A lazy stay for an active detox at the Sianji Resort in Turkey – World Meanderings (n°20)
By Annick Dournes and Frédéric de Poligny
I guess that going to Turkey for a wellness and detox cure wouldn’t be your first choice. But the “Sianji Well Being Resort” close to Bodrum could make you change your mind. This luxury hotel has been awarded “Turkey’s Leading Wellness & Spa Resort” several times in recent years and aims to be among the stars of the Wellness industry. It was built along a private beach among olive and mandarin groves offering its guests beautiful landscapes and peacefulness. Gently sloping on a hillside the hotel’s buildings overlook the Mugla Bay and the deep blue Aegean Sea.
By creating terraced gardens going down to the fine sand beach the architects meant to recreate the hanging gardens of Babylon and in the same spirit they deliberately chose a Babylonian decoration for the lobby. Even if it might look too kitsch to your liking, you will surely be seduced by the big suites and villas and their wonderful view over the gardens and the bay.
Whether for sunny and relaxed all-inclusive holidays or for one of the wellness packages designed to rebalance their way of life, all the guests will enjoy tasty and varied food made with fresh local produce. A nice way to discover that healthy food doesn’t necessarily mean monotonous and flavourless meals. This is the reason why unlike many wellness hotels the Sianji can welcome whole families: children will enjoy exciting beach holidays while one or two parents have the opportunity to choose a wellness holiday.
Competence and reliability are the two main qualities of the health consultants. If you go to the Sianji for one of the detox cures you will be met not only by a doctor, a nurse, a dietician, a physiotherapist but also by yoga, jujitsu and fitness teachers. There are three different cures with different goals but they all tend to restore the acid-base balance of the body. The first cure is based on raw food. Three meals made with unprocessed, fresh, alkaline produce with freshly squeezed juices in between will be your daily routine. Along with colon cleansing, lectures and raw food courses they will help you get rid of toxins and of unhealthy eating habits. It is also great for caffeine and cigarette addiction.
The Master Detox is more demanding with only liquid food based on juices blending fruits, vegetables and herbs, intending to cleanse body and blood from acidic environment. The third cure follows a 80% alkaline and 20% acidic foods diet ideal for people who want to lose weight without dramatically changing eating habits. During each cure it is strongly advised to attend aerobics, yoga, aquaerobics, Pilates, stretching or walking courses. Tennis, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing are also available for free for all the hotel’s guests.
There are four restaurants in the hotel. Three of them have special menus fitted for each detox cure and the fourth one is open to all the other hotel’s guests. But for all, the chef makes tasty and healthy menus combining Turkish, Mediterranean and international recipes.
In the huge 3,000 sq metres spa you will have a wide range of body cares: bath therapy, anti-age cares, watsu, massaging jet-shower, seaweed, mud or even organic strawberry body wrap! You can also choose from different kinds of massages: Balinese, Thai, Lomi, Ayurveda, with essential oils or with hot stones. Not to forget honey, sea salt or coffee body scrub. Every guest can attend (or not!), yoga, Qi Gong, Reiki or meditation courses as well.
There are 86 suites (the smaller ones are 40 sq metres) in the hotel, including 110 sq metres suites for families as well as 100 to 180 sq metres villas with several bedrooms, a kitchenette, a Jaccuzi and even a fireplace! Their decoration harmoniously mixes woods, silks and natural stones of mild and soothing tones.
The Sianji also is an ideal starting point to visit the Bodrum area. A shuttle leaves the hotel every 15 minutes to Bodrum. This seaside resort is often called the Turkish St Tropez, is 15 miles away from the hotel and you will find there a chic and lively port and marina. You can also visit its fortified castle built by crusader knights in the beginning of the 15th century. It imposing silhouette dominates the port from where you can take a boat for a one-day trip, discover the nearby islands and dive into the warm blue sea.
From the hotel you can also go on a one-day visit to Pamukkale, an astonishing natural site where 17 hot springs have built pristine white pools sloping on the hillside. A unique natural wonder! The famous antic city of Ephesus is not too far from the Aegean coast and you will be able to see the vestiges of the Artemis temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world or the beautiful Celcius library.
For those who like tailor made holidays a good option is to contact “Cafetur”, a wellknown Turkish travel agency, and especially its office in Antalya that is in charge of the Bodrum area: email@example.com and +90 242 247 28 33. Cafetur can also manage any extension of your Turkish journey you wish to do.
Sianji Resort info: http://www.sianji.com/
More info: www.bodruminfo.org and www.gototurkey.co.uk
Text © Annick Dournes
Photos © Frederic de Poligny