We just returned an hour ago from a week in the south of Turkey, at a beautiful resort called Rixos Premium Belek. It's about 45 minutes from Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea. Everything was fabulous, including the food and the weather, with the temperature hitting highs of almost 40 degrees celsius almost every day. Hot yes, but bearable because we found the perfect spot under a gigantic cypress tree everyday. The resort has a grand buffet which we loved for breakfast and lunch, but for dinners we booked places every night in a different ala carte restaurant. So we tried everything from French to gourmet Turkish food (our favourite). All inclusive resorts are just the thing when you don't want the worry of a huge bill at the end of your trip.
Rixos Premium has lots to offer, especially for families, and since we went with our friends Fiona and Steve and their 2 adorable kids, it was a lot of fun, especially for Scott and Sarah! They rode wildly on a Sea-Do, spent hours at the resorts own Troy AquaPark, succeeded at climbing an incredibly tough rock face, did their first scuba dive, and much, much more. But really the highlight of the trip for all of us was the opportunity to swim with two beautiful dolphins! It was truly the fullfillment of our dreams. What incredibly intelligent and social animals! Unfortunately the experience was far too short and 'controlled'. We wished it could have been longer and a little more informal, but it was still quite a thrill as you can see from the photo.
Another hugely enjoyable part of the vacation, especially for me, was the afternoon spent at the Spa. I had my first Turkish Hamman Peel, followed by a Cleopatra Milk Bath, and then a Spa Relax Massage. I'd love to tell you what it all entails but I think I better save that for another time! What I can share is the incredibly soft, smooth skin I now have because of the treatment. I always imagined the Hamman would leave me with scratches all over my body because I have skin that reacts so easily, but in the end all that I had was silky moist skin. Amazing and certainly something I'd do again.
Photo taken by Sarah, age 7
All in all, a wonderful, relaxing vacation!