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Find warm weather and a warm welcome at these stunning short-haul hotels by the beach
A pool lounger and a sea view. Of all life’s great double acts, from French & Saunders to gin & tonic, there is no duo you want more of right now than a splash of blue from a horizontal position. We’ve pooled our picks – so, travel with us, if you’re so reclined.
Calista Luxury Resort – Antalya, Turkey
Best for: Keeping the kids busy while you do the opposite
Two wooden piers connect sandy Calista beach to the wide, open ocean. Position yourself atop and, as the sun does its golden thing overhead and the lapping waves make your eyelids ever heavier, you’ll know you’ve found the exact spot your vitamin D-hungry limbs have dreamed of. Can’t hear the kids? Blissful, isn’t it? Calista Luxury Resort erases the phrase “I’m bored” thanks to a plethora of activities that you don’t have to organise – a water park with five slides, a football camp, private swimming lessons, tennis tuition and a kids’ club – leaving you free to enjoy the ‘luxury’ part of Calista’s name. Expect an all-inclusive service that spans meals, the mini-bar (replenished daily), limitless daytime snacks, cinema screenings and zen-restoring yoga. For special occasions, the VIP Concept service brings butler service, priority check-in, à la carte restaurants and fresh flowers in your suite. Speaking of those rooms, only the spaciousness could distract you from the views of lush gardens or ocean blue. Corner Suites offer double-perspective outlooks, while the two-floor Villas have terraces with a private pool. Not that you’ll lack pool action – there are eight, all within waiter-hailing distance of a cocktail. As for food, the restaurants will whisk you on a world tour, from Italy to South America, via excellent menus.
Don’t miss: The Callos Spa, with hammam bath rituals inspired by the Ottoman period.