Kaplankaya

Situated in a new year-round haven for ‘living a life reconnected’, Kaplankaya is a picturesque destination in the Turkish Riviera, spread along the Aegean Sea. Spanning an impressive 500 hectares, equivalent to over twice the size of Monaco, the area boasts a world-renowned Six Senses hotel, known for high standards of service, and a unique set of values encompassing connection and community. 

Considered the first sustainable destination of its kind, Kaplankaya prides itself on architectural excellence, five-star hospitality and world-class wellbeing. However, community comes first at Kaplankaya, inviting families from all over the world to escape modern life to “unplug, explore, socialise and recharge”. Whilst visitors may come from all different walks of life, they share common values, opting for natural contemporary luxury with a focus on sustainability and wellbeing: they respect the area’s ancient Aegean heritage and the local communities, and have a discerning taste for quality, attention to detail, and above all else, good times.

Kaplankaya’s design and architecture reflects its time which is why the architects who have worked there are a gathering of the leaders of contemporary architecture along with experts in traditional Aegean building techniques and design. Visitors can expect to see a whole host of renowned work including outstanding British architect Norman Foster and world-renowned architect Carlos Ferrater and his team at Studio OAB.

In terms of the area’s facilities, upon arrival, guests are greeted with a secure, guarded entry, and brand new asphalt roads for cars and bicycles. The inhabitants of Kaplankaya travel by foot, by bicycle or by electric vehicles, and in the future, an uphill funicular will be available for the convenience of villa residents, taking around five minutes to get from the beach to the villas. 

However, Six Senses’ state-of-the-art wellness facilities are what makes this destination excel. This includes a 10,000 sqm wellness hub run by global experts, seven beaches and three swimming pools for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Wellness experts and visiting practitioners are on hand to blend high-tech science with holistic therapies to create personalised plans, helping visitors to create healthier and happier lifestyles. Adventure-seekers can also choose from a diverse range of sports and activities on site and on the water. 

There are also three dining venues: Sage & Sea Restaurant and Bar, Wild Thyme Restaurant and Bar, and Mezze by the Sea Restaurant. The Aegean-inspired cuisine introduces the Eat With Six Senses concept by sourcing local products from the resort’s organic garden and region’s olive trees, local fish market and nearby villages. 

Nestled within the cradle of the Ancient Aegean civilisation, two of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World lie on the doorstep, there is a whole host of world-class art and history to explore. For those wishing to travel further afield, there are cultural excursions to Lasos, Mindos, Labranda, Didyma, Miletus, Herakleia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and private boat tours to nearby Greek islands including Patmos, Leros, Lipsi, Kos and Kalimnos.

The experts say

As Kaplankaya is 40 km from the nearest urban settlement, we have had to focus on both the hardware and the software, for instance, the core values, the infrastructure and the community. The combination is what makes this project truly unique. The strategy of Kaplankaya has always been based on conveying the values of the place and those that subscribe to those values have been attracted to the place. This has resulted in the community at Kaplankya coming together quite organically. 

The property market in Kaplankaya

The Aegean Coast has long been established for second-home residence. However, until recently, Kaplankaya has remained somewhat of a mystery, with sales being mainly through word-of-mouth. This has helped to create the unique and safe community which it prides itself on today. The Six Senses hotel further leverages this unique destination with a whole host of unique facilities for investors to enjoy.

Speaking more broadly, the coastal luxury real estate market in Turkey is cyclical. In 2018, Turkey’s property market picked up traction as foreigners flocked to take advantage of a weak currency, excellent prices, and a fast track citizenship program. Many forecast that 2019 will see a repeat of foreign property sales peaking at an all-time high and indeed, it looks like this trend is here to stay. Last year, while domestic sales slowed down because of higher interest rates, sales to foreigners increased by a staggering 78% year-on-year with approximately 40,000 homes being sold to nationalities from all over the world.

How to Get There

By Air

Just North of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera, the nearest airport is Milas-Bodrum International Airport (BJV). From there, guests can complete their journey by car, yacht or helicopter, with the trip taking 50, 30 or 10 minutes respectively. Alternatively, the resort is approximately 105 minutes from Izmir International Airport (ADB) by car

By Boat

Luxury yacht transfers can be arranged upon request through the hotel’s concierge team. Arrival via private yacht is also possible depending on the type and the dimension of the vessel.

Weather

Spring / Summer

The tourist season begins in April and lasts until the end of November. From June until September, visitors can expect highs of 27-31°C with the water reaching a balmy 27.4°C in August.

Fall / Winter

In October and November, the temperature reaches up to 23°C (although can also drop to around 15°C). The sea temperature averages 21°C.

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