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Club Aquarium
Ranked #21 of 77 Hotels in Icmeler
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

Oh my god i really dont think anyone who has written a bad review on this place stayed at the same club aquarium as us,dont let it put you off! I work as a travel agent and know this is one of the best properties in icmeler for a self catering holiday. We travelled in four seperate families with a mix of age groups of 1 to 56 we have stayed here in previous years but was our first time back there in 4years. It was still just as amazing as four years ago, everything is spotless clean around the property not a thing out of place and staff are really friendly. It was high season when we stayed so yes we did need 2 put our towels down on a morning to get a bed which is the same as anywhere you stay in height of season any towels put down before 7:30am were removed though which was good. The location of the property was ideal for us about a 10 min walk to the centre but with it being a bit further back the views are fantastic over the whole resort and out to the sea, this also makes it quieter on an evening. The rooms were great there were only 2 of us in our room maybe be a bit more cramped for a family but would recommend asking for room 1 or 36 as rooms are a lot bigger. They are clean and tidy the maid comes every day and was very friendly. The food is also really good and cheaper than restraunts in the resort we ate here twice on an evening food was great n you also get free bread, starter n fruit for desert. Would defo reccomend english breakfast very nice and less than £2. If you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday with stunning views n dont mind being a little bit out of the centre this place is ideal but if u want somehere where there is more going on for kids would reccomend the grand aquarium as they have an entertainment team and the property is bigger. Overall a fantastic time you would not be disapointed if you go here.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

You will be shoe horned into the tiniest rooms on Gods planet. You will not get a sun bed after 6.30am (unless you scream and shout as I did - then you will give up ) You will be in the shade after 4.00pm. You will pay £60.00 for additional usage of air con. but wont be able to keep it on because they have welded the key to the key fob. You will only have one key. You will not sleep because said air conditioning is rubbish and is only in one room - which is not the main bedroom. You will be subjected to intimately holidaying with people who travel in packs, mainly English and their union jack towels - making sun bed situation impossible. Im still not sure where the beach is and unfortunately didnt see Turkey there at all. Only redeeming factor - the bar men called Ardem and Oscar, everything else - rubbish.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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9  Thank Mags-1965-2010
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

Location: Depends what you want but bit too far out from the town for our liking. We like to walk but in the day with the intense heat was a bit too much also at night returning from town is safer in a taxi especially with children. The nearest appropriately stocked supermarket was 6-7 minute walk (uphill coming back) not easy when done a "big shop"
Rooms: The size of our room was ok, nice views over Icmeler. They were cleaned and towels changed every day no complaints there. However the aircon (which cost £30 per week) only touched the loung area, great for the children, but didn't touch the bedroom. We couldn't sleep we were "roasting" and the beds were unbelievably uncomfortbale.
There were no TVs in the room, first time we've come across this. Some people may say its sad to need a TV on holiday but we like to watch Uk news while abroad and keep in touch with things back home! There wasn't even a TV with UK channels or sport at the pool bar so if this is what you like prepare to be disappointed.
Pool bar and food: Very friendly bar staff prices very reasonable breakfasts geat value for money and very good. Lunch menu bit repetitive but food ok only ate there once in the evening bit average and no atmosphere.
Atmosphere: Fairly quiet until slide came on and music came on some days better than others. One other point due to location of apartments the sun disappeared on a lot of the sunbeds quite early about 4.30-5pm, again, some people don't mind this but for us this is the best part of the day when the sun is more bearable not the same sat in the shade!

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1  Thank northener13
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

We went to Club Aquarium at the back end of August 2010. It is fairly small bunch of apartments that did feel pretty intimate and everyone said 'hello' in the mornings - which was good.

We had an apartment on the top floor and yes the views are amazing, but the rooms are BASIC - not enough to swing a cat !! they are clean and the maid service is outstanding 7 days a week, but comfortable they are not !!

The big downside of the hotel is the 'sunbed brigade' be prepared to be up at 6:30am if you want a sunbed otherwise you have no hope in hell !! people reserve beds and come back from trips after lunch, having not used the beds all day - this is very very annoying !!

The staff are friendly enough, but it is pretty clicky with the returning guests but I suppose if you sit at the bar all day like some people swigging back lager then the staff will be friendlier with you.

The food is OK, everything comes with chips !! but it is cheap enough - please though do not eat at the hotel in the evening as the food is awful - I feed my dog better

For kids, there is the slide and that's about all - oh yes, a delapidated pool table with one cue and no white ball.

Now for the worst bit !! the constant dance music being played all day long with no let up - don't get me wrong I like music but one CD all day every day, then to top it all the 'coca cola' theme tune was played.... sad

I would go back to icmeler, but not to Club Aquarium - whether it's just me I just don't get how people rave about these apartments. I am sure there is better in Icmeler.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

stayed a week at the club aquarium,with my hubby and 13yr old daughter,it was absolutly lovely,food fab,rooms small but very very clean,staff helpfull and friendly without being pushy,infact hoping to bring some friends to stay there next year...my one and only gripe!!!people reserving sumbeds from 7am even though notice,s say you carnt do this some peple were sat waiting with their towels at 6.30am..shame on you...often not returning to them till way after lunchtime..i have been to many hotels in turkey over the last 9yrs and this is the first time iv come across this...everyone was complainin about this...guess i,ll have to remember my alarm clock for next year!! apart from that a fab place to stay....definatly recommend the stella show,in the harmony bar at the end of the resort..so so funny..

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Reviewed 25 August 2010

3x Adults 50, 54, and 28 years
1x Child, 7 years.
Self catering holiday
July/Aug 2010

My 7 year old Grandson was so upset when it was time to leave the Club Aquarium that he was reduced to tears! He did not want to leave.
“What a ‘Brilliant Holiday!”
As an opening statement to a review it will probably tell you, that I would thoroughly recommend these self catering apartments to anybody wishing to visit Icmeler.
But: If it's ‘Plush Accommodation’, ‘Spacious Rooms’, ‘Soft Beds’ TV’s,
Room Service and an all inclusive lifestyle you are looking for…
If all you need is a spotlessly clean and adequate place to
Brush your teeth, Shower, shave and sleep!!
A place to call home. A wardrobe to hang your clothes. Spotless Cooking facilities.
A ‘lockable safe’ to keep your valuables.
Beautiful views and secluded surroundings. Clean swimming pools.
A place to eat…a little shop… and a bar stool to prop your bottom on!
(‘When ‘Topping Up’ Turkish with EFES Beer’)
Wonderful friendly staff. Genuine Turkish hospitality
Then this is the place for you! Go for it…you will not be disappointed!

Visitors return to the Club Aquarium year after year and I can see why…
It has the ‘X’ FACTOR!
Can’t quite put my finger on its charm?
A little raggy round the edges maybe?
Well worn?
Who knows!
Having travelled extensively in Turkey in many resorts over the years, I have sampled many types of Hotel from the ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ to PANSION (small and friendly) to Turkish Gullet (Sailing Vessel)
The Club Aquarium will rate as my top accommodation!

Turkey is a country that is developing its Tourist Industry quite rapidly.
In some cases not always for the better!
The Club Aquarium has managed to strike the right balance between traditional Turkey and Tourist Turkey.
At the Club Aquarium, EAST really does meet WEST.
The Sister Hotel (THE GRAND AQUARIUM ICMELER) however, is a little more commercialised which takes the edge away from the Turkish charm.

The Club Aquarium sits on the outskirts of Icmeler Old Village (SOUTH WEST) about a mile from the sea and the beach front.
The Apartments are nestled into the hillside surrounded by beautiful mature gardens and pine clad woodland. It is not overlooked. However being located in a hill-side, it may be unsuitable for those with walking difficulties.
The views from the grounds are picturesque and outstanding!
When the sun rises in the morning the apartments and its facilities capture the sun from early morning until early evening.
(High Season JULY / AUGUST)) 07:00 to 17:30.
The nearest shops and bars are about a 10 minute walk
This is also the location of the nearest Dolmus bus (Local Transport) into Icmeler.
If you reach this location you are half way there!!
The Dolmus is approximately 85p, regardless of the distance (ABOUT 2 TURKISH LIRA)

The walk into Icmeler is approximately 20 minutes (downhill) however the return can be a little more demanding (especially high season) when the uphill final ¼ mile is a “BIT OF A HIKE” in the soaring heat! (DAYTIME)
However, a Taxi from Icmeler/Club Aquarium/Icmeler will cost about
£3.50 (Per taxi), if you are not able to walk these distances.

Icmeler is located about 8 KM from Marmaris (The smaller of the two resorts)
Marmaris is now a huge bustling resort and a little intimidating
In comparison to Icmeler which is still very lively but with a level of restraint.
Loud music after midnight is kept to a minimum,
There are still many lively nightspots and restaurants which are more family orientated.
I suppose the only way to describe the comparison between Marmaris and Icmeler is......That Icmeler is “NOT IN YOUR FACE!”
Marmaris can also be reached by Dolmus ‘85p’, A Taxi is about £8.70 and Water Taxi, a small boat, (From the Beach Front) about £3.50.
The Dolmus runs until about 01:00 am. The Water Taxi until about 19:00hrs. A normal and a Taxi will be available 24 hours a day.
(Ideal for the Marmaris Nightlife which continues until the early hours)
Caution…The night prices of Taxis may vary!
The criteria for working out how expensive your taxi back home is…depends on how drunk you are!

36 in total on 3 Floors.
All have balconies which face the sun for most of the day. The balconies are equipped with a washing line and 4 x plastic garden furniture type chairs with a small table.
The views from the rooms overlook the pools with Icmeler in the distance. Brilliant!
The rooms are “Small basic and a little raggy around the edges!!” is probably the best way to describe them!
I suppose the constant use during the high season puts its facilities through the mill!
Two beds (HARD!) and a double wardrobe (separate bedroom)
and two single Sofa/Chair Beds in the living area.
Ideal for two adults and two small children….Four adults…will be a little cramp to say the least!
The rooms are also equipped with a separate shower, basin and toilet.
A fixed hairdryer is also installed.
Catering/kitchen facilities consist of a microwave/grill oven.
A two ring hob.
A toaster.
A fridge.
A selection pans, cutlery and crockery and glasses.
There is also a sink unit with cupboards (below and above)
A small round dining table with four chairs.

Air conditioning is available (free) between the hours of 07:00 and 10:00hrs in the morning and 17:00hrs and 20:00hrs in the evening.
If you require additional air conditioning this is payable (locally) at an additional cost of £30 a week.
(In High season it is advisable that you have Air Conditioning!!) Tempratures were reaching 50C+ so allow an extra £60 (2 weeks worth) for the added comfort!
HOWEVER: remember that if you are not in your room the Key is not inside the power saving electric slot, (The Air Conditioning will be switched off along with all the other electric facilities) with exception to the fridge which remains powered at all times.
The rooms also have marble tile floors and dark blue curtains which assist in keeping the room cool.
A small safety deposit box is fixed inside the bottom of the wardrobe
(AT THE BACK UNDER THE BOTTOM SHELF!!) you almost have to lay down on the floor to get the thing open!
The key is available from the reception at an additional cost of approximately £6.50 per week.

The cleaners attend your room and will change your sheets and towels every day. The rooms are left spotlessly clean!
The cleaners are brilliant!
The bedroom sits at the back of the apartment and its only natural light is through the door and a small window which opens onto the stairwell. A little dark maybe but this assists (Slightly) in keeping the room cool.
Also when the door is closed (and you don't want to be disturbed), you can't hear the morning prayer call from the Mosque at "silly O'clock in the morning"!
However if you do close the door. it shuts out the Air Conditioning circulation and the room is very stuffy.

Swimming Pools
Open from 07:30 in the morning to 19:00 in the evening
There are 3 pools at the Club Aquarium.
A small baby/paddling pool about 0.3 m deep (Upstairs).
A top pool (upstairs) and a bottom pool (downstairs) are connected by a water slide.
The top (upstairs) pool has a depth of about 1.6m to 2.3m.
At its deepest point you can dive down and view through 3 x thick panelled windows located behind the bar.
It is here you can amuse the drinkers by UNDER-WATER MOONING through the window!! Enough said! Naughty!
The top pool also has a fountain as a water feature.
The bottom pool is about 1.55m deep.
Both pools are built with gradual stone steps and traditional ‘Ladder type’ steps.
The slide and water feature are turned on twice a day for half an hour.
Between (11:00 and 11:30 in the morning) & (15:00 and 15:30 in the afternoon)
I must admit I was a little disappointed when I heard that the slide were not in use for longer periods during the day, but this limited period actually made sense!
The two periods of use are fully supervised and the kids wait in anticipation for the opening.
After ½ an hour of running up the steps and sliding down the slide they are all exhausted! The novelty ‘kind of’ wears off and the screaming and shouting of the exited kids (AND ADULTS) dies down, bringing the hotel and its surroundings back to a decibel level more acceptable to
grumpy grand-dads like me!!

If you are a non swimmer and shorter than 5’5” you will not be able to stand on the floor of the pool (Only on the steps!)
I am a tall geezer (5' 6") ?? and I just managed to stand up on my 'TIP TOES' with the water splashing my chin!
My wife is a non swimmer (AND EVEN SHORTER) and she purchased a pair of armbands! She even amazed me by swimming in the deep parts.
Don’t worry…if you can’t swim. There will be others! There were quite a few members ‘ADULT ARMBAND CLUB!”

Sunbeds: always a bone of contention wherever you go!
As per usual the rules are frequently broken and the towels mysteriously appear before 07:30!
I watched in amazement one morning as the Hotel Security Officer attempted to stamp his authority on the ruling. To no avail !!
He lost the battle!
Keeping a vigil on two fronts (THE TOP AND BOTTOM POOL) was like watching 'The Battle of the Little Bighorn , also known as Custer's Last Stand!'
In the end he failed as the rampant Red Indians finally surrounded him and placed their towels to claim their territory.
I give him 10 out of 10 for trying!
Some days (however) there seems to be more than enough sunbeds.
I suppose it depends on how many guests are accommodated in the apartments and how many are away on excursions.
In total I counted 72 Sunbeds which is enough to share (2 per room)
You cant really fit any more around the poolside!

Food and Drink
The bar and restaurant are open from about 08:00 in the morning and serve a selection of Breakfast and Lunch snacks.
There is also an evening menu for those wishing to dine at the hotel.
All meals are served under parasol adjacent to the pool.
A full English (Mega Breakfast) is approx £3:50 and lunch snacks vary from Burgers to Pizza etc Kids Menus also available.
Whatever you choose you will be hard pushed to spend over £6.00.
A Large (EFES) Beer is approximately £1.75.
Evening meals are a little more expensive and the menu offers a selection of Turkish as well as International Cuisine. The average meal is about £8.00 to £10.00.

Small Supermarket
There is a small Supermarket selling a few basic necessities such as water, bread, milk biscuits, newspapers etc, as well as a selection of inflatable lilo’s and floating beach novelties.
These are slightly more expensive than the shops in town.
The nearest (BIGGISH) Supermarket (TANSAS) is about a 15 minute walk.
Currency Exchange
Currency can be changed at the reception but I would advise that you check the rates elsewhere before you buy…there are loads of good currency deals at the little shops or in the exchange offices.

Grand Aquarium
In addition the Club Aquarium you are also invited to use the facilities at the Grand Aquarium (Sister Hotel)
ABOUT A 15 minute walk.
This is a bigger establishment and has more facilities.
A Turkish Bath and Beauty Spa.
A larger Supermarket & Restaurant.
A Kids Animation team and Night Entertainment programme.
Turkish nights etc.
Just ask at the reception and the hotel transport will shuttle you back and forth (as and when required).

Rather than taking money down to the pool area you can obtain a WRISTBAND
From the reception (£6 deposit refundable).
Simply credit the wristband with your desired amount and use it to purchase
Food, drinks and goods within the complex (Grand Aquarium also).
Each time your wristband is used the transaction produces a receipt showing your balance and the items purchased.
I found them very handy and it saves messing about with money in the pool area.

A Doctor is available at the complex daily.

Well what more can I say…I hope I have covered everything you need to know.
I am sure that if you decide to make the Club Aquarium your chosen holiday, you will not be disappointed.
As I mentioned earlier many visitors return again and again and are totally hooked!

I may just give it another go myself… if its not already booked up!
Happy Holidays

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9  Thank Ian J
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

Firstly. The rooms really arent that small. I expected to be squeezing around sofa beds etc but it really isnt that bad at all. - Plenty of room for myself,my Wife and 2 kids aged 12 and 7. The hill up to the hotel is not a hill - its a gentle slope and nothing much either.
I heard that the higher rooms had a better view of the Town so 1 week before we went I phoned the hotel and asked if I could get a room on the top floor. Receptionist named Boulent said he would try his best. upon arrival Boulent wasnt there but he had arranged for us to get a top floor in the middle of the Hotel and the views were amazing. Even the 2nd floor would have done. The Hotel is really nice and clean. rooms were cleaned every day and towels were changed daily too. The Bathroom is fully tiled and quite modern. There are two armchair sofa beds in the living room and 2 single beds in the good sized bedroom (armchairs are in front of the air conditioner which was great!! We had to get up between 6.45 and 7.45 every morning to get a sunbed, it was a bit ridiculous but in the height of the school holidays what can you do. Some days were worse than others but we always managed to get 4 together. The walk into town was nice. through the residential houses in front of the hotel and down the main road toward town. 5 minutes walk and you arrive at the first supermarket on your left, one minute past that and you come to the first restaurant called De-ja-vu. We never ate there but it always looked busy later at night. another 5 minutes and you come to the main street with more restaurants, keep heading away from the Hotel and more streets all full of places to eat and shops. Everything from the Beach back is in blocks and every road and back street has places to eat you really will be spoilt for choice and the place is very safe to walk at night no matter where you are. Everywhere had nice food and if you go in about 8pm and sit after your meal you will catch the shows which most restaurants have (start around 10pm) usually a visiting act doing the rounds. eg Michael Jackson, Robot Dancer, Bar jugglers etc. really nice to sit with a drink after your meal and be entertained. So about a 20 minute walk from beach to Hotel but with plenty of shops etc to look t along the way. A taxi back to the hotel is 8 lira.
The hotel gives you a velcro wristband which you credit with money and use in the hotel shop or at the bar. we got two to start off with but changed back to one. if the kids or wife wanted to use it they just shared the same one. a decent sized cooked english brekky was 5 lira in the hotel and a pint of Efes was 4 lira. A large Coke was just under 6 lira. Hotel was peaceful through the day and the slide and waterfall came on at 11am and 3pm for half an hour. The pool is rather deep for young kids and my 7 year old couldnt stand up in either the top or bottom pool but we gave him armbands as did many of the kids and he had a great time.
There is a tiny shop on site which sells the essentials, it is slightly more expensive than others but for all you buy anyway its handy. There is a shop in Icmeler on the main street called Tansas which is cheaper and open until midnight.
The staff in the Hotel are all good fun - Osgur and Adem are very nice as are the 2 receptionist guys Bulent and gatekin. Look out for Ozzy (tour rep) on the way to the town for any trips you want to book. He booked us the Atlantis waterpark a few times (75 lira for 4) and we waited at his stand while he phoned the free bus to take us there (Marmaris).
A dolmus to Marmaris is 2 lira each which we used 2 or 3 times for a change of scenery.
The Grand Aquarium really isnt that grand - One pool with the sunbeds getting covered by shade mid afternoon because of the way its laid out. We went up for breakfast and found it no where near as nice as the Club.
All in all this was a great holiday - remember and get Air conditioning (£30) per week because you'll need it!. oh theres free wi.fi too around the pool and bar area
The coach from the airport takes about 1 hour 45 mins depending on what drop off you are. it does stop on the way but only for 15 minutes and you really do need a bottle of water or kids need the toilet so it wasnt as bad as I feared.
I am sure we will return in the near future.

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Address: 128 Sok. No: 4, Icmeler 48720, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Icmeler
#6 Romantic Hotel in Icmeler
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Icmeler
Price Range: £9 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Aquarium 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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