James Nickson, CEO at School Notices, explores the magic of Turkey with a family holiday to the luxury Hillside Beach Club. Tucked away in the private Kalemya Bay, the resort is surrounded by fragrant pine forests and the twinkling turquoise sea… a real escape to paradise! Hear first hand from James and family about why it’s such a special destination.
Why did you choose Hillside?
With Covid and a new baby we needed to get away! Hillside came highly recommended and it ticked all the boxes with excellent food and service and lots to do.
What did the kids enjoy most?
Our girls (8 and 4) loved “everything” especially Kidside with its two swimming pools, water slides and organised play with arts and crafts. They also enjoyed playing in the adult pool, watching the sunset and having dinner with us followed by homemade chocolate and dance shows performed in the impressive Amphitheatre.
As parents what were the highlights for you?
Where to start – there was so much for everyone to do. We loved the brilliantly choreographed exercise classes with the stunning views, the water sports and the outstanding Hamman Turkish massage we had on our first day. Pure heaven. Please take us back!
And the low points?
It’s hard to fault but if you put me on the spot, some areas only had step access which can be tricky with a pram. Also, if you are bottle feeding a baby you will need to bring Fairy Liquid and a washing-up brush as the rooms do not have a kitchenette.
Is there a kid’s menu and what was the food like?
Yes and the food was excellent with a specific kid’s station including lots of plain vegetables and pasta. As a ‘foodie’ family we could not have been happier with superb cold mezes, a fish counter, a meat grill, vegetarian options and wonderful homemade ice cream. There were also two great restaurants on the beach with table service.
As parents, did you have the chance to switch off?
We definitely did – and we’re not normally the best at switching off! But knowing the kids were safe and in great hands was hugely reassuring.
And can you escape from the kids if you want?
There are two spas and both come highly recommended! In addition, there were two large adult only beaches. Silent Beach, with no phones or music allowed and Serenity Beach (a short walk away) with double bed loungers, BBQ and bar.
Would you describe your holiday as good value for money?
Absolutely. The resort really was 5 star in every way with most things included within the overnight rate.
Would you go back or recommend to other families?
Definitely. The most common question we got from staff was have you been here before? That’s because they have a 95% return visit rate. That doesn’t surprise us at all as it’s a very special place indeed.
For more information visit hillsidebeachclub.com/en
This is a paid partnership with Hillside Beach Club. Nightly rates start from £114. Rates based on two people sharing a standard room on a full board plus basis.