Many of the resorts are comfortably modern with large hotel complexes providing you with tourist amenities and a modicum of Turkish personality. Those who want to immerse themselves in the local culture should seek out resorts that feature an old town like Turgutreis, Ortakent and Yalikavak.
There are also areas of ancient history to discover with Kadikalesi's ruined castle found near the town, Bodrum's towering castle available to tour at its centre and Torba's Byzantine Monastery hidden amongst nearby trees.
24 hours of fun
Sunbathing and history won't excite every visitor though so don't worry, there is plenty to help you and your fellow travellers get active on your holidays to the Bodrum region.
Hotels offer plenty of activities, spa facilities and tours so that you don't need to worry about planning anything. The large water park between Ortakent and Bodrum is a favourite while there are dozens of places to enjoy boat trips and water sports around the coast.
By night you'll have no problem finding a place to relax while some towns offer loud and exciting nights out. Bodrum is the nightlife king with its sidekick Gumbet providing its own lively Bar Street. Gumbet is also sought after by visitors wanting to catch the famed Dream Girls dinner and show.
Marketplaces and shopping malls
Souvenir opportunities can be found within the small gift shops and convenience stores of most resorts. There are two major shopping destinations within the whole region though, Bodrum and Turgutreis.
Turgutreis' Saturday market is a big deal and the bazaar style event is popular with tourists and locals. Bodrum on the other hand offers two weekly markets as well as a variety of large shopping malls where you can purchase genuine brand name products rather than the fakes often sold on stalls.
Many of the resorts in the Bodrum region like to make tourists feel at home with a range of familiar cuisines to dine on. British, Italian, American, Chinese and Indian foods are just some of the options available on holidays here.
Not that local Turkish cuisine is forgotten about. On the contrary, there is an abundance of Mediterranean and seafood themed eateries here that are cooked up by talented local chefs. Many of the resorts offer superb waterside dining areas where you can sit by the calm water on hot summer nights.
Direct flights from UK airports to Bodrum-Milas Airport will take just over four hours. The transfer times then vary depending on where you stay but the shortest trip is to Torba which takes almost half an hour. Turgutreis and Altinkum will take over an hour to reach.
Car hire is available but many people choose to get around the region via the popular Dolmus bus services. This small minibus service operates all over the region with most running to and from Bodrum city.