Kempinski inks Turkish branded residence pair

Rendering of Kempinski Residences Nef Reserve Gölköy Bodrum. Imagery © Kempinski Hotels.
Kempinski Group has signed management agreements for two new luxury residential and hospitality projects in Türkiye.

Developed by Turkish real estate firm Nef, the projects in Sapanca and Gölköy Bodrum intend to deliver luxury living with a hybrid residential and hospitality offering.

Bodrum blueprint

Set among 19 acres of hillside overlooking the Aegean, Kempinski Residences Nef Reserve Gölköy Bodrum will be home to 106 private villas when it opens in 2026.

Ranging from two to six bedrooms with gardens, pools, verandas and indoor-outdoor living spaces, the villas feature large glass windows and open-plan interiors. In addition, a luxury boutique hotel will allow guests to enjoy the resort’s facilities.

Natural merging

Turkish architect Boran Ekinci has been inspired by the forest setting, using wood, stone and other natural materials to create buildings that blend into the landscape. Colours and textures will echo the surroundings with green and blue shades as well as neutral tones. Dotted across terrain sculpted by well-known landscape architects, the villas will merge into the natural contours of the land, connected by a network of low-impact roads and trails accessed by electric buggies.

The resort’s amenities will include an Italian restaurant, yoga and pilates decks, massage cabanas, outdoor swimming pool and separate kids’ pool, and a 270-metre private beach, plus fitness facilities and kids’ playground. Three jetties will provide space to moor private craft.

Sapanca site

The other development, the US$130 million Kempinski Hotel & Residences Sapanca, will also open its doors in 2026.

Located in the green surrounds of Sapanca Lake, 140 km from Istanbul, the property will feature 110 hotel rooms and suites as well as the 50 villas and 138 townhouse apartments. Various restaurants and bars, a spa as well as fitness facilities will be available onsite.

Extra amenities

In addition to a lakeside restaurant, owners at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Sapanca, Türkiye will have access to a community market square with shops selling locally grown produce, a hybrid-power boat for excursions on the lake and three piers for fishing and mooring.

The project will also include a fitness centre with hammam and sauna, mini football and basketball courts, and outdoor yoga and BBQ areas.

Five villa styles

Erden Timur, chairman of the board of Nef, said: “Sapanca is one of the regions closest to Istanbul with the highest premium potential. The combination of natural setting, proximity to Istanbul, Nef architectural approach and Kempinski services bestow the project with incredible value.

“We planned the villas in five different styles and worked meticulously on architectural details, including large verandas and terraces. We took care to design a luxurious living space seen in very few projects, with high ceilings and integrated kitchen design. Here residents will be able to experience the four seasons intertwined with nature. We are planning the first deliveries in 2026.”

Increasing appetite

Timur commented on the overall partnership: “At this point, we continue our investments in cooperation with prestigious local brands in America, London, Dubai, Kazakhstan and Germany. We are delighted to announce our cooperation with Kempinski, the world’s oldest luxury hotel company.”

While Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Group and chairman of the management board of Kempinski AG, added: “Kempinski has been an active player in the development of Turkey’s hospitality landscape since the opening of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul 32 years ago. These prestigious new projects reflect the increasing appetite from owners and investors for branded residences managed by well-established operators in the luxury space. We are humbled to have been selected by one of Turkey’s foremost luxury developers to manage these extraordinary properties.”

New targets

Schroeder continued: “These projects reflect the evolving lifestyles of high-net-worth investors and growing demand for homes that provide access to outdoor spaces and natural environments as well as personalised luxury lifestyle services. Like our other recently announced Residences in Çeşme, Istanbul and Dubai, we are targeting a new breed of discerning owners for whom quality of life and family time is paramount.”

Elsewhere in Türkiye the brand has another development underway, Kempinski Residences Alacati Cesme. This will bring 30 private villa keys online in Q4 2026.