How do you follow a belly-dancer on the traditional Turkish night… with a kiltie Scot banging the drum for Bodrum.
And I even won a prize, a watch which duly stopped working after one dip in the pool.
Hey-ho, the real prize was Turkey and the Turkish people.
And I have been fortunate enough to return and absorb the many moves of the Ottoman including their whirling dervishes.
And thrown in a few of my own on a booze cruise on the Bosphorus.
My first time
But you never forget your first and Bodrum and its locals was the start of my Turkish love affair.
When they took instantly to the Son and Heir when we would pass by the daily market and we would call for Ally.
Who the traders took for Ali and swing around… hard to do now at 6ft 3ins.
Our choice of accommodation has improved since that Bodrum trip when The Scary One insisted we switch to a clean room.
No such problem at the much-anticipated Leading Hotel of the World member Maxx Royal Bodrum.
It’ll be Maxx’s third property, alongside Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort and Maxx Royal Kemer Resort in Antalya.
Living to the Maxx
Set to enhance the Aegean Sea resort’s vibrant beach scene, the property will also be home to the first Turkish outpost of the bohemian Scorpios Beach Club.
The resort boasts seven restaurants, all with a farm-to-table.
Culinary highlights include an outpost of Caviar Kaspia.
As well as an Italian concept restaurant overseen by the internationally-acclaimed chef Alfredo Russo.
Other highlights include a flagship 4,500sqm Maxx WellBeing Spa, a Maxxi Land Children’s Club.
And a variety of cultural experiences.
Now if Maxx want a kiltie Highland dancer then they already know what I’m at and where to find me.
And I’ll continue to be banging the drum for Bodrum. Room rates TBC.