Want to escape from the stress of travel for a few days and just relax on a beach somewhere—in luxury?
The Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort & Spa is the place, a 90,000 square-meter (22-acre) pine-shaded paradise in Beldibi, 23 km (14 miles) southwest of the city of Antalya on the way to Kemer, Olimpos and Phaselis (map).
Backed by dramatic mountains, fronted on the azure waters of the Gulf of Antalya, this 347-room hotel has 95 rooms in pretty villas, and 57 suites, as well as fine restaurant and a selection of bistros: Italian, Turkish Kebab House, Chinese, Fish, even a Gardenhouse restaurant.
The Beach Club and Sport House provide equipment and lessons for active exploits (including lots of water sports, of course), the Disco and Piano Bar for after-hours fun. The Cigar Lounge is where stogie-lovers can escape to enjoy the fragrant weed away from others.
The 950-square-meter (1136-square-yard) Harmonia Wellness & Spa complements the fitness center, indoor, outdoor and relax pools, and the Kids' Club.
After a day of utter relaxation in the sun, by the pool, on the sand-and-pebble beach or beneath the pines, hire a car and head north for Antalya, Termessos, Perge, Aspendos and Side, or head south for Kemer, Olimposand Phaselis. They're all within a comfortable drive.
When I first visited the Renaissance Antalya Beach Resort years ago, I was given a peek at the Presidential Suite, which is quite something, with its conference room, servants' and guards' quarters, etc.
You may not need a Presidential Suite, but the smaller suites can be just right for a family or small group of friends.
—by Tom Brosnahan