Our holiday to Alanya Turkey

So we finally got a family holiday, which didn’t involve going to Pakistan. It involved Alanya Turkey!

And we desperately needed it.

And I want to go back!!!

Beautiful weather, friendly people, and most importantly…..NO COOKING AND CLEANING FOR A WHOLE WEEK.

Now I have taken around 500 photos but I won’t bore you all to death on here with them all….if you follow me on Instagram you can see a selection there too.

We stayed at Bera hotel in Alanya. The hotel is classed as ‘halal’ and muslim friendly in that there is no alcohol there, all food is halal and modest dress is required. There are separate pools and spas for men and women but the beach is mixed at this hotel. However, if as a Muslim you don’t want to listen to music, then this isn’t the place for you as they do play music at the pools and there is entertainment in the evening which includes a mini disco for the kids during the summer season.

The hotel is classed as a 5 star hotel….having never stayed at a 5 star hotel I have nothing to compare it with. However the service was great, although it did seem like there could be some work done around the place as noticed rust and cracks in various areas. I was also slightly disappointed as maintenance work was meant to have ended by the time we arrived but it was still ongoing. However we didn’t let that spoil our enjoyment. The surrounding hotels were all shut so it felt like we had our own peaceful space in paradise.

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And the views from our room were relaxing. I particularly liked seeing these houses at night when the street lights were on. We had our own private balcony so it was lovely to sit there in the evening. As the other hotels were not open it was very quiet and peaceful.

View from hotel room at Bera

Although I was slightly gutted that we were so far away from Istanbul as I wanted to see the Blue Mosque, there are still plenty of excursions available. There is a tour operater in the hotel although there are plenty outside with whom you may get a better deal. We stuck with the one in the hotel as it meant we should only be going with fellow hotel guests.

We had to pick the excursions we could do as a family, although hubby went off quad biking on his own. We saw a dolphin show, went on a boat trip and went on a tour around the city of Alanya seeing a few places of interest.

Dolphin and seal show at Sea Alanya

Dolphin and seal show at Sea Alanya

Seal show at Sea Alanya

Seal show at Sea Alanya

Dolphins at Sea Alanya

Dolphins at Sea Alanya

Damlatas Caves Alanya

Damlatas Caves Alanya

Damlatas Caves Alanya

Damlatas Caves Alanya

Cleopatra Beach Alanya

Cleopatra Beach Alanya

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View from the very top of the hill

View from the very top of the hill

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Not sure what this fruit is

Not sure what this fruit is

Bee enjoying some oranges at a fruit garden we went to

Bee enjoying some oranges at a fruit garden we went to

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Tasty and very juicy oranges!

Tasty and very juicy oranges!

So much beautiful scenery in Alanya

So much beautiful scenery in Alanya

Lunch on the river, Alanya

Lunch on the river, Alanya

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Beautiful gardens in Alanya

Beautiful gardens in Alanya

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The pirate ship we went on!

The pirate ship we went on!

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Sailing in the ship, so calming if it wasn't for the loud music booming away!

Sailing in the ship, so calming if it wasn’t for the loud music booming away!

Beautiful cliff views, Alanya

Beautiful cliff views, Alanya

Pirate hideaway, Alanya

This was apparently a pirate hideaway

He jumped off the boat, and went through that hole to end up on the other side of the cliffs

He jumped off the boat, and went through that hole to end up on the other side of the cliffs

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Bee and her dad admiring the view

Bee and her dad admiring the view

I loved how colourful the boats were

I loved how colourful the boats were

 

And when we weren’t going on any excursions it was all about fun on the beach and having fun in the hotel.

The weather turned on our final day and the Mediterranean Sea wasn't happy!

The weather turned on our final day and the Mediterranean Sea wasn’t happy!

She was playing with the crazy waves!

She was playing with the crazy waves!

Making sandcastles

Making sandcastles

She wasn't too sure of the water and grabbed on to me for dear life

She wasn’t too sure of the water and grabbed on to me for dear life

Games area at Bera Hotel

Games area at Bera Hotel

Crazy Clown, Mini disco at 9pm every night for the kids

Crazy Clown, Mini disco at 9pm every night for the kids

First time on the beach

First time on the beach

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. April 25, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    Wow looks absolutely lovely and it looks like you had an amazing time! Love the photos of the boats and the surrounding beaches.

  2. April 25, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Looks like you had a fab time and loads of good pics #countrykids

  3. April 25, 2014 / 11:08 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely holiday and the photographs are lovely. I’m ready for some nice sunny weather now after reading this!

  4. April 25, 2014 / 11:40 pm

    It sounds like a perfect destination. I want to go. Nice that it was the beginning of the season, so not so crowed. Beautiful views. Bet you came back totally recharged. #CountryKids
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  5. April 26, 2014 / 12:11 am

    I’ve never been to Turkey but it reminds me so much of Greece, the shore line and pirate cave especially. It looks like you stayed in a lovely hotel and I could so do with your week off cooking! Glad you had such a lovely family holiday.

  6. April 26, 2014 / 2:43 am

    Wow, that looks wonderful. I think we could do with a relaxing holiday like this 🙂 Beautiful photos. #CountryKids
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  7. April 26, 2014 / 6:52 am

    Looks great 😀 I hope you are well-rested! I always need a vacation after my vacation. I think your mystery fruit tree might be a mulberry tree!

  8. April 26, 2014 / 10:02 am

    Wow. What a beautiful place to go on holiday! Friends are returning from Turkey today. Lovely photo’s! #CountryKids
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  9. April 26, 2014 / 11:28 am

    What a lovely holiday! Looks and sounds like you had a fab time.

  10. April 26, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Everything is so pretty! The weather loves you too! Awww I wish I can have a holiday like this! #countrykids
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  11. April 30, 2014 / 3:48 pm

    Looks like you all had a great time Foz!
    The place looks so peaceful, it makes me want to fly over there right away…
    Have a nice evening (happy to have you back!)
    xx
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  12. May 1, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    Lovely pics, Turkey looks so beautiful. 🙂

  13. May 2, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    this looks like an amazing holiday honey!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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