We arrived at about 7.30 in the morning, due to flight options and our room was not meant to be available until 4.00 in the afternoon. However, the reception staff let us use a room that was unoccupied to have a shower and change and arranged for our room to be ready for us at 11.00. That might not always be possible of course, but we were impressed. After showering and donning loose clothing and swimming gear we were able to have a leisurely breakfast and then a walk around the resort, quick swim ,etc before going to our room!
Those who have said the resort is secluded should have realised this before going. We hired a car which gave us freedom to travel around the area. In this respect it was a really good location. Trips to Bafa Lake, Bodrum, Kusadasi, etc. were all easily done by car and it was not that expensive. Furthermore, the roads were better than others I have seen on my travels, although they did take a while to get used to.
We had been warned that a drive to Ephesus and Pammukale would be long and arduous so we booked an excursion for both. Next time we will drive ourselves though, as it was not that bad, if you are happy driving and we did not like the fact that we were hurried in order to meet the excursion company's time frames. Our guide to Ephesus was however excellent!
We found plenty to do there apart from getting a good tan. My husband managed 2 dives while we were there and the lazy boat trips were good value and a lot of fun, so we went twice! They leave from CLC's own jetty on the resort.
Azbuk, the nearest town is small and not that touristy (yet), so if you are expecting Marmaris, you will be disappointed. However, we liked it as it was compact and very very friendly. We had some good meals there for not much money as well. Look at Azbuk Bob on the internet for helpful reviews of eateries.
One "special" meal we had was a very basic one of fish from the fresh fish stall on the main road through Azbuk....no frills, plastic tables, etc, so not resturant standard, accommodation -wise. but the fish was cooked by the father with the son waiting and the mother fussing when they did not do things "right" in her opinion and making sure we got plenty of bread, salad, etc. It was well cooked, plentiful, inexpensive and we felt like we were really eating with friends, which made it special. Each time after that when were in Azbuk they would wave and call to us like old friends...that was so much better than the restaurants on the resort for us...but again it depends what you like!
There are a couple of good supermarkets for stocking up with food at Azbuk and the open air weekly market was huge. Although many folk recommended the "bigger" market at Didim, I found them actually quite comparable, so no worries if you can not get to Didim! As well as the "genuine fakes" they had fantastic fresh (and inexpensive) local veg and fruit, fish, spices, etc.
The resort is of a very good standard and I especially liked the double bed-sized loungers and giant cushions for soaking up the rays. Our room was large, modern, comfortable and well-equipped, as well as clean. Our maid made us flower "sculptures", which she placed on our bed, which was a nice touch.
All in all brilliant and i would go again!
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