There are slides that drop you into the ocean, as well as gi­ant rafts you can swim out to and bask in the sun like a big, fat con­tented seal

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the hori­zon is that you’ll have to leave even­tu­ally.

Of course, there are pools aplenty to lounge be­side, or in­deed in, as and when the mood takes you. When we were there we didn’t see any of the ‘get­ting up early and putting a towel on a lounger to re­serve it’ malarkey you of­ten hear about. In fact, there are so many places to re­lax that it’s a won­der any­one gets any­thing done.

There are slides that drop you into the ocean, as well as gi­ant rafts you can swim out to and bask in the sun like a big, fat, con­tented seal. Well, maybe that’s just us… And with so much ocean avail­able, it’s no sur­prise that there’s also wa­ter ba­nal chat­ter.

It’s the timed stops, in coves and off beau­ti­ful beaches, that make the day even more won­der­ful – div­ing into wa­ter that’s var­i­ous shades of turquoise and blue, with a shim­mer­ing sil­ver caused by huge shoals of fish that con­gre­gate near the boat, but im­me­di­ately dis­perse the mo­ment some­one hits the wa­ter.

This re­ally can’t be rec­om­mended highly enough as part of your stay, de­spite not be­ing part of the in­clu­sive pack­age, at £60 per per­son – just speak to the bril­liant guest re­la­tions man­ager Olga to get booked in. This was a day, in par­tic­u­lar, that we just didn’t want to end. The hard­ship of be­ing down­hearted when you see your yacht re­turn to the ma­rina!

What else can you do when all you have to do is re­lax? Why not re­lax some more and get your­self pam­pered at the spa? We, of course, took full ad­van­tage of the mas­sages and pedi­cures on of­fer.

And what’s that sound we hear? Yes, it’s si­lence. Well, al­most. Aside from the odd strange shriek in the dis­tance – we were told it’s the res­i­dent pea­cock – there was lit­tle that as­saulted our eardrums.

It is, as with many such des­ti­na­tions, a fam­ily re­sort. So if the idea of chil­dren breaks that tran­quil­ity for you, book for later in the sea­son. We went in early Oc­to­ber, to­wards the end of the sea­son, and it was bliss­fully adult-ori­en­tated while we were there. That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty to do that’s aimed at adults only.

There are seven restau­rants and nine bars – that we dis­cov­ered, at least – that open and close at var­i­ous times through­out the day. We con­sid­ered try­ing to dis­cover if it was pos­si­ble to eat and drink for 24 hours – we’re pretty cer­tain it was. Theatre shows of all dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties form the sta­ple of the evening en­ter­tain­ment, along with beach par­ties, mu­si­cal acts dot­ted through­out the re­sort and a Moon­light Disco, hosted at the tip of the penin­sula and of­fer­ing a spec­tac­u­lar 360 de­gree view of Fethiye’s Bay.

We were so con­tented – and full! – that we in­evitably called it a night fairly early, en­joy­ing a night­cap and a in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive bout of card games on our bal­cony over­look­ing a pool and the South­ern Aegean Sea be­yond it.

Should you wish to leave the re­sort – and re­ally, why would you? – a shut­tle boat ser­vice will take you to the town of Fethiye for shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties. You can also tour, by car, the sur­round­ing ar­eas of Fethiye, which is lit­tered

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