Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Let's Talk Turkey; STUART BRENNAN and His Two Sons Enjoy an Action-Packed Holiday at the New Andriake Beachclub in Far-Flung Antalya

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Let's Talk Turkey; STUART BRENNAN and His Two Sons Enjoy an Action-Packed Holiday at the New Andriake Beachclub in Far-Flung Antalya

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Byline: STUART BRENNAN

AFTER a four-hour flight and a three-hour road trip from the airport, it was clear that our intrepid bunch of British holidaymakers were all thinking the same thing: "This had better be worth it".

It was. Andriake is the new beach club being offered up by activity sport specialist Neilson, tucked away on a secluded beach in a remote part of Antalya.

L L The hotel is clearly something of a pioneer in an under-developed, but exceptionally beautiful part of Turkey's Mediterranean coast, an area which is to get its own airport to cut out the long, winding trip through the mountains from Dalaman.

Andriake beach is a crescent of bronze sand on a headland, flanked by the points where the toes of the foothills of the grand old Taurus mountains are dappled in the turquoise waters of the Med.

Everything you could possibly want is within the classic Turkishstyled hotel, with its cool marble floors and neat gardens.

It is a lovely, isolated spot - whether that is a good thing or not depends on what kind of holiday you like.

If you want sun, sea and sand, with watersports, spa and the odd excursion thrown in, it is perfect.

The ingredients for a great fortnight are all in this particular pot. The kids' clubs are excellent. For those of you used to walking into a kids club to find a teenaged "nanny" texting her boyfriend while the kids amuse themselves with crayons, or videos, this is very different.

I took five-year-old George and 14-year-old Ben and the activities on offer at their clubs were excellent, even challenging.

I was astonished, on our second day, to see little George trooping down to the sea with a group of other five-yearolds to go sailing in a catamaran.

They didn't go far, and the sea was calm, but George loved it.

The older ones go on kayak expeditions, have a pop at water skiing or kneeboarding, and can try windsurfing and paddle-boarding.

And so the little ones don't miss out, they have a hilarious afternoon body-boarding across the Olympicsized pool, courtesy of a bungee rope and an enthusiastic, athletic Turkish playing the speedboat.

Even dad had a go at kayaking, which ended in a red face and an unwanted rescue boat, after which I decided to take Neilson at its slogan: "Relax as hard as you like".

I liked the idea of "not very hard". Stronger winds in second half of the week, scuppered our plans to try sailing but for those days you could stay inland and take out a mountain bike, play tennis, or plump for a relaxing massage - or even the more vigorous Turkish hammam treatment.

There are plenty of attractions, including the rock tombs at Myra, and the grave of St Nicholas - although it may be best to conceal from young kids the fact that you can visit the resting place of Santa Claus!

We took a traditional boat trip in a gulet, to the village of Kalekoy, where we climbed up the winding streets to the castle on a gorgeous evening, the sun shimmering on the water and two large turtles bobbing around in the bay as they scavenged for food. …

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