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Vedat Aşci - Chairman, Astaş Holdings
Upon arrival in Turkey we were warmly greeted by Laura from Toh
PR and taken by chauffeur to the stylish Marmara Hotel in Bodrum
city centre. Here we were joined by our fantastic host, Sedef Baran
from Astaş Holding. After a delicious supper by the open fire in the
Marmara’s restaurant and another few hours of talking with Arnie, it
was finally time to retire.
The next day we visited the stunning castle and the charming port area
of the city. A range of restaurants and cafés line the harbour and it’s a
moment of pleasure to sit and sip a coffee watching the bobbing of
the traditional Turkish wooden boats known as ‘gulets’. After passing
through the winding alleyways of the outdoor market we set off for
the enticingly titled Paradise Bay, the location for the new Mandarin
Oriental Bodrum, hotel and residences – the Hotel Group’s first-ever
resort project in Europe.
The name of the setting for this exciting new development in Turkish
is Cennet Koyu, and it has had this highly complimentary name for
centuries. It’s easy to see why it was named Paradise Bay when we
pull up to the reception area – the stunning landscape here is comprised
of beautiful pine forests and ancient olive groves alongside idyllic
turquoise bays, with an always prevailing warm and breezy climate.
Bodrum has been frequently referred to as the “Monte Carlo of the