We’re going to Turkey for our holiday this summer. Again. It will be our third visit to the amazing Club Letoonia, a resort MADE for families. Yes, people. If Carlsberg did family holidays, THIS would be it. (Watch our ‘Scream and Shout Tour’ holiday video here.)
‘No. I’m not worried about going to Turkey.’
We’ve been to Turkey for our summer holiday every year since our eldest, Beaver, was born. And twice before kids came along and changed the meaning of a holiday forever. Until we found Club Letoonia, that is.
In recent years, when I tell people we’re going to Turkey, some are surprised. ‘Aren’t you worried?’ they ask. Or, ‘My husband would never go there with everything that’s going on.‘
No. I’m not worried. Quite simply, we love Turkey. And, as things stand, it hasn’t occurred to us to change our plans. There are so many reasons not to let terrorism overshadow the offerings of this beautiful country. We aren’t holidaying on the Syrian border. Nowhere near, in fact. Fethiye has never had any problems. And anyway, if events have taught us anything, it’s that terrorism can happen anywhere.
I live in London. I would still go to Paris. And I can’t wait to finally visit New York.
Our own piece of paradise.
Maybe I would feel differently if we hadn’t found our own little piece of paradise in Club Letoonia, Fethiye. But I can’t bear not to go. This year will be our third time there. It’s the first place we’ve ever returned to and I can pretty much guarantee we will be going for many years to come.
Club Letoonia is a bit of a secret. It took us a while to find it. But those who have discovered it are loyal fans and go back year after year; we’ve met families who were there for the tenth time. Yes. It’s that good. Sitting on a beautiful peninsula, this is the closest I’ve come to the beauty of Thailand, without spending 14 hours on a plane. The vegetation is lush. Tropical. The water is blue. The view is stunning.
And because the resort is big, there is space for everyone to find their own, little place.
We couldn’t feel safer.
All of the staff are friendly, warm, efficient and they LOVE children.
They work hard. Harder than many of us can even imagine. Tourism is their livelihood and they work six days a week for some 10 months of the year. Many leave their families to live on site, to send money home. And they do it with a smile on their face.
Fethiye is safe. Club Letoonia is even safer. Because the resort’s security is tight. It’s gated, no one is allowed in unless a resident, they have armed guards and the sea is partitioned from the main channel. My sister was in Turkey the same time as us last year and joined us as a day guest. Not only did they ask for her passport upon entry but when her day was up, they politely came and found us to escort her out. I was impressed with their vigilance.
It made me feel even safer than I already did.
A relaxing family holiday lies in the right destination.
Last year, was our first summer holiday as a family of five.
Before we went, as I waxed lyrical about the prospect of two weeks in the sun, friends wondered if I was a little delirious. ‘You do realise, it’s not going to be that relaxing, don’t you? With three kids, six and under?‘ But, I knew something they didn’t. I knew what Club Letoonia could offer us. And I wasn’t wrong. It was completely and utterly relaxing. Seriously. We had an absolute ball. We even did a boat trip (we like to live life on the edge).
I’ve shed a tear both times, when we’ve reluctantly had to leave, gin and tonic still in hand.
The ‘highdown.’ (Because there are no lows.)
There was comfort in the familiarity of returning to somewhere we knew. But more than that, our holiday with a newly walking one year old was made easy because Club Letoonia know how to holiday. They’ve got the formula exactly right.
From the family bungalow with two rooms and two bathrooms, the all inclusive package meaning there is always something for fussy children to eat, to the activities and mini-disco run by the incredible mini-club team, this place is made for families.
The ‘Boat Boys,’ who my girls adore and spend most of our holiday hanging out with, can’t do enough for you. Sailing boats, windsurfs and pedalos are all included. And trips on the speed boat aren’t out of the question if you’re four and a little bit cute.
The evening entertainment is so good, that people try and reserve seats in the amphitheatre; it’s packed every evening. And whilst you’re watching one of the many, professional shows – we’ve seen amazing interpretations of Phantom of the Opera, The Wild Wild West and The Addams Family, not to mention the best Michael Jackson tribute I’ve ever seen – the kids can enjoy popcorn and candy floss, whilst you enjoy a few (perfectly not-measured) gin and tonics. Saturday night is the legendary beach party night, complete with fire eaters and late-night dancing. Going to bed early is a conscious, almost impossible effort at Club Letoonia. There’s just so much to stay up for.
The food is excellent and varied. The rose wine is a little too drinkable. And there is plenty of al fresco dining to accommodate all the guests. The Moonlight Restaurant is everyone’s favourite and if you get there early enough, you’ll be guaranteed a table at the edge, overlooking the sea where you’ll catch an amazing sunset and see dolphins swimming at the surface.
There are also three a la carte restaurants available at a very small supplement (kids eat free) – sushi, turkish and fish. All are delicious and the fish restaurant has the added allure of being candlelit on the beach, with the waves lapping gently in and out.
Club Letoonia’s got it all.
In fact, I can’t think of one, single thing I would change. Apart from having to eventually go home. And this is high praise coming from the girl who, on more than one holiday, has not only tried to change rooms, but hotels.
To say we’re looking forward to going back, would be a mild understatement.
We can’t flipping wait.
- Club Letoonia is a 45 minute transfer from Dalaman airport
- You can book an all inclusive package through Thomas Cook or First Choice or book flights separately and all inclusive accommodation directly with the resort. Mustafa in Reservations is very helpful. Easyjet, Thomas Cook Airlines and BA fly to Dalaman from all major UK airports
- And unlike some destinations, all inclusive here means all inclusive. There are NO hidden extras. Only the a la carte restaurants, candy floss and popcorn are on top of your holiday price
- The facilities are immense:
Family bungalows with one/two rooms
3 outdoor pools
1 indoor pool
Water slides, which go straight into the sea
Daytime activities programme
Children’s playground and pool in kids’ club area
3 private beaches in addition to the vast peninsular that also has sun loungers and hammocks
Weekly beach party with dancers and fire eaters
- 4 km to Fethiye town by shuttle boat, departing every 30 minutes
- 4* plus rating
- 4.5 Tripadvisor rating
- An all inclusive package from London Gatwick for 7 nights, based on two adults and two children sharing a family room starts at £1,652 (June), £2020 (July), £2,495 (August) and £1,838 (September).