BODRUM: TURKEY'S ANSWER TO ST TROPEZ by Maggie O'Sullivan
Bodrum is often called Turkey’s St Tropez. Like its French counterpart, this chic seaside town on the Aegean has a marina filled with smart yachts, a quay lined with restaurants and bars, and a warren of narrow streets crammed with jewellery shops, boutiques and artisan outlets. It sits on a coastline of pristine beaches and quiet coves. The main difference is that Bodrum has never had much in the way of luxury hotels. But all that has changed recently. Aman arrived in 2012, Mandarin Oriental opened a luxury resort here just a few weeks ago, and a Four Seasons is on its way. So at last, the Beautiful People have somewhere suitably fabulous to lay their beautiful heads. These are the hotels currently making St Tropez establishments look, frankly, a little lacklustre.