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“Paradise with some imperfections!” 4 of 5 stars
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Macakizi Hotel Bodrum
5.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Kesire Burnu Mevki Nar Cicegi Sok, Golturkbuku 48400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Golturkbuku
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Singapore, Singapore
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100 hotel reviews
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“Paradise with some imperfections!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

The location of this boutique hotel with small bungalows nestled in beautiful gardens is simply stunning. It is individual, simple, very chic and hip. Apart from the beauty of the hotel, the beach club with pontoons reaching into the water is great for lazy days by the sea. The bar make it very trendy and the lounge music is very cool.

We had a simply furnished room with beautiful views over the gardens and sea. Basic, but sufficient.

The hotel is staffed by a lot of young students who are not used to the questions and demands of the guests. Having said that, all of them were very friendly, most spoke English and tried to give advice to the best of their knowledge.

If you like to party, Türkbükü is the perfect place, as clubs and bars along the waterfront cater for all night action. Nights at Macakizi were loud, particularly on Friday and Saturday, when the neighbouring clubs turned their music up, well into the early morning. Ear plugs and eye masks were a must to be able to sleep (our room didn't have black out curtains).

The breakfast buffet was generous, very nice and served until 11.30am. Unfortunately, dinner was very very pricey (double the cost of the best restaurants in Istanbul), good, but not outstanding. We would recommend lunch only. Explore other options around the bay.

Overall, we liked our stay, but have some reservations as per above. A paradise with imperfections.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012 via mobile

Just returned from a four night escape. We stayed in the "new rooms" - a Garden view room so at the lower end price point. The new rooms are truly beautiful, with travertine and very high end fixtures and fabrics think Park Hyatt but nicer with some extra local touches. The resort location however is what it is all about and the landscaping combined with the creature comforts and service were top class. The resort was just getting ready for the season so the staff to guest ratio was very high. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful but very young and English was not always perfect but extremely attentive and pleasant. The "beach area" is quite a scene at the weekend even at this early stage and it may not be for everyone but there are lots of secluded areas to relax in. Just to be clear, the resort is expensive and everyone should be aware of that up front however the experience was unique and it did not disappoint.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Romm is average, bathroom is small and uncomfortable & showerhead was broken.

Staff is terrible! not all but there are few that will be enough to frustrate you! they make happy hour in the afternoon with the WORST dj I have ever listened.

Nothing fun&enjoyable if you are not posh enough to be delighted only by being this overrated atmosphere...

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

Macakizi is like an aging princess. In certain lights, her beauty stuns and captivates. But then, at other times, you catch a glimpse of her crow's feet and age spots that only grow deeper with the passage of time.

There is no doubt this is a grand resort. It has the bucolic feel of an era gone by, and the grounds sprawl with abundant foliage. The property is expansive and the rooms have an open, airy layout. There is a certain bohemian chic, and an understated luxury that seems to evade some of the newer resorts being developed. The common areas, especially the breakfast area with its enormous concrete fireplace and cantilevered wood balcony, have fabulous furnishings that encourage lounging.

Apparently the resort itself closes down for the season at the end of October. So, be warned, if you go there in October the staff seems quite tired, burned out, and over it; and will take all paths of least resistance when it comes to service.

So if you come expecting the new-fangled, club-centric, nouveau VIP, five star experience, you will be disappointed. But, if you come to truly get away in a laid-back, one of a kind setting with an understated level of style and panache that feels more circa 1977 than 2011, Macakizi is your spot.

I, for one, look forward to my return.

Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

We had heard great things about Macakizi and the reviews made it sound like heaven on earth and let me tell you it is one of the most overpriced and overhyped hotels we have ever stayed at in our lives!

It was our last stop on our honeymoon this summer and we were so disappointed with every aspect of the hotel. The staff was poorly trained, disgruntled and completely unhelpful, the rooms were sparsely furnished with old furniture, old appliances, the bathroom was tiny and there was mold in the shower. Our room would have had a nice view but there was a giant bush blocking it. For 800 euros a night it was shocking!

For those of you who have not been to the hotel yet, it is built on a hill, with reception in the middle with rooms along winding paths above and below reception and the pool area, spa, restaurant and oceanside deck along winding paths below reception. To top it off, it is landscaped with massive bushes which makes it impossible to see anything. In other words, the hotel is a total maze.

Upon our arrival, we were given a key and pointed in the direction of the room. There was no tour, we were not given a map of the property, we were completely left on our own to find our way around. When we got to the room, we were disappointed to find it small, poorly furnished, a tv that was built in 1998, no ipod docking station, a tiny balcony with a view that was obstructed by a giant bush and a tiny bathroom with mold in the shower. The only "luxury" was the Acqua Di Parma products....

Not only was the room completely over-priced but so were the food and drinks! Needless to say we only stayed one night (becuase we had already paid) and promptly checked out the next day. We ended up at another hotel that was 1/2 the price but 100 times more luxurious and relaxing.

Don't buy into the hype. This is a horrible hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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21 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Decided to stay at Macakizi after checking out the photos and reviews on Tripadvisor and Macakizi website, and I was not disappointed. It is hard to describe a feeling of being surrounded by such natural beauty integrated with the stylish and elegant hotel. The view is breath taking, the water is clear and blue, and the food is fresh and delicious. The sun deck is hard to leave because you don't know when you will be get a chance to be surrounded such natural beauty, comfort and service again. For me, it was just great place to award myself for working very hard. And as a business owner, I really appreciated all the work and details that went into this property. Though I can understand the negative comments I found of the other travelers on Tripadvisor about lack of eye contacts, I want to say that it may be the cultural difference as well just the staff /server not being able to understand / speak English. It may be not be what some travelers may be used to, but the staff seemed more than competent than to make you happy. About some travelers complaining about New York prices, I want to say New York is open 365 days a year. Macakizi is only open about 4 months a year.

Room Tip: Garden view is as lovely as ocean view :)
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

This was our 4th year back at Macakizi, and it just keeps getting better. The General manager, Derya and the Owner Sahir could not be more accomodating both to returnees like us, and also to first time guests. The food is spectacular, whether eating at the pool bar enjoying the buffet breakfast or the high end restaurant, all presided over by world class chef Aret. The beach club is great fun also and jumping in the late afternoon/early evening.
The hillside location overlooking the bay and the many yachts is spectacular. Our only regret was having to leave. We are already planning our trip next year.

Room Tip: junior suit facing the bay
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kesire Burnu Mevki Nar Cicegi Sok, Golturkbuku 48400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Golturkbuku
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Golturkbuku
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Golturkbuku
#3 Family Hotel in Golturkbuku
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Macakizi Hotel Bodrum 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macakizi is a beautiful boutique hotel with its private beach and prominent restaurant. It is situated on the north of the Bodrum peninsula in a lovely village called Turkbuku and 40 kms away from Bodrum Airport and 22 kms away from downtown Bodrum. Macakizi is also close to some Greek islands such as Patmos, Cos. A total of 74 rooms, include 53 standard rooms, 21 suites. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Maca Kizi Bodrum
Maca Kizi Hotel Bodrum
Macakizi Hotel Bodrum Turkey/Golturkbuku

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