Mark Warner Sea Garden Holiday’s for Grown Ups

Back at the end of May 2015 we went to MW Sea Garden resort in Bodrum, Turkey and it was everything the perfect family break should be.  The travel and accommodation was just right and knowing the kids were happy and well cared for in the childcare  facilities they have on offer meant that hubby and I got to spend some time together too.

Our first evening was spent finding our feet, we attended two short meetings on the lawn – the first to explain which restaurants and bars were included in the all-inclusive package and any other important information and the second was to talk about the childcare facilities and what they offer.

On our first official day at the resort we dropped the kids at their respective childcare and headed down to the waterfront for a safety briefing.  As the teen club was not running that week, we had booked Kian on to a RYA Sailing course but were keen to see what else they had on offer.  We filled out safety forms and were briefed on how and when to use the equipment they provided.

The great thing about Mark Warner is that the waterfront activities are free, unless you wish to get a qualification. There are free group sailing lessons and clinics for sailors of all standards five days a week, with a great range of equipment for children right up to seasoned professionals. Free group lessons and clinics for windsurfing or you can take out a kayak or paddleboard and paddle around the bay.

The Waterfront at the Sea Garden Hotel is situated in a small sheltered bay which is fantastic for beginner sailors. The small bay opens up into a large bay which consistently has good wind conditions more suitable for intermediate and advanced sailors. The winds are mainly light in the mornings building through to a Force 4-5 cross shore.

MW Sea Garden

Breakfast and lunch for the family were served Laguna restaurant looking out over the bay as far as the Greek island of Kos.  There was a huge variety of food to choose from, set out as a buffet with something that suited even the fussiest of palettes. There was even a chef on hand to cook bespoke Omlettes for breakfast if you wanted one or wraps at lunchtime.

MW Sea Garden

Evening meals were served in the Amphora restaurant.  The kids had their children’s meals at 6pm and then went off to play games or watch a film leaving us to eat our meals in peace.  The range of food was huge and beautifully displayed again in a buffet style.  There were traditional Turkish options as well as English food, salads and the most delicious desserts I have ever seen. You could even watch the chefs cook the behind a glass panel.

MW Sea Garden

There was 5 restaurants to choose and we were did try to book La Cuccina for our last night but sadly it was sold out.  The only time we didn’t eat in Amphora was for Turkish night, which felt very much like a street party  with traditional live Turkish music and cooking in the streets in Mini Bodrum – a 10 minute walk from our hotel, or a couple of minutes in a golf buggy. The food was delicious and the little ones discovered they like kebabs!

MW Sea Garden

There was so much to offer on site that a) we didn’t get to do even half of it and b) we had no need to go offsite. There is a full fitness program, tennis, golf, a spa and a gym but hubby and I concentrated on the water sports during the mornings we had without the children.

We took out a kayak to explore the bay but ended up stalking Isaac and Kian who were learning to sail. It was lovely watching them grow in confidence and take part in an activity that they wouldn’t have tried at home. It was commented that Hubby and I had kayaked before as we were so in-sync with our paddles, but although we both have, we have not kayaked together before.

On the Wednesday, Kian had a break from his RYA Sailing course so we booked him and Hubby on the beginners windsurfing course whilst I chilled out with my book and watched from the comfort of the shore.  I have to admit that I was expecting them to spend most of the time in the water but they did really well.

MW Sea Garden

Back in September when I visited MW Levante in Rhodes with a group of bloggers, the lovely Monika from Mumonthebrink took me out sailing and managed to bury the hull of the catamaran we were in, dunking us in the sea. She was mortified despite me finding it hilarious, although I have to admit that my nerve around sailing boats went after that and I was determined to get it back, so hubby and I also booked a beginners sailing course. On the day we were due to do it, the wind had whipped up and the beach was already on a blue flag, with storms heading in. We made the fateful decision to go back out on the water until the guidance of our instructor Will.

The tethered Laser’s were all over the place but Hubby made the transition from the dingy to the boat with no problem.  I on the other hand didn’t as a gust of wind took the boat with me half on and guess what happened – Yep! I ended up in the sea.  I did, however, give it a go, but I think I need to learn when it is calm as I was very nervous.  Thankfully the red flag soon went up and we headed back into shore and safety.

Thankfully I fared much better on our Scuba Discovery Dive with Erman Dive Centre who are situated onsite. We had a practice in the pool to see if we would like it and then did a short course before going for a beach dive. It was so much fun we did it twice and saw an elusive Octopus who tried its best to hide.

Erman Dive Centre

Sadly we didn’t get the chance to try Paddle Boarding as the weather took a nasty turn at the end of our holiday and we weren’t allowed out on the water thanks to some thunderstorms, however we made up for it by larking about in the pool.

MW Sea Garden

Our family holiday with MW Sea Garden was the perfect mix of family adventure, with all of us getting a well-earned break, the chance to make some new friends as well as spending quality time together, be it playing table football on the beach, jumping over the waves, leaping into the sea or having a nightcap at the Beach Bar.

MW Sea Garden

Thank you to Mark Warner Resort Sea Garden and all the staff.  You made our first holiday abroad as a family perfect!

Mark Warner

18 thoughts on “Mark Warner Sea Garden Holiday’s for Grown Ups

  1. Sarah Bailey says:

    I’ve never been on a Mark Warner break before but WOW this sounds amazing – what a fantastic place for adults to relax and unwind. x
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  2. Rachel says:

    All these Mark Warner holidays are leaving me feeling green with envy as each and everyone just looks amazing x
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  3. Wow, what a fab holiday! Looks like you had an amazing time x
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  4. Jen Walshaw says:

    I do love your reviews. Still not convinced I want to go on a holiday where I do things separately to my kids (but then I am very odd)!
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  5. Sonia says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful time, Amazing review, I would definitely visit if I could afford x
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  6. Mary Louise says:

    All Mark Warner breaks look so good. I love a good holiday review post that shows lots of pictures. Sounds like a lovely time x
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  7. Charly Dove says:

    I’ve been reading this nodding like a buffoon, they just do everything so well Mark Warner don’t they. I love their offering and we’re already craving another holiday with them – as I’m sure you are. This is such a lovely post Kara, gives such a good feel for the resort and how you approached what’s on offer. You need some calm waters for that sailing and well done with the diving x
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  8. Erika says:

    Wow! What an amazing holiday you look to have had, particularly special given it was your first abroad as a family. The food looks incredible, oh I would be beside myself with what to eat!

    Well done on all the fantastic activities, I had my scuba diving open water qualifications year ago and had so much fun diving in Greece, Bulgaria an Mexico, definitely something worth trying.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful holiday!

  9. looks like you all had an incredible time, what a busy fun packed holiday x
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  10. Erica Price says:

    It does look fantastic and I think we’d love to try some of the watersports out – great that they are free unless you are looking to pass exams.
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  11. Oh my that looks fantastic! We’ve always been very ‘we want our children with us the whole time’ about holidays but after going to Spain earlier this year we’ve realised that possibly isn’t want the kids wanted and we needed a break! This looks like a great way for everyone to have a good time.
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  12. Anne says:

    Wow what a busy holiday, it looks loads of fun for the whole family. The place looks really lovely but the food looks even better!
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  13. Helen Gandy says:

    This looks fantastic!! Great review, looks like a ton of stuff to do and keep you busy.

    Helen X
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  14. What a wonderful break – the food at your resort looks amazing!
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  15. Thank you for tagging me. Sorry for giggling at the dipping in Levante. I would totally be the same I’m sure. I’ll have to try and remember to book up the restaurants we really want to go to, and I love the sound of the mini Bodrum. Maybe I will re-try scuba diving!
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    • ChelseaMamma says:

      It was hilarious – the wind really picked up and i asked Monika to slow down but she tacked too fast and boom – we were over. To be fair I got picked up by the rescue boat and got a speed boat ride around the bay whilst she had to right the catamaran.

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