Beach holidays in the Med, something for everyone
You simply cannot beat a beach holiday in the Med, they have something for everyone, beaches, villas, the opportunity to explore local culture and taste local cuisine as well as getting active with water sports and much more. Most people probably think of Spain, Portugal and Greece as the destinations to book for Mediterranean sunshine, however it is always worth looking further afield, Turkey is making a welcome return and Croatia grows in popularity each year.
Turkey makes a welcome return
Mark Warner returned to Turkey in May 2018 with their new Phokaia Beach Resort, situated 60 miles north of Izmir airport in the northern part of Turkey’s Aegean region and near to the laidback local town of Foca. Foca’s harbour and narrow streets boast some lovely old restored stone buildings and inviting restaurants. There are six small islands facing Foca and among these are Orak and Incir, known as the Sirens’ Rocks mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Two of the region’s major historic sites, Pergamon and Ephesus, around 60 miles south and 90 miles north from Foca respectively, are absolutely worth a visit and on Mark Warner’s excursion programme.
Phokaia is an ideal spot, fronted by a beach arcing around a quiet bay, part sheltered by an offshore island, the near constant offshore breeze is great for water sports, from windsurfing and sailing to wakeboarding and water skiing. Other activities available include a cycling programme with both mountain and road bikes, tennis, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, a full programme of classes from morning yoga to the light heartedly leftfield Zumba Bollywood and fun events such as social tennis and beach volleyball played whilst holding beers!
For those looking to relax, unwind and pampering there is a wellness area, including sauna, small gym, Turkish hammam, indoor heated pool and spa with five treatment rooms (please note massages and treatments are not included in packages).
Families will be well looked after, and childcare is a pillar of the Mark Warner brand, backed by qualified British nannies. Young ones from four months to 17 years are catered for, with childcare complimentary for those aged two to 17 but chargeable for toddlers aged four months to two years. Activity-focused day clubs range from Baby Club and Toddler Club to Indy Club for the oldest, with free evening care and entertainment for older kids and a supervised evening listening service for younger ones.
Dining options are good, with two restaurants and adjacent bars or head into nearby Foca for local cuisine. The reflection of the presence of ethnic communities in Izmir is reflected in the amazing seafood on offer, with mezes of prawns, scallops, crab and squid, accompanied with the most important condiments; garlic and olive oil. A charming feature of Izmir is the tradition of a flower for every season; artichoke for spring, zucchini blossoms for summer and figs for autumn, which are incorporated into the seasonal dishes.
Why not take a look at the Phokaia beach resort to find out more?