I finally bit the bullet and booked my first holiday to Turkey last year. I work hard for the nice things in life, so why not? And, an easily booked All Inclusive holiday is important to us as a family, so that we can enjoy a bit of time together.
We first looked into going to Turkey because we wanted somewhere that would still be warm in October. Even better, by booking with Thomas Cook and paying by Direct Debit, it made budgeting a lot easier as we paid a set amount each month.
As we only had the week of October half term free, it was important that there was plenty to do for my 12-year-old daughter, my partner and I. Here are our family’s non-negotiables:
- Somewhere hot (but not too hot)
- Exciting activities for my daughter
- Historical sites to visit
- Pure relaxation
- Good food
Before travelling to Turkey, I had my own view of what it would be like without ever having visited. My preconceptions couldn’t have been more wrong, though. I felt safe everywhere we went, from the airport to the hotel, on our excursion and even walking around Fethiye.
We chose to stay at the Orka Sunlife Hotel in Olu Deniz, with its 4.5-stars and located just down from Antalya along Turkey’s south coast. Considering it was one o’clock in the morning when we arrived, our transfer from the airport ran smoothly. A lovely little touch was being greeted with lunch bags of food, just in case we were hungry after our long trip.
It’s thoughtful things like this that really made our holiday stand out for me, as well as extras like:
- A free bus to the beach, which came twice a day
- The entertainment (our favourite was Elvis)
- Free slippers in the room
- The pool and water slides
The spa at the hotel was a particular highlight. My daughter and I booked in for a Turkish bath and massage, and by the end of our holiday I’d booked in for another three! They were amazing, and it felt great to get up first thing to go and have a full back massage before breakfast. I miss them *sigh*.
The view from our room was the best I’d ever seen; looking out to where the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea meet, while watching paragliders floating overhead as they descended from Babadağ mountain.