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Clubbing together

2: Warm welcome

On arrival Club Phokaia was just as impressive as its Turkish location, exuding a feeling of style and comfort that instantly makes you want to explore. The staff gave us a friendly welcome and directed us to our rooms — free of all troublesome luggage as this was delivered to our doors.

I was glad to see that the custom of Sunsail welcome drinks lives on and still offers a great opportunity for guests to get together, meet staff and generally relax with a few glasses of (free!) alcohol. But much more important than giving Claire and I the chance to mingle with our fellow guests, it gave Jordan the chance to meet some other kids of his age, run around and generally get excited about Kids’ Club the following day — something that both he and Claire were a little nervous about.

Next comes the first inclusive meal of the week (you receive one per day, either lunch or dinner). The Sunsail chefs laid on a huge and appetizing spread with a great selection. In addition to a vast array of cold meats, vegetables, salads, local mezes and the baskets of bread, you have a choice of a number of hot dishes cooked freshly in front of you. And to top it off, if you can’t find something for your young Sea Urchin to eat, ask nicely and the chefs will probably provide. One word of warning : beware the desert aisle! And yes I did say aisle, the puddings are endless — as are the cakes supplied with afternoon tea each day.

Besides the main watersports, Sunsail also offer new optional activities organised by trained staff. Beach and Activity programmes were handed out on our first evening prior with a full explanation of what is on offer: ranging from pilates and aquarobics, tennis workshops and mountain bike trails, through to the ‘Phokaia Triathlon’. Meanwhile, on the beach front there are daily sailing clinics in a variety of boats run by qualified instructors to give guests of all standards more confidence as they go afloat.

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Activities included the usual videos and games but more importantly an hour’s on the water sailing tuition

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