Where do I start - my families 1st time here at Julian Forest, and it won't be the last. I would like to make it clear on this review, that holidays are exactly that, not for whinging about toilet roll, forces of nature i.e the weather(1 day of heavy rain), wasps, an entertainment team trying to entertain their guests, the sun going behind a mountain - hello - Icemeler has beaches, a bus not being quick enough and not frequent enough. Ok, enough whinging about the whingers ha ha-send them back to Blackpool! From start to finish, we had an absolute ball, and were thankful for the decent reviews on this site, doing it justice. The staff, the hotel, the food, the location all exceeded our expectations and more. Icemeler was great, the hotel is situated perfectly, not too close to the biz of the main town. You can go to the main town anytime, as we found, the Dolmus was nearly always waiting, and with 2 young kids and 2 buggies, it helped so much. We never had to wait long, and it is only about a 7 minute journey to town. They will drop you off, all you have to do is ask.
The food was amazing, and the flexi dine was such great value and a great idea, we would thoroughly recommened it. The service was always quick, and always done with professionalism and with a smile. We ate out in several places in town, if you ask reception to book restaurants for you, most will pick you up, and return you back to your hotel for no additional cost. We ate at the Lighthouse, Loveboat, Majestic, Venice, Adana, and Tommys. All were great, for an amazing night, go to the Venice, the yoghurt kebab is too die for, Loveboat for silver service and fresh sea food-a wee bit more classy, and the Adana, it's a small traditional cafe, but great value and food.
We would like to thank all the staff, particularly the manager for his nice gestures, being seen and hands on, and talking to guests certainly makes you feel relaxed and welcomed. Thanks to Hahkan who was always chirpy, and to Mehmet who always served us promptly, effeciently, and never forgot my lime with my Effes! Sorry for forgetting the girl in the childrens clubs name, but wish her all the best when her baby is due. thanks to the cleaners, who always left the apartment spotless, and left flowers in our room. Cheers to the animation team who put in so much time and effort trying to make our holiday memorable, unfortunately it was Nico's dancing that sticks in our heads.
Take advantage off the Turkish massage at the hotel, you will love it so much. I had a full massage, my wife had the works and nearly fell asleep. I was sorry to hear the man who booked this was gone, as he was great, and always had a pleasant word and sweeties for the wee ones.
Our little one had an accident whilst we were on holiday, and all staff, massage man and reception were great, and called a doctor immediately. She was taken to hospital, and still had a smashing time.
The pools were great, but cold, and myself and the kids, David and Frances, loved the slides, they were on when stated - rules are there for a reason.
We met some smashing people at the Julian Forest, as you will see I'm hopeless with names, David and Frances, Paul and his wife and their kids - sorry Pauls wife, I couldn't tell you I didn't know your name.
Do not believe certain reviews, if you want a relaxing and fun holiday, sun, great food, super staff and service and great location. There are worker bee's all over Icemeler, but when your next to Pine tree's, you will get more. This did not make a difference in our holiday, we did get stung, but big deal, it's a bee not a scorpion, snake or spider!
We will book for next year, suggest you give it a try, you won't be sorry.
Chris, Claire, Abi and Orlagh.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the town or easily reached if desired the Julian Forest Suites is a must. Situated 2,8 km away from the beach at the foot of the surrounding forest, Julian Forest Suites offer fantastic service set in beautiful scenery, ideal for families and couples. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Julian Forest Hotel Icmeler
- Julian Forest Apartments Icmeler
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