MARK WARNER PHOKAIA BEACH RESORT


Where oh where do I begin with our Mark Warner break? There is so much to talk about that I'm going to be dividing the posts up over the next few weeks, with this being a general round up of our thoughts on the entire trip. If you're here looking for the in-depth reviews of the childcare, facilities, hotel or food then stick around and hold tight as I want to give them the detail they deserve. So, cast your minds back to March when we were selected to be Mark Warner ambassadors, it was a huge deal for me as we're so passionate about travel and showing our boys as much of the world as we can - we were delighted. Even more so when we realised we'd be headed to the brand new resort in Foca, Turkey, only opening a mere month before we made our trip, I knew it was going to be something special. And that it was.

We arrived at the resort incredibly late at night, we were all exhausted, hot and a little grumpy after experiencing painful delays. I was pretty shocked to see that the manager Sue was still up and raring to greet everyone with drinks, she was warm and welcoming and immediately put us all at ease. We'd already been checked in whilst we were on the coach - a fantastic idea that I've never experienced before, it meant that when we arrived we could just whizz off to our rooms and sleep, which when you have kids in tow at three o'clock in the morning, it was genius. In our rooms was a huge platter of fruit, a bottle of wine and sandwiches for us all, another touch that didn't have to be there yet it was and that seemed to be the precedent for Mark Warner - going the extra mile when so many others wouldn't.





The next morning was a flurry of welcome meetings, all very casual and truly setting the tone of the resort in that you could do as much or as little as you would like. We met the childrens nannies and key workers, toured the facilities and took in our surroundings. Phokaia beach resort is just incredible, from the gardens and beach to the pool and bars, everything is immaculate and in pristine condition. Not a discarded cup in sight, something I've found plague any all inclusive resort we've visited in the past. The restaurants never disappointed and the element of having a 'high tea' solely for children just that little bit earlier, is fantastic, we took full use of the service as did many other parents as there seemed to be the same group of us in there each evening. Me and John could sit back and relax with a drink, whilst the boys ate a little more of a child friendly buffet. Also - the chocolate pudding to die for!



The whole holiday truly felt like a holiday thanks to the kids clubs, the boys got a good amount of play with us and then play with the nannies, whilst we too got a perfect balance of making memories with our rumbustious boys and enjoying time together as a couple. I didn't come away feeling like I needed a whole other break to recover, which has definitely been a feeling after previous holidays let me tell you. Holidaying with two very young children is never going to be smooth sailing but I think we got as close to a bump-less ride as we'll ever get, by holidaying with Mark Warner. The whole trip was faultless, on the coach journey home I spoke with John and we genuinely couldn't come up with even one single thing that could be improved, it felt like a holiday that was full of extras. Little things like the food on arrival, being able to use the childcare park and pool yourself when a session isn't on, the constant 'is there anything else we can do for you' atmosphere really engulfed the resort.



I'm so grateful that we got to experience this as their ambassadors, having always flitted between all inclusive or my parents villa in Javea, a half board / full board holiday was a new concept but it's ultimately one that we'd do over and over again. We felt free to do what we pleased and get involved with as much or as little as we liked. We'e only been back a mere few days and I'm already finding myself lingering over the booking pages for next year, I think a MW holiday has now set our bar pretty high and it's going to be hard to beat the week we've just had.

*We were guests at the Mark Warner resort as part of our role as ambassadors this year, however all opinions are entirely my own and whilst this is the first MW holiday we've been on, it wont be the last.

17 comments

  1. Wow! Sounds like you had a great time, your photos are amazing!

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  2. Sounds like you had the most amazing time and it looks the dream for people with kids! Definitely considering booking somewhere like this next time I plan a holiday, Ru would love it �� xx

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  3. I would love to go to Turkey, I dud a few Greek islands pre-children but I think Turkey looks like a beautiful country. How cool to be Mark Warner Ambassadors!! Sarah

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  4. Mark Warner holidays always sound amazing, with so many activities and things to do for kids!

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  5. Ive heard lots of positive things about Mark Warner holidays but have never been able to justify the costs. Your photos do look fantastic though and there seems to be lots of great facilities for families.

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  6. The early High Tea for kids sounds brilliant and it’s so good to have good kids clubs available. It’s good that everyone gets a bit of time to relax and enjoy the holiday. Looks like you had a lovely time.

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  7. It sounds like you loved your holiday and the whole family as well. The pictures are fantastic, and the kids club is a wonderful innovation xx

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  8. It sounds like you've had a fantastic time with Mark Warner. I've always heard and read good things about them.

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  9. Congrats on being chosen as the ambassador and it seems this adventure was excatly what you guys needed.

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  10. Oh you’re so lucky, how amazing does this little place look. Perfect family getaway.

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  11. It looks amazing! Lovely photos xx

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  12. Hubby and I spent several holidays in Turkey when we were younger and it was Monkeys first plane flight. I do think you get a lot more for your money in Turkey. Hopefully one day we will go back x

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  13. Such beautiful photos, it looks like an amazing place to visit with the children

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  14. Sounds like everyone had a lovely holiday. The kids club sounds lovely too. I'm always a bit wary but glad you really liked this one.

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  15. Ice cream and fun in the sand. What more could a toddler want? :)

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  16. Oh wow looks stunning I reckon adults would rather enjoy this as well as the kids 😂😂

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