We got back last night, and like many people reviewing this hotel, I'm straight on to Trip Advisor to tell people about the excellent time the family had. I travelled with my wife and our 3 & 5 yr olds. Initially booked to go to the Green Nature Resort, three days before we left we were phoned by holiday company to say GNR full and that the Grand Yazici Mares was the only other option. We were NOT disappointed. When we arrived they shifted us into a Suite on the top floor of the block and the sea / mountain views are stunning. Suites comprised a bedroom and a lounge where they had set up two single beds for the boys, (and a toilet /bathroom - obviously). Also 2 tv's, one in each room, one for the kids, one for us - everyone happy. The room was cleaned everyday with new towels, although being on the end of the block meant the cleaner didn't get to us until about 4pm.
The food is good, there is usually a stampede at 7pm when the doors open, so if you wish to avoid the (mad) rush go 15 minutes later. There was plenty of selection, but if you decide to have, for example, all the different meats in one meal then yes it will become repetitive. I'd say have chicken & chips one night, then beef with veg another, pasta, fish & chips, basically keep to one meat a night and you should be fine. Breakfast I just had omlettes freshly cooked by the man in the undercover seating area, but there is everything you'd need at breakfast yog, toasting machine (just make sure both knobs are pointing to 3'oclock and your toast will only need one cycle through the machine), cereals (coco pops, sugar puffs, cornflakes).
There are other restaurants included in the all-inclusive package but are al la carte (pizarria and a Turkish restuarant), you have to book at guest relation a day in advance, but that's no big deal. Go see the perfect English speaking Olga in Guest Relations and she will write your name and room number and you just turn up. If you are sensible and mix your restuarants you will not be bored with the food.
Just a word of warning - the pizarria had a habit of serving stone cold chips and veg with freshly cooked chicken at lunchtime. Saw many people hand food back and go to the main restaurant instead.
As per any hotel, by 8am towels are on sun beds around pool. What we did was go down to the 'beach' in the morning. It is not a beach as you would think, i.e. golden sand in long cresent, it is a concrete prom with loungers on and a couple of jetty's with loungers on, but you looking out at sone stunning scenary. I would say that those without families or those wanting peace and quiet went there, although we had no problems with the boys being on the 'beach' Then back to pool after lunch
They have a main pool with associated paddling pool, and a second paddling pool alongside the upper slide plunge pool (no leisure swimming permitted in the plunge pool). The blue slide is the slow one, the red/orange the fast one. Each time the slides were open a member of the animation team was at the top controlling the time between each person. There was also a lifeguard there went we were there.
Drinks selection is as you would expect. EFES beer, white and red wine, spirits, and fizz fanta, sprite, full fat coke and coke light + cocktail and mocktails for the kids.
So that's the room, the food, the scenary, the pools, the booze, just the animation team left.
If your staff are your assets, the animation team are diamonds. As a previous reviewer mention. These people really bring the children out of their shells. Our 5 yr old wanted to join in but was shy, some gentle encouragement over a few days really gave him the confidence to join in, but still within our eyesight. Painting free t-shirts by the pool, colouring and painting were all brought up from the kids club on the decking by the pool bar. This made many parents feel more relaxed that their children could have fun, but parents could see and watch their children. They all play their part. Some like Chivos (apologies I know I've spelt this wrong) (pronounced Shoe-ee) and Rose were front of house, others made sure all the music and p.a. worked, but all spoke to the children as they passed by. These people work 16 hour days, 7 days a week for the kids. The mini disco, a little short at just 30 minutes, has some kiddies classics - big fish, little fish. To the management of Grand Yazici, look after your animation team, and they will look after your customers (and your future customers). When it was time to go home, the eldest was happy to leave only after giving Rose a hug.
You are a short way from both Icmeler and Marmaris, but bus stops at the top of the driveway for both place and 2TL bus ride ( little kids go FREE if they sit on your lap, so we just offered the driver 4TL each time and they seemed happy) to either makes accessibility so easy. However the peace and quiet that offers you when you are going to sleep is great.
Just a couple of added things. I don't what it is, but when people go on holiday some leave their common sense at home. Many, many parents seemed to find it acceptable to buy their kids, and I mean from 5yr upwards, laser pointers AND then allow them to shine them in peoples eyes in the public areas of the hotel. Why o why would you give a kid something that can blind people? Please if you you wish to let your kids use a laser pointer, allow them to use it in your bedroom, and see how long you let them play with these 'toys'. To the management of Grand Yazici - this should be stopped immediately, Put up signs and walk the lobby in the evening after dinner and stop children from doing this.
You have to be over 15 to play on the refurbished (they were refurbed while we were there) pool tables.
As usual the hotel excersions are more expensive than you can find by taking a walk out side the hotel. Head to the 'beach' walking to the left as you look out at the mountain pass the dolphins centre, follow the prom and in about 5 minutes you will pass a blue diving shop on your right and a shop selling suntan lotion and other groceries on your left. Keep walking for about another 150yds or so, the prom heads to the right and just as the road goes to the left you will find Mike operating out of the Uysal Motel. Actually there is a small 'kiosk' type bench just on the prom, turn around and the Uysal Motel is there. Open early to book your same day excersion, or you can go during the day to book future outings. We did three trips with him, all reasonably price, picked up when and where stated, did the excursion as described and back about the right time. Excellent service, no complaints, and cheaper than the hotel.
So if your holiday company phones you up and tells you you are heading for the Grand Yazici Mares, my opinion is that unless you want to be in 'downtown' Marmaris, this is the best hotel to stay in in the area.
Apologies for typo's
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mares Hotel Marmaris