Hillside Beach Club
What We Love
- Jetsetter rate includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages including wine and beer, plus fruit and a bottle of wine on arrival
- A 15-minute drive from Fethiye, an ancient city of Lycia that boasts incredible historic and cultural sights
- A big screen is placed in the water just off the beach for nighttime movie screenings
What To Know
- The quietest rooms are in the 400 blocks, near the Nature spa and Silent Beach
- Be sure to request a sea-view room with a balcony — it’s worth the extra money
- Typical of the area, the beaches are a mixture of pebbles and sand
- One tree is planted nearby on behalf of every guest
- Plenty of free activities (including a kids club), and art classes for an extra fee
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Chiseled into hills covered in pine trees on a private cove, the 30-acre Hillside Beach Club has one of the most picturesque settings on the Med. Pick among its three secluded beaches including the Silent Beach (where yoga sessions are held daily and, blissfully, no cell phones are allowed), and the adult-only Serenity Beach. The interiors err on the minimalist side, but here the focus is all on the beach, relaxation and the slew of entertainment options, from Broadway-style shows to painting classes.
Bed and Bath
The Tuscan-style units have terra-cotta roofs and are draped in bougainvillea. The rooms are designed to accommodate one to four people and are organized in separate blocks all across the resort. The unfussy interiors are painted white and hold kingsize beds and simple wood furnishings, such as built-in nightstands and desks with ottomans on wheels. The balconies (make sure you request a room that has one) are spacious and come with sensational sea views.
It’s easy to have an active vacation at the Hillside Beach Club, thanks to the extensive facilities: water sports (including scuba, kayaking and a waterskiing/wakeboarding school), tennis, a fitness center and fun classes such as Latin dance, Pilates, yoga and meditation. And there are parent-friendly services, including a (free) kids activity center and child-free beach zones with floating wooden pontoons. For relaxation, Hillside’s Balinese-style spa is exceptional, it’s located in a treehouse next to the Silent Beach.
In the Area
Seek out the ancient temple-like tombs carved into the sides of mountains by the Lycians. Reach the highest, the tomb of Amyntas, and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Fethiye’s marina and bay. Or get out and explore secluded bays, inlets and islands in the hotel’s private boat. Follow the legions of international solo pilots who come to paraglide over Olüdeniz. About an hour and a half from away, this gorgeous beach town has consistently great conditions and is one of the most photographed spots in the country.
How to Get There
We are returning to this hotel for 4 years now, but the friends in our group are for much longer loyal to this place.
Nature was blessing the place with an excellent position and calm waters which are great for swimming.
Foods, shows, the daily routines, the perfection of services which makes one think is easy and can be taken for granted. Will surely return.
We visited Hillside as a family of four (children age 7 and 3.5) in mid-October 2018 for a week. Hillside has been on my wish list for a while and it didn’t disappoint. We booked through Thomas Cook as they offered the best value and flight times from Birmingham airport.
Airport recommendations: car park 5 (best value, short 5 minute bus ride and keep your keys), check in online so you can use the bag drop check in, if you haven’t flown from Birmingham for a while it is now just one terminal with two separate check in areas – Thomas Cook check in is in the old terminal 2 area. We had a fantastic meal in Giraffe, food arrived quickly and was really tasty and great value.
Our flight going out wasn’t full so took advantage of the spare seats as were sat as a 3 and 1. The flight is just under 4 hours arriving in at Dalaman airport which is brand new. Passport control was slick (you have to get a visa before travel) and the transfer took about 1 hour.
After a quick check in we were taken by golf cart with our luggage to our room. As the name suggests the resort is on a hill with lots of steps although there are two funicular lifts. We were staying in a second floor two-bedroom family room. The main bedroom consists of a king size bed and dressing table, there is also a walk-in wardrobe, international TV, docking station, mini bar and air con plus a pillow menu. Dressing gowns, slippers and towels are all provided. The second bedroom has a full-size single truckle bed with TV and wardrobe. With the second bed pulled out it was a little cosy but perfect for the age of our children, two teenagers may struggle. The rooms are linked by a half open terrace with sofa and the bathroom (sink, toilet and shower) off the lounge area through a beaded curtain. Every product you can think of is provided – standard shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion but also shower caps, hair bobbles and lip balms. The terrace area is great when good weather but the floor is very dangerous when wet and we had two days of rain and lots of accidents!
The setting of Hillside is stunning, a private bay with pebble beach and wooded backdrop. The sea was 25 degrees and a really joy to swim in. At the time of year we visited the sun takes a while to rise above the hill and sets early so although mid 20’s in temperature you only see the sun for 5/6 hours a day, approx. 11am – 4/5pm. Out of these times it was chilly and you will need a jumper. The staff are first class and nothing is too much trouble, the ethos is dedicated to everyone having the best holiday.
You are left to choose if you just want to chill and relax or get active and involved in the many activities on offer – a selection of arts and crafts, water sports, tennis, archery, yoga to name a few. The resort is not new but impeccable maintained and super clean. The evening entertainment, something I normally cringe at was superb and very professional done ranging from evening theatre shows to parties on the beach. It wasn’t at all cheesy!
I consider myself a foodie and the food here is faultless...healthy and tasty with tons of variety, we ate like kings. Drinks at meal times are included – there is a soft drink station with a mix of fizzy and still drinks and wine and beer served to the table. The main restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on a buffet basis. You can also eat the beach bar (drinks extra here) and one al a carte evening meal is included at Pasha (adults only) Pasha also serves late breakfast until midday and children are welcome. Children are well catered for - bibs, plastic crockery and small cutlery are all provided. The baby chef station makes freshly made purees.
Four kid’s clubs are offered free of charge: Bay Park for under 3’s, children can’t be left here but it’s a lovely shaded spot with splash area, baby swings and range of toys with feeding and changing areas. Kids Side for 4-7 which ours used and LOVED. Staff were fantastic and extremely engaging, they are flexible on ages and allowed our 3.5 to join in and be left when we felt happy to do so. There are two other clubs for older children, one for 8-12 and the other for 13-15. At breakfast there are daily print outs of activities on offer that day with timings this includes all kids club shenanigans. For the more techie you can download the app for the same info. Our girls loved the Kid Side pool with a range of slides and flumes, making pom pom birds, rock painting, clay modelling, treasures hunts and being part of the weekly show. The kids club made it feel a real holiday for us and gave us a few hours each morning to have child free time. There are a number of adult only places, we enjoyed the woodland walk to Serenity Beach, (you can also get the boat) time on the floating pontoon and the hammocks and day beds at Silent Beach. There are also two spas with a vast selection of treatments at a reasonable cost.
We visited the local town Fethiye, a mini bus shuttle is provided for a small charge. I wanted to see the much-photographed Umbrella Street and the girls ran of steam in the brand-new playpark, which is amazing but a bloody long walk from the mini bus drop off point. Ice creams, corn on the cob and candy floss were required as bribes for the long walk back!
We rarely return to the same place for holidays as prefer to see other part of the world but Hillside really is heaven on earth and can see why so many people return year on year and we will be back.
Best resort in the world... You can enjoy a lot of activities during your holiday. Also they have an amazing restaurant. You will Love here i’m sure... You must try Sanda Nature Spa as well. And visit Pasha reataurant...
Hillside has a beautiful, unsoiled nature which was the main reason why we chose it for 10 days holiday between 8-18 Sept 2018.
It supposed to be family resort based on the website and Thomas Cook guide.
It was not! And overall, I do NOT recommend this place so that you don't waste your time and money!
Here is why:
1. Noise/Noise/Noise: Resort is a around a crescent shaped beach. Everything is in there. So, night club, live music etc all opposite to rooms. If you or your kid needs to sleep before 12am gmt (mid night) forget it! Since music will NOT stop until oo:oo!
Despite complaints etc. No action was taken.
2. Trying to please families and adults and youngsters: But achieving potentially none! At least as a family it was bad! you cant take your kid (younger than 12 or so) to certain restaurants! You have either spicy of something or none (e.g. lahmacun - turkish pizza). Basically, you pay same money for kids but what you get is nothing. They cant enter certain beaches etc.
3. Customer service: Bad! to get a response to our complaint (noise), it passed 3 days. Explanation was they were not able to reach us despite they know where we sun batch, our mobile number etc. For this price, customer service should have been 10 times better. Emailed to hotel manager, left notes! They are too busy to come back but not sure what else keeping them busy!
4. Ala-cart restaurant: There are 2 restaurant. 1 is not open for kids. Other is a poor serviced italian restaurant. Managed book it for a dinner (we were luck we thought). Drinks forgotten. and then got wrong drinks. Tables are on a cliff which is unsafe for any kids I guess below 6-7.
Food was average quality.
5. Main restaurant: 100s of type of foods served daily. It is good quality for an open buffet restaurant. Despite that, you would have queues (for example omelette in the morning - we gave up waiting). Then, you might find it so overwhelming and not having any taste after some point.
Wine is average quality - no recommended. Beers are good; recommend Bomonti.
6. Rooms position: Hotel is literally positioned outskirt of a small mountain with almost 60-70 degree slope. you have to climb or use of of 2 lift (which might take you somewhere near by).
Unless you get a room next to lift exits (2 stops), you are very likely to climb up.
Not a good feeling after coming back from lunch, or dinner or from sea or if you are carrying a baby/kid!
If you have any heart condition or so, be careful!
7. Pools: Good in the centre.
8. Beach: Beach has small whitish pebbles which looks very beautiful on pictures but hurts when you walk on them. So you need to wear something protective in or outside of the sea.
9. Sea: Beautiful! Dead sea beauty is there. Nice swim lanes in the sea to enjoy.
10. Location: Near Fethiye so you could go there by taxi and wont cost you more than £10.
11. Over All verdict: Don't recommend, will never go back again despite some pluses.
Better place in the area for cheaper prices. Or pay some extra and avoid this all singing dancing place!
We've been going here for 9 years now and it is so good each time. Great rooms and fun activities for kids- also some great sea-based activities. Amazing live music and really good food- highly recommending Pasha restaurant!