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Clubbing together

5: And relax...

Two down, one to go. For Claire the main attraction of Club Phokaia were the indulgences such as the Serenity spa, gym, hairdresser and Turkish baths. In fact the most stressful part of this new addition to the Sunsail experience is choosing how to be pampered: there is a huge selection of treatments available, from a soapsudded double massage in the Turkish baths to facials, pedicures, wraps and waxes. If you can’t decide there is a ‘taster’ package offering mini manicure, pedicure and facial which lasts an hour and a half. Unfortunately these aren’t included in the cost of the holiday but from the look on Claire’s extremely relaxed face they are well worth the cost!

Carrying on with the relaxation theme there are hammocks and large ‘bed-sized’ squishy chairs for guests to laze in around the complex, perfect after filling up on the inclusive lunch or the equally good bar snacks.

Of course there is also that other favourite female pastime: shopping. Within the hotel complex there is a local carpet shop offering some stunning rugs and real bargains if you are confident enough to haggle. Alternatively take a trip outside the hotel, where Foca is a five minute trip by taxi, or 20 minute walk. Unlike other areas of Turkey, Foca is still undeveloped in terms of tourism and you don’t get the hassle of hawkers bothering you very five minutes. Of course, this means the shopping doesn’t offer a huge selection but there a still a few bargains to be had. Whilst there take the opportunity to dine at one of the great restaurants, the king prawns are the best and biggest I have ever had, all set in magnificent scenery.

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