Just returned from 2 weeks in Phokaia and feeling utterly chilled. Second visit for us and after several Neilson holidays, this is the first resort we've had chance to visit for a second time. Tommy and the team are first class.
Special shout outs to the Tennis Team (Martin, Mike & Darren) - you've finally given me the kick up the ar*e I needed to come home and join a club. Maybe I'll advance beyond the Green group next year; Johnny for his non-stop entertainment; The Beach Team - you're a slick bunch; Milo,Ali,John and Nicki for their enthusiasm and energy in keeping the Sharksters entertained (and under control!) and of course Tom, who we've now followed resort to resort for the past 3 seasons! Miss having you in fitness though Tom, its a loss to the resort.
Also feel I've been well fed and watered for the past 2 weeks. Great food & beverage and kitchen teams. The bar and restaurant staff are highly personable and very attentive and Chef, you and the team never disappoint. Highlights have to include your home made-breads, curry rolls and kebabs - absolutely delicious - and as for the calamari, tastes as if it's straight from the sea.
Equipment and tuition was first class throughout. I recall the Beach Team getting grief when we were last in Foca (Sept 2012) for the state of the beach kit. Neilson, you've clearly responded to the feedback, as the beach kit was excellent this year, thank you.
Only a couple of v.minor things I'd change about the holiday:
1, Please, please, please rope off the raised seating area besides the pool at night times. The large sofa beds attract the teenagers and if you're located in Block 7 you can hear every word - not just a noise, but every word that they say. Had 3 instances over the fortnight where I had to get up (midnight, 1am and 5am) because there were a large group of teens directly above us. I respect fully that it's their holiday too, so we just asked them to move to the beach, which they respected.
2, Hope the tennis courts are on the priority list for the contract negotiations. They're looking really tired now and the nets and courts have seen better days.
3, Following on from the point above, could the TECH team think about sweeping the courts before the first session starts in the morning. We arrived on courts 3&4 for our tournament and the courts weren't playable. 2 guests and a couple of brooms later, however.....
4, Please spray the trees a little earlier next year to keep the Mozzies at bay. We were plagued with them the first week because the wind dropped.
For those of you who are still to head out to Foca this season, I can recommend the following for your 'free nights':
Seyir Café: Located 1km out of Foca town (but only 2TL more in a taxi), the Café is located on the hill overlooking Foca. A beautiful position from which you can admire the bay and watch sunset over dinner - a very special place indeed. Also, being raised on stilts at the front, we had the pleasure of sitting out on the balcony, eating dinner and watching a large family of wild boar run around in the shrubs below. The team speak very little English here, but you'd do well to order a mixture of meze to start and a mixed grill for main. There were 4 of us. We ordered mixed grill for three, large salad and a basket of bread. We had more than enough food to go round.
Bykus: a lovely little friendly bar in the fishing harbour. We went there 2 years ago and returned again this year. Perfect for the nights where you just fancy a couple of drinks. They also do a mean plate of calamari (if you get the nibbles) which they sneak in the back door from the lovely seafood restaurant next door. Chilled beer glasses and endless bowls of popcorn and cucumber - what's not to like. If you go somewhere else for dinner and stop here for a nightcap, make sure you're still there at 10pm when the live Turkish music starts, complete with 2 guitarists, drummer, and a flutist. A lovely, mellow sound.
Foca Restaurant: The team are terrific and very engaging. A wonderful range of Meze, and a great fridge filled with fresh fish and seafood. Absolutely delicious.
Just off the phone having booked Ortakent for October (on Mike's recommendation), so looking forward to our next injection of Neilson already. A winning formula! Thank you all for such a wonderful holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Phokaia Beachclub has a spacious feel, set amongst landscaped gardens with plenty of quiet spots to relax. Pathways wind their way through the gardens to the stretch of sand and shingle beach, where all the kit is laid out ready for easy launching. Phokaia Beachclub now boasts some of our best-dressed rooms; think a modern interpretation of traditional Turkish design with contemporary styling. It’s all about soft, natural, muted colours and exposed stone walls. With a desire to keep things local, the stone feature walls are sourced from the immediate area and the pattern in which they are laid is done in a traditional design. The Olympic size swimming pool is the focal point of the Phokaia Beachclub, have a quick dip or simply retire to one of the shady day beds, relax and take in the views. After a day on the water, bikes or tennis courts, the beachfront bar is the perfect place to catch up on the day and enjoy the stunning sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phokaia Hotel Foca