|Indoor swimming pool at Mandarin Oriental|
|Simple but well-executed lunch - sea bass and spinach|
I left the hotel with the impression that very well-off folk must get fed up with seeing bamboo sticks in vases, rolled towels, flowers heads without their stalks and their own reflection in the floor. The staff were very friendly and attentive but the building sterile and characterless, the only clues to the country we were in were the books about Turkey on a wall and newspapers on a table. It is a shame that luxury these days is defined by a lack of warm ambience and a denial or manipulation of everything natural.
|Hamam with a view|
|Cennet (Paradise) Bay|
| To mis-quote Joni Mitchell "They turfed Paradise and put in |
some garden pots"
Lunching with Ladies 2013
Ladies's lunch 2012