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On my recent trip to the Middle East, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend the entire time in Turkey or head down to Israel as well for Tel Aviv Pride. Because I was booking so last minute, flights between Istanbul and Tel Aviv were super expensive, including flights on budget airlines like Pegasus. Hotels were also far more than they usually would be, and there weren’t many points options available since pride is such a big event in Tel Aviv.
I began looking for other options and had heard wonderful things about Bodrum. Flights on Turkish Airlines domestically were reasonably priced, even in business class. I ended up spending about $280 for the round trip flight, which also got me access to the Turkish Airlines Domestic Check-In Priority Lounge at the new Istanbul Airport. The flight was uneventful, though it seems Bodrum is a popular family vacation spot - soooo many screaming children in the lounge and onboard!
Being a Titanium Elite member in the Marriott Bonvoy program, I tend to give most of my business to Marriott branded hotels. Bodrum has two options in the Marriott portfolio; The Bodrum EDITION, and Caresse, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa. Both were going for about €800 per night, and they are Category 6 properties costing 50,000 points per night. I value my Marriott Bonvoy points at just over 1 cent per point, so the decision to redeem here was an easy one.
I decided to split my stay up and try both hotels, starting with a brand I had never experienced before - EDITION. Since I hadn’t tried the brand before and wasn’t sure what to expect, I decided to book only one night and spend the other two at the Luxury Collection property. The booking process was easy; once I selected the dates I wanted, I simply clicked through and confirmed the booking with points from my account.
You can transfer points over from American Express, where one Membership Rewards point will get you 1.2 Marriott Bonvoy points. I would only recommend doing this with points earned through your AMEX Cobalt card since those are generally worth 1 cent each and can’t be transferred to airlines directly. Alternatively, applying for the Marriott Bonvoy card from American Express would earn you a free night at this hotel in exchange for the $120 annual fee.
I had spent the previous two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul and got a late afternoon flight on Turkish Airlines to Bodrum. I got a taxi once I arrived, and was at the hotel about 45 minutes later. I was immediately greeted by name by Ali, the Guest Relations Manager. He had made an effort to find out approximately when I would be arriving and stayed late to welcome me. I was offered a refreshing welcome drink and the team quickly checked me in and confirmed my late check out the following day. Upgrades at EDITION hotels aren’t technically an elite benefit, but they still managed to give me a partial sea-view room. Even in a fairly standard room, it was very nice and I had no complaints.
I was given a room in block 7, on the lower level. As you walk in, you’re welcomed by natural light and a beautiful neutral colour scheme. Some may find it too bland or boring, but I personally love the understated look. It’s quite the opposite of something like a W branded hotel, which is also geared towards millennials.
The room was spacious, with a fabulous king sized bed that looks right out towards the Aegean Sea. The room had a large desk, and a welcome amenity of “sea sponges”. These were formed out of white chocolate and mimic the real sea sponges found by the pier.
There was also a comfortable seating area and coffee table, again with very neutral colours.
The bathroom was well designed, with a separate shower stall and toilet hidden away. There was a large soaker tub and some bath salts, though I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it on my short stay. The water pressure in the rain head shower was excellent and the amenities provided were by an upscale New York brand called “Le Labo”.
The room opens out onto a balcony with a small seating area which looks out over the sea.
EDITION hotels don’t typically include breakfast for elites, although this hotel was an exception and the breakfast spread was plentiful. They provided a traditional Turkish Breakfast complete with tomato scrambled eggs & cheese and a Turkish coffee. Another thing unique about this particular EDITION; breakfast is served until 4:00 PM. No need to force yourself awake before 10:00 AM just so you can eat - another win for this property!
The hotel has a private beach which was rather empty when I arrived in the evening. It makes for a great place to catch the sunset, and what a beautiful sunset it was.
The property is built into a big slope, so you have the option of going up and down the stairs or grabbing a buggy wherever you are. The hotel was quite full due to it being the start of peak season, but didn’t feel crowded at all. The infinity edge pool seemed to always be empty.
The hotel is located 50km away from the Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) and a metered taxi will run you about 250 Turkish lira. The hotel is on the north side of the town and looks over the Aegean Sea. You can get to the Bodrum-Kos ferry terminal in about 25 mins, and that makes for a great day trip. We’ll talk about Kos in an upcoming post. In terms of things to do around the hotel, I’m not really sure - I only spent one night before moving south to Caresse, and didn’t venture out from the hotel much.
EDITION Hotels seem to be geared towards a younger crowd, while still keeping a classy vibe. The service overall was excellent; I was personally greeted by the Guest Relations Manager upon arrival, and he saw me off when it was time to go as well. We had a good chat about planes (we’re both avgeeks) and he gave me a few tips for my stay in Bodrum. In the past, I used to stay away from EDITION hotels simply because of the lack of elite benefits, but I will definitely give them a try in the future if they’re anything like this one.
Would I stay here again?
I was made to feel right at home and loved the chill vibe the hotel gave out. The staff was excellent, and the service was personalized. Managers rarely make an effort to get to know their guests, but Ali welcomed me himself and it was very much appreciated.
Have you ever stayed at an EDITION Hotel? What was your experience like?
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.