We have just returned from a week's holiday (13th - 20th April) at the Casa de Maris and can honestly say it has been one of the best holiday's we have had. It was our first time to Turkey and were a bit apprehensive whether we had made the right choice of destination, let alone hotel.
The Casa de Maris maybe small in comparison to other 5 star hotels in Marmaris but it punches above it's weight in many ways with it's chilled out, no pressure, relaxing atmosphere. The hotel's location is situated on the outskirts of Marmaris and the walk to the centre is made all the more pleasurable from the hotel's private beach area on the traditional tiled, bay fronted walkway, which is approximately a 4km's stroll.
The hotel's staff in every area ( restaurant, pool area, bar, entertainment team, reception, customer services, room cleaning ) are all so friendly and welcoming and with the hotel not totally full during our week you end up getting to know them quite well. They all work hard and none more so than the entertainment team but I'm afraid it's not to everyone's taste. They could do with a little help to improve the quality, i.e. put a show on or employ more to put their own show's on.
The same friendliness can be said for the people who run the shops based in the hotel who work long hours to provide a range of services, ranging from a convenient shop, fashion shop, souvenir shop, hairdressing and tattooist salon and last but not least a jewellery shop. The people who run the shops are all very friendly and have a no pressure, no hassle policy and are more like any other friends you would meet on holiday, especially the people who have the jewellery shop. Although we never purchased anything from them, others did at a very reasonable price compared to the UK .
Also, with the hotel being smaller than others, you become familiar with other guests more quickly which makes for a friendlier atmosphere and its easier to make friends, as we did (Hi Paul and Lynda from Huyton).
The weather when we were there was 5 days of glorious sunshine and 2 days of rain and when it rains it rains quite a lot, so go prepared. The staff and shop owners did however say from May to September are the best months with it getting progressively hotter and of course busier.
The food choice in the restaurant was very good and the quality was excellent, with there always being something to our liking at every sitting. The local drink on offer was also good, both beer (efes draught) and spirits.
The hotel also offers a full range of spa services with various massages, sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath facilities.
With any review you read the most important bit is whether the person writing it would go back to the same place, well I have to say that's a big, fat YES, despite the cockerels across the road and sometimes lack of entertainment on offer.
J and M, Durham.
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