Whether you are looking to chill by the pool, wakeboard across the crystal clear sea or indulge in a blissful spa treatment, Hillside Beach Club is the ultimate getaway.
Family resorts are not usually my thing. When I go on holiday I prefer intimate boutique hotels or private villas. A recent trip to Hillside Beach Club in Turkey proved me wrong.
Nestled into the hills of a private bay in Fethiye, the hotel was a welcome retreat from the gloom of post August bank holiday London. At 28 degrees the weather rocked and the location was just spectacular. Lush green hills rolled down to the inviting waters of the bay that opened out onto spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea and the hazy hills of the opposite side of the bay.
There were several beaches to choose from, including the family friendly main beach and two adult only beaches; a silent beach tucked into a little cove that caught the afternoon sun and Serenity Beach that was on a stunning cove with a little beach bar, several lazy hammocks and a sensational swimming area.
For families Hillside Beach Club is heaven. They have everything you need to keep little ones entertained, from water sports, to a kids club and even an entertainment arena with shows on every night. No one cares if you walk around with a stroller or two and the staff are incredible. And for couples not looking to hang with the nappy brigade the adult only beaches offer blissful views of the bay and plenty of great food and icy cold beers and no yelling!
Our bedroom was stunning indoor-outdoor space high in the hills. The sitting room was open to the elements with incredible views of the bay and the wonderful white and airy bedroom had a huge bed and walk in closet. Pulling open the curtains in the morning to reveal the glorious panoramic view was one of the highlights of the holiday.
This was not the place to be bored. After soaking in the sun on the beach, reading a mega amazing crime thriller by the pool and falling asleep in a shady hammock, it was time to get active – wakeboarding, sailing, canoeing and even a 315m swimming lane all made the most of the beautiful bay. Daily activities were laid on from yoga to volleyball and they had tennis courts and a massive gym.
Exercise was hungry work and with three restaurants to choose from the only hard bit was deciding where to feast. The main restaurant served buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner, with complimentary house wine and beer (not for breakfast sadly). For dinner you could chose anything from tantalising Turkish mezze to decadent hoisin duck pancakes and even a mighty seafood paella.
For a more refined dinner we booked the beach side Italian restaurant that had tables right on the sand and flares that lit up the slivery waters. And on our last night we hit up their fish restaurant Pasha, where we had a wonderful meal of local mezze, including okra in a light tomato sauce, creamy feta with oregano and acili ezme, a fabulous chopped pepper salad in a tangy pomegranate dressing. For our main course we had a simple grilled seabass, washed down with masses of raki.
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A 4 night stay at Hillside Beach Club costs from £554 per person based on a two adults sharing a Club Room on a full board basis. Return flights from London to Dalaman cost from approximately £200. (Prices based on October)