The Aspat region, which used to be a port city for the Lelegians in the past, is now targeting to start active-participation archaeology tourism in Turkey, which is a first. In addition to this extraordinary aim, Aspat will continue its activities as a distinguished art studio, maintaining cultural symposiums which have become its traditional culture. Awaiting to be discovered, the historical riches and archaeological remains around the Aspat Mount will open their doors to tourists from around the world, and enable them to participate in archaeological studies. The facility will also host eminent artists, both from Turkey and abroad. The target group of the project is respectable domestic and international guests who would focus on culture tourism.
For this project, parcel number 398 at the skirts of the Aspat Mount was considered and the works have been started. The property is on a third degree protection area, which contains 446 trees, partially self-grown, and looks like a forest. In designing the facility, all of these natural riches have been carefully considered and nearly all of the trees have been conserved.
Within the scope of the project, there is a 300-sqmt-large lobby building, conference halls, a restaurant with a capacity of 350 people, a spa and a closed swimming pool in an area of 500 sqmt, an open natural pond, artists’ studios and a café bar.
Excavation studies at 46 different points were made by the Bodrum Museum team during the process of taking permission for construction on the land to be used as the hotel area, which is a third degree protection area. At the end of these studies, some wall remains from ancient times were found under the C block and they were integrated in the design of the hotel complex by means of a special protection project. An archaeological excavation area will be created under the C Block and its near vicinity, which will be disclosed by digging up to +5.80 m. The area will be an experimental workshop area for the hotel guests who would join the archaeological studies.
To enable the exhibition of the wall remains, 25-cm-thick retaining walls made of Prefabricated Exposed Concrete Plates will be placed at a distance of 1.25 m.