Beautifully situated, hotel, - took about 30-40 minutes to walk through to Icmeler. Food was really good - from freshly cooked pancakes/omelettes for breakfast to freshly cooked meat, filled turkish flatbreads to lovely salads. They were quick to replenish and the waiters all really friendly and helpful. Cutlery was highly sought after in main restaurant! Pizzeria and Turkish restaurants nice for lunch and you get served (no need to book at lunchtime), a la carte in the evening was quite nice too. Main pool was a bit deep for me, but OK for the rest of the family. You could usually find some free sunbeds around the pool during the day, but if you wanted a block together you would need to get up by about 7.30 - the chairs/tables around the pool bar are a good substitute if you can't find loungers. Internet access in the hotel lobby was great but often intermittent or unavailable. Cash - you can just take English 10's or 20's - all the shops/markets/watersports etc take either pounds or lira - when we paid in pounds we got change in pounds - money easily exchanged over there if required. There is a free safe in the room, you just programme in your pin code. When we arrived at 4.30am we were put into one of the 2 bedroom bungalows which was about the furthest away from the hotel - I'm not going to go into detail but it was absolutely disgusting!! We immediately phoned reception and said it was not acceptable and they said to come up at 12 noon and we would be moved (no argument). We were offered another 2 bedroom bungalow which was much nicer and had obviously been refurbished, not recently, but much better - so not all bungalows are of the same standard. Maid service in the bungalows was very minimal and the towels I think were only changed once without us asking for clean ones. A scam which we encountered the day before leaving - maid came into clean bungalow, chose a few items of clothing of mine which she fancied and hid them under the beds (2 items under bed in one bedroom and 1 item under each of the single beds in the other bedroom). I guess she thought as we would be in the middle of packing we wouldn't notice, however I was going to wear one of the items on the plane so went on a hunt and found the 4 items stashed away ready to pick up the next day once we had checked out!! I was not surprised when I didn't receive a reply to the mail I sent to the manager to make him aware of this, so be warned!! All in all a good holiday though.
- 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