bodrum Castle is your tourist-tickbox spot, but squirrelled away within its mediaeval fortifications, and equally worthy of your attention, is the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which provides an unexpectedly fascinating glimpse into the region’s distant past. Don’t miss the Byzantine ship that sank off the coast here 1,000 years ago. It’s displayed alongside some of its surviving cargo, including an impressive collection of ancient amphorae
The resort’s excellent restaurants demand multiple return visits, but there are plenty of alternatives in bustling Bodrum if you fancy a change of scenery, from traditional family-run Turkish grills to excellent fish restaurants in the hills.
Otantik Ocakbasi provides an authentic Turkish-grill experience in central Bodrum, its leafy terrace the perfect setting for meaty banquets fit for a sultan. There’s a list of kebabs as long as your arm, and kids will go ga-ga for local pizza with pide bread bases and traditional desserts including baklava and syrup-soaked Turkish knafeh.
If the widescreen view from Kafedaki Restaurant and Lounge’s veranda doesn’t take your breath away, the altitude just might. Perched on the hillside far above Bodrum, the bay and mountain views here are among the best in the city. Expect seafood fresh from the Aegean and a selection of grilled meats.
Fall in with the it-crowd at the Marina Yacht Club in Bodrum Harbour, with fine views of the castle and live music from classical to jazz during the long, languid evenings of high season. The second-floor dining room has a long bar with superb views of the yachts bobbing in the harbour, their tall masts swaying gently to the music.
A firm favourite with locals, perhaps thanks to its location off the main drag, the Moonlight Cafe Beach Bar is so close to the sea that you can wiggle your toes in the water while sipping a mojito. Friendly service, a great selection of drinks and live music mean you might find yourself arriving for sunset and accidentally staying until sunrise.