We had a fantastic two weeks at Adakoy and would love to come back for another two!
The trip started well with British Airways flights from Heathrow, good legroom, meals and drinks included and smiling cabin crew. The transfer from Dalaman to Adakoy was about an hour and half and then onto the Neptune Star for our boat transfer to the Island where the Adakoy resort is located. You do arrive after 10pm but at the end of your holiday you have nearly a full day in resort before you leave - so that's fair enough.
We had paid a bit extra for a room in the sea facing block and it was worth the extra pennies. We had an upstairs room and a nice balcony. The rooms are not five star but then they aren't just basic either. For the amount of time you will probably spend in the room it's probably just about right. Although the mattresses could be a little bit softer as others have noted. This didn't stop us from sleeping though, as we were too tired out from all the activities! The bathroom had a shower only but it was a good one and we had no trouble with hot water or water pressure. There was plenty of storage in the room and also an in-room safe, hairdryer and fridge.
The pool at Adakoy is really good for swimming, it doesn't have a shallow end and is about 1.45cm deep throughout. This makes touching the bottom for shorties (like me) a bit of a problem, but Neilson provided ready access to floats and noodles for any kids (or adults!) that needed them. The pool area catches the sun all day and is just a really nice place to chill out.
Both the pool bar and beach bars had excellent staff and by the end of our stay they knew our room number off by heart (am I proud or embarrassed by this?!).
There is one restaurant on site with several different seating areas (some adults only). Food is served here for breakfast and lunch and in the evenings on the 'inclusive' nights. We found the food to be excellent and you would need to be really fussy not to find something you like. On non-inclusive nights you can still eat at the restaurant where they have an 'a la carte' menu for the night. The food was pretty good on the 'a la carte' night we stayed there for, but the service was a bit hap hazard.
Getting the water taxi to Marmaris for non-inclusive nights is a must-do at least once during your stay. We ate at 'Dede' and 'Bono' restaurants and the food and drinks were excellent. Other guests also recommended 'Demir' and 'Ney' - but we didn't have enough time to try them all. Marmaris and Icemeler are where the remainder of the hotels and restaurants in the area are located (as Adakoy is totally on its own - bliss!). We took the opportunity to go on a guided bike ride along the promenade between Marmaris and Icemeler and it was a really great way to get around and see the sights.
The activities available at Adakoy are varied and there should be something for everyone to do. We had a go at stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, fitness classes, the spa, volleyball, water polo, aqua aerobics, cycling and tennis. Instruction was excellent and the equipment is in very good condition and is well maintained. As Adakoy is quite a small resort it makes squeezing in more and more activities easier - this is an advantage over Sivota (where we have been before), as you can literally pop from windsurfing to your room, get changed and then on to tennis in 10 minutes flat!
The Tennis coaches Ed and Brad were excellent and very patient with us beginners. Having been along to 'booze and balls' (you must do this, hilarious fun!) in the first week and getting a taste for wielding the bat we made Tennis the focus of our second week. No snootiness here, just good instruction and a lot of fun was had!
This is a great resort and the team work hard to make sure everyone is happy and all goes to plan! Alex, Naomi, Lloyd and Ed were our stand out staff of our stay - great job guys!
There were only a few niggles...
Wifi. Operates at the pool bar only and pretty much on a one-off, one-on scenario. Did stop me from being glued to my phone for two weeks, but annoying if you wanted to just download an email or two and couldn't for the life of you get connected.
Bar prices. For alcoholic, soft drinks and water the prices are all too high. I would prefer to pay a bit more up front for my holiday and see the bar prices tumble by at least a quarter! Prices in Marmaris bars were half of what Neilson were charging, and of course supermarket prices much much less. Many guests were sneaking in their off-licence purchases.
Gym. Having an indoor gym for fitness classes and using cardio and weights equipment would be great if one can be squeezed in on site somewhere!
Chill out bar. Whilst the entertainment each night was very good it would be great if there was a bar or chill out area for guests to sit and chat with a little bit of music playing and some comfy seats. Another guest suggested to us that the pool deck area could be perfect for this, with perhaps a bit of sound deflecting away from rooms?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Club Adakoy Resort Hotel is set in Marmaris, 2.8 km from Marmaris Yacht Marina. The resort has a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. Rooms are fitted with a TV. Views of the sea, pool or river are featured in certain rooms. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. This resort has water sports facilities and car hire is available. The area is popular for windsurfing and diving. Bar Street Marmaris is 12 km from Club Adakoy Resort Hotel, while Karacan Point Center is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Dalaman Airport, 100 km from the property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Neilson Club Adakoy Hotel Marmaris