Lavish Lara turns up the heat

Rock up at this larger-than-life resort – a mere quarter-hour transfer from Antalya airport – and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d mistakenly wound up on the Vegas Strip. Because just like the legendary party hub, Lara’s skyline is dominated by massive, brightly-coloured tributes to world-famous landmarks including the Kremlin, New York’s Chrysler Building and even Concorde.

Lara holidays are for people who aren’t shy of embracing luxury, and especially those who believe that holidays should always have something of an undercurrent of fantasy about them. Lara Beach itself, for instance, is 8 kilometres of the purest, picture-book, south-facing, silky-soft sand.

The child-friendly waterparks, sprinkled between Lara’s monumental architecture and the twinkling Mediterranean sea, are zany, fantastical fun, all vivid colours and gravity-defying waterslides. With holidays to Lara, your Instagram feed will pop with such vibrancy that you’re sure not to forget this trip in a hurry.

Your Lara questions, answered

From May to September you can rely on decent, beach-worthy temperatures. But even in winter, the resorts’ indoor pools and amenities are a big draw.

Most hotels have fenced-off sections for guests only, but there’s a large public area where you can rent a lounger and get away from it all.

Children will love the warm weather and abundance of waterslides, plus the dizzying variety of foods, clubs, playparks and other activities to keep them out of mischief.

Best things to do in Lara

Shop like a sultan

When you’re done chilling by the pool, take the free shuttle bus to Sultan Bazaar, the local shopping mall that’s tailor-made for sourcing souvenirs and knick-knacks.

Head to a waterpark

Kids will love the waterparks on offer in the region, with gravity defying water slides and pops of colour, its a great fun day out.

Hit the hammam

Pretty well all the hotels have a spa where you can treat yourself to a traditional Turkish peel, scrub and massage. When in Rome, as they say.