Paradise Awaits at Turkey’s Hillside Beach Club
It's time to escape...
What if you could swap your local lido for the glittering waters of the Aegean sea? Or substitute laps around your local park for morning yoga on a golden sandy beach? Such is the offering from Hillside Beach Club in the port city of Fethiye on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The luxurious hideaway, nestled in the privately owned Kalemya Bay, offers guests a home away from home, boasting three stunning beaches, two spas, gourmet cuisine at three restaurants and water sports and activities galore for the entire family.
The ethos at Hillside is about adopting a new, preferable routine. Guests are encouraged to begin the day with a sunrise meditation, yoga on the beach, or enjoy a mindful cup of coffee and energising breakfast overlooking the ocean on contemporary and comfortable furnishings.
Holidays can typically be indulgent affairs, but the team at Hillside are on hand to help you discover a fitter, greener way of living with balanced meals made with fresh, local ingredients and energising cold-press juices.
Always at the forefront of sustainability and supporting the local environment, the hotel has introduced e-bikes. Guests can travel on two wheels for a customised tour of the local region, accompanied by a profession local guide, to discover the ancient city of Kayaköy or the mystical Af Kule Monastery. For those looking to see the best of the sites with less of the hikes, ‘Hillside Outside’ also offers a relaxing sunset tour that touches on 12 of the surrounding Turkish islands.
Also on offer is the club's 'Run for Green' event, a chance to reduce your carbon footprint while also keeping fit. Guests track their jogs along the Fethiye coastline and for every kilometre they clock up, Hillside plants a tree.
Embracing new skills is also very much encouraged at Hillside. Enjoy learning watersports from expert instructors with wakeboarding, diving and windsurfing all on offer. Those who would rather stay on terra firma could look instead to tennis or an art class in the hotel’s creative hub, Artside.
Returning for another year is the beloved BFI Summer Screenings week running from 28 May- 4 June. Designed for guests of all ages, the BFI will be presenting film screenings of new and old favourites, as well as offering interactive workshops to both adults and children who are interested in the world of film. With the theme of musicals this year, guests can spend their evenings singing along on the shore with a cooling cocktail and after this creative week of activities, guests will be fully versed on the creation and history of film.
The expansive site boasts appeal for all sun seekers. The main beach (a stone’s throw from the pool bar and beach restaurant) is a hub for watersports and a safe cove in which families can swim, while Serenity Beach and Silent Beach – both a short walk or boat ride from the hotel – are two adults-only shores. The former boasts serene vistas and a breezy cocktail bar, while the latter is all about leaving technology and worldly distractions behind, and indulging in maximum, sun-soaked respite.
Adventurous guests looking to explore the local surroundings can take advantage of sunset boat tours, a 12-island cruise, cycling excursions and trekking tours – all organised by the hotel. Foodies may want to venture beyond the hotel grounds to downtown Fethiye, the old city, where narrow streets play home to bustling coffee shops and restaurants, and fresh fish and sizzling köftes are the order of the day. Wander along the promenade by the marina and pause for a proper Turkish coffee or a beer by the water’s edge.
Culture vultures will want to explore the breathtaking Lycian rock tombs lying peacefully above the city, or take a trip to Kayaköy, a nearby ancient ghost town, also known as the village of friendship and peace, which can be discovered on a professional guided tour.
Before leaving the Turquoise Coast for good, a trip to Fethiye’s weekly market is a must. Here, everything from cotton clothing, leather goods, perfumes, spices and souvenirs can be bought – a little something to remind you of your trip to paradise.
The new season will begin April 9th 2022 so book your summer break now.