Last week Mark and I had the pleasure of visiting The Hillside Beach Club in Turkey. It was super last minute and it was our first time EVER away from the boys together. We have been talking about having a weekend away for such a long time and I was so excited to be doing this in Turkey. It’s not a place we have visited before so I didn’t really know what to expect apart from gorgeous weather. The Hillside Beach Club exceeded all expectations and was absolute paradise.
Accommodation and the Resort
Our flights to Turkey were mid afternoon and with the time difference we didn’t reach the resort until quite late, we were greeted by friendly staff who were all eager to help from taking our bags to checking in with ease. We were whisked away in a golf caddy which was all very exciting and then we were taken to our room which had it’s very own terrace. I would say that if you have difficulties walking then you may find this resort a little hilly, there are quite a few steps if your room is located high up. The resort is big which I love but for those that need extra assistance may find it a little difficult. Also if you have children, maybe try and request a room closer to the beach so you can avoid lots of steps, this is something we will request when booking with the boys.
A few of the features I loved in our room was the easy to use, free Wi-Fi, the A/C which was so appreciated after a long day exploring in the heat and the blow drier… a must for me! I have to say the accommodation was spotless, in fact the whole resort was. And the cleaning staff were very friendly, we were in our room one morning when the cleaners came and they offered to come back later which they did and they did such a great job.
The resort itself is huge, there are three beaches to enjoy including serenity beach which you can get a boat to or take a nature walk to, silent beach for ultimate relaxation and the main beach suitable for families and children. All of which had plenty of sunbeds, it was really nice to go to a resort where you aren’t fighting for a sunbed at 7am in the morning.
There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, we ate at the main restaurant most days. The food was delicious, there was so much choice and we love a buffet style meal. Safe to say I ate my body weight in pancakes most mornings, you have to treat yourself when you’re on holiday right? The restaurants are very child friendly, with a fab baby station supplying bibs, plastic plates and much more. They also had lovely highchairs dotted around most tables ready for use.
We booked a meal at Pasha on the bay restaurant one evening and we got to sit right by the water which was so dreamy. It got dark, candles were lit and fishes were swimming right next to us. It was such a beautiful view and the food was wonderful. From a 10 dish starter to a yummy chocolate desert, let’s just say I was super full when we left that place!
Things to do?
Where do I start, there are so many things to do at this resort for every age. It was really nice to see how well Beachside cater to children, we saw lots of great workshops going on while we were there I loved seeing the Kids BFI workshops, the BFI are the UK’s lead organisation for film in the UK. We actually were visiting during the first BFI Summer Screenings event, the children created a short adventure-based film which was the edited by experts from BFI and were then screened on the last day for the whole family to enjoy. I just know Vinny would have loved this, the staff really got into the spirit of things they were so enthusiastic as were the children. So fun!
I also have to mention the kids activity centre and baby park. When we went on a family holiday last year the “baby area” consisted of a tiny room inside, which is nice if you just want to take your baby for a nap but not if they want to explore and have fun. Being a parent you often have to spend most of your time in the kids areas so to have somewhere like the Baby Park at Hillside is super important, this park was huge. There was water play, swings, a soft area and a nursing room too. All in a super cool shaded area outside. Nearby there was Kidside, aimed at children 4-10. I even wanted to spend my time here! Honestly so much for the little ones to do and teenagers too.
For adults you can enjoy many excursions, relax by the beach or pool, and enjoy many sports activities such as Yoga, cycling, archery and zumba. And if you want to just go and have some me time then I’d recommend the spas they have 2, Sanda Nature Spa and Day Spa! We went to Sanda Day spa, I enjoyed a lovely Elemis facial and then got to enjoy all of the spa amenities afterwards, the jacuzzi, sauna it was pure relaxation at it’s best. We actually went the day before we went home and it was raining that morning so we couldn’t have timed our treatments any better, as soon as the treatments were done the sun came out again!
We also got to enjoy a BFI Summer Screening of La La Land on the beach one evening, I’ve never watched a movie under the stars that was truly magical. There was a fantastic selection of classic summer films, shown outdoors in stunning areas of the resort. A highlight was Wes Anderson’s film, The Life Aquatic shown aboard a beautiful yacht, in the bay of the resort. Will Massa, Curator of Contemporary Fiction Film for BFI, gave really interesting talks to introduce each film too.
Would we visit again?
We are already looking up prices for our next trip, this time with the kids! I said to Mark, this place is somewhere I can see us visiting time and time again just because it caters to every family member so well. There are Instagram opportunities everywhere you go, honestly check out my Instagram page here and look at how beautiful it is. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were great, we were never bored. I know the boys will love this place so I can’t wait to revisit with them in the future. Check out our vlog below to see our time at the Hillside Beach Club.
Have you been to Turkey before? Would love to hear about your experiences.
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