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LABRANDA Mares Marmaris
Ranked #9 of 77 Hotels in Icmeler
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Hotel situated a short distance from Marmaris town in its own gated complex. Eagre to please staff (Gizme, Mehmet and Halil behind the bar were particularly noteworthy) comfortable, clean rooms with self controlled aircon and fab sea views of Marmaris Bay. We were in the main hotel which was super clean with lifts on the outside with panoramic sea views.

The buffet style food had plenty for everyone so even the fussiest eater will have a choice. You might have to queue at busiest times for a particularly popular dish but the service is quick and so you won't be lining up for long or avoid this altogether by going at non peak times when the crowds have gone. Food is replenished attentively by staff wearing gloves and hairnets and nothing runs out and everything remains fresh.

The beach is small but plenty of sunbeds and parasols. The all inclusive tariff that we had worked well and it was great not to have to worry about the costs of drinks throughout the day. Yes, the place is swarming with Russians who are not always polite (heaping plates of food and then leaving most of it was particularly annoying to witness) but they weren't unduly "in your face" and some of the younger couples were really charming.

The Charisma Spa was a huge disappointment with treatment rooms right next to the noisy pool area making it impossible to relax. Treatments were mediocre and charged at the same price as top London spas so not a bargain by means so no wonder they were empty most of the time.

The Meyhane bar and grill is fabulously located but at extra cost for failry bland - slightly disappointing fish dishes. Chamlik Restaurant also nice location but really basic, tired menu. Your best bet is to stick to the main Yunus Restaurant in the hotel.

The terraces have spectacular views to sit and enjoy a cold beer or one of the excellent local wines

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Reviewed 2 July 2012

Booked this hotel as a last minute break. Price was cheap so can't really moan. But would have been really upset if had paid full price.
Hotel very dated with threadbare carpets in hallways. The worst part was the maid service. This was the worst ever experienced. Glasses not washed, no bin in room, left carrier bag full of rubbish as a hint but she just emptied it and left it in same place. Dont think she knew what a hoover was for. Some days no toilet rolls. Had to phone for clean towels. Fridge not replinshed.
Food was poor to say the least. Evening entainment was very poor. Air con did not work, had to sleep with patio door wide open all night.
No beach at all, just crazy paved areas. Had to climb down small ladder to get into the sea.
Coffee/tea not served, have to get your own from machine.
Good points. Clean pool. Nice walk into Marmaris

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Gordon P
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We stayed for our Honeymoon from the 4th to 14th June. On arrival we were shown a small villa with a very limited view and single beds. We didn't even take our luggage off the buggy but asked to be taken back to reception where we showed them out accommodation ticket which stated it was our honeymoon. They were very helpful and said they'd give us a room in the main hotel for the night then find a double bed for us the following morning. We went to reception in the morning where they told us they had a ship room for us. With the promise of a sea view we went off to inspect and were amazed when they took us out to the large gulet moored off the jetti in front of the hotel and offered us the master suite. Woo Hoo, result! Not quite believing our luck we scampered back for our luggage which was transferred to our beautiful room with a sea view to die for! There was another English couple (Hello Paul & Nic) on board who'd grabbed the other (only slightly smaller) suite, so we spent the rest of the day sprawled out on the white toweling covered cushions surrounding the wirlpool on the front of the boat, drank wine from the bar and pinched ourselves to make sure it was all real!
What an amazing holiday. OK, so we had to venture onto the mainland for our meals and to have drinks with our friends we'd met in Turkey the year before (thanks Jemma & Tony for your choice of hotel!!) but knowing we could just wander back to our boat and chill out on deck was so relaxing. Deliveries to the boat were a bit hit and miss so in the evenings we'd ask for a couple of bottles of wine from one of the hotel bars and take them back with us in case the boat had run out. The staff were quite happy for us to do this and on the night of the first England Euro 2012 game the staff at the sultan filled up an Ice Bucket with cold Efes for us to take back to watch the game on the flat screen on the rear deck!
Downside - The Russians. The hotel was overun with them and a few stayed on the boat for some of the time we were there. There were a couple of elderly ladies who were fine but the youngsters were noisy, spilt wine all over the covers on deck, came back drunk in the evening and staggered about slamming doors etc. They also tried to sneak other people aboard so they were moved back to the hotel as they showed No respect for anything or anyone (including the lovely crew) We also noticed that most of the Russians used to take plastic tupperware containers and shopping bags to the restaurant as well. The amount of food they took away with them was unreal and what on earth did they do with it? There's only so much a person can eat! It used to amuse me at the bars because they'd rudely push in and try order their drinks but a lot of the bar staff used to ignore them and serve us patiently waiting brits first! Many of the hotel staff were as fed up with them as we were and used to appologise for having them in their hotel!
All in all a wonderful stay (despite the Ruskies). The Turkish people make it as they're so friendly and really do try and do everything they can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

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3  Thank Mentalblond
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

I read some guys review on here which is about 20,000 words long and he rips the place to pieces. Well he is spot on.

The hotel itself has been decorated really nice in places yet in some areas it's terrible. The staff are rude and have no time for you. The drinks are served in tiny cups which are only half filled. The hotel is swarming with Russians and subsequently they are the only people catered for. They also have no concept of a queue untill you shout at them.

Some people say the food is lovely and luxurious but there is nothing wonderful about it. It's dreadful and if people think that is 5* quality food served in a canteen style "restaurant" then you need to get out more.

The only good meal we had was at the Italian restaurant and that was superb.

The room was basic, ceiling tiles rotten, light in shower didn't work, safe was locked permanently on the open position and air conditioning didn't work.

Also, even though I paid for an ALL INCLUSIVE holiday they had the audacity to stitch "Carte Doir" badges to their shirts at the local sweatshop and then try and charge for ice cream and cocktails.

Rip off from start to finish.

Oh and the Thomas cook rep was ****.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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7  Thank Shymatty
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

just arrived back after 10 day holiday at this hotel.hotel in good location just outside marmaris and only about 20min walk to icmeler along the coastal prom.hotel itself was nice and comfy though rooms and corridors in need of major refurbishment.we were allocated a large room with plenty of space to move about.the biggest downside were the russians, very rude and they do not know the meaning of queuing always barging their way to the front and the food and drink they wasted was scandalous, even the waiters looked totally disgusted at what they had to throw in the bin.like the majority of all inclusive, the food was good though repetative by the end of the holiday

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Carol L
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We went at the end of may for a week. overall we had a fantatsic holiday and the position of the hotel is excellent. About an hour walk to Marmaris centre (or 15 minutes and 2.5 lira using the many local dolmesh - great fun). Going the other way it was about 45 minute walk to Icmeler. As you will have read the the Mares is not 5 star. We booked 2 separate rooms as our son and his friend came too. Initially we were offered a family suite which we were shown.This was a little tired and so without any fuss we were given 2 separate rooms. These were clean and tidy and spacious but just showing signs of needing to be renovated. Thats not to say scruffy but just needs updating. My wife chatted away to the cleaners who were great and made an effort to make the room look pretty with flowers petals over the bed. Not having been on an all inclusive before we were a little over whelmed by the volume of people eating in the main hotel and the Russians, of which there are many are very rude.....ze germans are positively friendly as a comparison! Thats said there is a great restaurant right by the beach for snacks which I think not many people realised was part of the hotel as well a pizzeria so you could eat away from the masses if you wanted. You could also book certain restauarant which were a la carte at no cost. These were very good. You can have a pool day or go to an exclusive jetty which was quiet or get a sunbed down by the beach........all were great.
To the beach/sea is literally a minute walk from the main hotel.
Facilities were good and there are a few shops within the hotel which offer a reasonably priced range of goods. Plenty of bars and the free drinks were okay and we never had to wait to be served.
Overall we had a great holiday and as long as you dont expect the Waldorf or Ritz this is a good safe bet. Make sure you explore the hotel and see the ladies at the 'guest relations' to find out whats available. Make friends with the staff......they work hard and so when they get a friendly guest they really try hard.......
Boat trips, water sports, Dolphins are literally a few minutes away and loads to do. Marmaris was superb for shopping and restauarants and not expensive at all.
If you are a hotel dweller and dont move off sight.......there is better out there but maybe more expensive. If you like to spend time in the hotel but also get out and about its perfect. Be sure to say hello to Mehmet who was brilliant in the morning when having breakfast and always had a smile for you.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank phil m
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We stayed here All inclusive for 2 weeks into mid June and wouldn't go there again - more 3* throughout. Aircon in the 'bungalow' allocated was atrocious - sewer smells if turned on, so beware. Sick on the walkways, too. Tired by the transfer which took OVER 3 HOURS [ transfers4u] we stayed in it one night and were moved the next day to an older better block with better beds + good balcony although not too keen on cat poo on the landings/ linkway. Better than rats though!. Sea swimming OK, but pool crowded and noisy. Food was definitely 3* but plentiful + good range of salads. Our biggest gripe was the numbers of uncontrolled children racing about in the restaurant in the evening- and also the heavy handedness of some parents, hitting etc. So much for 7-8pm for dining with children. Our solution was to book the fish restaurant [20 euro extra each] or pizzeria [no charge]. Dolphins seemed cared for and many children with disabilities were, we think, there for the therapy. These were not the rowdy ones, incidentally. Only a few UK clients when we were there. You need to realise this is a BIG complex.with great potential if organised better. EG - one cook doing fried eggs and omelettes and queues of 30+; No separate dining area for couples ie no kids

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Address: Icmeler Mah. Ataturk Cad. No: 64, Icmeler 48700, Turkey
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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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Icmeler
#5 Luxury Hotel in Icmeler
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Icmeler
#26 Family Hotel in Icmeler
Price Range: £49 - £220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — LABRANDA Mares Marmaris 5*
Number of rooms: 440
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LABRANDA Mares Marmaris is built on one of the most beautiful bays located on the enchanting coastline of the Aegean Sea. The hotel is surrounded by scented pine trees , a refreshing sea breeze and unbeatable sunshine. The Hotel is located within the pine forests of Içmeler, providing vacationers with comfortable accommodation options; rich activities and its unique location within nature. The beach stretches 650 meters in length along the Marmaris bay. Jetties and sun terraces are located in and around the beach. The hotel is also an ideal destination for businesses looking to host their work events. ... more   less 
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