Vladislav Doronin: Travel Events in Turkey

Vladislav Doronin, Aman Resorts owner, chairman and CEO, heads an organisation that has earned a global reputation for creating iconic ultraluxury residences and resorts in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. This article will focus on Amanruya, Aman’s exclusive offering in Bodrum, Turkey, providing an overview of annual events within easy reach of the resort.

Amanruya’s private pebble beach is lapped by the glittering turquoise Aegean and surrounded by ancient pine forests. The resort sits amidst olive groves and cypress trees on the north coast of the Bodrum Peninsula. This village-like resort presents blissful solitude, boasting an abundance of space without sacrificing privacy. Each pavilion features private gardens and heated pools, presenting the ultimate in comfort and indulgence, along with spacious terraces, stunning sea or garden views, fireplaces and four-poster beds.

Combining Turkish and Mediterranean architectural details, Amanruya’s stone pavilions come with a variety of in-room refreshments, including a coffee machine. Arriving guests are welcomed with a selection of amenities, including a bottle of local wine, homemade Turkish delight and a platter of delicious fresh fruit. All stays include a daily a la carte breakfast and daily afternoon tea, accompanied by a selection of morish sweets and cookies.

Skirted by pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, Turkey’s Aegean coastline offers idyllic fishing and sailing opportunities. Situated on a sheltered bay on the Bodrum peninsula, Amanruya is the ideal location to enjoy water sports like canoeing or snorkelling, with a range of equipment available at its Beach Club.

Presenting an unparalleled Seven Region Dining Experience, Amanruya invites guests on a culinary journey, sampling exclusive tasting menus created by Chef Ömer Çam – with each sumptuous dish highlighting the very finest elements of its unique region. Over the course of seven weeks, the Seven Region Dining Experience explores seven distinct regions of Turkey, starting with the Aegean and moving on to the Black Sea, covering Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, the Mediterranean, Marmara and finally ending with Southeastern Anatolia.

For those seeking an authentic taste of Turkish culture during their stay, the following annual events are within easy reach of Amanruya.

The Bodrum International Ballet Festival

Presented by the State Opera and Ballet, Bodrum International Ballet Festival is one of the leading ballet festivals globally, welcoming outstanding companies from across the nation and indeed the world. Staged each July and August at Bodrum Castle, the festival presents spectacular performances of ballet in the spellbinding atmosphere of this historic venue.

The Bicycle Festival

Staged in May by the Bodrum Nature Sports Club, the annual Bicycle Festival starts in Neyzen Tevfik Street, leading competitors on a winding course encompassing virtually every bicycle trail Bodrum has to offer, before ending at the Quay centre. A variety of activities are presented throughout the course of the day, including live music performances, dance shows and other activities.

Heritage Festival at Halikarnassos

Created to help conserve Turkey’s cultural heritage and showcase the historical beauty of Bodrum to the whole world, the Heritage Fair and Conference is a celebration of Turkish traditions through arts, craft, storytelling and other forms of entertainment. The event brings together celebrated artists, intellectuals and gourmet chefs, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes, experiencing Turkey’s rich culture in all of its colourful splendour.

The Bodrum Cup

An international event for classic sailing yachts, the Bodrum Cup is a sailing regatta that welcomes around 80 yachts each year, with entrants sailing five legs spread out over the course of five days. Established in 1989 by the ERA Bodrum Sailing Club, the event was created with the mission of helping sea enthusiasts to access sailing lessons, as well as supporting professional yacht crews. Having endured to date without interruption thanks to the support of enthusiasts with a boundless love of the sea, the Bodrum Cup has contributed significantly to promotion of sailing in Turkey, helping to introduce the sport to new generations.

Victory Day

Held on 30th August each year, Victory Day celebrates the victory of Turkish forces over their Greek enemies in 1922, specifically commemorating their victory in the Battle of Dumlupinar in the Turkish War of Independence. Celebrated throughout Bodrum along with other towns and cities up and down the country, Victory Day is a national holiday in Turkey.

Gümüşlük International Music Festival

Staged in the tiny fishing village of Gümüşlük on Turkey’s southwest coast, the Gümüşlük International Music Festival started in 2004 as a series of concerts, with the festival growing over the years to become a venue for up-and-coming performers and internationally renowned musicians alike. 

Curated by Eren Levendoğlu, the festival’s artistic director and a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, since 2013 the Gümüşlük International Music festival has been staged at Koynbaba’s magnificent Ancient Stone Quarry – the stones from which were used to construct the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. 

Seeking to create a relaxed atmosphere to counter the often stressful environment of music conservatoires, the event organisers encourage both musical and social interaction between teachers and students throughout the course of the event.

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