Mett Bodrum Sets a Sophisticated Stage for a Turkish Extravaganza – Hotel Insider

In June, flydubai opened the first and only route that takes you directly from Dubai to Bodrum, and the flight times are impeccable.

Not only is your room in this late check-out city sure to be ready when you arrive at 6pm, but you can also take in one of the best views in Bodrum at this time: the sun shining gently over the Aegean Sea – the main actor of the spectacular stay organized by the Mett Hotel & Beach Resort.

Home

The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Milas-Bodrum Airport, and the mostly uphill road offers great sea and city views. The best view, as mentioned, is from the lobby itself, which overlooks a private stretch of the bay with its stately yachts, chic speedboats, and array of jet skis.

Check in was utterly efficient – as we drank into the sight, welcome drink in hand, our passports were carried away, the procedure sorted and a buggy, with a lovely beach driver, summoned to take us on a path winding cobblestone to our room.

The neighborhood

The resort is located directly above Bodrum Marina (not to be confused with the elite Yalikavak Marina or Turkbuku Pier), which is a short taxi ride or 30-minute downhill walk.

As well as boats, cute cafes, and boutiques and souvenir shops, the marina is home to Bodrum Castle and the Underwater Archeology Museum – both are must-visits, though sightseeing isn’t top of the list. your list in this beach day, party town at night.

That said, if you don’t fancy the 40-minute drive to the clubs and restaurants of the aforementioned Yalikavak and Turkbuku neighborhoods, the bustling Gumbet area is only a 10-minute drive away.

Security measures

Although the open-plan, well-spaced hotel, rooms and restaurants appear spotless at all times, no pandemic-related safety measures are currently in place – as per Turkey’s current protocol.

Bedroom

The hotel has 103 keys, which unlock 72 rooms and 31 villas.

We are staying in a sea view loft located half a flight of stairs above ground level. At 43 square meters it includes a double bed and a coffee table running the length of a large sofa, three plush armchairs, two wardrobes, a chest of drawers and separate bath and toilet areas – there’s plenty of space here for two, plus thoughtful grooming kits for his and hers from chic Greek brand Korres.

One wall of our room is dominated by an open, glazed mini garden, which faces lush vegetation and is completely private, so no one can peek into the room.

The real highlight is the spacious patio, which offers the best seating in the house. It looks directly out to sea and benefits from the music coming from the Mett’s various restaurants, the notes blending into each other almost in sync with the boats and swimmers dancing in the water below.

Other room formats include an atrium room with a balcony and villas with private pools and up to five bedrooms. The Mett also chartered a traditional Turkish schooner for the summer. You can sail around the Turkish coast all day or all night, and enjoy a shore interlude whenever you fancy a dip, a drink or a bite to eat.

The scene

In a word, buzz. The hotel is packed with people from all over Turkey, as well as guests – couples, groups of friends, and young families – from the GCC, America, North Africa, France, and Switzerland.

In the day, most lounge on the private beach to tunes played by the Folie beach club, while the night brings more dancing at the Attiko and Isola restaurants. It’s laid-back social living at its best – and very much in line with the philosophy that inspired the Mett brand name, which is a fusion of Mediterranean living and meeting people.

Not only did we feel no desire to use the spa or the swimming pool equipped with a hammam, thanks to the proximity of the clear blue sea, but we even considered whether to leave the premises. We did, in the end, because the charms of Bodrum Castle and Marina proved rather tempting.

The food

Anjel's Turkish breakfast consists of fresh honeycomb and delicious cheeses.

The hotel is part of the UAE’s Sunset Hospitality group, which is best known for its food and drink offerings — from Ammos and SushiSamba to L’Amo Bistro del Mare.

As a result, great attention is paid to each of the property’s five open-air restaurants. Isola is a gourmet Italian restaurant with spectacular views of the downtown hills. Attiko overlooks the sea and has a dining and living area. The charming and rustic Anjel serves breakfast, while the Gulet serves poolside snacks and drinks.

In terms of atmosphere, Folie is the most dynamic of all. The beach club, which frequently welcomes guests from private yachts or from neighboring hotels by boat, offers live music on Fridays, a carnival cabaret on Saturdays and brings in a local DJ on Sundays. You can also wade directly from the seat to the sea thanks to a hammock on stilts.

Among the dishes we sampled during our three-day stay, here are some highlights: the elaborate Turkish breakfast for two at Anjel ($57), served with fried eggs, sucuk, menemen, burek, honeycomb bee, cheese and breads; creamy tartuffo pizzeta ($13) at Folie; rock shrimp tempura ($18) and wok-fried noodles ($5) at Attiko; and spaghetti alle vongole ($20) at Isola.

The service

The staff’s outpouring and willingness to go the extra mile more than makes up for the language barrier (one of our Turkish-only drivers constantly used Google Translate to helpful but hilarious effect). Strollers are close at hand, and the front desk staff can help secure taxis into town at any time.

Highs and lows

The view from the patio was a highlight of our stay, as was the lively atmosphere of Folie. One decorating decision that puzzled me was the lack of curtains or blinds above the “garden window” in the center of our room. While it was nice to wake up to natural light every morning, it would have been nice to have the option to sleep a little longer.

Insider Tip

Plan your trip to strike a balance between exploring the hotel and the many pleasures of the city – and maybe Pack an eye mask for bedtime.

The verdict

For the six months it is open during the summer, Mett Hotel & Beach Resort is an idyllic location from which to explore Bodrum’s luxury beach culture. He deserves both a standing ovation and an encore.

The bottom line

Deluxe Atrium Rooms start at $316; the sea view room reviewed here starts from $456, while a stay at Villa Posiedo will cost you between $2,213 and $3,673 per night, including taxes and breakfast. Mett Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum is open until September and then again from April 2023. Isola Restaurant is operational until New Year’s Day and reopens in March; https://mettsocialliving.com/bodrum/

This review was conducted at the invitation of the hotel

Updated: August 05, 2022, 6:03 p.m.

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