CONFESSION time: I don’t like getting naked. But I did it. I didn’t have to, but I did. And I’m glad I did.
If you’re wondering why I’m talking about stripping off, head for a massage at Robinson Club Nobilis on Turkey’s south coast and you’ll understand why.
Located 40 minutes east of Antalya airport, it’s one of 23 of the German company’s luxury resorts, with a focus on wellness.
Stepping into the depths of the hotel spa in my dressing gown and flip flops, I felt I was about to do some bizarre form of caving, when suddenly a large expanse opened up.
It was time for my Turkish bath.
After a few minutes in the steam room wondering whether I would regret not keeping my trunks on, I removed my gown and clambered starkers on to the marble slab.
The masseur folded a tea towel across my private area and my hour of being soaked, soaped and scrubbed began.
The sound of running water, coupled with the reassurances of the man I had just got naked in front of, put my mind at ease and soon I was almost unaware of my nudity.
I returned to the relative normalcy of my stay at the five-star resort, feeling squeaky-clean, replenished and refreshed.
The Turkish bath was just what I needed to kickstart a holiday rammed with exciting activities from the Robinson WellFit programme.
Whether or not you love sport, there’s something you’ll enjoy.
Tennis lessons are fun and professional, and there are group fitness lessons, including spinning, aqua fit, pilates and yoga, plus volleyball, archery and sailing.
Facilities include a fully equipped gym with sea views, a football pitch and six swimming pools.
If lounging’s your thing, there are plenty of sunbeds by the pools and on the private beach leading to the turquoise Mediterranean Sea.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Turkey without some excellent golf on offer and Club Nobilis is no exception.
I spent an afternoon on the stunning 18-hole course, which is at the heart of the resort.
It’s perfect for both experienced players and newbies like me wanting to get into the swing of the game in the sunshine.
With so much to do, it’s a good job the rooms are comfortable after a hard day exercising. Standard ones have ample space and balconies, while family rooms can sleep up to four adults and two kids.
For a touch of exclusivity, there are private villas overlooking the golf course, with living areas and terraces.
The best place is the Presidential Suite, with its plush furnishings and roof terrace with Jacuzzi.
German footie legend Franz Beckenbauer and the late Bond actor Sir Roger Moore have both stayed here, probably wowed by the amazing views stretching across the sea and mountains. It’s gorgeous — and yours for a mere £1,800 per night.
If the A-list accommodation is out of budget, at least all the food is included during a stay.
A buffet breakfast kicks things off and food is then available throughout the day. But it’s in the evenings that they really turn up the heat.
Fish Friday was so good, even Rick Stein would have been proud. And I wolfed down curries, Turkish kebabs, Thai cuisine and Italian dishes on an “Indian-themed” night.
It’s no surprise the food is this good when staff are trained by Frank Heppner, one of Germany’s celebrity chefs, who showed me how to barbecue.
Although the resort is ideal for singles and couples looking for a wellness fix, it’s also great for families, with a full kids’ programme and day care available.
With so much to pack in, you could happily spend your whole time inside the resort’s serene walls. But step outside and you’ll discover the area’s fascinating history.
After a 45 minutes boat ride, I arrived in the ancient port city of Side, pronounced “sea day”.
The town’s old stone buildings include a well-preserved amphitheatre, a Roman bath and crumbling temples of Apollo and Athena dating back to the second century BC.
Side means “pomegranate” in ancient Anatolian and street vendors still sell its freshly pressed juice on the main shopping street.
Back in resort, stronger drinks were on the menu as a special party got under way, where I joined other guests dressed head-to-toe in white to watch the fantastic entertainment, before the continuing the evening in the resort’s club, Inferno.
Dancing while wearing fresh white chinos and a matching shirt may not be the strongest look — but it certainly beats stripping naked.
And it left me feeling almost as good as my Turkish bath.
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