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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 in Turkey, 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.
A glossy beach resort near the port of Antalya, Lara is famous as the Las Vegas of the Turkish Riviera. Lara boasts a long, sandy beach with turquoise waters, lined with spectacular, all-inclusive luxury hotels. If you choose a Lara holiday, you’ll have everything you need for a fabulous time without leaving the resort. But the vibrant life of Antalya is close at hand, with its bars, clubs and shopping. You’ll also have easy access to the beaches of Belek and Side, the ancient ruins at Perge and Aspendos, and plenty of other fascinating places to visit.
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.
The hotels at Lara are all-inclusive, so you’ll find plenty to do in the evening with no effort at all. Bars, discos, live music and comedy are all features of hotel nightlife in Lara. All you have to do is choose. If you want to go further afield, though, the city of Antalya is just a shuttle or taxi ride. Antalya’s legendary nightlife varies from intimate, low-key bars and cafes to banging club nights and rowdy rock venues. Whatever you’re looking for on a night out, you’re sure to find it.
If you’re travelling with children, a Lara holiday is the ideal choice. Lara’s family-friendly hotels lay on lavish food, play and entertainment for their smaller guests. You’ll also find some waterparks along the coast for a family day out. If you’re travelling solo, with friends or with your partner, there are plenty of options just for you. Each resort hotel in Lara has its own special character. With a little research, you’ll easily find the ideal all-inclusive holiday for your needs.
In Lara, everything you need for your fabulous Turkish Riviera holiday is there on tap. But, if you want to spend some time experiencing the wonders of the Antalya coast, you have plenty of day trips and excursions to choose from. History lovers will enjoy exploring the ancient ruins at Perge, Side and Aspendos, taking a boat trip to the sunken city of Kekova or discovering the unique culture of the Taurus mountains. If nature’s your thing, you’ll love the hot springs at Pamukkale, the Altinbesik Cave National Park and the Duden waterfalls. And that’s just the beginning!
Lara is about a 25-minute drive from the vibrant city of Antalya. Many of the hotels in Lara provide shuttles to take you to and from Antalya with ease, but you can also take a taxi or catch the dolmus. Once you’re in Antalya, there’s plenty to see and do. Wander the beautiful old town or enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of the harbour. Shopping is a big draw, too, with a glorious variety of street markets, bazaars, malls and designer outlets.
If you want to be totally in charge of your own itinerary, hiring a car is always a good bet. You’ll find several car hire options in Lara and even more in Antalya. However, there’s absolutely no need to do this. Public transport is cheap and plentiful, and people are always willing to help you find your way around. If you want to take a day trip, you’ll be spoiled for choice with a range of affordable guided excursions and transfers departing from Lara Beach or from nearby Antalya. You can relax and enjoy your Lara holiday without ever needing to worry about transport.

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.
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