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Labranda Mares Marmaris
Ranked #11 of 78 Hotels in Icmeler
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“What a fantastic week”
Reviewed 17 April 2011

We got back at 3.30am this morning and i wanted to write my review whilst it was fresh in my mind! I was traveling with my husband (aged 30) 2 children (aged 3 and 5) and my in laws (60-65). We all had a fantastic time. We stayed in a bungalow and my in laws in the hotel part, our bungalow had 2 big bedrooms and a bathroom aswell as a big living area with table chairs and a sofa. my in laws room was big and had a sofa and walk in wardrobe! The views from both rooms were breath taking. The animation team made our holiday so special, they were so welcoming and friendly, and fantastic with my little girls. When my children first met one of the team they asked him to do ring a ringa roses with them and then by the end of the week everytime one of the team saw my children they would stop what they were doing and come and do ring a ring a roses with them even in the dining room!! The mini disco was great and again they encouraged my shy little girl to join in. When my children wanted to leave the kids club one of the team walked back with them to ensure they got back to me safely. They made sure that all the children knew it was free ice cream time and came and collected the kids from around the pool and walked them down to the club to get their free ice cream.Rose even asked what time we were leaving and met us at reception to say goodbye to my little girls. The animation team always had a smile on their faces and got everyone involved with the different activities throughout the day and evening. The food was great with lots of choices each day although it did get a bit repeatative after a few days but that was fine as we just went to one of the other resturants and had something to eat there which again the waiters were very friendly and the food was lovley with lots of choice and looking out over the sea and the mountains was beautiful. The swimming pool and kids pool are very clean and the water slides were great. The whole resort was very well kept and clean and there is also a little park for the children to play in. We all had an amazing time and we all agreed that next time we come back to Turkey we will be staying here as it was perfect in everyway thinkable.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 April 2011

We have just returned from a very nice week at the Grand Yazici Mares. As the pictures show it is located right by the sea with some stunning views across Marmaris Bay.

The hotel is kept very clean although it could do with a little bit of TLC in a few areas. It is not the 5 stars it advertises, but anyone that books a “5*” in a European tourist resort and expects the Ritz or the Dorchester is either very naive or an utter fool.

We were there for the first week of the season and half way the hotel seemed to fill up very quickly, the pool area became very crowded during the afternoons but we always managed to get a sunbed each. The Animation team get a lot of praise on this site and rightly so, they are brilliant with the kids try very hard to keep everyone entertained both by the pool during the day and throughout the hotel in the evenings but in fairness all the staff are very nice and all seemed to love the children.

The food was very good and fairly varied, the only complaints I heard were from typical Brits abroad, complaining that there was no Bacon for breakfast (in a Muslim country!) and a lack of chips with every meal, we certainly did not have to queue for food at anytime.

The onsite photographer is very good and relatively cheap when compared to a professional photographer in the UK if you want to get family portraits done by the sea in the sunshine. The hotel has its own spar which my partner enjoyed very much, it is more expensive than you would find in town but you pay for the convenience of it being next to the pool.

My one warning/bit of advice would be to make sure of you check the type of room you are booking, both type of villa’s are advertised as having 2 separate bedrooms on the website, whereby in reality only the “Family villas” have and the “standard villa” is a single room.

If you have an open mind and don’t have your head firmly rammed in your own backside you will have a fantastic holiday.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester UK
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

We were booked into the Green Nature Hotel but on arrival were told they were full. We were transferred to the Grand Yazici Mares (both supposedly 5 stars). The Grand Yazici is a bit more expensive and was only half full so was probably better in that it was less crowded and it is right by the sea. However there was no indoor pool at the Grand and the outdoor one was cold - but we braved it.
It's not 5 star but there aren't any true 5 star hotels in Marmaris. It was a bit worn around the edges but the staff were very friendly and the food was quite good. We had two rooms. The air conditioning did not work in either - but it was fairly cool weather. The room safes and the mini bars did not work but we got them to fix them. The only restaurants open were the main one (buffet style) and a Pizzeria that was a lot less inviting for a main meal but was a great place for an afternoon snack. It's one of the better hotels in Marmaris but don't be too fussy.
After here we went to the HIlton in Sarigerme - an amazing true 5 star that put this hotel in the shade.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

After moving from the Elegance hotel due to renovation work - what a god send.
The room that we had was ok - a bit tired with the decor but the room was a standard room and the sea view made up for it.
The food was very good - unfortunately we did not realise that it was a school holiday so there were queues to get to the food!
The animation team were top notch - Engio was a star in keeping everyone busy and was very welcoming ( at a cost of 10 lira ! ). But no seriously they were brilliant and kept everyone's spirit high
The location of the hotel was great as it was on the beach front and at a cost of only 2 liras each transport to Marmaris centre or Icmeler was very cheap

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cumbria
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Reviewed 13 April 2011

Hotel very good; good location, food, service, friendly staff, value. Flight times and cramped seating were tortuous. Flew with Thomas Cook. I'm not outsize and I was very uncomfortable for 4 hours. Also being forced to vacate room 8 hours before transfer which was then 4 hours before flight was not pleasant. But otherwise an enjoyable holiday.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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england
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

I already wrote a reviw but cant find it. This was the best hoilday ever I met over 25 friends the staff were just lovely always talking to me ajd making me laugh the entertainment crew were just the best burc,gokhan,memo,deniz and this other man I'm really sorry I don't no his name they alway haf activities that i joined in with I became friends with them I miss them loads and the dance we would always do before lunch thannk you all for such a brilliant hoilday I hope you are all there in 2012 when I go again xxxxx :)

  • Stayed August 2010
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2011

I stayed here in June 2010, after travelling through Marmaris which is ok if you're 18, we went further along and arrived at the hotel, gives a very good impression, secure barriers on entry and very pretty setting. Sunloungers down by the sea and jetties that you can sun bathe off whilst the sea laps below.
Good Points - the location, grounds of hotel are very well kept, differing restaurants throughout the grounds which overlook the bay.
Maid service every day.
Kids were able to see the dolphins daily
Swimming Pool
Spa treatments on site
Dolmus bus stop at the entrance to the hotel , buses running all the time for Marmaris and Icemelar.
Bad Points - Restaurant food is in differing locations by the time you have got you hot food then walked into another room for salad food was going cold, had to queue at one bar for drinks, why could they have wine and beer throughout when it is all inclusive, but the main problem with the restuarant was the hygeine, there were birds flying into food area, if you looked up at the lights the amount of bird poop was not at all pleasant, top tip go and sit in the second room where the birds have no access.
We stopped in one of the bungalows, it over looked the bay and was very relaxing, I would put it at a 3* clean and basic, beds were again basic mattress.
Kids ice-cream is limited to very small scoop for 30 mins in the afternoon.
Lack of sun umbrellas by the pool, it was 42 degrees and there were only about 5 or 6 unbrellas for all the pool guests, this needs to be improved upon.

Overall - we had a good holiday, the hotel has the potential to be very good, but it must improve it's food and hygene in the food area to acheive this.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Labranda Mares Marmaris
Address: Icmeler Mah. Ataturk Cad. No: 64, Icmeler 48700, Turkey (Formerly Grand Yazıcı Club Marmaris Palace)
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Icmeler
#7 Spa Hotel in Icmeler
#7 Luxury Hotel in Icmeler
#32 Family Hotel in Icmeler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Labranda Mares Marmaris 5*
Number of rooms: 440
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Previously known as Grand Yazici Mares, this 440-room, all-inclusive resort is ideally located on the beach within the pine woods of Içmeler, Pamucak and in close proximity to Marmaris center. With a wide range of recreational facilities including, 4 swimming pools, a tennis club, kids activities, and water sports, LABRANDA Mares Marmaris is an ideal resort for families and couples alike. ... more   less 
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