I probably couldn't have asked for a better hotel for my holiday. Firstly, the hotel is beautiful. It's very modern, with neon lights, a wall with bubbles and water features and lots of cool seats in the lobby. The staff were all really really nice and friendly!
Our room was for 5 people and was in the 3rd block and consisted of 2 twin beds in one room, 1 double bed in the other and in a room inbetween there was a tv, mini fridge etc and a single bed. We had the twin room and it was huge! We also had the access to the balcony which was massive!! The room was really clean, except for one yellow stain on the bed duvet thing which was a bit offputting and wasnt changed all week. The power tripped out twice during our week there and the toilet had issues twice too but these were sorted out by reception quickly and werent really a big deal to us. Our friends had a twin room on the other side of the hotel somewhere. Our room had a fairly decent view with a mix of the kids pool, the ocean and the hills, aswell as some less interesting things such as some toilets. There is a mosque near by so try not to let the prayer noises from it wake you up at 5am!
There are 3 pools, one big, one tucked around the corner which is a bit quieter and a kids pool with 2 slides. As young adults we took a go on the slides and they are quite fun! It's all really clean and we managed to get a sun bed most days, not always though but it depends what time you're looking. We stayed around the quieter pool most days as it was easier to spot a bed there. I wasn't very keen on the drinks as i found their local Turkish vodka to be quite sickly, they're generous with the alcohol though. However i found when you're asking for a coke etc you'll be lucky for them to fill the glass 2 thirds. The food was nice, the hot food changes most nights (but keeps some of the main things) but majority of the cold selection stays the same. It got a bit boring after a while to be honest, but it all tasted nice which is the main thing.
I reccomend getting a turkish bath on your first day. The staff in there are really nice! It's £30 and you get an hour and a half in the spa. You wear your bikini and they give you a tartan cloth to wrap around your waist and they firstly put you in the sauna for 5/10 minutes, then they lead you into this room which has a massive marble table in. I walked in and 3 of my friends were already lead on it and it looked like some kind of sacrifice! It's amazing though! You lie down and one of the massueses (either male or female) covers you in warm water, scrubs your whole face and body with a mitt, covers you in bubbles, massages your whole body, then swills you off with warm water again. It's very relaxing. Then you get a face mask, a full body massage, coco butter (to help you tan if you pick the bronzing package), then a fish pedicure! It's great and i definitly reccomend it.
Didn't mix much with the animation/entertainment staff because they tended to stay away from the quiter pool which was good as we weren't bothered. We did watch a bit of the evening entertainent though which was fun. The hotel runs a coach every night to Bar Street which leaves the hotel around 11pm. Just wait outside the front with everyone else and keep an eye out for Chico (the crazy animation guy can't miss him) or the bald headed guy who will acompany you all down to the bars. You have to spend your first hour on Bar Street inside an open roofed club called Crazy Daisy which is wear the coach drops you off (this must be part of the deal). Be warned, the drinks are crazy expensive in there. Once the hour is up you can go wherever you want (i reccomend Bar X) then if you want a lift back to the hotel you must be back in Crazy Daisy at 2:45am ready to leave at 3am. I reccomend this, because what with all the trouble in the papers lately about Marmaris you can tell when you're there that by 3am everyones starting to get completely off their tits so its a good time to leave.
The hotel has a really good location, you have enough around so that it's not boring yet you're far away that theres plenty of other stuff you can go do. Its on a busy street filled with shops, resturants and bars. It's about a 5/10 min bus ride (or 20/30min walk) from Bar Street. It's literally 3 minutes from the beach. Oposite there is Vagna Tours which is a good place i reccomend to get your excursions booked at. We did the Boat Trip and the Dalyan Trip, both of which i reccomend and are nice and cheap. You've got a area on the beach with wifi where you can use the sun loungers for free if you show your wrist band, the man patrolling it will go and get and get you drinks and bring them to you but he gets them from the Elegance Hotel so be aware you will have to pay for them. Just next to our area on the beach is a water sports jetty. We did 3 different water sports here, the guys there are fun and will give you a deal. They also take pics of you whilst you're out on your thrill and you can buy the disk of them all for 40 lira which we did and they gave us a great laugh!
The hotel is about an hour and a half from the airport but you have an air con coach and you stop off half way there and back to use the loo and buy food/drinks/souvenirs for about 15 mins. There is also always security on the door at the hotel. All in all i had a great time there and if i was ever to go back to Marmaris i would stay here again and i certainly reccomend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the centre of Marmaris, newly-refurbished Blue Bay Platinum goes the extra mile for guests. Its new sleek exterior, with violet lighting and curvy lines, makes an instant impression. This lively and very popular hotel is well suited for families and all ages alike. Tranquil sea-themed rooms feel like oases despite being in the center of the city. A great collection of facilities at the hotel, 4 outdoor pools, one of which comes with water slides, and it continues with a spa, where you can take your pick from a range of treatments and therapies. The main restaurant brings buffet dining into the 21st century. You can sit in comfy settees to eat, and food choices are presented artistically, think amuse bouche in shot glasses and prawn cocktails in highball glasses. Only 70 m to the main beach and 1.9 km to the cosmopolitan centre, with Marmaris famous shopping bazaar, amazing nightlight and multi-million dollar marinas. Travel only 2.5 kilometers or 10 minutes by local transport to the idyllic neighboring resort of Icmeler boasting magnificent scenery and beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Bays Marmaris
- Hotel Blue Bays
- Blue Bays Hotel Marmaris