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After another cracking year in 2018 we’re back with Mark Warner again, and a welcome return to Turkey, at the Phokaia beach resort. All the resort info is below, but as with most trips it’s the people that make it, and time and again this proves to be a brilliant week, with around 25-35 members. It’s a social trip but there’s no pressure to do anything/everything. With this many people fun is guaranteed, and there’s always others keen to join in with whatever you might fancy doing. Also deserving of a special mention is the fancy dress evening, which always goes down well!
This beautiful Mediterranean beach resort sits within stunning, mature gardens on a dazzling bay with superb facilities including tennis, mountain and road cycling in the surrounding hills, beach volleyball and excellent conditions for all watersports (and even one free waterski session too). Positioned on the west coast of Turkey, this gem of a resort is found on the outskirts of the harbour town of Foça, with its mix of traditional fishing boats and modern sail yachts plus an array of restaurants from where you can enjoy the stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
This year it also includes lunches in the price.
There’s a full run down of the resort below (taken from Mark Warner’s site)
Cost – £799 for members / £849 for non-members
To Book – please simply ‘register interest’ via the button at the top of the page and we’ll be in touch with payment details.
FROM MARK WARNER’S WEBSITE:
First class facilities
At the heart of Phokaia is an incredible 50m free-form style swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers and daybeds. Overlooking the beach is one of two restaurants and bars with spectacular views across the bay – the ideal spot to watch the end of day race and to see the stunning sunsets. This resort oozes character. Enjoy well-appointed bedrooms, most with a private balcony or terrace, a Turkish bath and spa with a heated indoor pool plus an exciting programme full of activities – a week simply won’t be long enough.
Hospitality at its finest
Turkey is known for its excellent hospitality and at Phokaia Beach Resort you’ll not only find our engaging and experienced watersports team on-hand at the waterfront to help get you out on the water, but also friendly locals ready to greet you in the restaurants and bars offering an array of both international and locally inspired, mouth-watering delights. Our fun-loving nannies will entertain your children in the wonderful grounds and childcare centre while the activities team will take you through your paces on court, in the hills or throughout one of the many fitness programmes on offer.
Outbound – BA from Heathrow to Izmir. 1335 – 1945
Inbound – BA Izmir to Heathrow, 2040 – 2250
Luggage – 23kg hold, and 20kg hand luggage (56 x 45 x 25cm)
Resort transfer 1 hour 20 mins
Half board (2 days)
Full board (5 days)
Sailing & tuition
Windsurfing & tuition
Stand up paddle boarding
1 free waterski session per guest
On shore activities
Fitness classes & gym
Water polo & volleyball
Foça, also known as Phocaea during ancient times is made up of two bays – old Foça and new Foça. A local shuttle bus and taxi service provide a easy way to visit, getting you there in less than 10 minutes. Old Foça is the larger of the two bays and is home to the numerous fishing boats and yachts. There are some lovely restaurants and eateries along this picturesque harbour.
Our new resort board offers you flexible dining at Phokaia Beach Resort. Enjoy delicious daily buffet breakfasts and lunches while our evening dining includes 5 nights in-resort. For 2 nights a week there is the opportunity to sample the delectable local cuisine in Foça or for those preferring the convenience of staying in resort, a beach BBQ is available to book.
Dependant on the time that you arrive in resort on your first evening, you will either be able to dine at the evening buffet or will have a meal waiting for you in your room.
The hotel restaurant offers an array of both international and Turkish cusine, made with locally sourced ingredients. Our resort board includes a daily breakfast and lunch served in the main restaurant overlooking the sea. For your evening meals, you can enjoy freshly prepared food in the restaurant on five nights of the week. On your two dining out evenings, you can head down to the beach for a delicious Turkish beach barbeque (at an extra cost) or you can explore the town and eat at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a drink at one of the two bars at Phokaia Beach Resort. The main bar is situated by the restaurant, perfect for a catch up after a long day on the beach. Or enjoy a sundowner and the incredible views at sunset at the beach bar while you catch the last of the rays.
The bay at Phokaia Beach Resort is perfect for all our watersport activities. Close to the shore you’ve perfect conditions for novice sailors and windsurfers – which also sets itself up for waterskiing and wakeboarding too. For more experienced sports people head further out into the bay and enjoy the fantastic on-shore winds.
Explore the local coastline on a kayak or SUP board or hang out under the water with the local PADI dive team
Take to the water in one of our dinghy boats. Choose from singlehanders to multihulls. If this sounds like another language then let one of our RYA qualified instructors introduce you to the exhilarating world of dinghy sailing.
We have an array of RYA courses and lessons from free introduction to refresher and improver lessons.
This all-round resort is great for windsurfers, especially intermediates. Beginners will excel in the light morning winds and can practice their balance and control while intermediate windsurfers take to the waters in the afternoons as the winds pick up for some great blasting across the bay.
Our team of qualified RYA instructors provide free group lessons (introduction and refresher sessions). private tuition, and RYA courses.
Stand up paddle boarding
This fast growing sport is fun and easy to learn (unlike surfing!) and what’s more you will benefit from a strong ‘core’ workout. Within an hour or two you will find you are more than comfortable on your board on the water.
SUP boarding as it is often referred to can be done in a variety of conditions. When learning, flat calm conditions are recommended. Starboard SUP boards are available for use free of charge.
Why not gain a different perspective of your resort! Hit the beach and take a kayak out to sea and enjoy the views, peace and chance to explore the coastline.
Waterskiing & wakeboarding
The warm waters of the Aegean Sea and range of equipment provided contribute to creating an excellent learning environment. It is commonplace for Mark Warner guests to progress from rank beginner to an intermediate standard within the space of a week.
Phokaia is the perfect resort for those who want to get involved in activities on holiday. We offer something for all ages and abilities, including tennis and cycling and a fantastic selection of fitness classes, so there’s something to take part in whatever your preference. Take a free guided tour on a mountain or road bike with an experienced guide up into the hills for exhilarating descents or relax and opt for a sundown stretch overlooking the beach.
Phokaia Beach resort has four flood lit hard surface tennis courts run by a superb team of coaches all ready to help you improve your game.
Choose from adult, teenager and child courses for all abilities.
Our fantastic cycling centre at Phokaia Beach Resort boasts lightweight aluminium road bikes which can be taken out independently or as part of a free tour.
Have fun exploring the wonderful terrain in the local area on our mountain bikes. You can venture out alone or as part of a guided group throughout the week.
Enjoy a comprehensive programme of fitness and aerobics classes in our stunning Phokaia Beach Resort with excellent sporting facilities, including a gym and spa studio. Guests can take part in classes ranging from Zumba, circuits, morning and sundown stretch to social tennis and football.
Fitness and aerobics classes are run by Mia, who has a degree in dance and aerial performance. A member of the local activities team, Emre, also runs classes at Phokaia Beach Resort. He is a qualified PE teacher and swimming coach.
HEALTH AND BEAUTY
The spa at Phokaia Beach Resort boasts five treatment rooms, as well as a sauna, Turkish bath and an indoor pool. Why not try the traditional Turkish hammam treatment during your stay, or pamper yourself with one of the many other treatments on offer.
Next to the spa you’ll also find a gym with an array of equipment including cross-trainers, a rowing machine, a treadmill, weights and bikes.
A tempting indoor pool is open to all guests. Loungers are available to relax on in the pool area between dips.
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