On the advice of our local vet friends, we booked in to the Hilton Hotel on Mersin beach (via Booking.com), for couriers J and M to catch up on some sleep.

As there were no non-smoking rooms left when we were arrived, we were upgraded to the executive suite, with complimentary fresh fruit and a bottle of fine Turkish red wine.

We always look for hotels with off-road, secure parking, and the Hilton fit the bill perfectly. When we took up our space in the car park, the car park manager alerted the duty manager and security manager, Baran and Abdullah, to our arrival, who both came to  welcome us with lots of warm handshakes.

Charming and friendly, they said: “Please ask if there’s anything we can do.”

Baran and Abdullah

The Mersin Hilton, with the bonus of a lovely beach for dog walking