Palmarina: The Mega Yacht Magnet of Turkey
Palmarina calls itself the leading luxury mega yacht marina of Turkey. The state-of-the-art facility has every right to, considering its extensive amenities and top-notch hospitality offered to its upmarket clientele. It should also take credit for putting Yalikavak, the region where it is based, on the map by gaining international admiration.
Thirty years ago, hardly anyone outside of the country of Turkey had heard about the small, and quiet village on the Aegean, western coast. Belonging to the Bodrum peninsula, an influx of energy came when mainstream tourism took off in the region, providing locals with another sustainable form of income.
Then, the Turkish government legally allowed foreigners to buy property in the country and masses of British expats moved to Yalikavak. Attracted by low property prices and cost of living, it seemed Yalikavak had reached its peak, yet Palmarina boosted its international status, real estate prices and completely changed the social standing of the village to one of international prestige.
About Palmarina in Yalikavak, Bodrum
Palmarina Bodrum displays a fusion of Mediterranean, Ottoman and local Bodrum architectural styles, with a mix of open space, amenities and facilities to promote modern luxury but with nostalgic charm. Due to the extensive facilities and amenities, but also location, it is the perfect base for exploring the Turkish Aegean coast as well as the Greek Dodecanese islands.
It is a five-gold anchor marina that is making names for itself in the world of sailing and yachts. It has received the Blue flag from The Foundation for Environment Education, five blue stars from the International Marine Certification Institute and it has also received the UK Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.
Amenities and Services
Palmarina has a capacity of 620 berths but also accommodates 140 yachts in the dry dock area for maintenance. A fully equipped technical services team handles boat maintenance and repair works, while the traffic control tower team gently guides all yacht and mega boats into their pre-booked berthing dock, once they have registered their vessel name, length, and last port of call. Otherwise, if the yacht drops anchor at sea, they simply fly in on a helicopter to the landing pad.
Security of the mega yachts and their owners is a top priority for the management team of Palmarina who employ 24-hour security staff as well as relying on a modern CCTV, security and safety system. Along with firefighting equipment, it is one of the most secure marinas in the country, and Palmarina also supplies tax and duty-free fuel to private and commercial vessels, if the yacht leaves the territorial waters of Turkey straight away.
Shopping, Eating, Drinking and Entertainment
Shopping at Palmarina Bodrum is an elegant experience because of the designer boutiques, selling items like luxury luggage, beautiful jewellery, and technology by top international brands. With 102 stores to explore, it is quite easy to break the bank. An exhausting shopping spree typically precedes an exceptional dining experience in which Palmarina steps up to the mark with some of the best eateries in Turkey.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse serves casual cocktails at the bar and promotes dining al fresco, but its expertise is meat, as seen in the worldwide popularity of its owner Salt Bae who become an Instagram hit for his seasoning style.
Zuma highlights modern Japanese cuisine spinning off from the traditional recipes. In the correct dining style, diners share dishes that also include sushi cuisine as well as the robata grill with a diversity of textures and flavours.
Günaydın (means good morning) is famous all over Turkey for delicious meatball doner, sumptuous steaks and the famous signature Günaydın Burger. However, if you want to hang out in the must-visit places, Sait, specialising in seafood is one of the top dining trends among locals.
Cookshop’s Magnolia pudding won an award from the 101 Tastes of Istanbul competition, while Tango’s feature dishes combine fresh and locally grown herbs with Argentine recipes to offer a dining experience found nowhere else and for simplicity, Kitchenette specialises in hand-made bread freshly baked in its stone-oven.
Open since 1995; Mezzaluna is an around-the-clock dining experience, that is the inspiring influence of Italian chef Carmine Antonio Lombardi. However gaining much admiration is Palmarina Piazza, a modernly designed square doubling up as the social meeting point, as well as the centre of the arts and culture community.
The Hotel of Palmarina Bodrum
Room amenities include luxury bedding, terraces with a stunning view, air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, minibar, coffee/tea maker, bathrobes and free toiletries. Also, everyone knows that for parents to enjoy themselves, kids must be happy, so babysitting and childcare facilities are on hand, as well as a separate living room, and restricted beach.
Other people there to ensure the stay goes smoothly include daily housekeeping, valet parking, bellhop boy, tour desk, concierge service and laundry crew. Quite literally, everything you need is on your doorstep.
Spa, Wellness and Things to Do
Naturally, with spa and wellness moving from a trend to an aspect of everyday living, the Palmarina accommodates all yacht owners who might not be able to fit a fully loaded gym into their spacious floating home.
Offering spa, beauty and massage treatments as well as a personal trainer and Pilates classes in a high-spec gym, health enthusiasts also use the luxury Turkish hammam, sauna and steam room. Otherwise, they just pitch up to the daily scheduled walking, running, aqua aerobics and kite surfing classes.
A variety of scheduled events also ensures every visitor, mega yacht owner or not, enjoys their time in Palmarina. Whether it is sailing or fishing competitions, live music or dance performances, day and night-time entertainment carries on the theme of making Palmarina, a world on its own. Otherwise, just head to the nightclub open every night to mix with the wealthy and influential yacht owners of the world.