There are few places in the world which offer classical history and natural beauty in equal measure. The Aegean region of Turkey is one such place. This fabled coastline is where Homer’s heroes were born, where the ancient Greeks consulted their oracles and the Romans built magnificent temples to honour their gods. Everywhere are reminders of this glorious past, vying for attention with spectacular natural scenery including ancient pine forests and scalloped bays. One such bay on the Bodrum Peninsula is home to Amanruya, a tranquil all-season resort. Named after the Sanskrit word for peace, ‘aman’, and the Turkish word for dream, Amanruya is set on a peaceful hillside, offering breathtaking views of the sea and a winding pathway leading to a sheltered pebble beach.
An access road weaves its way through the trees before revealing one’s first glimpse of Amanruya and its graceful setting. Inspired by the region’s traditional architecture and building methods, the resort ascends through a series of levels, offering a variety of courtyards and terraces. This creates the intimate ambience of a village while still providing a sense of space and luxury. The resort combines Mediterranean and Ottoman architectural design elements, all the while complementing and respecting the property’s pristine natural surrounds.
An intricate interplay of light and shadow dapples narrow pathways and courtyards – some open, others tucked away for quiet moments. Building materials include local stone for structural walls, dark acajau wood for furniture, windows and door fittings, white Turkish marble for floors and hand-carved stone for interior wall details. Together, they form a timeless natural palette with clean lines and a contemporary feel.
Amanruya is located on the southeastern Aegean coast of Turkey, on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula in Mandalya Bay. Surrounded by a Mediterranean pine forest and ancient olive groves, the property enjoys a hillside setting offering superb sea views. The resort is situated just north of Bodrum, the South Aegean’s most attractive seaside village. Bodrum is renowned for its historic sites as well as its vibrant nightlife.
There are daily flights from Istanbul and many other European airports to Milas-Bodrum International Airport (BJV), located 42 kilometres from the resort. The complimentary transfer to the resort takes approximately 30 minutes by car.
Turkey has a variety of microclimates resulting in an amazing array of produce. This produce, combined with the freshest of local seafood, allows the kitchen at Amanruya to deliver a seasonal menu featuring Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Amanruya’s homebaked bread and informal Meze platters make for superb in-suite dining or picnic options.
Amanruya offers a number of dining pavilions and lounges, as well as the Beach Club where light meals and refreshments can be enjoyed throughout the day.
The spa treatment rooms offer a spa menu of massages and wellness therapies. They are situated close to the main swimming pool.
Amanruya also offers a gym and a tennis court. Personal trainers and playing partners are easily arranged.
Lined with green marble from Antalya in southern Turkey, Amanruya’s 50-metre infinity swimming pool is surrounded by a number of dining and relaxation pavilions.
The striking, three-storey Library Tower houses a lounge on the top floor with large picture windows. Views are of the ocean on one side and pine forests on the other. An interesting selection of books and a wide range of DVDs are available.
This double-height space is used as an exhibition area for artists and sculptors, and features two decorative medallions of Brazilian stone hanging on either side of the high walls.
The hand-built, beehive-shaped brick structure next door – designed after a traditional cistern used to conserve rainwater – is a unique Carpet Gallery.
Protected by a headland and curled around a number of well-established trees, the informal Beach Club consists of a series of terraces on which sun loungers overlook the small pebble beach and a wooden jetty. Refreshments and a range of water sports equipment are available.
Amanruya provides a number of excursion options to the wealth of classical sites in the region, including the ancient ruined cities of Didyma, Miletus, Priene and Ephesus. The region also offers natural distractions including winding trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, and beautiful beaches and forest glades ideal for picnics. Boating and other water sports take precedence throughout the summer months, and a golf club offers avid golfers their fix.
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Amanruya offers 36 spacious and elegant Pool Terrace Cottages, each with a private garden and pool. Designed to welcome and soothe, the cottages are gracious homes away from home and a cool air of sophisticated calm prevails.
The 75-square metre cottages feature a four-poster bed, two couches, a dining table and two chairs, a rectangular writing desk, a traditional Turkish mangal charcoal fireplace, a separate vanity area and clothes closet and a large, naturally-lit open bathroom. This features a rain shower and a large bath tub from which one can enjoy private garden views. Traditional handmade rugs and throws from Istanbul provide warmth and an element of Turkish opulence. Fitted with underfloor heating for use in the cooler months, there is also a fireplace that accommodates a brazier. This can be lit with firewood for use in the living room or on the terrace.
Each cottage enjoys its own spacious garden which leads to a private grey-green marble swimming pool. The layout of the gardens and pools vary. Some pools are square and others rectangular. There are 22 heated pools and 16 are kept at the ambient temperature. The gardens feature pergolas with large cushioned daybeds and two separate wooden chaise lounges with shade umbrellas.
All Pool Terrace Cottages are equipped with LCD screen TVs, wireless internet, DVD players, mini bars, espresso machines, safety boxes, iPod players, air conditioning, hair dryers, electronic keys and king-size beds.
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