It’s all about action on Adakoy Island

Windsurfers at Club Adakoy, Turkey
Windsurfers at Club Adakoy, Turkey
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If there’s one thing you won’t find yourself doing at Club Adakoy, it’s lazing about. You may find yourself collapsed on a sun lounger in the afternoon, but that’s likely to be a form of well-deserved recovery.

The four-star resort in Turkey, opened for the first time last year, is a place where people get up early, determined to do something with their leisure time.

Adakoy is the latest addition to the Neilson family of resorts, geared strongly towards watersports, but also offering plenty besides.

It nestles in splendid seclusion on Adakoy Island (really a peninsular) across a wide bay from the resort of Marmaris in south-west Turkey.

Sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing are readily available and, with a slogan of ‘relax as hard as you like’, you can do as much or as little as you want, as these sports are all included in the price of the holiday.

You don’t have to worry very much about food, either, as the Club Board accommodation package includes daily breakfast and lunch, plus four evening meals in the week.

All Neilson’s Beachclub Plus resorts are designed with much more than the basic offering of the past, aimed at people keen to hit the water and do little else.

Club Adakoy won’t pressurise anybody to take part in activities, however. You can prostrate yourself in front of the Mediterranean sun every day if you wish, but with top-class facilities and trainers on hand, it seems ridiculous not to get out and about from the word go.

It was certainly the first holiday I’ve been on where I have set my alarm for 7am and not regretted it.

Days here are broadly structured into two halves. Mornings, after a hearty breakfast, are mainly about learning. If, like me, you’re a complete novice, the staff take you in hand and patiently take you through your chosen activity.

I decided to tackle windsurfing, having never attempted it before. There were four 90-minute lessons on the course and at the end of two, I was deemed competent enough to go out on my own.

By the end of the week, I was cursing the fact that the wind would not stay blowing in the right direction for me. Even at the beginning of June, the sparkling clear Med waters were warm enough to make a wetsuit unnecessary.

It was a similar experience for those who undertook sailing. The resort has its own extensive fleet of boats, from tiny dinghies sailed by one person, through catamarans designed for two and up to lively BB3s, which require more.

After classes, it’s time for a well-deserved lunch, and then you either go out and practise your respective craft or try another watersport requiring no tuition, such as kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.

Waterskiing is also very popular. Two speedboats take people skiing or wakeboarding around the deep blue waters of the bay and several people I met were on the holiday mainly for that purpose.

All this activity takes place in a well-defined sailing zone off the resort, which is quiet and peaceful apart from the daily invasion of tourist cruisers from Marmaris.

If you’ve had enough of the water and want to try something different, there are instructor-led mountain biking expeditions on most days, which range in ferocity from taking the ferry to Marmaris and gently promenading along the sea front and browsing the shops, to frankly insane jaunts up the surrounding volcanic hills.