Serafina expands to Bodrum, Turkey - Insights

Serafina expands to Bodrum, Turkey

The team behind the successful global restaurant brand, Serafina Restaurant Group and Serafina Beach Hotel, announced the opening of Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence, a contemporary boutique resort experience on the pristine shores of the Bodrum Peninsula in Gundogan, Turkey.

Serafina Mare Deluxe Residences

Serafina Mare Deluxe Residences

The newest member of the Serafina family comes just over a year after the launch of Serafina Beach Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which opened to much acclaim in March 2018 in the stylish Condado District. Building off the success of the San Juan hotel, Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence offers 18 luxury residential-style suites, a beach club and a waterfront restaurant concept, Serafina Mare. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, shockingly blue waters and eclectic cuisine, Bodrumhas long beckoned Istanbul society and high rollers from around the world. With the addition of Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence, guests now have the perfect see-and-be-seen destination that embodies the brand ethos of Social, Sexy, Serafina.

“We are thrilled to open our second hotel concept and to continue our development in Turkey, this time in the picturesque resort town of Bodrum, Turkey, also referred to as “The Hamptons of Istanbul,” said Vittorio Assaf, Serafina co-owner. “Serafina co-owner Fabio Granato and I have loved traveling to Bodrum over the years and we both feel the energy and vibrancy of this Mediterranean destination is a perfect match for the Serafina brand.”

Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence

Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence

“Our first hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico has been well-received by guests from around the world and we look forward to re-creating that same exciting, authentic Serafina experience, coupled with the legendary Turkish hospitality,” said Fabio Granato, Serafina co-owner. “The restaurant and beach club is the focal point of the experience at Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence. While many hotel brands don’t see large returns on their food and beverage operations, we have really flipped that model and built our recipe for success around a vibrant restaurant and bar scene, complimented by sleek and stylish suites.”

Located waterfront on the tranquil bay of Küçükbük Mevkii, Serafina Mare Deluxe Residence is just 45 minutes from Bodrum International Airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Guests may also arrive in style via boat from the Aegean Sea. Designed to evoke a residential feel, guests can choose from 18 different modern, apartment-style suites in one, two- or three-bedroom configurations, all complete with fully-equipped kitchens, private balconies, and gorgeous water views. Sleek and minimalist furnishings evoking a coastal palette of crisp whites and greys complement marble-like stone in the bathrooms and kitchens, and warm woods throughout. High tech fixtures and finishings include kitchen cabinets by Turkish brand Samet and Franke appliances. Local artisans in Bodrum crafted beautiful turquoise sinks for each of the bathrooms, a work of art in their own right, and each bathroom features oversized rain showers and toiletries by the Italian Aqua di Parma brand.  Spa treatments are also offered in-room or in the private spa cabin on property.

Serafina Mare, the resort’s signature restaurant, expertly blends a modern take on Italian flavors, while taking inspiration from the destination, where East meets West. The menu gives guests a taste of Serafina cult favorites with new twists such as Carpaccio Polpo, an octopus antipasti, Costeoletto  D’Agnello, marinated grilled lamb chops with vegetables, and Branzino Con Pomodorini, sautéed sea bass with white wine, roasted potatoes, and asparagus. The entire restaurant spills out onto a deck, pool and grassy knoll that is all styled in the spirit of a luxurious European beach club, with lounging furniture and daybeds overlooking the bay of Küçükbük in Gundogan and the Aegean Sea. Once the sun sets, Serafina Mare transforms into a stylish nighttime oasis complete with live DJ music and alfresco dining under the stars of the warm Bodrum nights.

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