When Ayla Emiroglu moved here in 1977, there was little more than a few simple houses, cars and stray cats in Bodrum.
It was a couple of thousand years after Homer talked about the “wine-dark sea” of the Aegean, but the sprawling peninsula adorned with its sweet orange and lime trees still possessed that ancient beauty, a faint decadence where the blinding rays of the sun meet the immersive blue of the sea and the sky.
“Bodrum was my freedom,” says Emiroglu, the enchanting owner of Maçakızı, the hotel that helped made this town a destination for the global glitterati.
Maçakızı is the Queen of Spades, a symbol of intelligence and beauty that, in fact, inspired a fellow Bodrum lover to name the hotel for Ms. Emiroglu.
Infused with her sophisticated, yet subtle style, what started as a small pension in downtown Bodrum turned into one of the most cherished temples of laid-back luxury in the Mediterranean.
Her magnetic personality created an atmosphere that drew crowds of intellectuals and artists to this quaint little town. Where else could you run into Ahmet Ertegün, Mick Jagger and Nureyev having a lavish lunch by the sea but Ayla’s table…
Emiroglu was the headmistress, the boss lady that talked to the wildflowers on her property and disciplined her staff without so much as an admonishment. She worked with the same people for years, and they loved her.
She fed the most basic staples of Turkish home cooking to the wealthiest, and they loved it. They loved it so much that they would follow her wherever she went – even to the first ever beach club she opened in a far-flung bay, inaccessible by any other mode of transportation but boat.
Then came along her son, Sahir Erozan, who had been writing his own success story in a different part of the world, in Washington D.C. He was the maverick that created several hip restaurants and clubs in the U.S. capital.
He vaguely remembered the smell of jasmine in the garden of his mother’s little pension in Bodrum. But it was during a trip in the early 1990’s that he fell in love with the peninsula again and decided to work with his mother first in her second beach club project in Gölköy, and then the property that we know and love today as Maçakızı Hotel in Türkbükü.
Erozan married his mother’s authentic, rustic style with his own vision of contemporary luxury. Rooms were renovated with the demands of a new generation of travelers in mind.
The menu was updated with flavors from around the world as a result of Erozan’s travels with his executive chef, Aret Sahakyan. There were many changes to adapt the hotel to the changing times but one crucial aspect remained the same: the boho-chic spirit of Bodrum Ayla Emiroglu has cultivated since the beginning.
That social club vibe where no one bats an eye at a celebrity basking in the sun, where the staff knows everyone by their name and you get to chat all day with the owner smoking his cigar at the bar.
And that proved to be the best recipe to attract a loyal following around the world, who whisper to each other that Maçakızı is the summer home they love coming back to every year. And so the legend goes.
The Maçakızı family is now growing with the addition of Villa Maçakızı, which expand the legendary Maçakızı hospitality tradition into new experiences. With its 10 elegantly designed rooms and impeccable cuisine executed by Carlo Bernardini, Villa Maçakızı is your ultimate private summer villa for bespoke occasions and uforgettable vacations in Bodrum.
And the newest addition Maçakızı Halas 71 is a sophisticated yacht available for chartering and special events all year round featuring Carlo Bernardini’s unique culinary expertise.
Located in southwest of Turkey in a village called Türkbükü in Bodrum, Maçakızı is 40 kms away from Milas Bodrum Airport and 22 kms away from downtown Bodrum and the closest major city, namely Muğla, is 138 km.
The hotel is less than 3 hours driving range from both İzmir and Dalaman International Airports. The location of Maçakızı is also close to some Greek islands such as Patmos, Kos.
Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Aegean, backed up by hills, Maçakızı is situated on the north side of the Bodrum peninsula in a lovely village called Türkbükü.
Macakizi Hotel arranges airport transfer from & to Bodrum Airport by luxury vehicles. Macakizi provides Primeclass Meet&Greet Service for passangers travelling from & to Bodrum Milas Airport.
Aret Sahakyan was born in Istanbul, Turkey into multi-cultural family where food and cooking was part passion and part profession. In the beginning of his career, Aret has worked with Roberto Donna and Yannick Cam, some of the most respected chefs in Washington D.C.
He then trained with Francesco Ricchi at I Ricchi and Jean Louis Palladian at Watergate before taking the reins at Cities Restaurant with Sahir Erozan. In 2000, Aret joined Sahir Erozan at Maçakızı as the Executive Chef and he has been creating the famous Maçakızı gastronomy experience ever since…
Lovingly created by Chef Aret Sahakyan’s genius hands, a delicious contemporary menu ranging from fresh Mediterranean dishes to traditional Turkish cuisine
staples await you at Maçakızı.
“Chef Nights” are regularly organized in collaboration with local and international guest chefs to create special gastronomic experiences for the Maçakızı guests.
Relax in our traditional turkish hamam, enjoy a private or couples massage in our luscious gardens by our team of specialists. The Macakizi spa will invigorite your sense and awaken your soul.
For those eager to burn off a few calories or who just want to work on toning muscles, the hotel has a well-designed fitness center.
Splashed against the sparkling waters of the sea, backed up by a beautiful sunset and adorned with vibrant bouganvilleas, Maçakızı provides the perfect setting to celebrate love. Our expert team is here to realize the magic you dream of for your special day.
HALF DAY LUNCH ON CRUISE
The sea is the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love ande emotion: it is the living infinite. The globe beagan with the sea, so to speak and who know if it will not end with it?