Experiences galore at this new Turkish resort
Whether you're after lazy lounging by the pool or days jam-packed with adventure, the latest Neilson holiday resort has something for everyone, writes David Lumb.
Whether you're after lazy lounging by the pool or days jam-packed with adventure, the latest Neilson holiday resort has something for everyone,
The Adakoy Beachplus Club is situated on what is virtually an island, joined to Turkey by a tiny strip of land.
Getting there from Dalaman Airport requires a one-and-a-half drive and involves going off-road, over jagged rocks and down steep cliffs. It's enough to give the holiday maker second thoughts.
But any apprehensions are quickly eliminated on arrival. Friendly staff members are quick to offer a refreshing beverage while others are on hand to whisk away your bags.
Then there are the exotic surroundings.
Picture a row of light coloured buildings overlooking the sea, and against the backdrop of Jurassic Park-style woodland, and you won't be too far wrong. As for the activities? Pretty impressive.
A generous choice includes waterskiing, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and mountain biking.
Instructors are patient, encouraging, knowledgeable about each pursuit and – like all staff – friendly.
Neilson's handling of these activities is a major triumph. As the company's 'Relax as hard as you like' motto suggests, it is no boot camp.
No-one will care if you want to spend the whole day by the pool but you can dip in and out of more energetic pursuits as much as you desire.
Food is also top quality. You can expect a daily spread with a wide selection of meat, fish and salad created from ingredients – as the chef constantly insists – taken from his garden.
If you want to go further afield for food, a boat ride to the hustle and bustle of Marmaris takes just 10 minutes.
A community atmosphere is another feature of the resort. If you do not know anyone when you arrive, you almost certainly will by day two as activities bring with them the inevitable social interaction.
By the end of your holiday you'll do well to get to the dining area without stopping every two minutes to greet someone.
Other little touches also give the Adakoy Beachplus Club the edge over the competition. It is not unusual for the chef to personally deliver food to your table that hadn't been ready when you went to fill your plate earlier. Or towels to be laid in the shape of hearts on your bed around photographs of loved ones.
So the perfect holiday then? Close but not quite.
The exotic surroundings mean flies can be a problem at certain times of the day but, given that the resort has only been open since May, there's lots of scope to iron out this issue quickly.
Management have stressed they are keen to get on top of the situation.
The truth is that, overall, there are no hesitations in thoroughly recommending the Adakoy Beachplus Club.
It will appeal to a vast array of holiday makers, from couples with differing tastes, to those looking to meet new friends.
If you're looking for a break and are yet to find something to float your boat, this could be the answer.
Depart Gatwick or Manchester on May 7 for seven nights at Neilson Adakoy located on its own private island in Marmaris Bay, Turkey, from £429pp. Your holiday includes flights, transfers, seven nights four-star accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch and four evening meals (giving guests the opportunity to eat out locally).
This great value package is also inclusive of RYA windsurf and dingy tuition, wakeboarding and waterskiing, group tennis lessons, guided mountain biking and free kids clubs.
For more information, or to book, call 0845 070 3460 or visit www.neilson.co.uk