Setting off on holiday to Turkey in early May we were a little apprehensive about the weather. After checking the forecast online the day before, we were disappointed to see that Bodrum was expecting five days of grey cloud and maximum temperatures of 19 degrees.
However, we needn’t have worried and we needn’t have packed the extra fleeces and socks we squeezed into the case at the last minute. From the moment we arrived to the moment our plane took off for the homeward journey, the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
Our hotel, Club Virgin Bodrum, was recommended by a friend and we managed to snap up a deal for the 4* resort on Travel Zoo. For £350 each we had return flights and a week all -inclusive at the hotel. My boyfriend was particularly excited by the all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and a constant flow of beer from each of the three bars. There were huge amounts of food available at the hotel but we did go out for a couple of meals to have a change of scenery.
The adults-only hotel was perched on top of a cliff and had its own private beach at the bottom where you could take out the pedalos and canoes for free and explore the turquoise water. I read reviews on Trip Advisor and a few people complained about the amount of steps. For us it wasn’t a problem and we were fine with walking up and down the steps every day because the views definitely made up for it. To the left was Bodrum, to the right was Gumbet and straight ahead you could see the Greek island Kos. Anyway, for those who weren’t up for walking up the stairs, there was a lift too.
Both Bodrum and Gumbet were walking distance from the hotel, although the walk back involved steep hills both ways. These can be avoided by taking the bus which runs regularly in both directions.
We walked into Bodrum a couple of times in the evenings to avoid the heat of the day. I was in my element wandering round the many shops and market stalls. We sat down for a meal by the harbour and watched as the sun set. Gumbet seemed to be the party central with streets lined with clubs. Along the beach front it was slightly quieter with restaurants and bars offering Turkish, English, Italian and even Dutch food.
All in all the holiday was just what we were after – a chance to relax in the sun with nothing to worry about. Great location, great food, great views, we just wished we could have stayed longer!