Seaside Serenity at Susona Bodrum
Tucked away on a private peninsula surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of the Turkish Riviera, Emily Williams checks into Susona Bodrum’s contemporary ocean-themed oasis.
One thing we desire on a Mediterranean honeymoon is the presence of water, whether that be the soothing lap of the waves on the shore, a sleek infinity pool surveying panoramic sea views, or a refreshing drink to slurp on in the midsummer sun. At Susona Bodrum in Torba Bay, Hilton’s first LXR property in Turkey, H2O is forever in abundance. From the blue flag-awarded private beach to the swim-up cocktail bar and boardwalk jetties that step directly into the ocean, every architectural design feature is reminiscent of the element of water.
Aquatic inspiration flows into every curved corner of the hotel and it ties into the namesake itself. ‘Susona’ originates from the Turkish name for a mythological mermaid who controls the seas, hence why the hotel’s configuration resembles the shape of a water droplet. With a high-energy centre surrounded by circular rings of villas and the state-of-the-art Spa Soul, I soon felt in tune with its fluid rhythm. Each morning, I’d fuel up with a traditional Turkish breakfast at Ezi, one of the two refined restaurants at the apex of the resort, then spiral down towards the uplifting DJ beats at Frankie’s Beach Club, where afternoons were spent swaying between the irresistible pull of the outdoor pool and the temptation of the Aegean Sea.
Across the resort, there are 76 guest rooms and standalone villas that cascade towards the ocean to maximise the peninsula's views from every angle. My King Junior Suite had an airy and modern aesthetic, fitted with a well-appointed en suite, plenty of spacious storage, and a super-size bed backed by a large mirror that reflected coastal views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. On the ground floor, the balconies are swapped for private plunge pools and manicured gardens, many of which would make idyllic settings for intimate alfresco wedding receptions after a ceremony on the seafront jetty.
Susona Bodrum’s award-winning culinary offering is another highlight, promising an escape from the ordinary. I recommend trying their local delicacies, including oven-roasted ‘Manti’, a tasty Turkish Ravioli served alongside a trio of smoked yoghurt, paprika butter and fresh mint pesto, and the sublime ‘Kadayif’ custard for dessert, which had a base of pistachio crumble, topped by vanilla pudding, caramelised sugar sauce and summer berries. As the evening draws to a close, the expert bar staff can rustle up a bespoke cocktail for you at the boho-style Malva bar, such as a spin on the classic gin and tonic, infused with satsumas from local fruit trees.
As one exclusive property out of just 11 Hilton LXR Hotels & Resorts around the world, the collection focuses on delivering personalised service along with a window into local life through immersive excursions. During my stay, we had the opportunity to venture around the Bodrum peninsula to go wine tasting at the picturesque boutique Karnas Vineyard and visit the enchanting Etrim village, one of the oldest hubs of Turkish carpet weaving. After learning about their organic dyes and intricate techniques, we explored an Alladin’s cave of woven wonders and shared an authentic meal on the veranda, while fresh bread was baked on the hearth beside us. These are the kind of memories that stay with you forever, and thanks to Susona Bodrum, it’s exciting to find a chic honeymoon hotel that extends your experience beyond the resort to connect with the cultural spirit of the destination.
Nightly rates at Susona Bodrum start from £350 based on two people sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis. To book your stay, visit lxrhotels3.hilton.com/lxr/susona-bodrum/.
Turkish Airlines provide a direct flight from London to Bodrum, or guests can enjoy a stopover in Istanbul with lounge access and a complimentary city tour with Touristanbul. Find out more at turkishairlines.com/en-gb/
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