In Turkey, the Six Senses Kaplankaya—which joined Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas last May—will open for the season this May following a major renovation led by New York-based Clodagh Design.
Originally designed by Barcelona-based OAB architects, the resort, owned by Capital Partners of Turkey, was reimagined to bring it in line with Six Senses design, sustainability and wellness standards.
Located across the bay from Bodrum, the Six Senses Kaplankaya has 141 guestrooms, six suites, 66 Ridge Villas and residences. The resort is carved into giant rock formations with green-roofed buildings and views of the Aegean Sea.
Guests arriving at the resort will walk through a lantern-lit portal and wooden doors into a sky-lit lobby, which has views of the property's remaining four floors and the sea. Beneath the lobby, there will be a sculptural collage of kilim rugs and leather-clad ottomans on layered Turkish rugs, interspersed with tables crafted from pieces of local olive wood.
These traditional touches will continue in the guestrooms. The wall behind the bed will be backed with woven leather. The bed will sit on a locally designed flat-weave carpet. The guestrooms will use a yellow hue, and will incorporate indigo, ochre and turquoise into the color schemes. These rooms will also have a walk-in closet, desk niche with an original painting by a Turkish artist, and a chair. Behind the desk, there will be a coffee maker and minibar. On the technology front, guestrooms will have iPads for control of air-conditioning and lights, Marshall Bluetooth speaker and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Some of the Ridge Villas will have private pools. Each villa will have a garden, an outdoor shower, plunge pool or cabana. The gardens will have a terrace for outdoor dining. In the bathroom, there will be a deep window seat with a garden view.
The property will have three dining venues: Sage & Sea Restaurant and Bar, Wild Thyme Restaurant and Bar, and Mezze by the Sea Restaurant. There will also be a new Library Bar, which will have views across the bay, and combines armchairs with sofas for a relaxed atmosphere. The Alchemy bar, meanwhile, has a large Chef's Table for 14 guests.
Six Senses Kaplankaya has five high-tech conference and event rooms that Clodagh designed with neutral colors. The meeting spaces also include a dedicated garden that includes herbs, fruit trees, jasmine flowers and grapevines that wind over shaded pergolas. The outdoor space also has a meditation labyrinth and bleachers that let guests sit close to the water.
Entry to the 107,640-square foot Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya will be through a 23-foot meditation walk, illuminated by glowing ottoman patterns and a ceiling with glittering lights. The spa will be spread over two floors and have 20 treatment rooms, steamrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a traditional Turkish Hammam, an ice room, a crystal steamroom, a Finnish sauna, a private watsu pool, nail and hair salons, and a Six Senses Alchemy Bar.
Photo credit: Six Senses Kaplankaya