Over the last 2000 years, the ritual of visiting a spa has been perfected in Turkey and Bodrum boasts a wide selection of pampering spots for those looking for the ultimate indulgence. Here are our favourites...
1) Sanitas Spa
The Spa at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, open and spacious, combines beautiful views of the Aegean Sea with state-of- the-art facilities. This 5,500-square-metre paradise is home to luxury treatment rooms, an indoor pool, whirlpool, hammam, sauna and steam rooms. The Private Spa Suite, a ‘Spa within a Spa,’ provides privacy and extensive facilities. Be sure to try one of the treatments exclusive to this location in Bodrum – Satsuma tangerine peel or Bodrumveda skin detox treatment with Indian rice and olive oil.
Sanitas Spa: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Yalıçiftlik Tel. +90 252 311 02 80 ￼￼140, www.kempinski.com
Espa at the Palmalife Resort and Spa
Palmalife Bodrum Resort & Spa offers a tranquil experience with its 250-square-metre white sand beach, classy restaurants, spacious rooms with sweeping views of the Yalıkavak bay, lush gardens and a swimming pool. Within the hotel premises, Espa offers their signature massage and Turkish hammam therapies while leading nutritionist Professor Osman Muftuoglu and his team draw up personalised weight loss and detox plans.
Palmalife Bodrum Resort & Spa Gökçebel Mahallesi Kızılburun Caddesi No. 1 Yalıkavak, Bodrum Tel. +90 252 396 60 50, www.palmalifehotels.com
3) Muu Spa
Sianji is not only a comfortable hotel and residence, but also a year-round wellbeing and rejuvenation centre. Muu Spa offers a rich menu of massage, jacuzzi and hammam therapies in a luxurious setting inspired by the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Healthy eating is another top priority at the hotel. Choose between Eiffel Restaurant, where alkaline food is served, or Enbu, with its selection of delicious raw dishes and juices.
Muu Spa Sianji Well-Being Resort, Kadıkalesi Mevkii, Turgutreis Tel. +90 252 382 82 17, www.sianjibodrum.com
4) Ersan Spa
There is a feeling of profound rest and deeply-felt rejuvenation at the Ersan Resort’s peaceful spa. The spa presents its own unique experience of wellness, created by its identity as a mystical escape inspired by Far Eastern philosophy. The 1,000-square-metre facility is a serene sanctuary with deluxe facilities including deeply relaxing massages, revitalizing body treatments, nourishing skincare treatments and also a great Turkish hammam, a steam bath, sauna and indoor pool. Relax, rejuvenate and reawaken your senses.
Ersan Resort & Spa: Icmeler PK Mevkii 357 Bodrum, Muğla, Tel. +90 252 313 73 01, www.ersan.com.tr
5) Avantgarde Spa
Refresh your soul while forgetting the busy and stressful working hours of the winter. To accelerate blood circulation, relax your muscles and increase the vitality of your skin, head to the serene Avantgarde Spa, where you can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool (12mx14m), Finnish sauna, Turkish Bath, fitness centre and two beautifully decorated therapy rooms. Relax your exhausted and stressed body and soul with a traditional Turkish Bath in the oriental and exotic setting of the Avantgarde Spa.
Avantgarde Yalıkavak Hotel, Küdür Mevkii, Şehit Engin Büyüksöylemez 9 Yalıkavak, Bodrum, Tel. +90 252 385 37 65, www.avantgardecollection.com
6) Nuxe Spa
Nuxe Spa at Maçakızı captures the essence of a philosophy that places emotion at its very core. In addition to the five rooms (three singles and two doubles, including two outside), the spa gives you the opportunity to experience a little piece of magic with three massage tents nestled in the middle of wilderness and facing the sea, allowing you to become one with the elements. There is also a traditional Turkish hammam, sculpted in white marble and boasting a bay window that offers breath-taking views across a landscape of blossoming trees and flowers.
Maçakızı Hotel, Kesire Mevkii Narçiçeği Sk. Göltürkbükü, Bodrum, Tel. +90 252 311 24 00 www.macakizi.com