Me and my partner (24, 25) have just returned from an amazing stay at the Marbella for a week. We were initially very apprehensive as this was our first visit to Turkey- if you are on the fence about visiting the country go for it!
Before arrival we emailed the hotel and requested a sea view, high floor and we were lucky enough to be given this! We stayed in room 411 (top floor), which overlooked the sea and the pool bar directly below. The views really are stunning. We booked with Thomson and as I understand these are the only uk agent that you can directly book a sea view room with-Thomas Cook do not offer this as an option. Its worth paying the extra to ensure you get a sea view room.
The hotel couldn't be located any more perfectly. Right on the beach front and further enough away from the busy town of Marmaris to be peaceful and very close to the quieter Ichemeler. You can easily catch a dolmus for 2.50TL into either towns, or take a leisurely walk. (Around an hour to Ichemeler and 30 mins to Marmaris I was told.)
We stayed on a half board basis, which included breakfast and evening dinner. (Breakfast was served 7:00-10:00am and dinner 7:30-10:00pm) Whilst we enjoyed the breakfast we did find there was a lack of English food (ie bacon sausage etc..) however they will cook you fresh omelettes/eggs on request and we adequately found enough food we liked. Evening meal was very much the same, quite repetitive and continental, however there is plenty to eat comfortably. We ate out 4/7 nights during our stay and for this reason would probably return on a B&B basis. There are ALOT of lovely restaurants a stones throw away from the hotel, simply too much in my opinion not to try! (Try Mr Ali's next door yum!) The food along the promenade is reasonably priced and most a lot cheaper than the UK. Its worth getting a quote for half board if you are thinking about going B&B as we only paid a nominal fee to upgrade to half board when booking and even if you eat at the hotel 2/3 nights I feel we got our moneys worth anyway.
Rooms are very clean and modern and as everyone has mentioned the shower is outstanding! Cleaners work very hard and change towels and clean your room everyday without fail. Balcony also very clean and spacious. The top floor has no 'roof', which makes it appear a lot bigger. The AC is free of charge and very good!- to the point where we had to turn it off at night as it did get chilly.
The hotel itself has an smallish pool, however plenty big enough for the hotel and it never felt crowded. We often had the pool to ourselves. The hotel has a private section of the beach and its own jetty, you can easily find a sunbed/parasol free of charge and you even get your own beach waiter who works very hard all day running around providing us with drinks! We always found sunbeds by the pool also even though there doesn't appear to be a lot of beds at first glance. Its best to grab a sunbed furthest away from the pool as these get more sun later on in the day.
Meals at the pool bar were very nice and cheap. The pizza was delicious! We never ate at the Al a carte restaurant but heard good things.
I'd definitely recommend having a Turkish bath in sister hotel Sunrise at the start of your holiday. This was around £30 pp but was definitely a nice treat and makes your skin feel amazing. There are a lot of places offering 'cheap' Turkish baths but check it out before you book as we'd heard some places aren't so hygienic! The spa at the Sunrise hotel is lovely and spotlessly clean.
We did a few trips during out stay booked through our Thomson Rep. We first did the VIP Blue Cruise which we found to be average. We found It was a very long day on the boat (7 hours) and it felt quite crowded even though there were only around 30 of us on there. The on board lunch was lovely though.
We also booked the Ichmeler market trip through Thomson and were somewhat disappointed. I would recommend getting your own way into the market (on a Weds) yourself on a dolmus/taxi and you are then not restricted on times/ returning by a coach.
Some tips: Towels can be rented out for 10TL pp per week which is returnable when you hand them back. There is also a hairdryer in the room, albeit not very powerful, but this might save you some luggage weight. Also, it is worth booking a private transfer from the airport to resort if you have the option- this would probably cut the transfer time by half as the coaches do stop off at a comfort break on the way.
Overall would definitely recommend this hotel and we are already looking to book for next year. One week isn't enough though!
- Also Known As:
- Marbella Hotel Marmaris