Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Turkey face some legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in the Ottoman Empire—the predecessor of the modern-day Republic of Turkey—in 1858, and in modern Turkey, homosexual activity has always been a legal act since the day it was founded on 29 October 1923. LGBT people have had the right to seek asylum in Turkey under the Geneva Convention since 1951.

Turkey is not the most liberal county in the world but still it is a place LGBT people can visit comfortably as the tourists resorts like Bodrum and the capital city of Istanbul. Gumbet and Bodrum are very relaxed and laid back tourists destination for everybody.

Bodrum is a city on the Bodrum Peninsula, stretching from Turkey’s southwest coast into the Aegean Sea. The city features twin bays with views of Bodrum Castle. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C. The city is also a gateway for nearby beach towns and resorts.

 Top attractions to visit in Bodrum City

 

 Best Day Trips in Bodrum

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1. The Marmara Bodrum – Adult Only 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum

The Marmara Bodrum
The Marmara Bodrum

Set on a hilltop, this design hotel offers a free-form outdoor pool with 180° views of Bodrum Bay and Kos Island. It has a spa and a fitness centre, and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

The Marmara Bodrum features a collection of statues created by painter and sculptor Mevlut Akyildiz. The hotel’s transparent toilet doors are designed by French architect Christian Allart.

All rooms at Marmara Bodrum have luxury bedding and are fitted with ornate wooden furniture. Each one has air conditioning, flat-screen TV and a private balcony or terrace, some of which overlook the sea.

The Marmara Bodrum welcomes its guests on the private beach all summer long. Free beach shuttle service is available on the dates when the beach is open.

A mix of international and Turkish items including fresh bread and local cheese are served for the buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner are served a-la-carte style. Guests can also relax with a glass of wine and enjoy sunset views from the pool’s deck chairs.

Understated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, minibars, and balconies or terraces, some with sea views. Suites add sitting areas; most have whirlpool tubs. Room service is available 24/7.

A breakfast buffet and a seasonal beach shuttle are complimentary. There’s a lobby lounge, and a restaurant with a terrace offering sea views. Other amenities include a spa, a gym, sport courts, and a bar beside an outdoor pool.

The medieval castle, built by The Knights of St John, guards Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay at the confluence of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. The city has a lively atmosphere that draws the socialites and, being the cultural centre of Turkish art, the connoisseurs, too. The Marmara Bodrum, stands high above the town from whose restaurant, Tuti, you can enjoy the panorama whilst savouring Mediterranean cuisine.

The hotel’s glamour blends with its natural surroundings whilst providing all the modern comforts and amenities of a world-class hotel with adult only concept. Each of its air-conditioned luxury bedrooms and suites are splendidly appointed. The fully equipped fitness centre includes a Jacuzzi, sauna and an authentic Turkish Bath. The new fully staffed spa, with a floatation tank, offers a Lastone therapy, herbal body wraps, aromatherapy and reflexology. There are also squash courts and a lap pool.

This is one of the best hotels in Bodrum, offering great views of the town and the Aegean sea. The rooms are spacious and well decorated, especially if you take a suite (garden suite for example) you’re very relaxed in your own patio and garden. The pool is nice, service is great. They have a nice spa at the hotel and a couple of meeting rooms. The only downside of the hotel is breakfast, I would expect richer breakfast but frankly it was “standard”. The Tuti restaurant is good for a dinner, but the prices are a little high. In any case, this is a very good hotel. By the way, it’s a Gay Friendly.

The location is great, sat a top a hillside overlooking the town and harbour. Great views during the day and in the evenings when you can watch a glorious sunset and see the town light up below as it becomes dark.

Our room was great – standard overlooking the garden – light airy and open. The bed was very comfortable.

It is has been said many times before – but the staff are very friendly and helpful from Yulia and all the reception staff, to the wonderful Nino (Guest Relations Manager), to the room cleaning staff and the bar staff around pool who are always there if you need them but not intrusively so.

If you are a travelling gay couple – that minor back of the mind anxiety that there will be some irritating issue that arises over beds or any other matter can be laid to rest – there will be no issues here whatever.

It is a walk into town but that is because it is on a hill overlooking the town as mentioned, so I really don’t understand how that becomes a downside! It takes 15 mins down and maybe 20 mins back (uphill) and is good for your body and soul 🙂 It is completely safe to walk late into the night and if you really want to take taxis there are plenty to grab.

The spa is a bit small but the gym is great, as is the opportunity to do yoga on a deck overlooking the bay 🙂

If you are going to Bodrum I would have no hesitation in staying here at all. Use it as a base to explore the peninsula or just stay and relax and do nothing.

The views are amazing and the hotel is one of a kind with a beautiful design. Most importantly, every staff members in this hotel are amazing. They go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. The SPA is great but the jacuzzi is colder than other hot tubs I experienced in other hotels.

This is the second time I stayed in this hotel and I remembered that they do not keep the jacuzzi warm which is a drawback. Other than, I would stay in this hotel again in a heartbeat and I can’t wait to go back to Turkey to enjoy the excellent services and the experiences this hotel offers.

We loved everything about the hotel -the room was very spacious and comfortable and was situated on the ground floor with a gorgeous view of the city and sea from the terrace and garden in front. The views from the hotel restaurant and main pool are spectacular. We ate in the hotel quite a few times and the food is really good and very good value for the quality and setting.

What really makes this hotel so special though is the staff who were all so helpful and polite and just couldn’t do enough to help.

We don’t often go to the same place more than once but I have a feeling we will definitely be back in Bodrum and the Marmara – we haven’t had such a relaxing holiday for a long time.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum
Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum

How much does a room costs at The Marmara Bodrum – Adult Only ?

Prices start 192$/night for Deluxe Room. The Corner Suite with Sea View is  313$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Features a living area and terrace with Bodrum Bay, castle and sea views. A flat-screen TV, air conditioning, minibar and electric kettle are provided. Private bathroom comes with free toiletries, hairdryer, slippers and bathrobe.

Where to book online – The Marmara Bodrum – Adult Only – Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum you can find the best hotels deals in Bodrum during Annual Pedasa Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bodrum on Booking.com or  Hotelscombined.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Sianji Well-Being Resort 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum Turkey

Sianji Well-Being Resort
Sianji Well-Being Resort

Hanging gardens and 7 swimming pools await guests at this luxurious hotel in Bodrum. Mediterranean cuisine is served at the hotel’s Elani Beach, featuring a private marina.

Inspired by one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, Sianji Well-Being Resort’s spa features massage and therapy rooms, a Finnish bath, a Roman bath and a sauna. There is even a cinema and a shopping arcade.

The carefully decorated villas and suites at the Sianji Well-Being Resort offer plenty of space. Each is fitted with a seating area and satellite TV. Minibars and work desks are standard in all units.

Another distinguished spot where the guests of Sianji Well-Being Resort treat themselves is Muu Spa, which offers a set of different alternatives such as Asian massages, traditional Turkish bath, Turkish body scrubbing, foam massage, VIP bath and family bath. Guests can use VIP bath if they wish and have a chocolate, champagne bath in a hot tub in VIP massage rooms after the massage.

Set along a beach on the Aegean Sea, this upscale wellness resort is 21 km from Bodrum. Milas-Bodrum Airport is 55 km away.

Stylish suites provide Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus sitting areas. Upgraded suites add balconies and sea views; some have whirlpool tubs. The 2-and 3-bedroom villas offer kitchens; some have pool views. Room service is available.

Breakfast is complimentary. There are Mediterranean, buffet and a la carte restaurants, plus 3 bars, and a detox cafe and juice bar. Other amenities include a full-service spa & 3 outdoor pools. Minimum-stay rules apply.

Well, Bodrum is one of the best places to visit in Turkey. I travelled off season so the city was less crowded and peaceful. It’s truly a Turkey’s santorini. Normally, Hotels are expensive but I found a very good deal after a huge research. Sianji well-being resort. I must say one of the best hotels in Bodrum. Staff was super friendly. Breakfast was very delicious.

Overall food and indoor restaurant was a plus point. Location was very beautiful and peaceful. It’s a well-being resort so different packages were available who wanted to stay long. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset, peaceful waves and awesome hotel services. I booked a junior suite but they upgraded my room with an executive one and absolutely free. Front desk guys was very polite and ready to help. Concierge service was also good.

Sianji is situated about an hour’s drive from Bodrum airport. Much to my delight the resort was almost empty – less than 10 guests at any time during my week’s stay. The resort is made up of a Wellness area, a hotel area and a selection of privately-owned flats. Fortunately, there seemed to be no-one staying in either the hotel or flats as undertaking a detox when surrounded by “normal” holiday makers eating and drinking may have been a challenge! The detox programme is very similar to the detox programme at Life Co, Bodrum– juices and supplements at various times throughout the day as well as as many cups of vegetable broth soup and alkaline water as you want. Some of the supplements were provided as powder additives to the juices.

This made the juices a bit “gooey” and I would have preferred to take them in capsule form as we did at Life Co. There were daily morning walks, a yoga session, Pilates or circuit training and an aqua gym session spaced throughout the day and free access to a very good gym and a ping pong table. Although the weather was sunny most of the time it was too cold to swim in the outdoor pool. There are 2 indoor pools one being saltwater which has a jacuzzi within it. Sadly, these pools were very cold – just about OK to swim in (if you swam fast) but certainly too cold to enjoy a jacuzzi.

One of the guests had been there for 3 weeks when we arrived and told us that these pools had previously been much warmer. Despite many requests the pools never got hotter which was a real shame as swimming is one of my main sports. There is a great sauna, steam room and Hamman as well as a lovely relaxing area within the spa – all free to use. I had a treatment every day mostly massage but also a Hammam scrub and these were all excellent.

The staff were all very friendly and approachable and showed no “end of season” signs. The resort was spotlessly clean and my Sea View room was great – it even had a living room, kitchenette and a washing machine. The bed was very comfortable but sadly I did not sleep well – however I am sure this is to do with the Detox not Sianji.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum Turkey
Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum Turkey

How much does a room costs at Sianji Well-Being Resort ?

Prices start 168$/night for Suite with Sea View. The Villa with Sea View is  371$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This air-conditioned duplex villa with sea views offers 2 bedrooms, 1 living room and a kitchenette with a minibar. There are LCD TVs in the bedroom and the living room. It also features a french balcony and a pleasant garden. The private bathroom includes a bathtub.

Where to book online – Sianji Well-Being Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum Turkey you can find the best hotels deals in Bodrum during Annual Pedasa Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bodrum on Booking.com or  Hotelscombined.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Bodrum Turkey

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

Offering an a private beach area, outdoor and indoor pools, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is located in Golturkbuku. WiFi access is available in this resort at surcharge.

The accommodation provides air conditioning, seating area and a balcony. Complete with an electric kettle, the dining area also has a coffee machine. Private bathroom is equipped with a bath or shower and a hairdryer.

The breakfast is served every morning at the property. A variety of dishes are available at the restaurant.

The property has a spa & wellness centre where the guests can relax and replenish

In a polished building overlooking Paradise Bay, this stylish luxury hotel is 21 km from Bodrum Castle and 22 km from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

Featuring sea or garden views, the airy, sophisticated rooms and suites offer private balconies or terraces, Turkish rugs, and floor-to-ceiling windows. All have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus Nespresso coffee makers and sofabeds. Villas provide kitchens, terraces and private pools, plus fitness rooms with saunas and steam rooms.

Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include 2 private beaches and a refined spa, in addition to 8 restaurants and bars.

Enjoying an idyllic location on Paradise Bay, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers a seductive blend of style, luxury and comfort. With two private beaches, a range of dining establishments, an outstanding spa and choice of contemporary rooms, suites and villas, our unique facilities and excellent service are truly world-class.

 Even before we arrived we knew this was going to be great. The service from the Butler team at the hotel was second to none, with amazingly prompt responses to all enquiries. They helped set up a number of activities for our week perfectly prior to arriving. Having arranged airport transfers through the hotel it was great to be met as we exited the plane and let fast track through security and before we knew it we we were at this beautiful resort.

Checked in overlooking Paradise Bay with a glass of champagne was faultless. So particular highlights included a days charter on a hotel traditional Turkish boat, a private tour of Bodrum, an attempt at flyboarding at the hotels water sports centre and a fantastic Hammam experience at the hotel spa. I’m terms of the actual resort it was incredibly designed, beautifully maintained and perfectly placed overlooking a Paradise Bay.

The beach area was fairly busy so we spent most days by the comparatively quiet pool area which was beautiful and well serviced by friendly staff.

The luxurious apartments (hotel rooms) are built to the highest standard and quality. Everything everywhere is impeccable, which is down to the owner and his awesome General Manager – Harun Dursun.

The food offering and atmosphere are delightful (with the exception of the outsourced restaurant – Kurochan by Ioki – which perhaps lacks an edge).

The SPA and gym are world class.

Staff members throughout, are extremely helpful and friendly and they really do go out of their way to help you.

The rooms are tastefully furnished, very luxurious with their own terraces overlooking the sea and some of them with their private pools. Since the reception could not fully take care of our reservation we ended up sampling multiple rooms- despite our sea view, terrace room we were initially put in a one bedroom apartment up in the hills-away from the main hotel. This room had a living room, kitchen, two separate bathrooms, washing machine and a dishwasher- things we did not need along with a terrace enclosed inside a wall and no sea view.

The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum is a meticulously planned, sophisticated concept resort nestled in the aged olive trees and wrapped around its own private bay with the sublime view of the Paradise Bay. The hotel features exquisite and chic rooms with private terraces overlooking the secluded breathtaking Aegean Sea.

This tranquil resort stands out with its quiet luxury, innovative dining, hip lounges and holistic spa. With virtually the same number of staff as there are guests offer excellent service by combining the traditional Turkish hospitality and the outstanding, award-winning standards of Mandarin Oriental brand.

Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum
Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum

How much does a room costs at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum ?

Prices start 578$/night for Garden View Room, King Bed. The Garden View Apartment, One Bedroom, King Bed is  676$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This air-conditioned duplex villa with sea views offers 2 bedrooms, 1 living room and a kitchenette with a minibar. There are LCD TVs in the bedroom and the living room. It also features a french balcony and a pleasant garden. The private bathroom includes a bathtub.

Where to book online – Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum – Gay Friendly Hotels Bodrum Turkey you can find the best hotels deals in Bodrum during Annual Pedasa Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Bodrum on Booking.com or  Hotelscombined.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.