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Come On You Boys In Green! - Turkish Airlines Antalya Fam

14th April 2018 - 12:00pm

David O’Grady (eTravel), Hasan Mutlu (Turkish Airlines) and Aidan Coughlan (WTC) gearing themselves up for the big match

David O’Grady (eTravel), Hasan Mutlu (Turkish Airlines) and Aidan Coughlan (WTC) gearing themselves up for the big match

Shane Cullen (Travelbiz) reports from his recent VIP trip with Turkish Airlines to Antalya.

Friday night in Antalya, we donned our jerseys and draped our tricolours over our shoulders, ready to support Ireland in the friendly against Turkey. While the boys in green didn’t get the ball in the back of the net, it was a night to remember, courtesy of Turkish Airlines. With the best seats in the house, a row below the broadcasting booth, we cheered the team from the stands of the new Antalya Stadium. The atmosphere was electric with the Turkish fans living up to their reputation for being some of the loudest fans in the world. A silent Hasan did his best to disguise his smugness at the result but we didn't hold it against him and he was a gracious host.


The Allure of Antalya.

For our 3 night stay, we were based in the upmarket area of Belek, known as the Beverly Hills of the Turquoise Riveria. This resort has a near endless supply of 5-star hotels, fancy restaurants, cafes and weekend markets. There are a significant number of 18 hole golf courses in the vicinity with Robinson Nobilis Resort, where we stayed, having its own parkland course. The hotel is on the beach, with golden sands stretching as far as the eye can see and the water is clear and calm.


I enjoyed my stay in one of the villas, which was detached and stretched over two floors, and was enormous, stylish and richly deserved every one of the 5 stars. Private balconies overlook the landscaped golf course. The resort is all-inclusive with a broad buffet option for dining as well as speciality restaurants and 5 bars. Facilities include 5 pools (incl. indoor and outdoor), water slides, sailing, a range of sports and spa & gym facilities.


The area is not only known as a top rest and relaxation spot, it has a rich history. During our stay, we met up with local guide, Yasin Senturk, who brought us on a tour of some of the more notable sites. The highlight was Perge, east of Antalya, an exceptionally well preserved Roman city dating back to 120-121 AD (on the Unesco World Heritage Tentative List).


All in all, the choice of hotel and resort was a perfect pairing with Turkish Airlines award-winning business class product. Best in class, all the way!

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David O’Grady (eTravel), Hasan Mutlu (Turkish Airlines) and Aidan Coughlan (WTC) gearing themselves up for the big match
Even the locals are shouting for Ireland!
Shane Cullen (Travelbiz)
Ken Masterson (Skytours), Aidan Coughlan (WTC), Hasan Mutlu (Turkish Airlines), David O’Grady (eTravel) and Cormac Meehan (ITAA President) at Aspendos
The gang at Hadrian's Gate in Antalya
Living room in a superior villa, Robinson Nobilis Resort

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