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Labranda Mares Marmaris
Ranked #9 of 77 Hotels in Icmeler
Newcastle
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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“May 2012”
Reviewed 24 May 2012

Lovely hotel if a little tired. Food okay something for everyone. Views from our room were sensational in fact best views we have ever had. The staff were always helpful, friendly and full of fun especially Ilyas in the Pizzeria. Had our two beers as soon as we entered which was every lunch time. 30mins walk into Icemeler and 10 mins to the outskirst of Marmaris. Wouldn't fancy staying in Marmaris but would like to try Icemeler central next year. The only down side was the ignorant, rude Russians, it used to be the Germans, they were gentlemen in comparison. Is it only the British that have 'please' and 'thank you' in their vocabulary. First time we have ever been to Turkey and had thunder and lightening and rain but it did not spoil the holiday. Been to various places in Turkey love it.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2012

Stayed here for 1 week on 27th April 2012 and we were overawed by the beauty of the surrounding area on arrival. The staff are very friendly and can't do enough to help. Room was spotless, and the presentation of the food was outstanding. The only thing we missed was an English breakfast!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bapchild, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

The hotel is worn out it really does need modernising. The food is not great, if there is any left after the Russians have loaded there plates up, then left it on the table un eaten. It is very nice down by the pontoon area with a couple of diving platforms but you will need to get there early or all of the sun beds have gone, the old towel brigade are out and about.
I wouldn't stay here again unless it was refubished and the Russians removed

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Stayed at the Grand Yazici Mares hotel 14 April for 1 week. We had a fantastic time the staff were such a laugh especially "Bhurka" the barman at the lounge bar nothing was to much trouble for him, he kept my husband topped up with plenty of ice for his "Jim Beam" cheers Bhurka. We were giving a room in the hotel which was spacious and very clean. There was abundance of food at breakfast, lunch & dinner you must try the different restaurants at lunch & dinner the food is made to order. Honestly the food is first class. If you are thinking of booking this hotel just do it you will not be disappointed. My husband and I are going back to this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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leeds
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

Have just returned from a two week stay at the mares (21st April to 5th May). What a wonderful time we have had. I traveled with my husband and 3 children aged 10, 3 and 2, on reading some of the reviews on here we were not sure what to expect, we arrived at 4.30am n were the second from last drop off, on arrivel the porter got our cases from the coach n took them inside for us, check in was fast and we were even asked if we were hungry and wanted anything to eat, which I found rather nice considering the time of day. We had booked a two bedroom family room n I thought that it would be in the bungalow part of the complex, which we had read on here that it was dated n not very nice, but we were given 2 rooms in the maid building on the first floor, (1150 and 1152) they were lovely, spacious and clean n had interconnecting doors between them. Twin beds in both rooms n a sofa bed in each, large walk in shower, sink n toilet in both bathrooms. Great having the use of 2 bathrooms with us having 3 kids. After a few hours sleep we got up for breakfast, huge buffet restaurant, with lots of choice, we were bit worried after reading that the food wasn't great but there was always lots to choose on every meal time, from cereals, fruit, continental n hot breakfasts to the usual mix of salards, hot food and deserts to die for at lunch n dinner times. Always chicken on n always chips n pizza along with the other lovely things. All the waiters were great n very helpful, ours was called fathie n he was excellent, never short of drinks n he remembered what we were drinking so didn't need to ask.
The pool areas were great with plenty of sunbeds to go around, large pool n kids pool on bottem area then up some steps to another large pool where the water slides come out into n another children's pool. Most of the pool side entertainment happens near the main large pool at the bottem area. We stayed near the water slides n other kids pool as it was quieter n had both pools to our selves on most days!. We found a smashed glass in the kids pool on our second week, when we told the life guard he quickly got the pool shut off until it had been cleaned of every last peace of glass. Was very impressed by how fast they delt with it.
The entertainment team work hard through the day n night, kids club open every day even though when we got to the hotel it wasn't very full n they had no kids in it, evening entertainment was hit n miss on the first week as it was the start of the season n hotel not that busy, live bands in sultan bar most nights but it was the same acts that played both weeks, there was a mini disco for kids every night at 9pm same songs every night which was good n bad, at least the kids got to learn the dances by repeating them over n over.
Did a boat trip in the first week, booked it with a man stood on the sea front near hotel. It was called the grand yazici mares boat trip n cos £10 per adult n £5 for children over 6yrs. this had to be the highlight to our trip, were taken around to different bays where we were given swim breaks then lunch at one bay (which is included in the price) n a short stop for some retail therapy where u put ya haggling skills to test. Had to pay for our drinks on board but the entire trip only cost us around £55 for all of us for the full day. Booked the cleopatra trip thru our rep, this was £80 for us all but well worth it, picked up by jeep n taken on a safari thru beautiful countryside to a waiting boat that we had lunch on then it took us to cleopatra island, where we could see the famous beach n swim in the sea n take a short walk around the island to see some of the Roman ruins, then back to the jeeps which took us back to the hotel. Great day out n the jeep drivers stay with u all day n they were sooooo funny. also booked the shoppers trip thru our rep which was £5 per adult n £2.50 per child over 6yrs, this was great value for money as u were picked up n taken by coach to a gold shop, leather outlet, Turkish delight factory, the covered bezzar in marmaris n then to the market to haggle ya heart out. (Great fun)
All in all this was a great holiday, we had never been to turkey before but we are already planning to return next year to the mares as it is set in a great position to explore or to just lay back n enjoy th beautiful surroundings!!!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed 2 May 2012 via mobile

Decided to book this hotel as a package via Thomas Cook as they offered a great package deal and the dolphin park next to the hotel sold it for me. The hotel as most people say isn't a true 5* more a 4 but I have never stayed in turkey before so not sure what other hotels are like to judge. The location and the decor etc is most definite 5* but I feel the food and lack of service I received made it almost a poor 3 star at times.

We where given a room on the 2nd floor of the main building which faced the dolphins so the room itself was excellent and everything was clean. Only issue wih the room is that our fridge was broken and twice we asked for it to be fixed and was told by the reception that they would send someone to repair it but they never did.

The food was awful had to eat out a few nights so didn't really get my moneys worth of the all inclusive. Ended up eating bread and cheese for most of the holiday. Although I admit I am a fussy eater there has never been an issue which any other hotel. Nothing was plain it all had sauces and veg in it. I even asked the staff if it was possible to maybe make something plain like a cheese pizza and they said no. The food was cold and the meat was tough and chewy and they served greasy wedges instead of chips most nights. We also weren't asked once if we would like our drink refreshed at the all inclusive buffet where others mainly 40+ year olds where waited hand and foot on. There was also small red spiders crawling all over the tables and onto my food. I feel they concentrated on making the salad area look amazing and not enough time
And effort into the real food. Hardly any selection either although breakfast was slightly better as they had a fantastic chef dedicated to making eggs of all forms.


However the two restaurants that are free the Italian and Turkish one are amazing. You can have lunch here everyday for free with no reservation. It differs slightly from the evening menu but serves burgers, pasta and pizza etc and fantastic staff who can't do enough for you. I really recommended them book as many evening meals as you can and go at lunch. Also if you want more food ask
And they will bring your a few sides or another main.

The staff at the suttons bar were also amazing and beach bar as well. Although the staff not all but some at reception
Are useless and one in particular is rather unpleasant. Not sure of her name but she is a young blonde Turkish girl who appears dead behind the eyes. When you ask her a question she stirs at you blankly and palms you off to someone else without a smile or anything.

In addition when I asked the staff where the beach bar was they just pointed out the door or I asked on another occasion where the evening entertainment was and they shrugged and didn't know.

The hotel itself is in a great location there is a bus stop outside the hotel which goes to icmeler and marmaris for about £1.75 return pp which is great and they run a lot. The hotel itself is a bit of a maze and not much signs, took me an hour to find the beach bar. However it is based on the strip of marmaris and you can walk basically in a straight line to the centre with lots of restaurants and bars on the way which is nice. One tip is never buy from self owned markets there is supermarkets which have set prices which are much cheaper. We paid 3lira for a bottle of water on the strip and the found some for 0.50lira at a supermarket.

If you have the time visit the dolphins its amazing it's only £34 to meet them and you get to kiss, stroke and play with them. I was a little worried about the dolphin park being cruel but it's the opposite they are feed constantly the pools they live in are very deep I couldn't even see the dolphin when it drived to the bottom and the staff are amazing clearly animal lovers and they aren't Turkish more carribean.

Another tip is that if you don't like Germans or Russians then this hotel isn't for you as its full of them and are loud and Ignorant but I think Turkey is full of them so can't blame the hotel for this.

All in all the hotel is pleasant and great location just the food and lack of service to myself was a huge let down.

  • Stayed April 2012
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walsall, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

when we first arrived we were received by a very unfriendly member of staff at the reception he didn't even greet us or smile so we were really worried thinking that we had come to a beautiful place with unfriendly people, the porter that took our bags to the rooms was very cheerful and it was a great relief and the rest of the staff were very friendly especially the animation team kept the kids entertained throughout our stay. there were so many activities to choose from but they are quite expensive so be prepared to pay that extra bit. not a lot of evening entertainment

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  • Stayed April 2012, 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:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Icmeler
#5 Luxury Hotel in Icmeler
#5 Spa 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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