There are few places in the world which offer classical history and natural beauty in equal measure. The Aegean region of Turkey is one such place. 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. Everywhere are reminders of this glorious past, vying for attention with spectacular natural scenery including ancient pine forests and scalloped bays? One such bay on the Bodrum Peninsula is home to Amanruya, a tranquil all-season resort. Named after the Sanskrit word for peace, ‘aman’, and the Turkish word for dream, Amanruya is set on a peaceful hillside, offering breath-taking views of the sea and a winding pathway leading to a sheltered pebble beach
Amanruya offers 36 spacious and elegant Pool Terrace Cottages, each with a private garden and pool. Designed to welcome and soothe, the cottages are gracious homes away from home and a cool air of sophisticated calm prevails. The 75-square metre cottages feature a four-poster bed, two couches, a dining table and two chairs, a rectangular writing desk, a traditional Turkish mangal charcoal fireplace, a separate vanity area and clothes closet and a large, naturally-lit open bathroom. This features a rain shower and a large bath tub from which one can enjoy private garden views. Traditional handmade rugs and throws from Istanbul provide warmth and an element of Turkish opulence. Fitted with underfloor heating for use in the cooler months, there is also a fireplace that accommodates a brazier. This can be lit with firewood for use in the living room or on the terrace. Each cottage enjoys its own spacious garden which leads to a private grey-green marble swimming pool. The layout of the gardens and pools vary. Some pools are square and others rectangular. There are 22 heated pools and 16 are kept at the ambient temperature. The gardens feature pergolas with large cushioned daybeds and two separate wooden chaise lounges with shade umbrellas. All Pool Terrace Cottages are equipped with LCD screen TVs, wireless internet, DVD players, mini bars, espresso machines, safety boxes, iPod players, air conditioning, hair dryers, electronic keys and king-size beds.
Turkey has a variety of microclimates resulting in an amazing array of produce. This produce, combined with the freshest of local seafood, allows the kitchen at Amanruya to deliver a seasonal menu featuring Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Amanruya’s home-baked bread and informal Meze platters make for superb in-suite dining or picnic options. Amanruya offers a number of dining pavilions and lounges, as well as the Beach Club where light meals and refreshments can be enjoyed throughout the day. Pool Dining Pavilion – Overlooking the main swimming pool, the Pool Dining Pavilion is an elegant and intimate dining space with dark wooden ceilings and pale marble floors. Dining Pavilions – There are additional dining pavilions located higher on the hillside and offering panoramic views. They are ideal for special occasions and events. Wine Cellar – With its lofty vaulted ceiling and serene views, the Wine Cellar is an atmospheric setting for special events, whether dinners or cocktail parties. Lounge – The spacious Lounge with its divan-style seating, dark beamed ceiling and wraparound windows is a relaxing venue in which to enjoy afternoon tea, an evening cocktail or simply to pass some time with a book. Wine Lounge – The Wine Lounge enjoys a lofty setting with spectacular views of the bay and surrounding hills. Pool Pavilion – The casual, open-air Pool Pavilion is an informal venue for relaxing or enjoying a refreshing drink
The striking, three-storey Library Tower houses a lounge on the top floor with large picture windows. Views are of the ocean on one side and pine forests on the other. An interesting selection of books and a wide range of DVDs are available.
Pebble-edged steps meander between the Library Tower and the long, sleek Boutique with its excellent examples of local textiles, jewellery and artefacts.
Positioned near the Boutique is the Art Gallery – its white marble floors and white walls ideal for showcasing fine artworks. This double-height space is used as an exhibition area for artists and sculptors, and features two decorative medallions of Brazilian stone hanging on either side of the high walls.
The hand-built, beehive-shaped brick structure next door – designed after a traditional cistern used to conserve rainwater – is a unique Carpet Gallery.
SPA TREATMENT ROOMS
Offering a spa menu of massages and wellness therapies, the spa treatment rooms are situated close to the main swimming pool.
Lined with green marble from Antalya in southern Turkey, Amanruya’s 50-metre infinity swimming pool is surrounded by a number of dining and relaxation pavilions.
Protected by a headland and curled around a number of well-established trees, the informal Beach Club consists of a series of terraces on which sun loungers overlook the small pebble beach and a wooden jetty. Refreshments and a range of water sports equipment are available.
Amanruya also offers a gym and a tennis court. Personal trainers and playing partners are easily arranged.