There’s nothing better than getting the low down on a destination from someone in the know; especially if that person is a fellow mum. We caught up with Clare to find out why Turkey is the perfect place for her and her boys, and get a better insight into everything this beautiful country has to offer.
So Clare, how long have you been going to Turkey?
I first went to Turkey about 12 years ago, and I’ve been back six or seven time since! My boys Harrison and Carter love it there too.
Why did you first decide to go?
I managed to pick up a great deal, the hotel looked lovely and it was amazing value for money; I couldn’t say no. I’d also heard lots of good things from people that have kids. Even though it was recommended to me, I was still a bit apprehensive, but my first holiday changed my mind and I’ve been back many times since: I always feel safe there.
When’s your favourite time of year to visit Turkey?
April is a good time for families to go, as the weather’s nice, but it’s not boiling hot. It’s likely to be in the early 20s, which makes it the perfect getaway for the April half term.
What are the best activities for the family to do in Turkey?
The kids’ clubs are great in Turkey as there are lots of big hotels, which put their focus on keeping kids happy. The majority of the water sports are family friendly too and there are plenty of places to snorkel. The shores are perfect for paddling and the beaches at Antalya and Bodrum are especially beautiful.
What’s there to do outside of the hotel?
The boys absolutely loved Land of Legends, there’s just so much to do there. There’s a theme park, waterpark, lots of places to eat and drink and plenty of designer shops for me! It makes the perfect day out and really breaks up the week if you don’t want to spend all your time in the hotel.
What’s your favourite resort and why?
I personally like Belek. I’ve been to a few different hotels there and they’ve all been great. It’s also a really short transfer from the airport, which is a real benefit when you’ve got younger kids as they’re already restless from the flight. There’s a charming town centre there and I’ve always found the locals to be so friendly.
What sets Turkey apart from other places you’ve been?
It’s simply the high standard of hotels. They’re all stunning and can cater to a family’s every need. Even the 3-star hotels are great! If you choose to go All Inclusive, the food is fantastic and to top it off, it’s amazing value for money.
Have you ever been to Turkey before? Did this beautiful country change your mind about any previous thoughts you might’ve had? Let me know in the comments below!