Few things are more appealing than a relaxing all inclusive holiday, especially with friends. Some might want a peaceful retreat with nothing else than a cocktail on the beach, while others want to experience new things and embark on new adventures. All Inclusive holidays also offer great value for money; with food, drinks and snacks catered for, and activities like aerobics classes, spa facilities and evening entertainment included, it can be a great way of making your holiday more affordable.
With summer temperatures of 28C and more, Turkey is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for Irish holidaymakers. Boasting some spectacular beaches with stretches of soft white sand and crystal clear waters, many perfect for water sports and close to local nightlife, if you haven’t yet experienced an all inclusive holiday in Turkey now is the time to go
Let’s explore some of the most popular Turkish holiday hot spots perfect for an all inclusive break.
This upscale modern resort in the Turkish Riviera boasts a beautiful Blue Flag beach, 5 star resorts and pristine championship golf courses. Ideally located 30 minutes from Antalya airport, Belek is the perfect resort to kick back and relax while being easily accessible.
The long beach promenade is lined with restaurants, and Belek town is full of supermarkets, leather and jewellery shops and a weekly bazaar. Day trips from here can include exploring the Roman ruins of Perge just 20 minutes’ drive away or taking a bike ride through the Lycian Way trail. June to September are the warmest months, so you’ll want to spend time outdoors.
Belek’s nightlife is diverse with nightclubs and cosy bars that appeal to couples as well as families, and with Antalya a short distance away, you can sample even more entertainment there.
Nestled at the foot of the Taurus Mountains between Marmaris and Antalya – where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet – this popular village is home to one of the most photographed coastal views in Turkey. Of the 10 beaches in or near Oludeniz, the most noted is Kumburnu (which is more commonly known as Blue Lagoon). Separated from Belceğiz Beach, the resort’s free-to-use main beach, by a sand bar and narrow channel, the family-friendly Blue Lagoon Beach is noted for its crystal clear shallow waters, which make it ideal for swimming and paddling. Canoes and paddle boats can also be hired to explore the rocky shores of the inner lagoon and search for mussels.
For those who want a little more action, Oludeniz is one of Turkey’s top destinations for tandem paragliding. Nearby is also the starting point for the Lycian Way walking trail – a 300 mile route from Fethiye to Antalya that takes in rocky coastlines, deserted beaches, pine forests, mountain peaks and ancient ruins. For a less energetic excursion, why not take a boat to the quiet and unspoiled Paradise Beach? The sand is not only inviting, but the waters surrounding this ideal spot are perfect for diving and snorkelling.
This port city and tourist resort on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is popular with Irish holidaymakers due to the area’s six miles of breathtaking beaches and vibrant nightlife. Some of the best places to stay in Marmaris – also known as the Turquoise Coast – offer wonderful views of the harbour. For the full Marmaris experience, however, it’s advisable to stroll the colourful promenade, take a gület cruise along the coast to Fethive, visit the magnificent castle and gaze down on the marina.
Marmaris’s old town is based around the castle. This is where you’ll find the oldest and most traditional buildings plus a bazaar that sells everything you could possibly imagine, pretty gardens and a notable mosque. Marmaris is also a great base for day trips to Dalyan, Dalaman, Ephesus and Pamukkale. It’s also possible to take a ferry or hydrofoil across to the Greek island of Rhodes.
Another notable beach in the area is Icmeler. With its fine golden sands and especially stunning waters, this is a spot that’s particularly great for scuba diving and fishing. Icmeler also has a canal running through the town that is lined with shops and cafes on either side. Alternatively, visit the mountainside village of Nev, with its white-washed houses and local eateries offering home-cooked meze and kofte with yoghurt.
Standing proudly on the western Aegean coats, Kusadasi is a beach resort with plenty of Eastern charm to complement the sun-kissed shores.
In this major cruise ship stop-off, you can see one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis was rediscovered in 1869 and Byzantine basilicas showcase the multi-faith heritage of this part of Turkey. Ladies Beach is popular among the locals. In Ottoman times, only women were allowed to swim in its waters, but today everyone can enjoy these palm tree-lined shores.