You take a trip to the past with all the comforts of the present when you visit Amanruya in this corner of southwest Turkey. Forget about any political unrest and bask in the warmth, the countryside and the self-indulgence of ancient and modern Turkey.
Perhaps you spend most of your time luxuriating at Amanruya. Perhaps you spend a day away from the resort to explore the amazingly well-preserved ruins at Ephesus, or to visit the castle and open market in the nearby seaside town of Bodrum. Perhaps you go horse-riding – and have Amanruya cater your private breakfast in the woods overlooking the valley below.
You can certainly relax at Amanruya, lounging by your private swimming pool or at the beach by a crystal clear turquoise bay. Even before you decide whether to lie out in the sun or under the shade of a hospitable tree, the resort staff appear out of nowhere and seem to anticipate your needs as they bring towels, bottles of chilled water and snacks.
You breathe the warm air, fragrant with cypress or cedar or thyme. You go for a swim. The food or drink you have chosen arrives. Now your hardest decision is whether to stay on your couch or move on to the daybed.
One of the very exclusive chain of 25 Aman resorts, Amanruya invites you to stay in a private 75 square metre garden villa, with understated contemporary design encompassing all the features you need.
In a garden or ocean-view villa you will probably spend most of your time outside on your daybed or poolside lounge. In fact, you would do well to have your massage right there. There’s something special about being massaged outside. Your therapist brings massage bed, oils, tea and music to you. You can totally relax and not worry about having to go home afterward.
Hungry? Now your first decision is where to dine: In your villa? In one of two outside locations, both overlooking the 50-metre pool? Or in one of two inside dining rooms?
When it comes to your menu choice, don’t be afraid to ask executive chef Ercan Soylu either to give you advice or to create a special meal just for you. Whatever you choose, you can expect a healthy variety of dishes, tastefully and attractively presented.
Be sure to ask for a selection of well known and typical Turkish mezzes, small portions of appetizers with meat, fish and vegetables, usually dipped in flavoursome sauces created with yogurt and olive oil. Before dinner, have afternoon tea with biscuits. Afterwards, enjoy outdoor local live music where you can have your dessert.
The staff do their best to make you feel as if you are an honoured guest in your own home for the time you are at Amanruya. The managers or other staff greet you every time you arrive at the resort, whether it’s when you first come or are returning from an outing. If you are there in summer, expect a refreshing cold facecloth and mint drink.
A different way to explore the countryside is on the back of a horse, riding through the forest and local villages with their minarets. Then either take a break or finish off your ride with a private breakfast Amanruya has set up for you in the middle of the forest. Chairs, table with tablecloth, fresh-squeezed orange juice, eggs, bread, local olives and vegetables and, of course, some Turkish delight – all there for you to enjoy under the trees with a view of the valley and town below.
What a way to finish off your visit to this land of past and present, where history and the modern world blend so perfectly together.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amanruya lies in a quiet valley on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula facing the Aegean Sea and bordered by a forest reserve. The surrounding native pines, aged olive trees and ocean vista contribute to the tranquil setting of this all-season resort. Comprising terraced buildings interspersed with courtyards inspired by traditional local architecture, Amanruya's proximity to the seaport city of Bodrum and ancient cities make it an ideal base for exploring the region's historic treasures as well as enjoying its natural beauty. ... more less
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