Marmaris Ekincik Limani Boyz Bk Gocek T U R K E Y M E D I T E R R A N E A N S E A ful marina, just three hours sailing away. Before long we had tunes blast- ing out of the speakers, a G&T in our hands and the wind in our hair. I was converted immediately -- this is the only way to holiday. We pulled into the marina and after a quick swim in the turquoise water, we gathered on deck to watch the sunset with another G&T. Although you can self-cater on board, we decided to eat out. It was an excellent decision as the restau- rant in Ekinik Limani is rather exclusive -- we sat down surrounded by pictures of Uma Thurman, Dustin Hoffman and more, all enjoying the fresh seafood on offer. Ableseamen AfTEr breakfast on deck, we set sail towards Goek, a resort known as the Turkish Cannes. On the way, we dropped anchor in a couple of beauti- ful bays for much-needed dips. In the afternoons the wind picked up, which meant we could do some serious sailing. We hit 10 knots, T HInk P Diddy or premier- ship footballers are the only ones who can holiday on a yacht? Think again -- the A-list lifestyle is more affordable than you would expect. With the euro making france and Spain ridiculously expensive this year, I was struggling to find a holiday to fit my budget. So when a friend suggested hiring a yacht to sail round Turkey, I thought he was mad. But thanks to Turkey being outside the eurozone, and with enough of us to split the cost of hiring two (yes, two) huge yachts, it was easily affordable -- a 50ft yacht costs 3,000 per week in July, with a skipper an extra 835. Total cost per person, for 10 peo- ple, including skipper is just 385. Better still, two of my friends are qualified skippers, so we wouldnt have to pay for someone to sail the yachts. It took less than five minutes to convince me to hop on board. roll on opulence, luxury -- and that scene from the Duran Duran rio video. Sailaway WE COLLECTED our yachts from Marmaris marina and were informed that we wouldnt get much change out of half a million quid if wed bought one. Our yacht was like the Tardis, with enough space to sleep 10 (eight in double-bed cabins with en suites), a large lounge with leather seats, 12 Friday, 17 July 2009 London Lite Subjecttotermsandconditionswhichcanbefoundonwww.gatwickairport.com gatwickairport.com be captain of your own ship and explore by rosalind ryan Yourtime Takingoff... Surfsup in the city DESPITE being miles inland, Montreal offers surfers big waves on its St Lawrence River. Downtown Montreal has become a popular spot for beginners to find their board feet. Check out surfmtl.com for the best spots to catch a wave and where to go for equipment. See bonjourquebec.co.uk. Grin and bear It TakE a walk on the wild side this summer and track bears in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Not only will you be able to see them in their natural surroundings but you will also travel through medieval towns and Saxon villages. a seven- night fly-drive trip costs from 1,096 per person, including B&B, return flights and car hire. See sunvil.co.uk ExploretheAmazon SaIL down the amazon in the lap of luxury this summer with the first riverboat cruise on the worlds longest river. aqua Expeditions is offering a seven-night cruise from 2,994pp. Flights extra. See aquaexpeditions.com. Joiningthe yachtieset ...onthe cheap Reykjavik, iceland THE nautholsvik Geothermal Beach in reykjavik is a welcome warm escape for locals and tourists. It was created by filling an artificial lagoon with geothermal hot water and sand imported from Morocco. PaRis, FRance The Paris Plage (Paris Beach) is making its eighth summer appearance this year. From Monday to 20 August, parts of the River Seine will be taken over by deckchairs and the road along George Pompidou will be turned into a beach. coPenhagen, denmaRk InCOrPOrATInG a Moroccan vibe with low-slung cushions and north African food, the Copencabana Beach opens every summer from June till August. It comes complete with palm trees and an outdoor swimming pool for cooling off. PRague, czech RePublic The residents of Prague have set up their own beach on the Vltava River. As well as sand, hundreds of deckchairs and a bar that serves up a mean mojito, you can The high life: chilling out on board the yacht edited by olivia walmsley a kitchen and a huge deck for sun- bathing or cocktail parties. After a crew briefing -- including what to do if one of us fell overboard -- we set off on our seven-day trip down the Lycian Coast. Our first nights stop would be the tiny bay of Ekinik Limani, a beauti- 5 best index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html