We have just returned from 14 nights at Club Aida. This was our first time in Turkey, we booked Club Aida after reading the reviews last year and we were definitely not disappointed. (Me, husband and 2 kids, 16 and 6).
On arrival at Dalaman airport we had a 2 hour transfer to the hotel. After around 5 drop offs to other hotels we had definitely made the right choice with Club Aida. On arrival we were the only guests checking in so we had no problems. We had a 2 bedroom apartment and paid £60 for the air con for 2 weeks (£30 per bedroom) and £15 for the tv for 2 weeks, we also had a safe but cant remember how much this was, (not much though). The air con was a definite necessity as it was just so hot, most days over 44 degrees, one bit of advice, my 6 year old son had factor 50 on everyday, we used no less than factor 25! The tv was ok, channel 1-5, sky sports, kids channels and a few movie channels, kept the kids occupied.
Our apartment room 2103, was excellent, modern and well equipped, had crockery, cutlery, 2 ring cooker and microwave, kettle, toaster. There was a single bed sized sofa which to be honest was not the comfiest but we didn't use it, and a chair which folded out into a bed. The twin room was lovely, very comfy beds and a desk and wardrobe (the safe was in here). The bathroom was good with small bath and shower over. The double bedroom was lovely too, bed was very comfortable, had a desk, bedsides and wardrobe, there was also another bathroom which had bath with shower over. Living room had large sliding door which led to balcony with table and chairs.
The two bedroom apartments are directly above the kitchen in the left hand corner of the hotel overlooking the eating area and entertainment area. We had a fabulous view of the hotel and mountains.
The hotel itself is fabulous, I have never been anywhere so clean, the floors are spotless and we saw on a number of occasions the sunloungers being jet washed. The main pool is lovely, however I am only 5 ft 2 and could not stand up at any point, my hubby is 5ft 8 and could just stand on his tiptoes. The kids pool is good and the slides are very good, the main slide is very fast and the other not so, my kids didn't really bother with them. Sunbeds were a bit of an issue, we saw some people putting towels down at 5.30am which was ridiculous, you have to go down at least 8am if you want a particular spot. The rep did take the towels off on a few occasions but people continued putting them on.
The eating area is very tidy, the waiters are very friendly, and after reading other reviews I disagree that they fussed around the ladies. The service isn't the fastest but the food we had was lovely especially the steaks. The drinks are a little pricey but the local spirits are far nicer then the ones anywhere else. The kids menu is ok but everything is with chips, however just ask and they will make whatever combination you want. Definitely do the Turkish night, buffet style food which was lovely and a good show. As previously mentioned in other reviews the hotel works on a money card system, you put money on at reception and when buying food, drinks, etc they scan your card, you get a receipt which you have to sign everytime, we never had an issue with this and found it more convenient than cash.
There is a small shop in the foyer, ok but a little expensive, if you go out the main drive and turn right there is a little shop that has lovely fresh bread and sells just about anything. There is a bigger supermarket on the Main Street but we only used this once. We never used the gift shop, jewellers, or tattoo shop at the hotel, but they all looked good.
Hairdressers !! Reggie and his team are fabulous, my husband had a Turkish shave which was fab, we all had our hair cut and I had highlights (£30) before I came home. I also had a pedicure and manicure (£14) and my nails painted a few times (£5). Reggie comes round the pool every day to put conditioner on your hair, even the men ! Free of charge. Great service and so friendly.
Entertainment team !! Only two words, funny and fabulous !! Chucky is just so funny, how the hell does he whistle like that ! All the guys are so friendly and encouraging. During the day they hold various competitions, darts, water balloon throwing, all very good fun. My son loved the club dances on stage and my husband and I also did a competition evening on stage (bit embarrassing but what the heck it's holiday ... Get practising your belly dancing skills !). The music is a little loud at times but its better to watch from downstairs then listen to it in your room, and promptly ends at midnight. We didn't use the kids club as it didn't really offer much and my son wasn't that interested.
Marmaris itself is a good town, it's only a 5 minute walk to the restaurants and 10 minutes to the beach. Lots of clothes shops, some good bargains but you must barter. We had a day at the marina which was nice. We didn't go on the beach, instead we caught the bus to Icmeler which is the most picturesque beach I have ever seen, lovely clear water, but watch out for the little fish as they give you a little nibble! Sunbeds 4 lira each.
The restaurants in marmaris are good and the food is nice, every meal starts with a sharing puffed up naan bread with dips which is lovely. We particularly liked the Aloha Restaurant, very good Chinese sizzlers, very friendly.
We did one trip, bought from the Main Street, to turtle beach, the tombs, and the mud baths, including lunch, great value £60, and a great day, definitely recommend.
It's not often I feel sad coming home but Club Aida and all it's staff we're just so brilliant, Marmaris is an excellent place, the weather is amazing, we have already booked our holiday for next year but will definitely be returning to Club Aida in 2015.
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- Also Known As:
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- Aida Hotel Marmaris