What You Need to Know About Türkbükü, Bodrum: Turkey's St. Tropez
Türkbükü Bay/Courtesy of Maçakızı
Türkbükü (or Göltürkbükü) is a small bay about an hour’s drive away from Bodrum’s city center, which is favoured by elite travelers both from Istanbul and abroad. Here you’ll find some of Bodrum’s best hotels, restaurants, and beach clubs that cater to a sophisticated crowd with high budget tastes.
Where to Stay
MAÇAKIZI BODRUM HOTEL & Luxury Otel & Luxury Düğün & En İyi Restoran, Muğla
MAÇAKIZI BODRUM HOTEL & Luxury Otel & Luxury Düğün & En İyi Restoran, Muğla | Courtesy of Maçakızı
Nestled perfectly into the bay’s lush Bougainvillea bushes with beautiful views over the whole bay, Maçakızı is certainly one of Türkbükü’s most luxurious hotels. Modern yet simple, every detail from the jet set inhabited private beach, to the fine dining restaurant, to the minimally decorated breezy rooms are in harmony with Türkbükü’s burgeoning summertime essence.
One of the first openings in Türkbükü, Divan Hotel continues to attract the well-to-do travelers with its modern design and its famed restaurant and patisserie. Set under the shade of palm trees, the hotel’s private beach, terraced rooms, outdoor pool, spa, and tennis courts, offer an all inclusive experience focused on luxury and comfort.
If you’re staying at Divan or Maçakızı, their restaurants are excellent choices for both breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, for a change Türkbükü’s other restaurants are also worth a try. Make a reservation at Miam to sit right by the sea and enjoy excellent seafood and meze by candlelight with a cold bottle of Turkish white wine. Right next door, Garo’s is also an excellent choice for fresh fish and meze, with a view of the moon shining over the sea. If it’s late in the evening and you feel like a hefty Turkish snack, then drop by Hoca’nın Yeri for the famous mantı or çiğ börek that is made to perfection.
During the day all of Türkbükü’s restaurants and bars turn into beach clubs, with sunbeds on the small piers over the water and all day eating and drinking services. Of course some beach clubs are better than others, especially if you really want to mingle with the best of the bay’s sophisticated crowd. Even if you’re not a guest at Maçakızı, you can make use of the gorgeous private beach for a fee, including the excellent lunch buffet and a cocktail when the sun sets. Another great option is the No.81 Hotel, which also has a beautiful beach during the day, set under the shade of large white umbrellas overlooking the turquoise hue of the sea.
Right before and past the small bridge located next to Divan Hotel, you’ll come across a large open bazaar selling colorful souvenirs, jewelry, and textiles. However, one of our favorite shops in Türkbükü is İpekçe, which specializes in clothing, jewelry, and home accessories with an ethnic aesthetic. Make sure to try on one of the beach kaftans – a favorite among the high end Istanbul crowd.