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“A trip to the past with the comforts of the present”
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Amanruya
Reviewed April 14, 2014

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.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mike g
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Our family of 3 stayed here for three nights and loved it. The hotel has been designed (by a local architect) like a Turkish village with the cottages separated beautifully. The views are breathtaking and the overall impression is of luxurious tranquility. Our trip to Bodrum was delayed (for almost a day) by airport closure in Instanbul, but all memories of that were erased the moment we were met by Astrid, the very able resort manager, and her team. From then on we decided we were very lucky to have chosen this corner of the world for our holiday. The highlights of Amanruya were the staff with their knowledge of the local area and suggestions for our activities (a day trip to Ephesus and another day spent in the carpet village of Etrim) and the chefs who prepared meals especially for us shopping each morning for fresh ingredients for our dinners. We would recommend Amanruya unreservedly and hope to return in summer when we can make use of their idyllic beach.
Thanks Astrid so much.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
2  Thank clpgreen
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We experienced the amazing Amanruya in August 2013 and could find no fault! You are not just another guest - you are made to feel very special with superb attention to what your specific needs are in a wonderful surrounding. The Amanruya team knows who you are and what your preferences are - especially the F&B Manager, Boris, who looks after all your culinary needs! It is a relaxing environment including many finer touches that add to this incredible experience.

The accommodation was wonderful, spacious, private, pristinely clean with a swimming pool and outside divan. The Beach Club was fabulous and not much can beat swimming in the Aegean Sea and enjoying a variety of watersports on offer. The biggest problem was to decide between enjoing your private space or going down to the Beach Club! This is definitely on our list for future visits.

In a nutshell, the Amanruya is an experience not to be missed.

Well done Chris & Nick Juett & team!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Karen J
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

If you are looking for the very best in Turkey this is the place , very understated luxury fulfilled to the most excuisit details . The villas are spacious and pure in the Aman style.
The architecture of the place is old turkish rustic looking from the outside when you are inside there is nothing rustic about it , all marble from turkey from the floors to bathroom . The peeble stones are layed all over the site in such a beautiful way the place is a gem for the eyes . The restaurant is very nice and very affordable compaired to the restaurants outside the resort of the same caliber. The service is attentive , helpfull and friendly. The beach is like if you where on a lake , the water is incredible clear ,you got very private corners and you got wifi .The restaurant at the beach is very nice , and the service is emppecable . The 36 villas resort never feels crowded , it is a very private place where you go to relax and not to be seen . Highly recommended ! Worth every $.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank CharlotteW W
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The views at Amanruya are not much, BUT, they are more than made up by some of the most beautiful design I have ever seen. Our sea view cottage barely had a sea view. However one look at the decor, our own gorgeous marble infinity pool and our private backyard and I forgot to care. Oh and the special touches, snacks and gifts in the room spoiled us.
The beach is a short buggy ride away which beats the dusty dismal 20 minute walk. When you call for a buggy, it never takes more than five minutes for one to arrive....which gets to the main point- the service is wonderful. Our concierge, Astrid was friendly and helpful. The resort's food and beverage manager- Boris- went above and beyond to make sure my picky husband was happy. The whole staff was friendly and eager to please. If you venture to Bodrum (pretty views but so touristy) the folks at the resort hand you a local phone so you can call the resort easily to pick you up....why don't other resorts do that? (The resort cars are mercedes stocked with cold water and snacks.) And every time you return to the hotel there is always staff to greet you with cool moist towels....what a touch!
A few really minor quibbles- the paths are poorly lit and a resort map would have been helpful but in their defense, they expect everyone to use the buggies which are ready and waiting. TV or video in the exercise room would be appreciated.
A couple of tips- the rocky paths make walking in heels pretty treacherous. This is a couples place- a little dull for kids or teens. If you like to see and be seen, not the resort for you, but perfect if you crave privacy.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank GardeningMomNY
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We spent an amazing week at Amanruya in early August. Really a perfect combination of a breathtaking setting, luxurious cottages and top notch service.
Each cottage was incredibly private with a stunning, marble, pool and gardens which made it quite difficult to leave your room! Each day began with fantastic Turkish breakfast and any special requests were always granted. The rooms were exceptionally clean and always with delicious fresh fruits, nuts, figs and Turkish treats. The property was beautifully laid out with a wonderful beachclub on the Aegean which was particularly enjoyed by our teenage children. The staff was delightful (Astrid, Sakiko), the front office manager (Yeshi) was so helpful and informative as were the gracious, lovely husband and wife general managers. Dinners were uniformly delicious and could be enjoyed in a variety of outdoor or indoor settings. We took two amazing excursions. The first was to the magnificent ruins at Ephesus for which the hotel had arranged a wonderful guide, Lale, whose knowledge and enthusiasm truly enriched the experience. We requested Lale for our second excursion to Didyma and Priene which were both fantastic and memorable.
We can't imagine a more perfect vacation and can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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2  Thank eaejnyc
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a really exceptional place to stay - the legendary Aman service at one of the most beautiful spots on the Turkish coast. The setting is exceptional, with the "cottages" arranged around a beautiful unspoilt bay in the manner of a historic Turkish village. The gardens of the cottages are really beautiful, with good sized dark marble pools and inviting day beds. I found the interiors of the cottages to be a bit less special, principally due to the noisy air conditioner directly above the bed and the over-complex blind and shutter system which required one to master 50 or so bolts and latches every morning. Best of all was the stunning beach club, with its fantastic protected sea swimming and excellent informal lunch restaurant. The trip that was arranged for us to Ephesus was also particularly memorable, helped by an excellent guide and the very able driver. The staff at the Amanruya are outstanding and the level of service that they provide matches anything that Aman can offer in its longer established resorts.

Room Tip: Some of the "sea view" rooms see rather little of the sea as they are some way back from t...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Charlie1001
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Address: Demir Mevkii, Bulent Ecevit Cad. | Golturkbuku, Bodrum City 48483, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Bodrum City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Bodrum City
Price Range: $1,100 - $1,200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanruya 5*
Number of rooms: 36
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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