CONFESSION time: I don’t like getting naked. But I did it. I didn’t have to, but I did. And I’m glad I did.
Stepping into the depths of the hotel spa in my dressing gown and flip flops, I felt I was about to do some bizarre form of caving, when suddenly a large expanse opened up.
After a few minutes in the steam room wondering whether I would regret not keeping my trunks on, I removed my gown and clambered starkers on to the marble slab.
The sound of running water, coupled with the reassurances of the man I had just got naked in front of, put my mind at ease and soon I was almost unaware of my nudity.
Tennis lessons are fun and professional, and there are group fitness lessons, including spinning, aqua fit, pilates and yoga, plus volleyball, archery and sailing.
Facilities include a fully equipped gym with sea views, a football pitch and six swimming pools.
Set out to sea in the Mediterranean
I spent an afternoon on the stunning 18-hole course, which is at the heart of the resort.
It’s perfect for both experienced players and newbies like me wanting to get into the swing of the game in the sunshine.
The best place is the Presidential Suite, with its plush furnishings and roof terrace with Jacuzzi.
German footie legend Franz Beckenbauer and the late Bond actor Sir Roger Moore have both stayed here, probably wowed by the amazing views stretching across the sea and mountains. It’s gorgeous — and yours for a mere £1,800 per night.
If the A-list accommodation is out of budget, at least all the food is included during a stay.
A buffet breakfast kicks things off and food is then available throughout the day. But it’s in the evenings that they really turn up the heat.
It’s no surprise the food is this good when staff are trained by Frank Heppner, one of Germany’s celebrity chefs, who showed me how to barbecue.
The ruins of the Apollo Temple in Side, Turkey
With so much to pack in, you could happily spend your whole time inside the resort’s serene walls. But step outside and you’ll discover the area’s fascinating history.
After a 45 minutes boat ride, I arrived in the ancient port city of Side, pronounced “sea day”.
The town’s old stone buildings include a well-preserved amphitheatre, a Roman bath and crumbling temples of Apollo and Athena dating back to the second century BC.
GETTING THERE: Fly to Antalya with Jet2.com from Stansted, Manchester, Le Bradford, East Midlands and Birmingham with fares from £129pp return.
Back in resort, stronger drinks were on the menu as a special party got under way, where I joined other guests dressed head-to-toe in white to watch the fantastic entertainment, before the continuing the evening in the resort’s club, Inferno.
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