For travellers in search of an adrenaline-fuelled holiday, there’s nothing worse than an uneventful beach getaway. If you’re looking to escape the chilly temperatures of northern Europe, but you aren’t keen on lying in the sand with absolutely nothing to do, don’t despair: a retreat in Gumbet is sure to keep you warm and entertained. Situated in the southwest of Turkey, this coastal resort is not only sunny and scenic, but also boasts a large variety of thrilling activities that are perfect for burning the candle at both ends. Let me introduce you to two of my favourite ways of embracing your adventurous and fun-loving spirit in Gumbet.
Have you ever dreamt of riding massive waves like a pro? Or how about seeing the star fish, sea urchins and barracuda that live beneath the ocean’s glistening surface? Upon arriving in Gumbet, wave (get it?) goodbye to those “if onlys” – it’s time to turn your dreams into reality and take the water by storm! If trying – or perfecting – an adventurous water sport sounds like your idea of bliss, you’re in luck: the resort’s balmy beach is famous among enthusiastic windsurfers and scuba divers alike. Even if you and your mates are total novices, the area’s windsurfing and diving schools are sure to whip you into shape. Soon enough you’ll be showing off your new-found skills above and beneath the waves like seasoned experts.
While many visitors get their adrenaline fix from windsurfing and diving alone, it’s worth going the extra mile and taking advantage of everything that Gumbet has to offer. If your thirst for adventure has not yet been quenched, why not try your hand at banana boating, jet skiing or parasailing? There’s certainly no shortage of offers on the resort’s beaches; just keep your eyes peeled for the myriad water sports centres as you stroll along!
And, as if all of that weren’t enough to keep even the most active travellers busy from morning to evening, there’s even more aquatic fun to be had. Dedeman Waterpark, situated in the nearby town of Ortakent, contains an artificial wave pool and river, 23 winding waterslides and a wide selection of other activities that are certain to exhilarate you for hours on end. Needless to say, the park is every adrenaline junkie’s dream, so make sure you and your mates beat the crowds by arriving as early in the morning as possible.
Looking to discover Turkey’s myriad resorts and water sports opportunities? Check out our guide to splashing around in the country’s largest resort – Marmaris – here.
Although your aquatic shenanigans are bound to tire you out, I advise saving some energy (or taking a nap): you definitely won’t regret it when darkness envelops the resort. While you’ll experience booming silence in an average beach town, Gumbet is a legendary exception. In fact, I’d argue that the holiday haven only really comes to life in the early hours of the morning, which is when its bars and nightclubs open their doors to eager party animals. Let’s talk about the best places to rave like there’s no tomorrow.
Chico’s Bar – It’s hard to imagine where Gumbet’s nightlife would be without Chico’s Bar, an all-time favourite among locals and tourists alike. Along with its heavenly cocktails and live entertainment, the venue is widely celebrated for its friendly and dedicated staff. Pop in once and enjoy a warm welcome… and, if you come back, you won’t only be remembered, but you’ll be treated like family.
Roy’s Place – This beachfront bar is popular at any hour of the day or night. If you’re looking to soak up some sun and bronze your bod during the day, simply plop down on one of the bar’s free sun beds and let the staff pamper you with delicious drinks. At night, things get a bit crazier: most notably, the bar hosts karaoke nights, which are perfect for embracing your inner superstar… or getting tipsy enough to convince yourself that you’re the world’s next Beyoncé.
Club Posh, Club Mood & Mystery Disco – After pre-gaming at Chico’s Bar and/or Roy’s Place, you’re ready for the main event, which is sure to exceed your wildest expectations. Gumbet has not one, but three clubs, all of which offer something a little different. While Club Posh, the resort’s biggest club, is a go-to for pulsating beats and chic dance floors, Club Mood boasts a breathtaking view of Bitez Bay, and Mystery Disco is the perfect place to continue hogging the karaoke machine. If you’re a true champ, why not make the most of your night and stop by all of these fantastic venues?
How to Get to Gumbet
Although the sunny paradise that is Gumbet may seem otherworldly when the dreary weather of northern Europe is your everyday reality, it’s actually reached with ease. Several airlines, such as Pegasus and Turkish Airlines, offer frequent flights from London airports to Bodrum Airport. While most flights make a stop in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, it’s still possible to touch down in Bodrum after a mere six and a half hours – that’s just enough time to shoot the breeze with your mates, take a snooze and watch a soap or two. Easy peasy!
When you arrive at the airport, you’ll want to get to Gumbet as quickly and directly as possible, so don’t make the mistake of opting for unreliable public transportation. Instead, pre-book a shared or private ride with Shuttle Direct, whose dependable drivers will take you and your mates from the airport to your hotel in a mere 53 minutes. Thanks to the service’s economical and convenient rides, you’ll be able to begin your holiday on a stress-free note… and hit the beaches and clubs in no time at all!
Where to Stay
Nagi Beach Hotel – If you’re looking forward to trying out a range of water sports, Nagi Beach Hotel is your best bet. The building is only a one-minute walk away from the water, and even has a private area for beach goers. If you’re feeling lazy, you can also plunge into the on-site pool, watch some TV in your air-conditioned room or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Before and after a day of athletic escapades, you’ll also love stuffing yourself at the buffet and the à la carte restaurant.
Seray Class Apartments – Looking to save some money? No problem. A stay in the Seray Class Apartments is not only inexpensive, but also highly enjoyable. You’re a mere three-minute stroll away from the beach, but also have access to two pools that are on-site. All apartments, which are perfect for groups, are equipped with a refrigerator and a kitchenette, as well as an en-suite bathroom. There’s even a private balcony, on which you can watch the sun set as you enjoy your dinner and/or a few drinks. If you’re not in the mood for cooking every night, you can also head down to the hotel’s restaurant, whose selection of authentically Turkish and international dishes is sure to please every palate. What’s more, there’s free Wi-Fi in the pool and reception areas.
About Shuttle Direct
Want to start your holiday as quickly and as easily as possible? That’s what Shuttle Direct, the leading airport transfer service in Europe and North Africa, is here for. In a few simple clicks, you can pre-book a shared or private ride from Bodrum Airport to Gumbet on our user-friendly website. Our drivers are welcoming and experienced, our prices are economical and our transfer time can’t be bested. Book your trip today!