Embraced by pine forested slopes and surrounded by cerulean seas on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast, it’s little surprise that the sea is a focal point of holidays at Hillside Beach Club. One of the region’s most exclusive and sought-after resorts, Hillside boasts 99% guest satisfaction rates and sees guests returning to its pristine beaches year after year, Hillside has established itself as a haven for watersports enthusiasts of all abilities. Those looking for an active holiday in luxury need look no further!
Just a short distance from the port of Fethiye, life at Hillside is serene. Days here revolve in and around the water’s edge in many different forms – be it gliding over the water on a catamaran accompanied by a family of dolphins, flying through the air on a wakeboard, sailing, marvelling at the vibrant marine life beneath the water’s surface or just happily paddling in the aqua pura.
Tucked away between rolling hills that slope down to transparent jade waters, Hillside Beach Club’s remote location allows guests to reconnect with nature. Many of its rooms feature views over privately-owned Kalemya Bay and, inevitability given its idyllic setting, a major part of the resort’s charm lies in the water. Deluxe sun loungers adorn floating jetties and a choice of beaches, including the adult-only Silent and Serenity coves, give plenty of opportunity to enjoy the crystal-clear sea. Further afield, boat trips on a gulet transport guests to uninhabited islands and a vast range of watersports, including waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing and scuba diving, will satisfy adrenaline-seekers.
The Big Blue
As above water, sub aqua provides a whole host of treasures that are heaven for divers and snorkellers. The underwater world of wonder hugging the coast around Hillside Beach Club is ripe for exploration for both first time and seasoned aquatic adventurers.
Marvel at the reefs and the abundance of colourful fish and sea creatures as you glide through the crystal-clear blue Mediterranean. Whether an expert diver, a first-timer curious about diving, or a family looking to enjoy an activity together, Hillside’s experienced team are on hand to create the perfect diving experience for you.
Those looking to progress their diving can complete SSI, PADI and CMAS certifications with a choice of two or three-day courses. With over 30 diving sites (10 must sees!) within a 15-30 minute boat ride, divers are spoilt for choice, from shallow calm reefs to eerie caverns, walls and dramatic drop offs, thrilling tunnels and swim-through arches coated in soft corals, not forgetting exciting night dives for more experienced divers.
Back on the water’s surface, this is ideal territory for sailing aficionados or amateurs, who can learn or hone new skills at Hillside Beach Club’s sailing school, where professional certificated courses are available. The rush of the warm breeze while navigating the calm waters in these fabled lands is exhilarating. Set sail and explore the same seas where legends and gods once lived and feel the magic of water beneath. From romantic sunset boat tours for two overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters of Mediterranean, a fun family adventure, or a relaxing expedition with friends, Hillside Beach Club navigates guests through the seas, whatever their desires. Hillside is perfectly positioned to explore the beautiful bays of Fethiye, including the coves of Göcek, the island of pigs and Olive island. Those with their own yachts of gulets are welcome to drop anchor in the peaceful bay and come ashore to join the fun on land.
The resort also offers a dedicated swimming lane spanning the bay. A protected 300m lane has been created where experienced and novice open water swimmers can enjoy an invigorating swim in the azure waters well away from any boats.
Hillside is also home to Turkey’s first official waterskiing and wakeboard school with professionals on site each year, and has been host to the World Wakeboard Championship in the past. In 2020, the resort will host professional wakeboarders from around the world for the opening event of the International Water-ski and Wakeboard Federation’s European Tour. Guests can marvel as the riders whizz through the sea and sky and try this exhilarating pursuit themselves.
As the sun sinks, return to shore salty and sun-drenched ready to savour a delicious dinner gazing across the ocean. As you share anecdotes and experiences from your adventures with friends and family, you’ll wind up the day with a smile on your face, feeling exhilarated and with a bounty of aquatic memories to cherish.