So, just spent a brilliant week in Turkey at the Hillside beach Club with my good buddy and personal trainer to the stars Christina Howells of That Girl London . I have to admit that Turkey was never top of my list of places to visit, but the beautiful resort of Hillside in Fethiye was an eye opener. We had a week of glorious sunshine accompanied by breathtaking views and crystal clear, jade green sea.
Chris and I were invited to be part of the Wellness week at Hillside, which included an array of interesting workshops including one from me about healing foods and others including yoga, juicing and other relaxation techniques. As you can see from the pictures, Chris took every opportunity to strike a pose in the latest collection from Charli Cohen.
Later in the week we were joined by four of the UK’s top health and wellbeing journalists and bloggers including Poppy cross, Anneli Bush (Sustain the Glow), Abi Butcher and Nina Zietman, invited by the PR agency, Hue & Cry, represented by the gorgeous Esme Fillingham.
There was plenty of time to bask in the sunshine and explore the beautiful beaches on offer at the resort. If a lively environment and cool beach club vibe is your thing, then the main beach was the place to soak up the sun. However, needing a little quiet, I found the Serenity beach (see below) a haven of relaxation, and for those who are looking for total silence, the quiet beach offered just that, complete with a mobile phone ban. The rooms were also sheer bliss with huge comfy beds and pillow menu (I opted for the buckwheat pillow) as well as stunning views out to sea.
The journals and bloggers experienced some magical moments including sunset yoga onboard one of the resorts many boats, spa treatments and water sports. Christina also put us through our paces over the weekend with personal training sessions and a group circuit training session that worked muscles I never even new existed (thanks to Anneli for subjecting me to a further 30 minutes of torture from Christina!).
Obviously, food was big on my agenda and Hillside didn’t disappoint with a huge array of fresh salads, grilled meat and fish, as well as other offerings to meet the needs of most pallets. If the canteen style of eating isn’t your thing then there are also other restaurants offering a la carte dining in style of the local cuisine, which included plenty of local foods and dishes including aubergine, local breads and locally caught seafood.
I’m not the biggest fan of resorts as I like my own company to chill out, however, Hillside offered an environment to get involved in the group/family holiday vibe as well as quite spaces to reflect and rejuvenate. I also took the opportunity to shamelessly promote the Detox Kitchen Bible!
I’m not sure I could personally cope with the crowds that likely fill the beaches of Hillside during the summer months, but that’s just me. Saying that, I can’t recommend visiting this resort highly enough if you’re looking for a dose of sunshine and luxury to escape the dreary UK weather during the end of September through to October.
I also have to say a huge thanks to the team at Hillside who were incredibly friendly and accommodating during the week, especially Oscar the chef who helped with my food demonstration.
If you fancy joining me and Christina then check in for May when we will be involved in the next Wellness week at Hillside.