Good food abounded in Bodrum this spring, starting with our very ''not-Turkish'' curry cook off at Erenler Sofrasi in March. It was a very warm and welcoming cooking session on a chilly Saturday evening at Asli Mutlu's bucolic green garden restaurant in Ortakent. Asli offers customized local Bodrum market tours, Turkish and Greek cooking classes and fabulous dinners at her restaurant, all focusing on locally sourced, organic products.
We also had a fantastic private evening at the Istanbul Charcuterie and Tapas Bar, a venture whose name sounds like the ultimate head-scratching oxymoron, but which really delivers all as promised. One corner of the venue is a high end delicatessen with an amazing array of local and imported cheeses, salamis, sausages and mezes, and the other half is a full scale bar and restaurant with unrivaled outdoor seating, watching the gulets glide in and out of Bodrum harbor.
Our latest excursion was the launch of an Aussie-Turkish partnership, Sugar and Salt, a meld of bistro, restaurant and tapas bar in a tucked away corner only meters from the Bodrum Milta marina. The early April opening was spectacular both socially and taste-bud wise, and we can't wait to taste the full meal.
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts will welcome its second JW Marriott Hotel in Turkey on May 15th. The 107-room property is located in Yalikavak town on the Bodrum Peninsula with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea.
Family suites and two bedroom suites are ideal for groups or those travelling with children, whilst many of the villas offer a private pool for the ultimate retreat.
The hotel sits on its own private beach and boasts a dock for guests arriving by boat or taking a day trip sailing.
Formerly named Karia Princess IV, the new owner of this handsome gulet is none other than Doğan Güneri, also the owner of Kaya Güneri IV.
Known for his meticulous upkeep and attention to detail, he has revamped the gulet and also lowered the price to make her more competitive with other luxury gulets.
One of her neatest features are the original Carian hieroglypics which decorate her hull. Her prices range from 2250 to 4125 Euro per day. More information on Kaya Güneri Plus is here.
With the launch of Southern Cross Timer this week, Queen of Karia and Why Not will follow in mid April, both preparing for their first end of April charters.
It's been a long, wet winter in Bodrum, Turkey and our crews are excited about being on the water again. Emrah Captain and Chef Mehmet did a splendid job with varnish on Why Not, as did Captain Mandingo and Chef Omer on Southern Cross Timer throughout the winter. Mo Captain oversaw 18 coats of varnish on Queen of Karia, as well as overseeing all of the running around for the fleet.
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