Arrived at the Mares at 4.00am to be greeted by friendly reception staff. Check-in was swift and then we were taken by buggy to our accommodation in one of the villas. We had been expecting to be in the villas as we are a family of 2 adults and 3 children (10 and twins 7). We had been extremely worried about this accommodation from reading other reviews and I fully expected to have to refuse to stay. However on arrival I was pleasantly surprised. It was dark and we had been allocated a ground floor villa so initially I was upset that we would have no view however after a little bit of sleep and some sunlight I was surprised to find this was not the case and it felt like we were almost on the seafront.
The villas are extremely spacious, consisting of a Double Bedroom, Twin Bedroom, Double Sofa bed in the lounge and kitchenette dinning room. We also had a large balcony however this was not private as others on high floor need to walk past to access there rooms - a minor point.....
Rooms were very clean and bedding and towels were changed on a daily basis. We had emailed the hotel in advance asking for a 'nice' room and in our room we had slippers, bathrobes, fruit, wine and a welcome letter which was a lovely touch.
The hotel grounds
The hotel grounds were amazingly clean and well kept. The pool was also extremely clean and the sunbeds were good quality. Yes you had to be up early to reserve sunbeds and annoyingly some people had sunbeds reserved at both the beach and the pool - and often used neither however this is not the hotels fault but the selfish individuals and you will find this wherever you go.
The slide pool was well used and the staff were very safety conscious.
Not being a family who join in games etc... I had not expect to be able to comment however this is the first time that myself and my family have joined in various activities. Myself and my daughters took part in the aqua aerobics kids and adults. My husband joined in the darts games. The entertainment staff work very hard and try to include everyone without being pushy. We enjoyed watching the pool games and the hotel dance afterwards - always good fun whether you take part or not. There is a kids disco on an evening and again the kids enjoyed this however the metal chairs to sit on are very uncomfortable - again a minor point......
There is not a beach as such it is concrete sunbathing platforms with jetties going into the sea. On the platforms there are steps in to the sea and at certain areas there are little bits of sand. This was not a problem for us as my children are good swimmers however if they were younger or unable to swim I would not have been comfortable with them using this area.
The food was always of good quality and well cooked. The Buffet restaurant can get busy at times but no more that other all inclusives that we have been to. There was always a lot of choices and we were never stuck for something to eat. The views from the Buffet Restaurant were amazing - not to be beaten!
The Pizzeria - during the day served Pizza, Pasta, Salad, Chips - all were delicious! On a evening this is a bookable (free) al a carte - again this restaurant served the best food - delicious. The wine (white) was also of a good quality here. The service here was superb, a special thanks to Umit who looked after us very well.
The Turkish Restaurant - during the day serves Turkish Pancakes, Grilled Chicken, Burgers, Spicy Kebabs - again all delicious! On an evening this turn into an al a carte restaurant (free) and served Kebab and Chicken - we weren't to keen on this for an evening however the views were stunning.
The is also a chargeable fish restaurant which we didn't try as my children aren't to fond of fish.
This hotels serves a whole range of drinks within there all inclusive provision. Efes beer, good quality white wine, raki, vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, baileys type liquer, cocktails (including children's cocktails) and all soft drinks and water. There are numerous bars and it is very easy to get served. My children loved going to the bar for children's cocktails and the bar staff were very friendly to them.
So any who has booked this hotel or is thinking of booking need not worry - you will have an amazing time. In fact we are in the process of booking this hotel again!
- 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