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
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