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New Neilson resort at Phokaia

Uley, United Kingdom
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New Neilson resort at Phokaia

Hi, have been wiith SunSail in the past. Would like to know the differences with Neilson and any tips. Have been told that the accomadation has been upgraded, any views on this. Do they provide beach towels and whats the food and kids clubs like. Thanks

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1. Re: New Neilson resort at Phokaia

Remarkably similar really, but I would say better. Food and accomodation similar standards, except that Neilson also provides lunch every day as part of the package (but no tea and cake). Kids clubs every bit as good, very slight differences in age bands that is all.

Key differences are: watersports are still the principal draw but there is more attention to land-based activity eg tennis and mountain biking; all courses including RYA sailing and windsurfing are free of charge, whereas Sunsail charges; waterski and diving tasters are free; no day yachts.

We always go last week of the season for half term. Sunsail tended to be demob-happy that week, and they had given up on maintaining the kit, with the result that it just got stored as it broke, instead of repaired. One year there were 12 bikes at he beginning of the week and none by the end - Neilson Phokaia had 35 all week! Similar story for boats.

Another difference: Sunsail's downfall was their attitude to staffing in Turkey. They apparently shipped in brits on tourist visas and got away with it for years but at some point tested the patience of the Turkish authorities just a step too far. Neilson employ the full 80% Turkish staff as required by law, and they achieve this by training locals as beach staff, nannies and even RYA or BWSF-accredited instructors! And very good they are too.

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2. Re: New Neilson resort at Phokaia

ps: they do provide beach towels, for a charge.

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