Hidden on the edge of an enclosed bay amongst lush Mediterranean gardens, Phokaia Beachclub is a stone's throw from the sand and shingle beach. With a good size sailing area, crystal clear water and steady winds it's great for sailing and windsurfing. The water skiing's ace too!
Away from the beach, the large pool, with its swanky daybeds and space to lounge, is the perfect place to relax during the day whilst the beach bar provides the best spot in the house to watch the action on the water or to enjoy beautiful sunsets across the peninsula and off-shore islands.
All bedrooms and bathrooms have a fresh new look following a recent makeover and we're giving you a little extra for 2017 with club board plus; local spirits, house wine, local beer and soft drinks will be included all day, every day.
The sailing bay is large and the lay of the land means that it's quite enclosed. Even though it's windy, the water remains quite flat most of the time. It's a great playground for all water sports. Dinghy sailors and windsurfers; if you're looking for more of a challenge, the conditions further out of the bay will be just what you're looking for.
As with all beachclubs, there's inclusive Royal Yachting Association (RYA) tuition. We have RYA Level 1 - Start Sailing and RYA Level 2 - Basic Skills plus clinics and racing for dinghy sailors. For windsurfers there's beginner, intermediate non-planing and intermediate planing tuition.
Experienced sailors are in for a treat. For an additional £125 per person per week you can sail one of our high performance RS dinghies (RS100, RS700, RS800) with instructors on hand to help with rigging, launching and landing. These boats are reserved exclusively for the premium package. We recommend you book the premium package before travel as availability is limited to six places.
Phokaia is one of our best beachclubs for water skiing and wakeboarding, we include up to two free tows per person per week; with beginner, intermediate, advanced and family upgrade packs available to pre-book for a supplement.
Don't forget, you can also have a go at stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. We run a number of kayak safari's throughout the week, join us on a trip out of the bay to explore the coastline.
Windsurfing: a range of beginner, intermediate (160-130 litres) and shortboards from manufacturers Starboard, Fanatic and RRD. Dino rigs for children (2m-4.5m); start rigs for beginners (2.5m / 3.5m / 4.5m); adult rigs (4m - 8.2m)
Premium dinghy sailing: RS100, RS700 and the RS800 (additional £125 per person).
Water skiing and wakeboarding: Ski Nautique 200 and 206 and a Ski Sport 530 with a range of skis, boards, mono skis and wake skates.
Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding: Gemini single and double sit on top kayaks; Red Paddle Co stand up paddle boards (10'8") and XXL stand up paddle board (8 man).
We tend to see windier conditions in the morning, dropping towards the end of the day. The Meltemi winds blows cross-shore from the north/northwest with the most consistent conditions in July and August.
There are four tennis courts and inclusive tennis coaching from our team of pros, you'll soon be smashing your previous best shots. The end of week tournament is the perfect time to put all you've learnt into practise. The surrounding area is not the best for mountain biking, but the road biking is good. Get some miles under your belt and enjoy the buzz of the road on one of the guided rides.
The Olympic sized swimming pool is the perfect place to practise your strokes and for a little extra, you can book one-to-one swim coaching; it's suitable for all ages and abilities. If you still have energy to burn, check out the range of fitness classes including Pilates, Zumba, circuits, morning runs and aqua fit, there's even a small gym.
Mountain bikes: TREK X Caliber 7 in a range of sizes (15”, 17”, 19”, 21”).
Road bikes: TREK Emonda ALR 4 in a range of sizes (47cm to 60cm).
If you've got cycling shoes with cleats and are planning on bringing them with you, we advise that you should also bring your own pedals. That way, they are guaranteed to fit.
Tennis: a selection of adult and child rackets from Babolat.
Rest and relaxation
After a day on the water or on court, what could be better than a massage, or traditional Turkish bath. The Turkish bath is a really authentic experience. You will be soaped and scrubbed until you are squeaky-clean. If you want to keep your holiday glow, it's best to do this at the beginning of your holiday!
There are also five spacious treatment rooms, a sauna and an indoor pool just for adults. Spa packages can be pre-booked before you travel, with savings of up to 25%, go on treat yourself!
Food and drink
New for 2017 at Phokaia Beachclub you will be able to enjoy club board plus. That's your usual club board meals with the addition of unlimited local spirits, house wine, local beer and soft drinks all day, every day. Buffet meals (breakfast and lunch daily plus four evening meals) are served in the restaurant, with tables arranged around the terraces overlooking the pool. There's a great choice of food, so you certainly won't go hungry. The Turkish pide, freshly baked in the wood fired oven, shouldn't be missed.
On non-inclusive evenings try one of the many traditional Turkish tavernas or quayside restaurants in the local town of Foca. If you'd prefer to relax a little closer to home, our bbq night allows you to make the most of the seafront location while our chefs cook up a storm down by the beach.
Your inclusive evening meals are on the following days:
Phokaia Beachclub now boasts some of our best-dressed rooms. Following a recent refurbishment all of the rooms and bathrooms blend traditional Turkish design with contemporary styling to great effect. Cleverly designed furniture makes the best use of space. Bathrooms are small but perfectly formed, with rain showers and distinctive Moorish/Turkish floor tiles.
There are rooms in the main hotel or in the gardens. You can choose from single, twin, double and interconnecting rooms plus suites and premium villas.
If you're travelling solo we have 'club' single rooms available throughout the season, with no single supplement. Or, if it's space you're looking for then the villas are just perfect. The ground floor has a spacious lounge with double sofa bed, wet room and small private terrace. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. These rooms are in the eaves and have sloping ceilings.
All rooms have air conditioning or cooling system, a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, TV, beach towels and hair dryer. There's free Wi-Fi at the beach bar and in the hotel lobby.
Families and kids
It's great here for kids and families. There's a play area, kids' pool and even a mini stone fortress where the clubs for the younger children are located.
And then there's the full range of activity packed Neilson-run clubs for children from four months all the way through to 17 years. If you're travelling with babies or toddlers don't forget to ask about cots, baby baths and push chairs. There's even a 24-hour baby room, where you can make feeds, warm milk and sterilise bottles. You'll love the interconnecting and family rooms too.
It's not far to the local town of Foca. Take a stroll along the harbour, lined with fishing boats and fishermen tending to their boats or selling the days haul. There's a real buzz in the air. The streets are lined with old Ottoman-Greek houses, open-air restaurants, a good selection of shops and a great weekly market.
Further afield is the world famous site of Ephesus. Full of many fascinating excavations, the ancient city of Ephesus was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015 – it would be a shame to come all the way to Turkey and not pay it a visit.
Just 2km from the beachclub, Foca is set around two bays known locally as ‘Big Sea’ and ‘Little Sea’. The famous Siren Rocks mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey can be seen across the bay of Foca. Foca today is the site of one of three marine protected areas established for the preservation of the Mediterranean Monk Seals which gather on the small islands offshore. There are two small fortresses dating from Byzantine, Genoese and Ottoman times.
Ephesus is 140km from the beachclub. The ruins are the best preserved of any ancient site in the Mediterranean, the Temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Despite only a small part of the site being excavated to date, there is so much to see – wander through ancient streets, see the remains of the library – the most impressive ruin at Ephesus, the public baths, markets and ruins of terraced houses.
Departure airports:London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham Departure day: Saturday Arrival airport:Izmir (ADB) Flight duration:approx. 3 hours 50 minutes Airlines:British Airways (BA) / Thomas Cook (TCX) Transfer time:approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
First 7 night dept: Sat 6 May / Last 7 night dept: Sat 21 Oct
First 14 night dept: Sat 6 May / Last 14 night dept: Sat 14 Oct
In-flight meals and drinks are not included with British Airways or Thomas Cook, both offer a buy on board service. These timings are provisional and will be submitted for approval by UK and overseas scheduling committees and are therefore given for guidance only are are subject to alteration and confirmation. Your ticket will show the final timings of your flight and your luggage allowances.
Visa info: British visitors to Turkey will need a visa to enter the country. You can get your visa on-line from the official government website (evisa.gov.tr). The visa costs $20 per person and you will receive your visa via e-mail 24 hours after submitting your details. If you do not have a visa, you will be refused entry.
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