World's First Revolving Hotel Debuts on Turkish Riviera

ANKARA , TURKEY , July 1, 2005 – As the summer sun looms closer, travelers look to Turkey ’s glamorous shores and luxurious resorts to cool down, relax and leave their worries behind. Recognized as one of the most desirable locations for international vacationers, Turkey has long been the alluring playground for those seeking anything from daring adventure to serene retreat. This season, spectacular new properties, including the world’s first revolving hotel, will lend additional luster to two of Turkey ’s most popular destinations, the celebrated resort towns of  Bodrum  and Antalya .

Due to open in June, the 173-room Kempinski Barbaros Bay Resort & Spa Bodrum will be the ultimate secluded hideaway.   Set a midst lush sub-tropical gardens, overlooking its own crystal blue bay framed by a private sandy beach, the Kempinski Bodrum will boast uninterrupted views of glistening waters from the terraces that grace each of its rooms and suites.   The resort, with its breathtaking seaside infinity pool, is ideally situated for all manner of water sports and exploring Bodrum’s ancient charms.  

While privacy is assured by the hotel’s striking award-winning architecture, its plentiful amenities, including the Six Senses Spa, seven internationally themed restaurants and bars, four indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center and even a hamam (the famed traditional Turkish bath) are just steps along beautifully landscaped paths from all guest accommodations. 

Only 15 minutes from Antalya International Airport , the 238-room Marmara Antalya will be a revolutionary addition to the celebrated Turkish Riviera, site of some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean , when it opens in June.  One of its two dramatic buildings perched on the majestic Falez cliffs will continually rotate, so that each of its 24 spacious lofts will be treated to a constantly changing panorama of mountains, sea and the resort’s expansive grounds.     

Food will be a focus at the resort with an emphasis on healthy, tasty cuisine reflecting global influences served at five restaurants and bars.   And while there will be ample opportunity for blissful lounging on the private beach at the base of the cliff and at the indoor or outdoor pool, more active pursuits will be encouraged by a host of state-of-the-art facilities, such as: tennis club;  basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; and fitness center.  For those interested in water-based activities, there will be everything from windsurfing and kayaking to waterskiing and JetSkiing.

For more information about the Kempinski Barbaros Bay Resort & Spa Bodrum and for reservations, visit www.kempinski.com or call 90 252 311 0210 70. For more information about the Marmara Antalya and for reservations, visit www.themarmarahotels.com or call 90  242  323 97 28.

Turkey , the site of two wonders of the ancient world, is a present-day marvel – the cradle of civilization, the very center of world history and a modern Westward-looking republic. It is a country of fascinating contrasts, where antiquity is juxtaposed with the contemporary, the familiar with the exotic; where sun-swept beaches beckon less than an hour away from snow-capped mountains, and everywhere visitors are treated to the extraordinary warmth of the Turkish people.

For information about travel to Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY 
or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194 
or in Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800 or in Los Angeles at 323-937-8066
and visit www.tourismturkey.org 
or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr


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