So far so good…day 5 of a 2 week stint at arguably Neilsons flagship family beach club resort, and it is more than living up to expectations, possibly due to the amazing weather. Currently watching the sleeping baby whilst the wife does the aqua aerobics!
I suppose I’ll begin with the useful things, flight over here was good, completely on time and very comfortable. The 1 ½ hr transfer was fine, worth it for such a lovely location. The resort is about 2-3km from the pretty village of Foca, and you can walk there in 25-30 minutes, it’s about 10 turkish Lira (£3-£4) taxi ride back.
As for the accommodation, well we are in the main hotel with a 1 year old baby, the supplied Chicco travel cot is like new, and takes up about a ¼ of the free floor space. We are on the first floor with a fab view, there is a lift in the main hotel so it makes life with a buggy more convenient, also there are baths in the main hotel rooms, which is also makes life easier as bath time is still important for my daughter! I think a sea view room is probably a must as the rear of the hotel partly overlooks a road, so it will almost certainly be quieter with a balcony over looking the pool or sea. Some people may prefer one of the other blocks as they are a bit more out of the way. The suites are lovely and by the look of the photos of the villas on this site I’m sure they are great. The A/c unit has one setting and is not that cold, so we are sleeping with the balcony door open which is fine, as there is a fly screen and it’s not noisy. Although if we close the doors then they are very good at cutting out any noise from outside.
The rooms are pretty much all the same size, Not massive but adequate and décor and flooring is good. All have smallish balconies with a little rack and pegs for drying clothes and 2 chairs. There a small fridge, hair dryer and 20inch flat screen tv, with hdmi, pc, component & video inputs. TV channels include bbc world and entertainment amongst other channels. There is free Wi–Fi but only in the hotel foyer.
Food is good, but there could be a bit more variety for the children, other than that there is nothing at all to complain about, the staff both Turkish and English are very attentive and will try and help with any problems. The kids club is good, takes a little time to settle in but seems to be working, and gives us a chance to play tennis, bike or sail together.
My only criticism is that there could be slightly less eagerness by the waiters to remove our plates, as they hover a bit and get a bit irritating.
Otherwise it’s a great holiday. I have not commented on the activities – but they are up to Neilson’s usual very good standard, and 50 metre pool is wonderful.
Go, enjoy and have fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Neilson Club Phokaia occupies a fantastic beachfront location overlooking a beautiful bay where you will find excellent sailing conditions. Spacious, with a wonderful large swimming pool set close to the beach, Phokaia is a firm favourite with returning Neilson guests.Highlights: Super 4 star + accommodation• Club board meals included• Wide range of inclusive activities - Fantastic sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, mountainbiking, fitness, tennis• Consistent winds and large sailing area• Four tennis courts• Gym• Elemis Spa• International Blue Flag Beach status• Excellent for families• Full range of children's clubs• Lively, bustling local area• Traditional Turkish villages close by• Easy access to world famous historical sites ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phokaia Hotel Foca