Sun, sea and spa on the Turkish coast

by Sal Lindsay
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Never has the phrase ‘getting away from it all’ been so apt. We arrived at this heavenly hideaway and immediately felt the stresses of everyday life start to fall away.

Sweeping mountains and hilltops blanketed with a lush pine forest envelop the Hillside Beach Club resort, which boasts its own private bay that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond movie. Crystal clear waters, gorgeous sunshine and everything we needed at our fingertips – we felt spoiled already, and we hadn’t even set eyes on the renowned spa. Our room was a dream – a spacious double bedroom with a smaller living area and an expansive private terrace overlooking the sea, where we could watch the sun go down over the mountains. The design was modern and comfortable, with a calming atmosphere.

As well as the two spas on site (yes, two), there was plenty to keep us occupied during our stay. We spent much of our time enjoying the resort’s own lovely beach – being sun worshippers certainly comes in handy when it’s high season. We also indulged in a few sporting activities, and took time to explore the little pathways and coves around the resort. A stay at Hillside Beach Club makes a great break for families, friends and couples alike.

It would be wrong to visit the Hillside Beach Club resort without making use of the two fabulous spas available. The Sanda Nature Spa’s qualified therapists know exactly how to make you feel better than ever, thanks to their therapeutic massage and beauty treatments. Add this to the canopy of trees, peaceful silence and glorious atmosphere and it makes for quite the spa experience.

The Sanda Nature Spa even makes a treatment out of bathing – from the Flower Bath, filled with aromatic blossoms, to the Herbal Bali Bath filled with spices to help relieve aching muscles, they have what you need to feel sparkling new.

My favourite was the Milk Bath, ideal after a day of sunbathing. It helped moisturise my skin, leaving it silky-soft and nourished. And don’t forget the extensive selection of massages. The Sanda Spa provides an alternative experience, with a more minimalist and contemporary feel to its facilities – which will leave you feeling pampered beyond belief. Try the Turkish hammam for a cleansing and purifying treatment and you’ll feel the healing benefits straight away.

  • Spa highlights
  • Rejuvenating Soap Massage
  • Balinese Traditional Massage
  • Turkish Hammam Ritual
  • Sanda Mobiliser
  • Herbal Bali Bath
  • Lemon Honey Facial
  • Sea Salt Scrub
  • Crystal Massage
  • Aloe Lavender Wrap
  • Avocado Hair Treatment
  • Three restaurants offer a range of delicious cuisine
  • Seven bars – including a pool and beach bar – serve refreshments and cocktails
  • Movie screenings by the sea, mountain-biking, astronomy courses, an art studio… this resort does it all, with style
  • The Sanda Spa and Sanda Nature Spa offer treatments and facilities to pamper you during your stay
  • Try waterskiing, parasailing, scuba diving (there is a diving school), wakeboarding, sailing, sunset yoga, pilates and Latin dance classes

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