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March 2, 2012

Mandarin Oriental To Open In Bodrum, Turkey

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxurious hideaway resort and branded Residences at Mandarin Oriental on the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey.

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, which is slated to open in 2014, will be located on a 60 hectare waterfront site on the northern side of the peninsula, at ‘Cennet Koyu’ or Paradise Bay, offering panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. Built on a series of levels nestled in the resort’s landscaped hillside, surrounded by ancient olive groves and pine trees, this luxurious destination resort offers the perfect retreat. The resort’s 82 exclusive guestrooms and 20 suites will provide the largest accommodation in the area, all with stunning sun-decks and terraces, and many with private gardens and infinity edged pools.

The development also includes 214 luxury private homes which will be branded and managed as Residences at Mandarin Oriental, providing a unique opportunity for ownership along the Turkish Riviera which is also known as the Turquoise Coast.

All accommodation will be designed in an elegant, 21st century contemporary style, taking full advantage of the resort’s outstanding vistas. Design elements will be influenced by the Group’s oriental heritage and the local area’s ancestry, with Mandarin Oriental’s exacting attention to detail. Guestrooms and suites will also incorporate the Group’s guest-centered technology and entertainment systems.

Offering the finest dining in the region, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum will have a selection of six restaurants and bars including al fresco waterside dining, a stylish lobby lounge, poolside bar and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The resort will also offer a 135-seat ballroom and a further five function rooms.

An all-encompassing Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments available in the region. Built on a hillside ridge overlooking a lush valley and the sea, the Spa will benefit from a secluded location with its own private beach. Spa goers will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programs as well as specifically developed treatments inspired by Ottoman traditions and customs. The 2,700 square meter Spa will feature 10 spacious treatment rooms, including three couples’ suites, built as private cabanas with expansive terraces set in the cascading Mediterranean landscape. Further facilities will include significant heat and water therapies, a meditation room, indoor swimming pool and a signature Mandarin Salon and Barber. Extensive fitness facilities will also be on offer, including a dedicated Pilates room where guests can enjoy private or group sessions.

Leisure facilities abound on property along a two kilometer expansive stretch of shoreline with three private bays, a Beach Club with water activities and mooring for yachts, a comprehensive Sports Centre, dedicated Kids Club and luxury retail. An array of swimming pools set in the resort’s verdant hillside will also be a key feature. The 18-hole Vita Park championship golf course is a 30 minute drive from the hotel, as are a further two courses that are currently under development.

The owner and developer of the project is Astaş Real Estate Investments and Tourism A.Ş, advised by one of the world’s leading hospitality consultancies, Servotel Corporation. Renowned international hospitality design firm Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (WATG), has been appointed as master planner and architect.

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Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We are delighted to extend Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Turkey and are looking forward to creating a luxurious hideaway on this culturally rich and stunning coastline. The secluded location and all-encompassing luxury facilities of Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, underpinned by our legendary award-winning service, will provide a remarkable retreat for hotel guests and private residence owners.”

“We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental on creating one of the most exclusive resorts in the Mediterranean region. The Turkish Riviera continues to grow in importance for upscale travelers and we are confident that this opening will significantly add to the area’s appeal. Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum will re-define the luxury holiday concept in the Mediterranean with its location, design and legendary service,” said Vedat Asçi, Chairman of Astaş Real Estate Investments and Tourism A.Ş.

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is located on the northern side of the Bodrum Peninsula on the Turkish Riviera. It is close to the charming waterfront village of Göltürkbükü, which has picturesque narrow streets, waterside restaurants and a peaceful bay. Göltürkbükü is also a popular stopover destination for the super yachts that sail along the Turkish-Mediterranean coast. The resort is a 45-minute drive from Milas-Bodrum airport and 30 minutes from the center of Bodrum.

Offering a rich cultural history and labeled ‘Land of the Eternal Blue’ by Homer, the Bodrum Peninsula is establishing itself as a preferred destination for the sophisticated traveler and one of the Mediterranean’s most exclusive leisure destinations. With its spectacular coastline on the Aegean Sea and temperate climate, the Turkish Riviera offers visitors a stunning combination of pine-clad mountains, private beaches and charming coastal villages adorned with bougainvillea.

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