I cannot believe it was September that we had our fantastic all inclusive holiday to Turkey, it feels like it was years ago already but in so many ways it feels like yesterday. Almost six months ago now we were staying at the fabulous resort, the Holiday Village Turkey, which was in Sarigerme, I cannot believe it has taken me that long to write up our adventures. We managed to get a great deal too which was fabulous when you are traveling with small children, it can add up.
I had never been to Turkey before, obviously neither had the children, but we had also never done the all inclusive thing before, so it was all a nice treat and a nice surprise at how easy the two weeks were. Not having to worry about what we are eating and when, not having to worry about the children’s snack time or whether they can get a drink as it was always available. We were never thirsty, we were never hungry and we enjoyed the ice cream happy hours. I think most of all our favourite little piece of the resort was watching the lady at the pancake house: she would make the mixture, roll out the pancakes and cook them in front of you, it was mesmerizing to watch and the pancakes tasted awesome!
The Holiday Village Turkey has given us so many fabulous memories, I hope I can do the resort justice and I fear that this may be the longest post on my blog, but there is so much to say and so much to do. The resort was huge, there were so many swimming pools (enough for one a day), restaurants for different nights, different bars to spend your evenings in, a section of the beach set out just for the resort, holiday clubs, sports clubs and some fantastic trips that have given me some very magical memories. So here is my part one, I am sure there will be many more parts, there are hundreds of photographs:
All in all the flights were good, I was sure that they would be awake all night and it would kick them out of their sleeping pattern, but they didn’t and it was a lot more relaxing than I thought it would be. They slept through about half of the flight there and most of the flight coming home. It was a struggle on the other end of the flights though as we had our hand luggage and two small children to carry, without the buggy, thankfully some other lovely passengers helped us carry our bags. It was great seeing the children’s faces though, the airports and the new surroundings in Turkey, they were amazed with everything and asking so many questions.
Our room was a dream as we managed to book a suite and I am glad that we did, I couldn’t have wished for anything more, we had a grown up area which was separated from the rest of the room, a bathroom, the children had their own area too complete with children’s TV and chalkboard for writing on. The view from our balcony was one of the smaller pools which were set aside for the residents of our rooms, quiet areas compared to the rest of the resort where the larger pools were.
We ended up getting into a new holiday routine, as you do when you have small children and this consisted of getting up and going to have our buffet breakfast which the children loved as they could eat anything and everything. Noah tried a lot of food and he loved the croissants and Isla loved the fruit. It was great. It is a shame we do not get to have buffet breakfasts at home as it was fantastic for the little ones. We would go back to our room and get ready for a big swim, we would go to the big pool in the mornings as it was quite empty and there were loungers right by the poolside. We had a lot of fun in that pool and the big water canons looked great in our pool photos…
In the afternoons Isla would have a nap and Noah would go to the kids club so that he had a little fun out of the sun. It was nice as that would be the time Mummy would get some sunbathing in and Daddy would either swim or explore the places on the resort that we could find later on that day. We only ventured off the resort twice in our two week holiday as there was so much to keep us busy throughout the day that we just didn’t need to, but our exploring instincts made us have a nose around Sarigerme a couple of times. After the nap/kids club hours we would go in the pool and zoom down the water-slides or go to the beach and have a little splash or we would just hang in our quiet pool as Daddy was teaching Noah to swim without any aids (which by the way he did by the end of our holiday, thank you Holiday Village Turkey!).
I would love to go there again, it was perfect, so much to do and things to get involved in if you want to, trips for each day of your holiday, events for each day and fun for the children in the evenings. It was brilliant. The resort was so large that you really didn’t need to sit in each others pockets and there were quite a few people staying at the resort but that didn’t make a difference. We had a fabulous time and the children are still talking about it now, so are Mummy and Daddy. We would love to go back to a different Holiday Village to explore another country and resort, it was great for our little family.
We paid for our holiday ourselves, all opinions are my own and photographs are my own.