"Kusadasi used to be a fishing village but it’s caught on fast. Set on Turkey’s west coast, the place now has holiday resort written all over it, with buzzing bars and a good-looking marina lined with cafés, restaurants and shops..."
FROM £229 WAS £369
PER PERSON / 7 NIGHTS
Having an 18-hole golf course on the doorstep is just one of a myriad of attractions at this family resort, only minutes by regular shuttle bus from the popular coastal town of Kusadasi, yet occupying a tranquil setting that’s ideal for a relaxing holiday.
In an area of national parkland, the panoramic views from the hilltop location are stunning; from the golf clubhouse they extend over pine forest greenery down to the sparkling Aegean and across to the pretty Greek island of Samos.
Accommodation offers high level, contemporary comforts with everything on-hand for a chilled-out experience. Within the resort, there are communal pools – with a small aqua park – a tennis court, a spa and fitness centre with sauna and Turkish baths, and a selection of restaurants and bars to ensure a variety of dining. Team Marina offers a programme of day and night-time entertainment for the whole family, with qualified staff to keep younger children occupied at the Kids’ Club.
A short drive, or bus ride, brings you to the soft sands of Kusadasi’s famous Long Beach area, which comprises several beaches. At the nearby Pamucak Beach there are two aqua parks and water sports activities, including scuba diving.
The west coast of Turkey enjoys around 300 sunny days every year Kusadasi is well established on the tourist trail with a buoyant and bustling atmosphere supplied by its colourful shops, several weekly markets, restaurants and nightlife. In the marina you’ll see super-sleek yachts and Turkish gulets, and the port has long been on the itinerary of major cruise ships. Kusadasi is close to several important historical sites including the world-famous Ephesus, and the modern city of Izmir with its shops and Ottoman architecture. By ferry you can hop over to Samos for the day, or for shorter sails, take a local boat from just across the causeway at Pigeon Island.