The Maçakizi Hotel — Where Supermodels Bask in the Turkish Sun
Just another day at the beach on the Aegean Sea. (Photo: Maçakizi)
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were just checking out as I was checking in to the Maçakizi Hotel.
The gamine gal pals were trotting off to a nearby Greek island, and the beach club downstairs buzzed with whispered recollections of their visit. Kate was fun-loving and gregarious. She sidled right up to the bar to chat with the crowd. Naomi kept to herself, but she’s Naomi Campbell—what else would you expect? Everyone had a story to tell, but of course no one at Maçakizi was terribly impressed. The boutique hotel nestled onto the Northern side of the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey hosts some of the most powerful men and women in American, European, and Arab media and business, plus the odd prince or princess.
“Major deals get made at this beach club,” one guest whispered to me without even being prompted as I ordered a drink at the bar. As I looked around at the well-appointed crowd in their Missoni, Prada, and Cavalli, I didn’t doubt it.
The bar can be a scene, but in the most delightful way. (Photo: Maçakizi)
Maçakizi means Queen of Spades. That was the nickname given to Ayla Emiroglu, the owner of the original Maçakizi and the mother of Sahir Erozan, the current owner of this hotel. Ayla, with her imposing crown of frizzy black hair and cheekbones that could cut glass, opened her first 16-room bed and breakfast in 1977, back when the entire Bodrum Peninsula just had one winding road through the fishing villages perched precariously on the edge of the crystal-blue Aegean Sea.
Watch: See Ayla Emiroglu Tell the Story of Maçakizi