Sarah Parish (pictured) was in need of some relaxation and she found it in Turky
I desperately needed to recover from a weekend that had been nicknamed the War of the Roses.
A gang of us had booked tickets to see rock bands Guns N’ Roses on the Friday and then The Stone Roses the following night. A double whammy of crowds and intense heat, not to mention a glass or two of lager.
By Sunday lunchtime I was ready to drop. The only thing keeping me upright was the promise of a break at D-Resort in Gocek, Turkey, the following day.
I caught an early flight from Gatwick to Dalaman before being picked up and taken to the resort near Fethiye.
My room was beautiful, bright and airy, and full of Molton Brown goodies. The huge French windows opened directly on to the pool, which, like the rest of the hotel, has a contemporary design. The sunbeds are sunken, giving the impression that they are floating.
There are 103 rooms and they are all gorgeous. The hotel is immaculate and exactly what my tired old body needed.
There is a restaurant on site, The Olive Tree, but you can also take a bike or buggy down to the marina and there you’ll find Gunaydin, Breeze and Q Lounge – three venues belonging to the hotel.
On the first night I ate at Gunaydin and had possibly the best ribeye steak I’ve ever eaten. I took a stroll back to the hotel and slept like a baby. In fact, I woke up too late for breakfast and only just made it to my facial.
D-Resort has a fantastic spa with a Turkish hammam, Jacuzzi and tranquil zen garden, as well as a lengthy pool (pictured)
D-Resort has a fantastic spa with a Turkish hammam, Jacuzzi and tranquil zen garden.
After being pampered, I took one of the complimentary bikes down for lunch at Breeze. The views of the Med from here are simply heavenly.
That night I went to Q Lounge – and I’ve never set foot in such a beautiful restaurant. Cut into the hills, it is the perfect setting for cocktails and exquisite Japanese cuisine.
Breakfast at The Olive Tree was followed by the highlight of my trip – a private tour on the hotel’s 50ft motor yacht.
For two hours I got a glimpse into the world of an A-list film star. After taking at least 50 selfies and sending them to the entire contacts list on my mobile phone, I settled on the front of the boat to take in the historic islands of this hidden paradise.
Two aspirin and a full English simply won’t cut it any longer
The captain will stop whenever you like so you can take a dip and explore the coves and beaches. We stopped by an island called Domuz which, I was told, translates as Pig Island because pigs from a neighbouring island would swim across in search of fresh water.
After another lazy afternoon on the beach I returned to the hotel for a full-body massage and then strolled through pretty Gocek to Breeze for my final supper.
Breeze has a jetty where you can sit and eat while listening to the waves lap against the shore and watch the sea bass in the lit-up waters below.
I ate delicious meze and fresh fish and then took the now familiar walk back to the resort.
I’m off to a festival in a few weeks’ time and I’m tempted to book myself another four days at D-Resort so that I can recover from that.
Two aspirin and a full English simply won’t cut it any longer!