What: Sun, sea, sand and partying – all in one resort. ROBINSON Club Camyuva, in Turkey’s Anatolia, combines everything you could want in a holiday into one neat location. The 5-star all-inclusive resort boasts a private beach, heated swimming pool, tennis/volleyball/basketball courts, several bars and restaurants, a spa and its own nightclub.
First Impression: For a 5-star resort I was a little underwhelmed with the room; a simple double room with a small balcony, the only toiletries available were hand soap and a body wash/shampoo dispenser in the shower that I thought had a slightly masculine smell rather than being unisex. Luckily, we didn’t spend much time in the room and it served us well for a base that we only really used to sleep in (comfy bed) and to get changed.
The Look: There’s a lot of foliage around the resort which I liked, expanses of grass separate the blocks of rooms from the beach, flowerbeds line the walkways and the pool is surrounded with tropical trees and flowers that reminded me of being in Africa. The outside of the buildings has a slightly dated look with the mustard and orange paint but perhaps they thought that white would look too clinical and those colours blend well with all the greenery from the trees and plants. Every day we seemed to find something else to amuse ourselves from a swing to a slack line to stand-alone hammocks, it’s like being in an adult playground.
What We Did: Beside being known for their party scene, ROBINSON Club Camyuva has a great selection of activities like yoga, aqua jogging/cycling, archery, tennis and volleyball. In the morning if you go to the info desk you can see their daily itinerary and sign up for any classes that take your fancy. They also offer water sports like paddle boarding and wind surfing although you these incur charges and sometimes a licence depending on what you choose.
They also have a small pier with hammocks on the private beach that people were diving off of and giant inflatables in the sea like an iceberg you can climb and a floating trampoline. There are rows of 4-poster double sunbeds which you can book to secure, if you do so the hotel will make the bed with brushed cotton sheets for you; if you don’t book in advance it’s a case of first come, first serve. If you miss out, the beach is also lined with sun loungers and massive beach pillows which are really comfortable.
At night of course, we partied. Each night the resort throws a themed dinner which people go all out for, we just missed the candy party but we were told the staff dressed in candy-striped outfits and sweets were left by housekeeping. While we were there we did however enjoy such nights as the toga party (a sheet was provided for our outfits and masterclasses on how to tie them were held in the day) and their famous white party which takes place at the Marina bar with a dramatic countdown before a live DJ and entertainment. The best part of the night is that at the end you have no more than a 10 minute walk to get safely back to your hotel room, no worries of public transport or wandering back in the dark.
What We Ate: Oh so much food. Instead of ordering from the menu there is just a massive buffet serving everything you can think of and more, for the first few days I did several tours of the restaurant at each meal before deciding what I wanted to eat. Some guests had sensible methods of piling their plate, trying to pick cohesively whereas I just lobbed on anything that I liked the look of with no fear of clashing cuisines. If you get hungry between meals the Marina restaurant serves snacks as well as a late breakfast from 11-12pm for late risers, we also discovered that reception holds on to some secret sandwiches if you have an after-hours hunger attack.
ROBINSON Club Camyuva also has a more secluded outdoor restaurant the other end of the resort by the Marina bar which has an element of exclusivity, being much smaller than the main restaurant. It is outdoors and serves more traditional Turkish food, at night it is really romantic.
What We Drank: Is it even a holiday if you don’t have a trashy cocktail by the pool? We gleefully made several trips to the main bar to collect multiple daiquiris, Sex on the Beach and Pina coladas in true holiday style. Everything is included (as one would expect at an all-inclusive) but when you head to the nightclub and Marina bar there is a paid bar alongside the all-inclusive ones which offers premium spirits and bottles of Champagne.
Go With: The guests at ROBINSON Club Camyuva seem to fall into two camps; parents in their 40s/50s and their children in their early 20s or groups of young adults. During the day everyone takes advantage of the private beach and pool area as well as the exercise classes, in the evening everyone comes together for dinner before heading to the bar where numbers dwindle and the crowd gets younger and remains so for the nightclub.
Where: Çamyuva Mahallesi, No 2, Turizm Blv, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey www.robinson.com
Final Word: I had such an amazing time at ROBINSON Club Camyuva, it’s my ideal place to visit. It had a lovely beach, warm pool, varied food options and good quality facilities all within a 10-minute walking space. As it’s an adults’ only, private resort I felt totally safe just leaving my bag unattended when I went for a swim in the sea and pool and didn’t hear a screaming child once. There is plenty to do in the day or nothing at all if you just want to relax by the water; at night after dinner, again you can do as much or as little as you want, head straight to bed or party till the early hours watching lasers and dancers. For this reason, it’s an ideal place for families with grown up children as the parents head off and do their own thing knowing their children are off safely partying with others their age. I felt everyone was really friendly and seemed keen on making friends and we not only made holiday friends but we saw others making new friends too, even the older generations.