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Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

The Kempinski sits in its own bay just around the coast from Bodrum itself, giving it excellent views and a private, quiet atmosphere. The hotel boasts an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa and a gym, as well as several restaurants and bars. It also has its own marina, next to which sits an ‘adult only’ wooden decking area with loungers and water access. The private beach is a short walk down a pretty path. Rooms are spacious and well equipped; all boasting a balcony with a sea view.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

Step into the cool, light interior of the lavish guest rooms, minimalistic in style with pale linens and bright touches they are a haven of relaxation after a day of exploration. The shutters open onto a breezy private balcony with views over the Aegean. All the rooms have bath tubs and can accommodate large beds that can become split twin beds.

Junior and one bedroom suites are much larger than the guest rooms with separate living areas and larger balconies for more superior ocean views. The presidential suites also contain a kitchenette and whirlpool bath. 36 residences offer guests the utmost privacy and comfort, with two or three en suite bedrooms, kitchens and private sea view balconies.

All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, Nespresso machines, balconies and sea views.

Location

Situated 25 minutes from the historic town of Bodrum, the Kempinski Barbaros Bay is tucked into the sheltered bay along its own blue flag sandy beach. The hotel is easily reached in a 40 minute drive from the international airport. Bodrum’s coastline has many resorts but this secluded part of the peninsula remains untouched.

Food and drink

Five excellent restaurants provide guests with a variety of worldwide cuisine to suit the whole family, from local dishes to Asian and Italian. There are also several bars.

Those staying in residences can cook in privacy.

Families

While children are welcomed at the hotel, there are certain places that are for adults only, such as La Luce restaurant, the silent beach and the sundeck bar. The fitness facilities and spa are open to children aged over 16. There is a kids’ club onsite that offers a wide range of daily indoor and outdoor activities by trained educators.

Facilities and activities

As well as swimming in the sea, there are two pools at the hotel, one indoors and the other an impressive infinity pool looking out over the bay. The spa is also home to a traditional hammam, sauna and steam rooms. There is a gym open daily for those wishing to keep up their exercise while away.

There is a variety of water sports accessible for guests to enjoy the bay, with windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving all on offer.

Our opinion

The Kempinski has some of the best facilities in the Bodrum area, and although the hotel can get busy in the summer, its vast grounds have been designed to allow a feeling of peace and quiet.

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