Amanruya provides an extensive array of unique cul

first_imgAmanruya provides an extensive array of unique cultural and gourmet experiences and a range of excursions to the wealth of classical sites in the region. These include the ancient ruined cities of Didyma with its Temple of Apollo, Priene and its 5000-seat theatre, and Ephesus with its Gate of Hercules. The region also offers natural distractions including winding trails for hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, and beautiful beaches and forest glades for picnics. Boating and other water sports can be enjoyed throughout the summer months, and a nearby golf club offers avid golfers their fix.This fabled coastline is where Homer’s heroes were born, where the ancient Greeks consulted their oracles and the Romans built magnificent temples to honour their gods. The region tells a story spanning 5000 years of history, providing reminders of its glorious past, vying for attention with spectacular scenery and the cosmopolitan modernity of the Turkish Riviera. Towns with ancient names inhabit the bays nearby, and traditional Turkish gulets drift by on the horizon, plying the turquoise waters between the Aegean’s many islands.Go back to the e-newsletterWine LoungePavilion Writing DeskOttoman Lounge Go back to the e-newsletterOn 15 April 2018, Amanruya will once again open the doors to its secluded spot on the Aegean coastline. The isolated resort, a scenic 30-minute drive from the town of Bodrum, rests in seclusion on a forested hillside, overlooking its own private bay – a rare privilege on the Bodrum Peninsula. With pine forests, olive groves, the sound of cicadas and the waters of Bodrum Bay as its setting, Amanruya fulfils the promise of its name, ‘peaceful dream’, providing guests with a serene retreat for a moment of peace surrounded by natural beauty.As a complement to its natural setting, Amanruya has the ambience of an Ottoman village. An entrance driveway meanders through a pine forest before revealing a first glimpse of the resort: a collection of pavilions inspired by the region’s traditional Anatolian architecture, which blends traditional stone buildings with lush gardens. The resort’s olive groves and forest slope down, giving way to its private pebble beach, while courtyards and terraces enhance the village feel and provide a changing vista of the sea at every level. Local materials including stone, terracotta, acajou wood and Turkish marble in neutral hues make for an almost ethereal feel, most evident in the evenings as the Aegean sun sets, turning the walls a blush shade of pink.Amanruya’s accommodation comprises 36 contemporary stone pavilions among terraced gardens scented by thyme and shaded by olive trees. True to the Aman design philosophy, which emphasises generosity of space, all pavilions are spacious and free-standing, featuring white marble floors, high mahogany ceilings and white Mugla, hammam-style bathrooms with skylights. Ottoman influences include the Bursa arches joining bedrooms and bathrooms, exposed-beam ceilings and Turkish charcoal fireplaces to warm rooms and terraces in cooler months. Guests are further indulged as each pavilion boasts its own infinity-edge swimming pool, complemented by a private covered pergola lounge and dining area. Outdoor showers complete the offering.Garden & PoolPavilion BedroomAmanruya Swimming PoolOffering a sense of escapism is Amanruya’s secluded Beach Club. Overlooking its private bay, the Beach Club is an idyllic spot consisting of a series of intimate nooks and terraces positioned among established trees, decorated with Ottoman divan lounge beds. The wooden jetty is the perfect base from which to dive into the refreshing salt waters. The Beach Club has fast become a favourite spot owing to its calming and tranquil atmosphere. A beachside restaurant is nestled among the trees of the club and serves freshly caught grilled fish, refreshing salads and Turkish mezze.The resort’s facilities are housed in free-standing stone structures with sea and forest views. They include the three-storey Library with an intimate top floor lounge, a Dining Pavilion, a Wine and Cigar Lounge, and an Art Gallery that displays work by local artists. The pièce de résistance is the 50-metre infinity pool, crafted from green and turquoise marble sourced from Antalya, it merges into the waters of the Aegean Sea, giving guests the illusion that they are swimming straight from the pool into the warmth of the open waters.April will see Turkish chef Ercan Soylu once again take the helm of Amanruya’s culinary offering as executive chef. Having launched the resort’s gastronomic debut in 2013, Soylu is excited to be returning to his homeland and its vast array of fresh produce and seafood. Thought to be the originating influence for nearly all Middle Eastern cuisines, Turkish fare has always been a highlight of the resort’s menus, but international and Asian-inspired dishes also feature.last_img