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 house.
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.
The 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 oleander.
The arrival courtyard delights all the senses with designs from local artisans and spouting arcs of water into the reflecting pool.
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 guests.
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. Theres 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, theres 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 meters).
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 floor.
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 resorts 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.