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Travel talk: Here's why you need to plan your getaway to Caresse, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Bodrum

Travel talk: Here's why you need to plan your getaway to Caresse, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Bodrum

The ultimate escape is just five hours away...

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui


Dubbed as the Saint Tropez of the transcontinental Eurasian nation, Bodrum is a place you *need* to visit and this hotel will make it that much easier to book...

Turkey is a country enriched with cultural and ancient heritage, and although we've seen several of its cities (think Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ankara) endlessly on our Instagram feeds, there's one city that deserves the destination spotlight. And it's none other than Bodrum.

Stretching from Turkey's southwest coast into the Aegean Sea, Bodrum was once a cozy fishing village that has now transformed into the ultimate hotspot for adventure-seekers, city-goers or beach lovers.

Attracting a vibrant cultural scene paralleled only by the town's nightlife, Bodrum is dotted with white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, luxury resorts and a medieval fortress (the Bodrum Castle — considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C.).

However, there's one particular resort that has caught our eye: the Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.

Situated on the coastline of the red sea, Caresse, a Luxury Collection Hotel under the Marriott umbrella, opened its doors to an oasis of relaxation and authentic luxury within a few minutes away from the bustling city centre where you'll find endless streets of souks and Turkish delights. And whilst the hotel itself is pretty to look at, its prime location seals the deal.

The hotel's mocha-coloured geometric blocks make up five floors, 74 rooms and 10 suites — each found within palm trees, marble floors, mimosa flowers and serenity. The rooms are perfect for soaking up sun rays on your very own private terraces and plus, you can feel luxury at its best with those Acqua di Parma toiletries (they smell SO good!).

If you can pry yourself away from your room, Caresse offers its guests the ultimate R&R with its spa and pool offerings.

The hotel's Spa Caresse takes you into a sanctuary of relaxation. One of Caresse’s highlights includes the large Balinese-inspired spa, and there's an array of services and treatments to choose from. Plus, there are six treatment rooms (one with a whirlpool tub), an indoor pool, a large hammam and a yoga massage space.

All 1,600 square meters of Spa Caresse provides a unique series of treatments and enchanting experiences including a hot stone massage, aromatherapy, deep muscle massage, foot acupressure and hammam rituals.

The Caresse Rose Hammam Indulgence package features a total body experience that caresses your skin (quite literally). You'll be revitalised and calm after a nourishing marine mud body mask, rose hair cleanse and soothing rose ice ritual.

If you have the time, you can't leave Turkey without a Traditional Turkish Hammam. A nurturing full body treatment combining a traditional Hammam exfoliation, foam massage, hair cleanse and treatment. You're really spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the right one (or two) treatments.

There’s also a 24-hour Technogym, tennis courts, a Pilates room and a personal trainer.

Then, you can truly unwind by soaking up the sun at the hotel's beautiful infinity pool, which looks out towards the sea — a truly breathtaking experience.

Plus, sitting on the hotel's very own private dock, you'll be able to choose to rent a yacht for a day (or possibly two), including one of which was used in the 2006 film version of Casino Royale.

The hotel is home to impressive restaurants that combine contemporary elegance with unique scenery and unparalleled service.

Your gastronomic option range from Mediterranean to Asian flavours, and is also home to unforgettable culinary journeys including an exclusive beachside restaurant, Buddha-Bar Beach Bodrum.

Offering a chic day-to-night destination on the Bodrum peninsula for hotel guests and visitors, you'll be able to sample signature cocktails whilst listening to chilled beats on the sand (think avant-garde mix of lounge and house music). Plus, you'll be able to enjoy contemporary fusion cuisine and panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.

The holidays are right around the corner after all...

For more information or to book your stay at Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, visit Marriott.com.

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