My partner and I have recently returned from a 10 day stay at Golmar Beach.
Let's get the basics out of the way first. Yes, you do have to pay for the air-con, and yes, it is necessary. You do not have to pay up front, as we settled the bill at the end of our stay. It is a cost of £4 per day (note pound, not lira) However, we did not choose to pay for the fridge as we heard that it does not get very cold anyway, and we coped fine without it. We also decided against the extra cost of the safety deposit box - instead we put our valuables in a suitcase and kept it locked every day, keeping the key on us.
Our double room was very small and basic. Once our suitcases were down, there was not much room to move around. The bathroom was small, with a walk in shower. Whilst on the subject of the bathroom, I should mention that if you have never visited Turkey before you might not be aware of the plumbing situation. Turkey will never win any prizes for its plumbing! You cannot and must not flush toilet paper down the toilet. There is a small bin provided next to the toilet for you to put your paper in. This may sound unpleasant at first, but you do get used to it, and don't worry, the bin is changed every single day. Although the size of the room was a slight disapointment, it was clean and serviced every day. One day the maid even left us some fresh flowers!
We stayed from Aug 29th - Sep 8th and this was ideal as we never once had a problem getting a sun lounger by the pool, and the pool was never crowded. Infact, there was even one or two times when we had the pool to ourselves. The service from the hotel cannot be faulted. Whilst sunbathing, Ahmet or one of the other boys would come round every so often asking if we would like anything to drink, or if we would like to see the food menu. You do not have to move from your lounger all day if you do not want to! All the staff are attentive and friendly. The pool is clean and a good size, with two waterslides which are turned on at 11am. There is also a baby pool for children (or adults who just want a lazy cool-off).
We were of bed and breakfast board. Be warned, the breakfast is not good, with very little choice. If you are a 'full english' type of person, then you will have to go elsewhere for your breakfast. You have a choice of two cereals: a type of coco-pop cereal and a type of cornflake. There are olives, and fruits available. You can get a few kinds of cold meats and cheese, and bread which can be toasted. Orange juice is available (but not fresh). And that's basically it. Everyday. Breakfast is between 8 and 10 am.
The location of the hotel was excellent. The beach on your doorstep, and the bars and restaurants only a few minutes walk away. The food is absolutely delicious, especially the steaks (don't go home without trying one). We ate at a different place every night and never had a bad meal. Before every meal you usually get a free starter - a huge turkish pitta bread, which is delicious. So remember, you do not need to pay for a starter. Which is good, because despite what you may have heard, the food and drink is not cheap!
The nightlife near the hotel is fairly quiet. 'Party time' is between 10 and 12, after that they turn the music down. However, the bar usually stays open later. Because of this, I would not recommend the hotel or location for young, lively people. Marmaris would be more you thing! However, for couples or families, it's ideal. Beware, in Turkey, you get hassled! And I mean hassled! When walking past a bar, when walking past a restaurant, when walking past an ice-cream vendor, when walking past a supermarket... you get hassled! And some of them find it very hard to take no for an answer. You have to be very stern.
Overall, we had an enjoyable stay at Golmar Beach, Icmeler. If you want sun, relaxation and friendly service, this place is for you!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Golmar Beach
- Golmar Beach Marmaris
- Golmar Beach Hotel Icmeler