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In my previous post, I mentioned that there are only two options in Bodrum in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. I decided to try out The Bodrum EDITION for my first of three nights, and then moved on to a more familiar brand - the Luxury Collection. My favourite resort in the world falls under the Luxury Collection, so I was looking forward to trying out Caresse.
Because I wasn’t familiar with the EDITION brand, I decided to just try it out for one night and spend the other two at Marriotts other Bodrum property. At the time of booking, Caresse was going for around €800 per night. Alternatively, it could be booked for just 50,000 Bonvoy points, which I value at a minimum of $500. Two nights at this resort cost me 100,000 points, which is a bit steep in hindsight for what I got.
After checking out of the Bodrum EDITION around 2:00 PM, they called for a taxi to take me to Caresse on the other side of town. I was sad to be leaving, but excited to try out a new property.
Caresse has a long driveway down from the main road, and there is a brief security check before you can enter the property. A staff member immediately took my bags while I was checked in and delivered them to my room. As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite member, I was offered a welcome benefit of free breakfast or 1000 Bonvoy points, an obvious choice. I was also upgraded from a standard room to a one bedroom “Caresse Residence”. The check in agent gave me a quick overview of the hotel and escorted me to my room.
Shortly after arrival, I got a call from the front desk asking if I consume alcohol, which I confirmed. They said they would be dropping off a welcome drink, though it never ended up showing up. I guess it’s the thought that counts?
The hotel rooms are in the main building, while villas and “residences” are in separate blocks all over the resort. My residence was located just one block up from the lobby, which was convenient.
It was spacious, with a full size kitchen (I’m not sure who would cook while on vacation, but you could if you wanted to), living room, bedroom, and two bathrooms.
The outdoor space was massive as well, there was a seating area just off the living room, and a smaller space with sun beds outside the bedroom.
The grassy area was dedicated to my residence, but wasn’t exactly private - the main path to the rest of the rooms in my block was just off to the side.
In the evening, I wanted to go for dinner but there were several cows hanging around the room and it didn’t seem safe to get too close to them to leave the room. I sent a message on the Marriott App and someone came to remove them right away, not a big deal but it just seemed strange to have cows roaming around a 5 star resort.
Being a Luxury Collection property, the hotel offers free breakfast as a welcome amenity to Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite members in the Marriott Bonvoy program. I wasn’t able to fully enjoy the breakfast, as I had arranged a day trip to Kos, Greece on my first morning. I stopped by to check it out, but didn’t have much time due to the early departure for the tour. The selection was decent, and I managed to grab some fresh fruit and a few small pastries before heading out.
The hotel has a beautiful little beach with sun beds and umbrellas. It was never too busy, but I was there just as they were preparing for peak season. The water is a beautiful brilliant blue, and looks very inviting.
To be honest, I was expecting more from a high end Luxury Collection Resort in a bougie beach town. The property was nice enough, but didn’t give off the high end vibes that the price point suggests. It seemed like more of a family resort, than a place to actually go and relax.
The service was nowhere near as personalized or refined as I experienced at The Bodrum EDITION; I wasn’t greeted by name on arrival, and didn’t really feel at home. They offered a welcome gift and never delivered. I appreciate the effort, but it looks bad for a property charging upwards of €800 per night.
I met someone at the resort who was staying in a suite in the hotel portion, and he really enjoyed the experience. I believe being removed from the hotel in the residence was a totally different vibe, even though I was in the closest block. A suite in the main building likely would have been a totally different experience, but the property overall simply didn’t “wow” me. I would have been much happier at the EDITION property those two extra nights, but I’m glad I had an opportunity to experience both resorts.
Would I stay here again?
No. When I return to Bodrum in the future, it will be back to The Bodrum Edition with Ali and his lovely team.
Ijaaz has been fascinated by air travel since he was a child, and his goal is to become an airline pilot. Ijaaz’s family enjoys travel and takes a trip at least every couple years. His first trip to Asia was for a family wedding in 2015, when they visited Thailand and Hong Kong. Ijaaz was hooked at this point, and has since returned to Hong Kong at least a dozen times. He applied for his first credit card right after his 19th birthday, and has been in the points game ever since. His travels have taken him to over 30 countries all over the globe, and he is known to book flights last minute to new and interesting destinations.