Amanruya is located on the southeastern Aegean coast of Turkey, on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula in Mandalya Bay. Named after the Sanskrit-derived word for peace, ‘aman’, and the Turkish word for dream, ‘ruya’, the property is surrounded by ancient olive groves and the hills behind are cloaked in Mediterranean pine forest. The resort combines Mediterranean and Ottoman architectural design elements, all the while complementing and respecting the property’s pristine natural surrounds. On arrival the tone is set for the cool, spare and elegant interior design found throughout Amanruya.
Turkey’s currency is the Turkish Lira. Cash in Euros and US dollars and travellers cheques are easy to exchange, although changing other country’s currencies can be difficult. ATMs are available.
Turkish is the dominant language although a number of regional dialects are also spoken. Turkish is distantly related to Finnish and Hungarian. English is widely spoken in the main cities and tourist areas.
Electricity is 220-240 volts/50 hertz
Turkey is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Child below 12 years old sharing with 2 adults stays complimentary.
1 May to 14 June, 2015:
For 1 night stay: continental breakfast is included for two persons per room
For stays of 2 nights or more: full board for two persons per room
Offering a spa menu of facials, massages and wellness therapies, the spa treatment rooms are situated close to the main swimming pool.
High Speed Internet Access
Free wifi is available.
Called Halicarnassus in ancient times and situated just south of Amanruya, Bodrum has long been a favoured summer destination for Turkish city dwellers. Cafes, restaurants and bars have flourished along the city’s marina which is also the starting point of day trips to various Greek islands. Sailing around the Bodrum Peninsula on a gulet is an experience not to be missed. Shopping in and around Bodrum is quite an adventure, with dozens of shops lining the busy narrow streets. Bodrum also offers a varied nightlife scene. Joining in the singing, dancing, eating and drinking at one of the local meyhanes (taverns) is an unforgettable experience. Bodrum also offers a number of historic sites including its most prominent landmark – the 15th-century Castle of St. Peter.
Didyma is a prime tourist attraction due to the ruins of the world-renowned Temple of Apollo, built in the 7th century BC to honour the god of prophecy and oracles. By 500BC, this shrine had become one of the leading oracles of the Greek world, second only to the great oracle at Delphi.
Miletus flourished as a centre for art and industry in its heyday, and its most striking attraction today is the 15,000 seat theatre, dating from AD100. The Baths of Faustina, dating from AD43 and named after the wife of Emperor Marcus Aurelius are another site worth visiting, and the inspiration for the modern Turkish bath or hammam.
The ancient city of Priene enjoys a breathtaking setting between mountain and river and is believed to have been settled before 1,000BC. Remarkably well preserved, the city offers the Temple of Athena, built in the 4th century BC as directed by Alexander the Great. The theatre, dating from the 3rd century BC could seat 5,000 and the stadium still today features starting blocks for athletes and a gymnasium adorned with 2,000-year-old, school-boy graffiti.
The ruins of Ephesus (Efes), an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, are situated a 2½-hour drive north of Amanruya and can be visited on a day trip taking in Didyma, Miletus and Priene on the way. Other ancient sites worth visiting could include Labranda, Herakleia, Euromos and Pamukkale, with its hot springs, travertines and terraces of carbonate minerals.
Turkey has a variety of microclimates resulting in an amazing array of produce. This produce, combined with the freshest of local seafood, allows the kitchen at Amanruya to deliver a seasonal menu featuring Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Amanruya’s homebaked bread and informal Meze platters make for superb in-suite dining or picnic options. Amanruya offers a number of dining pavilions and lounges, as well as the Beach Club where light meals and refreshments can be enjoyed throughout the day.