We had a good time and would consider a third holiday with Neilson.
Arrival in Resort
The outward flight was slightly delayed by half an hour meaning that our 14:15 flight from Gatwick landed late and a delay leaving the airport meant that we arrived in report at 23:45. Although we were provided with our room number and key during the coach transfer, no-one was on-hand to show us to our room or help with bags.
Our room was similar to that pictured in the brochure but smaller. It was adequate for our needs, although the bathroom was a little small. Importantly it was clean and functional, and we only spent time in our room to change clothing or sleep. The whole site is beginning to show signs of wear and needs some refurbishment this winter e.g. wardrobe doors not opening and closing properly, shower enclosure leaking having been previously been patched up and mould around the shower area. Roadways uneven.
Our room (5106) was on the ground floor and opposite the entrance to accommodation block 5. During the first week we experienced noise throughout the night when guests returned to their room and revelled in the corridor – fortunately those that caused the noise moved out at the end of our first week. (Thanks Frostie for assisting us with our issue).
Overall the complex is well laid out and pretty. The grounds are a reasonable size and given the number of rooms people were well dispersed and it didn’t seem crowded. The layout from site entrance to sea is basically hotel, pool, garden with trees, beach bar and beach then sea. There was a lot or Germanic behaviour with the sunbeds by the pool where guests reserved beds before breakfast and then didn’t use them until the afternoon. Some apparently also reserved beds at the same time at the beach.
Dining is mainly al fresco. The food was generally of good quality but lacked excitement. The hot meals and puddings were occasionally poor and disappointing especially when compared with Adakoy which we visited last year. We didn't do the BBQ night but fellow guests thought that the food was average.
We joined in with the Dinghy sailing, Kayaking, Road Biking, Tennis and keep fit. Training was very good. Equipment was in relatively good order although some running repairs were required during our stay. Thank you to Molly for your excellent dinghy tuition, and to Richard for the laughs on the tennis court. We took part in the Sail-away mornings, but on both occasions we became becalmed and all boats had to be towed back to resort by the safety boats. On other occasions conditions were gusty making sailing more difficult for the inexperienced.
The pool is Olympic size and is not deep (standing depth throughout). Safety is paramount at Neilsons and buoyancy aids and helmets were in good condition. Although travelling as a couple, we were impressed with the care and activities provided for the children.
Two trips were available. One to Taskoy (wine & olive oil making) with a three course meal at 47 Turkish Lira; this seemed to book up quickly. The other was a day trip to Epheseus.
The Hamman and spa areas were good and treatments very professionally executed. Discounts applied if you booked treatments at the welcome meeting and for subsequent treatments.
There are four shops on site. The first selling swimwear, beach and sailing clothing, suntan cream beach shoes, dresses etc. Second is The Carpet Man, selling silk and wool rugs, Killims etc., Third is a children’s shop selling beach toys, blow up lilos etc. and fourth is the jewellery shop selling an array of Jewellery, watches including Pandora. The latter also does tax-free shopping.
There is a good selection of shops & restaurants in Foca and costs are lower than in resort. Market day is Tuesday from dawn to dusk. All 5 restaurants that we ate at provided good food, but those away from the horseshoe harbour front were less expensive (e.g. 45 Turkish Lira compared with 145 Turkish Lira for two people)
Taxis into Foca cost 12 Turkish Lira each way. No need to advise the driver where to go on the way home; Neilson are the only UK tour company here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Phokaia Beachclub has a spacious feel, set amongst landscaped gardens with plenty of quiet spots to relax. Pathways wind their way through the gardens to the stretch of sand and shingle beach, where all the kit is laid out ready for easy launching. Phokaia Beachclub now boasts some of our best-dressed rooms; think a modern interpretation of traditional Turkish design with contemporary styling. It’s all about soft, natural, muted colours and exposed stone walls. With a desire to keep things local, the stone feature walls are sourced from the immediate area and the pattern in which they are laid is done in a traditional design. The Olympic size swimming pool is the focal point of the Phokaia Beachclub, have a quick dip or simply retire to one of the shady day beds, relax and take in the views. After a day on the water, bikes or tennis courts, the beachfront bar is the perfect place to catch up on the day and enjoy the stunning sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phokaia Hotel Foca