On the Mediterranean coast of the Aegean Sea lies Fethiye, a quiet town that rose from the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos, which translated from the Greek means the “land of lights”. Radiantly she still shines with year-round warm sunshine, the sunlight catching on the waves creating aquatic diamonds as far as the eye can see. Today, on a secluded bay, the private Kalemya Bay, a natural marina and home to some of the most wild and peaceful beaches along the Aegean Coast lies a hidden wellness gem. At Hillside Beach Club (hillsidebeachclub.com), the adult-only Serenity and Silent Beaches are found, each their own hidden haven.
Access the Serenity beach either by a small boat or via a nature trail lined with pine trees, to be welcomed by hammocks and the sounds of crickets. Lie back armed with nothing but a holiday read to sink into a state of absolute bliss. The Silent Beach does exactly what it says on the tin, senses are heightened with the absence of sound and all there is to do is take in the verdant surroundings and amble towards the water’s edge to soak in the cooling clear Aegean blue. Wander a little off the trail and discover the Sanda Nature Spa (hillsidebeachclub.com), a considerately constructed wellbeing space where nature takes precedence.
Tree trunks wind through treatment rooms, the structure of the spa and its guests being at one with the elements. Peer up from the massage table to see a tree trunk shooting from the floor and disappearing back through the ceiling, as soothing hands rub out all the stresses and worries of the outside world. Hear the sounds of the forest – a babbling brook, sweet birdsong – while breathing in delicious floral scents. Sensory overload galore. Venture inside to the Sanda Day Spa for a more traditional spa journey including the obligatory Turkish Bath experience, a custom that involves being scrubbed clean to emerge feeling totally revitalised and renewed. This runs alongside a selection of massage and facial treatments.
Wellbeing starts with tuning into ourselves, renouncing the everyday stresses and strains for a little while and connecting with nature to act as our guide – breathe, walk, absorb it. Days at Hillside Beach Club pass in this wonderfully soporific way. For physical and mental stimulation, wake with the birds and salute the sunrise on the outside Yoga Deck. Mornings can be spent indulging creativity, perhaps through an oil painting class, using the magnificent backdrop as inspiration, or a hat design or aromatherapy workshop. As a destination that defines itself on its “philosophy of feeling good”, Hillside Beach Club provides ample opportunity for total escapism, making sure quod erat demonstrandum. It is no wonder that the deity Apollo fell in love here, fathering his son Telmessos, this town’s ancient namesake.