Travel Dream - Winter 2014/15 - page 8

nce in a while you get really lucky in the
search for the ideal, luxury Mediterranean
resort. At
D-Hotel Maris
all the constituent
elements are supremely delivered. For a start the resort
occupies a very secluded cove within a vast,
untouched nature reserve on the starkly beautiful
Datca Peninsula. The surrounding volcanic mountains
offer a splendid panorama that juxtaposes vividly with
the crystal clear waters of the Aegean.
What takes this luxury resort into superstar status is the
ingenious skill with which the Dogus Group, faced with
complete restrictions on re-development of the
exterior facade, have transformed the existing property
into a beautifully designed space fusing Turkey’s exotic
charm with modern minimalistic glamour.
The hotel boasts 200 rooms and suites as well as a stand-
alone VIP villa. All are finished with richly hued woods,
subtle chrome accents and elegant marble surfaces, and
come complete with WiFi, iPhone docks and touch-
screen control panels. Most of the rooms and suites have
private balconies and a bathtub with a view whilst the
villa, which can sleep 4 guests, enhances the superlative
hotel experience with 24-hour butler service, a private
pool, hamman and sauna.
Extensive outside spaces guarantee that all guests will
never feel crowded, whether relaxing at the edge of
the vast infinity pool or at any one of the hotel's five
Blue Flag beaches dotted around the bay, each lined
with glorious white sand (imported from Egypt each
year!), picturesque palms and luxurious beach beds.
This includes an exclusive beach dedicated to
Executive Club Lounge guests whilst Serenity Beach is
for those who want just that - life without distractions
especially mobile phones.
For a wide range of water activities head to Coliseum
Beach. D-Hotel Maris provides excellent equipment
and trainers, and the calm, private bay makes it the
perfect place to try diving, catamaran sailing, water
skiing and wake boarding. For the ultimate waterborne
indulgence you can even charter D-Hotel Maris'
beautiful custom-made 100-foot yacht
or their
55-foot Azimut day cruiser. Land based activities
include bike rides, tennis classes and mountain treks.
There is a cornucopia of culinary delights at D-Hotel
Maris, with six restaurants and four bars that each pair
flawless menus with exquisite settings. A buffet
breakfast of both international and Turkish dishes
(including the region's famous local almonds and
Turkish Delight
A hidden gem in the heart of the Datca Peninsula
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