We have just returned from two weeks at the Grand Aquarium, where we had a really enjoyable holiday. Much is exactly as previous reviews. The rooms are small, especially if you are travelling as a family of four as we did, with two teenagers, although adequate enough as a base. The food is of a very good standard, with the large portions on the evening meals. The pool is a good size, with a fairly big water slide which keeps the kids entertained (although this only opens for two half hour slots per day). Sunbeds which remain in the sun all day are hard to come by, probably only 6 to 8 of them, as most are shaded by mid afternoon, so if you worship sunbathing you'll have to be up early to avoid disappointment. The hotel is located about 20-25 minutes walk out of Icemelar which became a little tiresome after two weeks, but if you don't fancy the hike then it's also easily accessible by the Dolmus which run every 5-10 mins. (Also note,that if you fancy eating in town of an evening, then a lot of the restaurants were offering a free taxi service).
Icemelar itself is a nice lively small town, with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars. Places we would recommend to eat include are The Magestic, with it's brilliant atmosphere, Turkish Delight (next door to Titanic), and Vinces (opposite the Waterfall restaurant), although i can't really say that we had a bad meal anywhere. The beach is shingle, and sunbeds are free if you buy a drink at most places, Coco beach being our favourite.
We ventured on a few excursions whist in Turkey, and was pleasantly surprised by how cheap they were!! (Do not book through you're tour operator). We did the Dalyan boat trip, the Jeep Safari and the Waterpark all for £36 for four of us. We also visited Marmaris and Torunc by water taxi, the latter being a small pleasant resort, whilst Marmaris is a little too busy for our liking, although the harbour and castle area is worth a visit.
All in all a delightful holiday, and would definitely return.
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- Grand Aquarium Hotel Icmeler
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