Just back from another fabulous fortnight in Ortakent, looked after by the happy team of barefoot Neilson kids along with the excellent team at the Seaside Hotel.
The weather was extremely windy, making for very happy windsurfers and very challenging sailing, especially for the novices among us, and the lessons although reduced in time from last year were of a high standard with plentiful kit for all.
Off the water, tennis with Roddy was great, fitness with Jojo was manic, and cycling with Jordan was fab-even in the heat.
The hotel itself is lovely- immaculate throughout, the food is fantastic with loads of fresh fruit, salads and plenty of variety. It's a shame Neilson do their club board and not just half board, but that's what they do...
Nearby, Yashi is about 10 mins walk away with a variety of shops and restaurants including the favourite Viras. Bitez is a short taxi ride away( or a hike on a bike) and has a greater variety of shops and restaurants along a pretty beachfront. Bodrum is about 40 mins by bus and a must for leather bags and other necessities. The front desk staff are fantastic with their impartial recommendations and local help. We also spent an enjoyable morning at the Hammam( Turkish bath) being painted with mud, pummelled with bubbles and massaged with oils.
The kids clubs were fantastic as ever, in fact we nearly forgot we had them with us until we got the bar bill which racked up to £750 on magnums cokes cornettos and Twixs, gullet trips, water slide parks, evening socials and diving trips. Top money saving tip- leave the kids at home! In fairness though they had a blast, our fourteen year old even looked happy as he spent a wild week with the slightly(!) mad Mikey doing all sorts of crazy watersports in the new Tag Elite. Shame they don't do a Dad Tag for the big kids!!
Our week was rounded of beautifully by the appearance of a pod of dolphins on our last day who put on a performance in front of the waterski pontoon just as the hotshots were waiting their turn.
Thanks for everything guys, you are the best, and thank you Semmi for not killing me in that Dart!
- Also Known As:
- Seaside Hotel Ortakent