Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones certainly know how to take a holiday. The pair recently kicked back by sailing on a million pound yacht around one of the most beautiful spots in the world - Bodrum, Turkey.
With its pure white sand, blue green waters and cool breezes, Bodrum is quickly becoming an A-list alternative to the overcrowded beaches of St Tropez and Portofino.Perched elegantly on the Turkish coastline – and a mere four hour flight from London, Bodrum has recently attracted glamorous sunseekers such as Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Hurley and Cristiano Ronaldo along with supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk. From Royalty to Turkish and Hollywood film stars, in Bodrum you're bound to bump into someone interesting. And with the glamour of Monte Carlo combined with a chic, Ottoman vibe, the divine Grand Yazici Hotel can’t be surpassed. Located on a hilltop in the heart of the city, right where the Aegean meets the Med, guests are treated to amazing views of a whitewashed skyline set off by sapphire coloured sea.
This 96-room boutique hotel feels intimate, a perfect spot for a romantic break. Strong architecture and warm, modern furnishings invite you to relax the moment you walk through the door. And comfort is paramount. Guests can lie beside the one of the hotel’s five pools plumped up on canopied beds. There's even a white canopied couch swing available for lazy afternoons.
With a commanding view of the sea, combined with magnificent design, the Grand Yazici caters to those who appreciate their privacy while indulging in luxury. It’s a deluxe resort and spa experience in one of the most beautiful bays of the Aegean coast. A 'must visit' is the stunning spa -where guests can enjoy a ‘signature Grand Yazici massage’. This combines Balinese massage techniques with a hot stone treatment.
The spa’s large indoor poor is divine – perfectly warm and soothing for a late evening swim. And the white and blue tiled traditional Turkish Hamman looks like something out of an Ottoman Palace – it must be seen to be believed.Once there, you won't want to leave this lovely cocoon but if you do decide to climb down from your poolside bed, to go sightseeing or shopping, downtown Bodrum is a mere five minutes away.
The historic Castle dates back to 1400’s and offers fantastic views of the city. Local restaurants offer delicious fish - caught just minutes before - with fresh, vibrant salads. And the shopping alone is worth the trip - particularly if you like leather goods such as handbags and belts.
Grand Yazici Hotel Tel: 0 (252) 311 00 00 Hotel rates for July start at £175 per night.