South Africa's SAOTA designs new €200 million Marriott project

Published: 1 August 2020 - 3:20 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill

Aksoy Holdings has signed an agreement with Marriott International to brand its 126,000 sqm Epique Island in Bodrum, Turkey.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum will becomes Marriott’s first stand-alone branded residences in MEA when it opens next year.

Its 74 villas offer living around the Aegean Sea, with a private beach, community pool, natural ponds, a restaurant, a fitness centre, spa and MICE facilities.

South Africa’s SAOTA, a well-respected architecture firm, has designed the €200m private island resort to follow the architecture typical of the port city.

Traditional Bodrum houses are characterised by their prismatic shapes, simplistic designs and locally sourced building materials like stone, wood, clay and cane. They also tend to have white dominated exterior walls with some blue doors and windows.

Aksoy Holding CEO & vice chairman, Batu Aksoy, says the project will open "a new chapter" in the Turkish hospitality industry.

He adds: "Designed to align with the architectural and environmental characteristics of Bodrum, our project received the appreciation of The Ritz-Carlton Residences thanks to its unique concept and exemplary socio-economic conversion.

"Following a comprehensive due diligence process on architectural design, environmental compliance, respect to nature, sustainability and aesthetics, Marriott International found Epique Island as the perfect fit for The Ritz-Carlton Residences.”

Projects SAOTA worked on in Dubai include a restaurant complex Downtown and an "edgy, urban" mixed-use scheme at City Walk.

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