Turkish delight.

With no special restrictions on access and a summer season that stretches well into October, the secluded bays and natural wonders of Turkey are ready and waiting to be explored.

 

Turkey has a long summer season providing more than enough time to enjoy its natural beauties and countless uninhabited bays. Its ancient charms combined with modern luxury means that superyachts in Turkey can enjoy the best of all possible worlds.

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This Mediterranean destination was among the first countries to allow yacht charter in the Mediterranean, opening its borders to foreign nationals from June. No special procedures are required except for the persons showing symptoms of disease like breathing problems or high temperature who will have to pass a PCR test resulting in quarantine period if positive, at a residence or on a yacht.

The Castle of St Peter stands guard at the entrance to Bodrum port
The Castle of St Peter stands guard at the entrance to Bodrum port

A great place to start your cruise would be Bodrum and its peninsula, from where there are plenty of opportunities to escape and explore. Bodrum, known as the Turkish Riviera, has been the tourism capital of Turkey for more than 40 years and has well established service facilities for guests, offering dozens of different activities from scuba diving and playing golf to wine tasting and enjoying the vibrant night life.

A view across Bodrum port
A view across Bodrum port

Considered an idyllic beach resort during the day and a pulsating entertainment hub by night, Bodrum is a bustling cosmopolitan holiday resort and its waterfront is home to a diverse array of boutiques, shops and fine dining restaurants.

A perfect base for exploring

Yalikavak Marina has 620 berths, the largest of which welcomes yachts up to 140m
Yalikavak Marina has 620 berths, the largest of which welcomes yachts up to 140m

The recently redeveloped Yalikavak Marina, just 17nm north west of Bodrum, is one of the best superyacht ports in the Mediterranean. Voted the World’s Best Luxury Superyacht Marina for 2018-19 and a holder of a British Yacht Harbour Association '5 Gold Anchors' rating, the marina welcomes yachts of all sizes with 620 berths for yachts of up to 140m in length and a full range of maintenance and technical services.

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Visitors are welcomed in an open air shopping mall with 106 brands, two international luxury award winning hotels, a spa and fitness centre and various entertainment venues from gourmet restaurants to night clubs, all just a few steps from your superyacht.

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Among the latest 2020 additions to Yalikavak Marina are the opening of the iconic Dioriviera Bodrum boutique by Christian Dior, and Novikov-Bodrum, the celebrated dining experience opened by famous restauranteur Arkadiy Novikov in July, which together with trendy Zuma-Bodrum club, world-renowned Nusr-Et steakhouse and other landmark spots make the district a must-visit destination for the most discerning lovers of luxury lifestyle.

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The area is also known for its blue-flagged beaches and crystal-clear waters, in which you can swim with rare Mediterranean seals and turtles. From here lots of other wonderful destinations, both north and south, are easy to reach.

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Combined with the sumptuous amenities of quality charter yachts, available through Burgess, the many and varied delights of this spectacular corner of the Mediterranean will provide the perfect escape for a locked down soul.

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