Six Senses Kaplankaya, a property which joined
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas on 1 May 2017, will open its doors
for the new season on 1 May 2018 following an extensive renovation
by Clodagh Design, the New York based multi-discipline design
The firm is also behind the award-winning
renovation of the Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.
Located across the bay from Bodrum, the Six Senses Kaplankaya
combines contemporary architecture and high tech comforts for its
141 guestrooms, six suites, 66 Ridge Villas and residences.
resort is carved into giant rock formations with green roofed
buildings layered down towards the coastline to offer everyone a
view across the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea.
The Turkish hospitality begins with the arrival experience:
whether by speedboat slicing a foaming wake to the floating dock,
by helicopter decent to a green lawn ,or by driving up through
hills flanked with ancient olive trees and hedges of blooming
The arrival courtyard delights all the senses with
designs from local artisans and spouting arcs of water into the
Guests walk through the lantern lit
portal and wooden doors into a sky-lit lobby where there is a
glass railing to look down over the remaining four floors and out
to sea. Beneath the lobby, a sculptural collage of kilim rugs and
leather clad ottomans sitting on layered Turkish rugs are
interspersed with tables crafted from large pieces of local olive
wood. A massive wood table, gold leafed underneath, glows as it
presents Turkish delicacies and signature beverages to arriving
The warm design with traditional touches continues
in the guestrooms. The wall behind the bed is backed with woven
leather and sits on a local flat weave carpet. The soft yellow hue
is grounding and conducive to sleep, along with two lamps to
regulate circadian rhythms and the incorporation of indigo and
ochre and flashes of deep turquoise. There’s a generous walk-in
closet, a desk niche with an original painting by a Turkish artist
and a comfortable chair. Behind the desk there is a coffee maker,
minibar and a pass-through to the outside corridor for discrete
delivery of room service. On the technology front, there’s an iPad
for mood control of air-conditioning and lights, Marshall
Bluetooth speaker and WiFi.
Guests who travel with their
families or prefer extra privacy can book one of the Ridge Villas
(with or without pool) which are private retreats offering nomadic
experiences within the independent buildings. Each villa has a
small garden with unique surprises such as an ancient olive tree,
an outdoor shower, a plunge pool or a cabana filled with gorgeous
pillows. A flower filled garden has a terrace for outdoor dining
and deep cushions that can be joined for sunbathing or used for
meditation. In the bathroom, a deep window seat offers yet another
getaway with a garden view.
For a resort
that will provide guests and residents a truly integrative
approach to optimal wellness, it is no surprise that Six Senses
Spa Kaplankaya is an expansive 107,640-square feet (10,000-square
The journey begins with a 23-foot (7-meter) long
meditation walk filled with gently flickering light and shadow. It
is stenciled like a jewel box in abstract ottoman patterns glowing
with a ceiling filled with light points like glittering crystals
to create a wonderful guest experience. The spa is rich with an
impressive array of signature treatments spread over two floors.
Unique artifacts and healing visual art pieces punctuate
moments to enhance experiences and ease navigation.
Alchemy, long conjured up the very essence of skillfully blending
ingredients in order to create wonderful potions and cures to enhance life, is inspiration behind the Alchemy Bar located on the
Wellness and sustainability go hand in hand,
and the Earth Lab showcases how Six Senses is supporting
communities and ecosystems. Guests will be invited to reconnect
with the natural world and learn some simple life-hacks that
will allow them to make a difference when traveling and also in
their daily lives.
For F&B, Mediterranean and Aegean-inspired cuisine is the overarching theme
at the three dining venues: Sage & Sea Restaurant and Bar, Wild
Thyme Restaurant and Bar, and Mezze by the Sea Restaurant. Guests
will also be able to enjoy tempting drinks at the Beach Bar at the
resort’s main beach and at the new Library Bar, which also offers
morning snacks and coffee.
Kaplankaya is just north of Bodrum on
the Turkish Riviera. From Milas-Bodrum International Airport
(BJV), guests can complete their arrival journey by car, yacht or
helicopter, with the trip taking 50, 30 or 10 minutes
respectively. Alternatively, the resort is approximately 105
minutes from Izmir International Airport (ADB) by car. Rates start
at EUR 350 per night, inclusive of breakfast and VAT.
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