Barbaros Bay – Jetsetter Hideaway

Barbaros Bay – Jetsetter Hideaway


The Kempinski Barbaros Bay is a real hideaway for jetsetters. The week before our stay, Liz Hurley did a photoshoot there and celebrity footballers are a regular fixture. Set on the stunning Bodrum Peninsula, it overlooks the Aegean sea, the clearest water in the world.

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We arrived at the Kempinski Barbaros Bay on a beautiful day. There is a sense of anticipation as you drive up the hill past the international flags to the stunning entrance.

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Kempinski Barbaros Bay exterior - www.luxurycolumnist.comKempinski had kindly upgraded us to a superior room, which had a beautiful view of the sea from the balcony, and a comfy day bed.

Kempinski Barbaros Bay room with balcony - www.luxurycolumnist.com
We sampled the tasty welcome treat that was waiting there for us.

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Then we set about exploring the vast hotel grounds. The infinity pool has the most amazing minarets.

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It looks equally stunning by night.

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There is an adults only sun deck from which you can dive directly into the sea, or taste one of the signature pink cocktails. They play relaxing chill out music and you could easily while away a whole morning easily here.

Kempinski Barbaros Bay sun deck - www.luxurycolumnist.com
We then headed to the resort’s adult only silent beach which also has a lovely grassy area with hammocks and day beds.

Kempinski hammock - www.luxurycolumnist.com
There is a family beach next to it and the Barbarossa fish and seafood restaurant. You can also participate in water sports – electric pedalo, kayak and jet ski for which there is an additional charge.

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The resort has a fabulous selection of restaurants including Saigon Club where you can taste Asian and Pacific-Rim delicacies.

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We were meeting friends at the nearby Mangalci restaurant for dinner and tucked into an array of Turkish mezze.

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Breakfast the next morning was an impressive buffet – I particularly liked the omelettes and Bircher muesli yoghurts.

Breakfast at Kempinski - www.luxurycolumnist.com
The resort has a fantastic spa area, with an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, separate ladies’ and mens’ hammam, steam room and sauna. If you haven’t been to a hammam, it is a great experience. First you lie on a heated marble slab to prepare your body for the treatment. Your masseur then uses olive oil soap and a coarse mitt to scrub away any dead skin cells – you will be surprised how much accumulates! Then they throw water over your head, which can come as a bit of a surprise. The result is skin as soft as a baby’s.

Kempinski Barbaros Bay spa - www.luxurycolumnist.com
The true luxury at Kempinski Barbaros Bay is the sense of space, there are so many different indoor and outdoor areas to explore!

Kempinski Barbaros Bay lobby - www.luxurycolumnist.com
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Read my top 5 things to do in Bodrum here.

Visit the Kempinski Barbaros Bay website here