Regular readers will know that for the last couple of summers, we’ve spent quite a bit of time at the Yacht Classic Hotel along the Karagözler in Fethiye.
Towards the end of summer 2012, stories started to be heard that the land next to the hotel would be used to extend the grounds and a new pool would be built. “Interesting,” we thought – and of course, we’ve been ambling on up there throughout the winter months to watch progress.
Yacht Classic Hotel, Fethiye
And there’s still a few bits and pieces to be done on the new bungalows but, apart from that, in the space of a few months, this place has been transformed and is up and running. There are two new swimming pools – the one in this photo has replaced the previous pool – and there’s a couple of new bars, too.
Where the previous bar was, there’s now Skyfall bar: well, what else are you going to call a hotel bar where Mr Daniel Craig and co have stayed? It’s all very clean lines, minimal and smart, but the atmosphere is still the same and you wouldn’t notice much has changed…until you look across to the new, extended area.
Right down at the far end, a small beach has been created and sun loungers placed on the shingle. We were at the hotel yesterday to visit some friends and we walked down to this section.
No one using this area – maybe the pool and the bar are too far away by the time you get to here? Each to their own but we think it’s lovely.
But it’s the new pool that people have been asking us about. At the beginning of the season it wasn’t ready and its adjoining bar was still half built.
Guests could only use the pool in the top photo but we knew the new one was going to be special. The space they had created for it was huge.
Yesterday, we saw it for the first time and there’s no denying it; it’s pretty impressive!
Should the fancy take you, you can sit on the underwater bar stools while you sip your drinks. There are sun loungers and the köşk areas and the pool is every bit as big as we pictured it would be.
It was also empty at the time we took this photo because the blue sky was disappearing and the breeze was stiff.
Quite lucky that the bungalows are still having the finishing touches applied to them because all the doors were wide open – so we took ourselves up there to have a look. Not a bad view from the patios, is it? There’s a jacuzzi inside each bungalow, too.
But it’s all change for non-guests at the hotel, too. Non-guests are still welcome to go down to have a drink at the bar or something to eat in the restaurant – but if you wish to sample the brand new pools and sun loungers, there is a charge.