We flew southeast from Izmir to Antalya (in the Anatolia region), another one hour flight. This took us from the Aegean Sea back to the Mediterranean! (And we have also seen the Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.)
...but the actual resort area is not there! You have to go about 40 minutes farther east, to a row of hotels. There all you can see is the water (and the plush resort of course). Our guide told us that a large percentage of the guests here come from Russia, and after a few minutes sitting by the pool and listening to the conversations, we could verify that. We are at the Kempinski Resort, which is really fabulous. All on the group agreed that it was nice to be able to sit in the sun or go in the pool after the torrid touring pace we have been on! :-)
The beach is rocky and the sand is too hot to walk on barefoot, but the pool was so nice that even Wayne went in!
Dinner was at a huge (really huge) buffet (too big even for photos!). We ate outside with another couple and had salads / mezzes, talked for a while, and then went right to the fabulous dessert bar. A person can only eat so much!
Monday, June 30
This morning's tour was of Perge. Yesterday afternoon our Tauck director told us that this is another Greek ruins city, much like Ephesus, and that the forecast for today was for 110 in the shade (but since it is mostly ruins, there is no shade). Hmmmm.....more hot ruins or stretch out by the pool? Half the group (including us) decided to skip the tour and just loll around...until it was time for Wendy's TURKISH BATH AND MASSAGE!
This is Wendy writing and I decided to have a Turkish Bath because (d’oh) we’re in Turkey and why not? I had hoped to go to the Cemberlitas Hamami in Istanbul but when I heard that the women’s facilities were inferior to the men’s, of course, I was not going to indulge. The Turkish Bath at our hotel’s spa in Antalya was decadent and relaxing—though definitely not for the prudish or shy. I’ve had spa treatments and massages on six continents and I can genuinely say that this one was among the best. This treatment took high maintenance to a new level. To start off, the attendant showed me to the sauna where I spent 5 minutes. Next, she signaled for me to lie down on a hot marble platform in my private bath suite—there was a public co-ed suite; I was happy my treatment was not there.
Tomorrow we head to Konya.