Mandarin Oriental — Bodrum, Turkey
It has never been easier to find luxury digs from which to enjoy Turkey’s magical southeast coastline. The latest offering, Mandarin Oriental’s Bodrum property, covers 60 hectares of the spectacular waterfront, offering 59 guestrooms, 27 suites, 23 apartments and a couple of sprawling Presidential Villas to boot. Each room allows easy access to the Aegean Sea with a sundeck, balcony or terrace; the suites even feature outdoor showers, private gardens and plunge pools. Casual tapas are available at the M2 Bar, while Assaggio boasts top Italian cuisine - not to mention afternoon tea in the Terrace Lounge. The Olive Garden - not to be confused with the American casual dining chain of the same name - serves up local fare in an al fresco setting. When the sun is at its most brutal, guests head to the 2,700 sq m spa, or hire a Turkish gulet (a traditional wooden sailing vessel) or helicopter for a tour of the surrounding beaches and hills.