Ten minutes with Sahir Erozan on Maçakizi Bodrum

 

Maçakizi takes a privileged location overlooking the gorgeous blue seas of the Aegean north of Bodrum and evokes the free-spirited hedonism of the 70s. Founded initially by Ayla Emiroğlu, the concept of the hotel, originally a retreat frequented by artists, is echoed throughout its current location in the ultra-fashionable Türkbükü, for which it has resided since 2000 under the direction of Emiroğlu’s son, Sahir Erozan. Today, Maçakizi is synonymous with simple yet unparalleled luxury centred around its exquisite hillside pavilion and collection of fifty-one rooms, twenty-two suites, incredible spa and the recent addition of Villa Maçakizi.

We took the time to speak with Sahir Erozan on Maçakizi’s evolution under his direction, how he has continued his mother’s legacy and what to expect from Villa Maçakizi.

 

Sahir, your mother Ayla Emiroğlu is considered an icon for her flair for combining art, gastronomy and beachy vibes to make Maçakizi the legend it is; how does it feel taking the reign?

I have been incredibly inspired by my mother and what she achieved with Maçakizi, and I am honoured to have taken the reigns.

I think I have my mother’s genes for the hospitality business, and that, paired with my hospitality and restaurant experience, means I hope to continue the hotel’s success.

It comes to me like spending any other day in my house with friends.

You brought women of gastronomy, fashion and art together for International Women’s Day; why is showcasing creative women so synonymous with the ethos of Maçakizi?

Of course, Maçakizi was created by my mother – a very special, creative and artistic woman, so it only seems right to continue her legacy in this way.

What do you love about Bodrum, and what makes Maçakizi such a special place?

Since the very beginning, Maçakizi has exuded authenticity, beauty, and peace—all attributes that are shared with the surrounding region. Alongside the exquisite location, food is a true highlight and the heart of the hotel – some people even describe us as a restaurant with rooms. Our indoor-outdoor hillside dining pavilion is headed up by the incredible Chef Aret Sahakyan, who uses the freshest, organic, seasonal produce, some of which is grown especially for us on local farms. Our wine list is also one of the finest in the country.

Maçakizi has around 70% repeat clientele; what is it that makes your guests return year after year?

There are many reasons, but I would say the personalised service. Every guest is a VIP at Maçakizi, and we do everything to ensure their stay is memorable. Every part of their stay is bespoke from addressing everyone by name to remembering their favourite dish or cocktail.

Türkbükü is often regarded as the St Tropez of Turkey. What is it about the village that has made it so fashionable over the years, and how does this tie in with the location of Maçakizi?

Bodrum was the bohemian capital of Turkey, and all the cool people — the writers, the poets, the musicians like Mick Jagger — dropped by.

It’s like a hub. We are on the southwest point of Turkey, which means all the people who cruise around on their boats and yachts in the Mediterranean stop by in Bodrum. During the summer months, the hottest clubs in Istanbul bring pop-up locations to the town, billionaires dock their yachts here or in the nearby Yalikavak marina, and the lazy village becomes as exclusive as St. Tropez.

 

How has the resort evolved since moving to its current home back in 2001, and how does it still echo the flair of the original hotel from back in the 70’s?

 I ensure that despite changes and updates, Maçakizi still exudes the same cool, effortless, and chic vibe that has been there from the start.

With various partnerships and collaborations, we continue to harness and honour creativity in all forms at Maçakizi. These include our exciting guest chef programme, where we host renowned chefs from all over the world as well as hosting art exhibitions on property. We are currently hosting a group exhibition called ‘Between Humankind and Nature’, which features paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations and digital works by national and international artists, inspired by our incredible surroundings.

The recent addition of Villa Maçakizi is a big part of the resort’s evolution and helps elevates our offering to another level of bespoke luxury.

 What flavours has Aret Sahakyan bought to Maçakizi, and what is your favourite dish at the resort and why?

 Chef Aret makes sure the gastronomy experience stays up to date with global trends and produces a regularly changing, seasonal and creative menu. It is hard to choose one favourite, but signature dishes include our famous Seafood Lahmacun (Turkish pizza), Calamari Carbonara, local Spiny Lobster with Orzo Risotto, Hot Smoked Mackerel with Fava Bean Mousse and Braised Short Rib with Charred Aubergine.

Tell us about the addition of Villa Maçakizi and what guests can expect?

Villa Maçakizi is a 5-minute boat ride from Maçakizi’s jetty and is perfectly positioned on the hillside overlooking Paradise Bay. It brings the concept of a personalised hotel experience to a whole new level for families or groups of friends celebrating or simply spending time together.

The hotel’s signature bohemian style is instilled into the property, and the Mediterranean Riviera inspires the custom interiors.

Villa Maçakizi comes with 24-hour service, 10 beautiful sea-view suites, its own spa complete with Turkish baths, a fitness centre and expansive indoor-outdoor living areas with terraces leading to an infinity pool. Grounds planted with lavender, freesia and olive trees run down to a private beachfront with cabanas on oceanfront decking, and two pontoons ready to moor arriving yachts.

Gastronomy is of course, a key part of the overall villa experience, and Chef Carlo Bernardini leads the culinary offering at the villa. The villa’s new farm-to-table culinary concept results in tailored Mediterranean family-style and fine dining feasts highlighting the best of the local produce, freshly caught seafood, including the local lobster Böcek and herbs grown in the villa’s gardens. Meals are accompanied by wines specially selected for Villa Maçakizi, which can be seen in the villa’s well-stocked wine room.

What is your fondest memory of the hotel and why?

So many sunny and happy days with friends make it difficult to pinpoint just one

 If you could give one bit of advice to a guest staying at the hotel, what would it be?

Don’t plan too much… Maçakızı days have their own rhythm… Relax & Enjoy…!

What’s your favourite hotspot in Bodrum, and why?

Recently, Several International restaurant brands have opened in Bodrum. Each brings their own global cuisine style, adding to the rich tapestry of Bodrum dining and entertainment.

As you can imagine having so many friends in the restaurant business, it is hard to separate.

Words By Jaz Grewal

The Maserati Levante

 

Embodying all the luxury aspects synonymous with a Maserati and the practicality of a five-seater SUV, the 2022 Model of the Maserati Levante is the most refined sport utility vehicle the marque has produced to date. Visually striking, the instantly recognisable feature of the Levante is undoubtedly its front grille, which bares the now hallmark tuning fork design that has appeared across Maserati’s other models of late and features the emblematic trident badge.

Available in three different trims, GT, Modena and the marque’s performance-driven Trofeo trim, each offers a different take on the Levante to suit your style and adapt to the needs of today’s urban driver.

Perhaps the gentlest in the range is the GT Hybrid; its mild yet punchy two-litre four-cylinder engine has a pioneering belt starter generator that recovers energy at the push of the brake and reduces overall consumption, all without compromising the unmistakeable Maserati performance.

Next in the line-up is the Modena, which is slightly sportier than its GT counterpart and is kitted out with a 350-hp V6 petrol engine, which has been made eco-friendly with the addition of a start-stop function. Reaching 0-100 km/h in an impressive 5.2 seconds, it has a top speed of 264km/h and despite its bitey and undeniably Maserati-sounding engine, it’s also surprisingly fuel-efficient with 11.8L lasting 100km. Looks-wise, the athletic aesthetic of Modena is subtly amplified by its sporty bumper and 20” alloy wheels which are complemented by sleek leather sports seats and a piano black trim.

The pièce de résistance of the line is the Trofeo, the ultimate embodiment of Maserati’s high performance; the Trofeo trim is a staple across the Trident’s different models and symbolises its motoring excellence. The Levante Trofeo is no exception with its twin-turbo V8 engine, carbon fibre styling, a full-grain leather interior and 21” alloys. Assembled in Ferrari’s Maranello plant, the engine of this supercar-come-SUV is based on Maserati’s Quattroporte GTS and is powered by 580bhp, making it the fastest model of the Levante range.

Amongst the most technically advanced vehicles the marque has produced to date, other additions include its Corsa mode, which has been designed to enable faster shifts and to optimise the all-wheel drive refined exclusively for the Levante Trofeo.

 

Words by Jaz Grewal

Elevated Luxe in Paphos at Cap St Georges

 

Unparalleled luxury, refined living and a natural yet design-led aesthetic set the tone for Cap St Georges, taking a scenic location towards the east of Paphos.

With a charming collection of rooms and suites, there is nothing short of breathtaking about this Mediterranean newcomer, which is the latest property in the portfolio of George Ioannou and encompasses everything from a private beach cove to ten different bar and restaurant concepts and an impressive spa.

Designed by London-based architect George Andraos, the hotel and resort have a modern flair which is mid-balanced by typically Cypriot accents throughout. From the moment you enter this magnificent hotel through the lobby overlooked by a piano, the team here greets you with a glass of bubbles as you admire the expansive chandelier adorning the ceiling and suddenly realise Cap St Georges is something special.

The rooms and suites here air a breadth of contemporary elegance, muted neutrals complement the sleek furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the natural daylight of the island. Crisp white linens are draped over the cosy king beds, and added touches include clever sofa beds and chic artwork tastefully placed on the walls.

The bathrooms are just as much a spectacle; inviting freestanding baths are paired with double sinks and relaxing shower rooms, all with Lalique toiletries as one would expect.

 

As you begin navigating this dreamy destination’s many marvels, you’ll want to spend some time at the Olympic-sized pool, which acts almost as a centrepiece for the hotel, complete with cocktail-to-lounger service, of course. Open exclusively to hotel guests; the main pool is dressed in stylish Marazzi Piedra tiles with waters that glimmer during the day as they bask in the sun.

For little ones, there are also dedicated pools, a Fun Pool for families and another pool for more minor children to enjoy a spot of splash time. If the beach is more your thing, then the resort has a beach cove spanning 130m with loungers and beach beds also fully serviced so you can enjoy a tipple as you watch the world go by and take in the dip in the glistening sea as your heart desires.

Make time to check out the Cleopatra Spa too; using Swiss favourite, Valmont, the spa has an extensive menu of holistic rituals (including its signature Rasul mud treatment) and is fully decked out with an indoor pool, hydrotherapy area and a hammam suite.

Expect to eat exceptionally well at Cap St George’s with a food offering second to none, catering to even the fussiest of palettes. The resort has eateries serving everything from local Cypriot cuisine to Italian and a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant. Finish the ultimate retreat by taking a meal beachside over at Mesoyios. Go around 8pm and take in the magical sunset over some of the finest authentic dishes on the island, along with a glass of expertly paired wine.

www.capstgeorges.com

Words by Jaz Grewal


Beauty News

We’ve curated an edit of the latest beauty products and must-haves to keep you looking and feeling on top form.

D’OTTO

A celebration of perfume as art, D’OTTO is a debut fragrance brand, exclusively available at Selfridges, presenting perfume as a liquid art. Showcased as part of the department store’s curation of sustainable brands, the fragrance house depicts a circle within its logo as a symbol of the perfection embodied through its art-inspired scents. Housed in recyclable glass bottles which are refillable within the Selfridges refill fountains at dedicated brand stations, D’OTTO’s niche creations are those imagined by perfumer Paolo Terenzi. Launching with a collection of five fragrances, the Abstract Art Collection is made up of five different olfactive families and a collection where each perfume is inspired by a piece of abstract art. A particular favourite, 2+6, is a mossy amber fragrance paying homage to Kazimir Severinovič Malevič’s Black Square painting. Notes include black pepper, Italian saffron and cardamom, Indian Oudh and caramel.

Dermanda

Following the success of her Harley Street flagship clinic, Awatif Mandour has launched Dermanda Skincare, a debut line of luxurious and result-driven products. Divine to use, the hero product in the line is Dermanda’s Stem C20 Serum, rich in vitamin E and containing 20% vitamin C; this potent formula uses hyaluronic acid to deliver moisture. Packaged in an indulgent gold bottle, the serum is enriched with stem-cell technology working to promote cell turnover and increase cell production. Skin looks brighter and more refined over time, skin tone appears more balanced, and the serum also protects it from free radicals that can otherwise cause damage.

111SKIN

111SKIN Celestial Black Diamond Cream

111SKIN’s ultra-luxe Celestial Black Diamond Cream is a decadent daily indulgence with restorative properties in targeting the signs of ageing. Best used nightly after serum, this rich moisturiser can also be used during the day to tackle dry skin and colder climes and uses black diamond particles to help its active ingredients penetrate the skin. Designed to improve elasticity, plumpness and the appearance of lines, this supercream contains NAC Y²™ known for its antioxidant protection. Active ingredients of hyaluronic acid, liquorice root and the botanical extract of Centella Asiatica work to reduce hyperpigmentation and improve brightness to give a flawlessly glowing complexion and results that are second to none.

 

Kilian

Decadently gourmand, Kilian’s seductive scent Rolling in Love celebrates the sensuality at the core of the brand’s roots since being established over a decade ago. Masterfully blended around a theme of narcotics with perfumer Pascal Gaurin, Kilian has taken a more provocative approach with this alluring scent which embodies monochromatic notes of white notes. Musky and intoxicating, Rolling in Love layers notes of ambrette seeds, almond milk, iris freesia and musk in a poetic harmony of delectable fine fragrance. Marking a new direction for the brand, Rolling in Love is housed in a rouge flacon, a first for the collection adorned with Kilian’s flagship shield motif.

Available in selected airports across the UK.

 

ghd

Creating twice as much volume from root to tip vs naturally dried hair, ghd’s rise hot brush is a game-changer. Using intelligent SMART technology, the 32mm tool consistently delivers a temperature of 185°C to the barrel whilst predicting your hair’s needs as it effortlessly glides through. Adjusting its power levels based on your styling speed, this clever piece of kit creates volume at the root and features nylon bristles that maintain close contact to the root for optimal lift and tangle-free tresses. Consider it a salon blowdry at home, anytime, anywhere.

 

Sisley

One of Sisley’s original hero products, the Buff and Wash Facial Gel, is among its best-selling cleansers. Suitable for daily use, this energising first step of a beauty ritual is enriched with natural plant extracts and essential oils to cleanse and remove dead surface cells gently. Applied to the face and throat, extract of lemon diminishes dulling complexions while soothing soy and softening poppy work to awaken the skin and leave it looking more radiant day after day.

 

Boucheron

Inspired by Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, the latest fine addition to the Boucheron Collection is Fève Tonka de Canaima, a woody amber olfactory embodying the unspoilt wilderness of its namesake landmark. With a distinct tone of brown in a nod to Venezuela’s extremely rare brown diamond, this warming scent is centred around the tonka bean, another brown rarity. Created by perfumer Alexis Dadier, this elegant fragrance is enlivened by bitter almond and violet notes to complement the vanilla undertones and sandalwood at the heart. As vibrant as it is gourmand, this delicate scent evokes the emotions of being high up in the flat-topped mountains of Canaima in a modern yet classic masterpiece of fragrance.

 

fjör

Simple yet effective, fjör’s debut hydrolytic serum has taken the skincare world by storm. A newcomer in muted Scandi-cool packaging, this no-nonsense product is suited to all skin types, focusing on sensitive and irritated skin. Fragrance-free and preservative-free, this potent serum is a carefully considered blend of active ingredients designed to reduce redness, hydrate the skin and combat the effects of ageing. Hydrolytic enzymes and collagen work to provide a protective layer on the skin while peptides tackle fine lines and the signs of ageing. Used daily, this groundbreaking product is clinically verified to improve the skin’s overall appearance with biotech technology at its core.

 

The Summer Terrace at AllBright Mayfair

Bringing summer vibes to  Maddox Street, AllBright Mayfair has launched a sun-soaked Mediterranean terrace set against the backdrop of its flagship members club for tasty sharing plates and breezy cocktails.

Open to members and their guests during the week; the Italian-inspired terrace is also open to non-members for lunch and dinner on Fridays.

Serving fruity Gin fuelled drinks in a curated offering by Malfy, favourites on the menu include the Rosa Paloma, a punchy blend of Malfy Rosa with pink grapefruit (Sicilian, of course) and soda – alongside a colourful edit of other Instagram-worthy cocktails all prepared by Allbright’s talented mixologists.

Avid foodies can also enjoy a number of typically Italian dishes created by the club’s resident Head Chef, Carlos Pinerez, which each pair perfectly with the crafted cocktails served and make for a perfect meal either for a sun-drenched lunch during the day or an evening meal overlooking the pretty greenery of the terrace.

Elevating the whole experience one step further, AllBright has partnered with renowned sustainable homeware guru Petra Palumbo who has developed a collection exclusively for the terrace. Showcasing her signature glassware, the pieces feature handpainted citrus designs and are available to purchase from the club for the duration of the terrace’s opening.

The terrace at Allbright is running until the end of August, and bookings are advised.

https://www.allbrightcollective.com/club/mayfair

 

The Ultimate Staycation at Chateau Denmark

 

Chateau Denmark has reinvented the concept of the staycation and encompasses a collection of curious session rooms and apartments all set against the iconic backdrop of Soho’s Denmark Street.

As alluring as it is iconic, this under-the-radar hideaway takes pride of place a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road Station and shares its location with Outernet London and the ever-popular Cantonese restaurant, Tattu London.

Checking in is all rather unassuming, accessed via the same entrance as Tattu, the discreet check-in desk is nothing out of the ordinary, and one would be forgiven for bypassing it as you enter the modern lobby.

It’s the moment you are introduced to one of Chateau Denmark’s vivid and colourful Butlers, otherwise aptly abbreviated BTLRs (we had the pleasure of Frederick), you suddenly realise this hotel spanning some 16 buildings is nothing short of special.

Steering away from the usual stereotype of a Butler, the intrinsic team of hosts here have a certain flair to them; think of them more as experiential gurus, and as one would expect almost no request is too much to ask.

Transcend into your goth-meets-art boudoir of a room, and you may be surprised to find a fridge (rather than a minibar) stocked with all the champagne and spirits one could possibly ask for, and in the larger accommodations, a generous dancefloor overlooked by a plush four-poster bed, and you may quickly find yourself ready to dance the night (or even the day) away.

There is more than meets the eye to the tastefully designed rooms and apartments here; you could quickly conclude that you’ve settled in for a stay at a party pad away from home. However, spaces here offer refined living, and a number of modern touches add a certain je ne sais quoi that one can quickly become accustomed to.

Designed by acclaimed Taylor Howes, the unapologetic grandeur of Chateau Denmark is echoed throughout the immersive living spaces. The bold aesthetic is also present in public spaces, notably in the recently opened Thirteen Bar, complete with a cocktail list to die for.

The inviting bathtubs are a highlight, freestanding and, in most cases, directly next to the bed in a nod away from constraining the indulgence of bath time to the bathroom. The beds are remarkably sumptuous and equally as alluring with decadent bedding and soft furnishings at the helm; this is all complemented by statement wallpaper and curated artwork adorning the walls.

Aimable in its aesthetic and undoubtedly in the most convenient of locations to explore the vibrant streets of Soho (should you actually decide to leave your abode) – Chateau Denmark is nothing short of a marvel – whoever said staying in wasn’t the new going out?

www.chateaudenmark.com

Text by Jaz Grewal.