With an idyllic private beach and stunning poolside rooms, John Gregory-Smith fell for the charms of the D-Resort Gocek.
As we drove through the mountains and out into the sunshine of Gocek, I could not believe we were only twenty minutes from the Dalaman airport in Turkey. We had arrived at the D-Resort, in the sleepy village of Gocek, a little harbour town that is home to a stunning coastline and a beautiful yacht filled marina.
The D-Resort Gocek has replaced a tired old hotel, adding a much needed touch of beach chic glamour to the town. Set amongst lush green gardens and surrounded by swimming pools, the hotel is very contemporary, with an open plan restaurant and a super luxurious spa.
Our room was incredible, covered in white marble, with huge sliding doors that opened out onto one of the glorious swimming pools. It was bright, fresh and airy, with a white sofa at one end and a massive four-poster bed at the other, littered with comfy blue and white pillows and a superb plasma on the wall. The elegant marble bathroom had a huge shower, crisp white sarongs and Molton Brown products added an extra luxurious touch.
The hotel is all about the beach and a short golf buggy ride, past the harbour and a few stunning holiday homes, led us to the edge of their private beach. It was beautiful, with white sand, turquoise waters and a not another building in site, just panoramic views of the gorgeous bay. We sat in a cabana staring out at the sea, watching the yachts sail off into the distance. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We enjoyed incredible service and fabulous food during our stay. Lunch from Breeze restaurant, on the beach was my favourite, where the outside dining room provided the best views of the jaw dropping yachts in the marina. We ate mouth-watering pide covered in smokey aubergine puree and succulent beef, crispy lahmacun (Turkish pizza) and juicy kebabs that were covered in a light tomato sauce and thick creamy yogurt.
By night, the restaurant gets glammed up for dinner, with tables on the terrace and one of the jetties, so that you can eat right out in the sea. The food is modern Turkish, with fabulous fresh seafood, vibrant meze and light salads. They also have a teppanyaki bar, serving Pan Asian food and beautifully fresh sushi.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the beach, the hotel has an incredible spa with a haman, sauna and steam room. Throughout the day, a personal trainer takes a variety of classes and can take you cycling in the lush hills surrounding the hotel. Guests are also encouraged to hop on a bike and cycle to the beach or explore the picturesque little town.
For more information visit dresortgocek.com.tr
Rooms start from £150 per night (including breakfast and VAT)
Monarch operates flights to Dalaman from Birmingham, London Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Luton airports, with fares, including taxes, starting from £69.99 one way.