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CLC Apollonium Spa & Beach
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Had a great week, very relaxing by pool and loverly food. Good bus service to Akbuk. Great haggling at markets. Loved it so much we booked same appartment again for this summer, can.t wait!

Room Tip: All rooms have good air conditioning with remote control and rooms are nice and cool
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank gillian e
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

October was great time to visit - not to hot or busy. Grew to love location away from big resorts, hiring a car made all the difference. Airport road through mountains was beautiful through olive groves & villages. Within driving distance of Ephesus & Sirince, Didym's Temple of Apollo etc. Site runs trips over to Kos, minbus trips to Pamalukkale etc. With a car it is easy to nip into Akbuk in the evening to eat, we found good turkish food there. October also good time for freshly squeezed pomegranates & cotton harvest.
Staff & cleanliness faultless in our experience.Lovely week

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank 3suef
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

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!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Uniquesally
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

Spent one week at Apollonium Club with CLC in early October. It's a beautiful resort in a quiet and fairly isolated location. The minibus transfer from Bodrum airport takes about an hour through winding, rough country roads (through beautiful scenery) but those prone to motion-sickness may need to bear this in mind.
We agree with other reviewers about the good food in both the resort Restaurant (esp the Turkish Buffet evening) and the Beach Bar/Grill and we loved the simple but great food in Ali's beach bar.
We did the guided excursion to Ephesus which was very interesting and included an excellent buffet lunch and visits to a jewellery workshop, a leather workshop and a Turkish Delight shop.
The resort staff are charming and helpful and apartment and the entire site are beautifully kept and very clean. The only criticism we had was regarding the very poorly stocked shop. The lack of stock was disappointing and needs to be addressed as there is nowhere else to shop within walking distance (except for the village shop where stock is very hit-and-miss). This was very disappointing as we, like many other guests, hadn’t hired a car and, given that new guests were still arriving when we left, there was no excuse to run stocks down.
The Turkish people we met were very friendly and helpful and we would certainly go back!

Room Tip: Upstairs Adonis apts have jacuzzi on the sunny roof terrace. Choose south-facing in the autumn/winter to get a sunny balcony but north-facing to get shade in the summer.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank MrsDeee
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

The Apollonium itself is a fair resort, lovely location & area - the facilities are all there, it is just a terrible shame that the staff seem to be stunted in their approach to customer service.
We arrived in the early hours of the morning & on our arrival to our apartment we were all thirsty & hungry so set about making refreshments & a snack. When we took out the dishes we needed they were filthy - unwashed & covered in what seemed to be chocolate cake - every single plate & even cups (i sincerely hope that chocolate cake is all it was anyway) The bins had not been emptied & were full of food.
We decided to leave this until the morning, get some sleep & face thins afresh in the morning.
On getting up in the morning we attempted to clean our dishes but first had to deal with the ants that were crawling over the kitchen area, floors & walls. We cleaned our dishes & filled our hot tub in antisipation for total relaxation....... on turning on the jets the tub was filled with limescale that must have built up in the jets, which in turn did not work.
We returned indoors to report this to maintenance along with the fact that the glass in a huge picture hanging over the sofa was broken in half & looking precariously dangerous.
The maintenance engineer attended, did not manage to repair the jets in the hot tub & left the broken picture frame tucked behind the television - great idea when we had a two year old with us!
When we asked for clean towels having had none changed for four days (& of these days we were given four towels between seven people) I was told that we could not have any as these were only changed on the once weekly apartment clean. We even had to trudge over to reception & ask for toilet paper supplies.
We stayed at the resort for two weeks & every day / night used the bars & restaurant - the same staff were on duty each day / night & not once were we approached / recognised or even acknowledged by any staff member - we considered ourselves lucky if they even looked up while we were speaking to them.
It was only on the last day there that we were approached / recognised or even acknowledged by any staff member & this was only due to the fact that there was some kind of meeting being held with heads of CLC & the Apollonium staff clearly wanted to make a good impression at this time.
The entertainment staff would walk around each day & try to encourage people to join in with games / activities & each day they walked past us completely ignoring us - we were a group of two young couples, a child & a middle aged couple so a fair mix - no reason as to why we would not like to join in.
At this point I should be fair & point out that the young gentlemen driving the golf buggies & one security guard were always polite, talkative & spoke to us on a regular basis, making a real effort.
When we had our first appartment clean the housekeeping staff did not change the babies cot - we had to request that this be done. The following morning the babies head, face, neck, shoulder & arm on one side were covered in small bites - nothing like mosquito bites so we reported this as believed they were caused by bed bugs. Reception sent housekeeping to our apartment & it was only by luck that we arrived back to the apartment while the house keepers were there as they were about to treat the cot & its bedding by spraying raid ant killer on it - we actualy had to ask them not to do it.
My future parents in law went to the bar area & ordered a tea & coffee only to be told that the bar had run out of tea - ok, this can happen anywhere, The bar staff went to get more supplies & returned & replenished the tea stocks & continued to serve customers at the bar - my parents in law were still waiting for refreshments 20 minutes later, they had been forgotten as the bar staff were to busy talking to each other & friends.
On another occasion we had to visit another CLC resort with a view to purchasing further points - my in laws are already Gold members.
Both are disabled but were still taken around a building site in Kusadasi - being told that they had to get out of the bus at various locations. We were shown around areas that were so dark the rep asked if any of us had a lighter that she could use to light the way!!
Im no H&S freak but this trip was so dangerous - we were walking by open lift shafts / staircases with sheer drops, electric cables lying & hanging everywhere & with my inlaws using walking aids & a two year old it was a nightmare.
During this journey the baby fell asleep in the back of the bus & on arrival of another point in the tour the rep said that we HAD to get out of the bus & wake the baby. This tour started at 10am & we did not stop for our "lunch" until 16.30! The baby was exhausted.
I could actually go on & write a novel length review on how the staff & service at this resport ruined our holiday - even voicing our concerns made no difference at all, we were sighed at & ignored. The frustration of this was unbearable because as I said the resort & location are lovely.
Since returning home we have made severe complaints to CLC & have been dismissed completely.
Although we voiced our concerns throughout the holiday (& we tried to do this as delicately & diplomatically as possible as we didnt want these issues to spoil our precious tome away) we thought it only fair to address issues as they arose - CLC are claiming that we did not & that they & their staff have no record of our complaints.
This will not end at being dismissed as my partner & myseld had to work & save hard to join our family on this holiday & is likely to be the only holiday we will have for another four years & I do not want others to have their holiday spoiled by something as simple as good customer service.
Shame on CLC staff at this resort.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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16  Thank SianM571
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