Updated: May 4, 2022
Allium Bodrum Resort & Spa - Five nights
After so many years of endless travel, finding a five-star boutique hotel that delivers on its promise is simply a delight.
Allium Bodrum is a boutique resort hotel with only 36 rooms on the Bodrum peninsula, Yalikavak in Turkey. It is exceptionally well maintained, delivers excellent personal service and leverages its aspect to provide the perfect relaxing holiday.
The team have amazing energy and vibe. The staff are always happy to talk and share wonderful stories and recommendations of their country. Nothing is too complicated; the whole team work seamlessly together. You can feel the energy and enjoyment they have working at Allium.
Cliff Bodrum is the hotel restaurant and bar, and this is where the food doesn't get sidelined by the view. Yes, you'll enjoy simply beautiful blood orange and red sunsets that take your breath away or lunches enjoying the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea.
We enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner; all standout meals. Firstly, the breakfast is à la carte (very refreshing for a hotel). After so many average buffets, it was a blessing to experience breakfast on a whole new level, your choice instead of a traditional Turkish breakfast (which tends to be quantity over quality). We are talking about every item being cooked to order in an amazing open plan kitchen, freshly prepared by a passionate team of gourmet chefs.
Enjoying your lunch with a cool breeze while soaking up that extraordinary view with a glass of wine, what's not to enjoy? Service is excellent and cannot be faulted. Exquisite dinner with a fantastic sunset, yes, please!
A very extensive wine list covering all regions of the world, while more premium pricing, you'll find some gems in the list that are very well priced. The wine list is the only area we can fault with pricing exceeding the quality of the wines. However, you can delve into the list and pick a lovely wine to complement your meal.
The decor of the resort, think Hamptons style, contemporary furniture that is immaculately maintained. The infinity pool is divine, with plenty of lounges, day beds, cabanas and even areas to sit in the shade while enjoying that stunning view of the turquoise Aegean sea. The service at the pool was again perfect, with chilled water on offer and served by the ever-attentive team.
The rooms are very spacious and beautifully designed, with a heavenly bed with the highest quality of linens and uninterrupted views. You are spoilt with Molten Brown amenities and thoughtful touches on arrival with beach wraps and flip flops.
We stayed during the shoulder season, and the value proposition is perfect, and it is peaceful and spacious. During the summer season, based on the resort's size, the facilities will cater to all comfortably as well.
The location of the resort has a remote and private feel. Still, you are only a short 15-minute walk along the seaside into Yalikavak, where you have a bunch of beach clubs, restaurants and a world-class marina with an abundance of designer brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Valentino and much more.
Allium Bodrum is the perfect resort for your relaxing getaway. From the moment you step into this magical resort to the moment you leave, you are in paradise. You are indulged with mouthwatering welcome treats and a farewell gift, a small lavender tree to take with you and plant as a reminder of your magical stay and help the environment.
We will be back; this is a getaway that you must enjoy again. (Update, we were back the following weekend and ended up extending our 3 night stay to 5 nights, and were equally impressed).