Just got back from an 11 day stay at the Miramer Beach hotel, overall we had a great holiday I’m pleased to say, all inclusive food and drink, great weather in a good location! I’ll be as detailed as possible (despite the moaning you are about to read here from myself I had a great time and would much rather be back in Marmaris in the sun the gorgeous views than sat here in work!).
If you’re travelling to experience the rich culture and history of Turkey then Marmaris is not for you. It is a resort geared towards typical English tourists (English footy matches on TV, Restaurants called ‘The Greasy Spoon’ etc.) I’m no snob by any means but it is very Benidorm-esque which I didn’t realise before going. I feel it should be said! This is a place for people who enjoy a home from home, it’s like Blackpool with amazing weather. We made the most of it though and had a nice holiday.
Hotel Location – Hotel itself is in a great location right next to the sea with its own beach. We had a walk along the seafront and the Miramer definitely is one of the best in terms of location. It’s not slap bang in the middle of the chaos and neon lights of Marmaris. The view from the beach / balcony is stunning. We were really worried as upon arrival the coach was dropping people off at much smaller hotels that were more inland and to be honest they were all a bit ‘chavvy’. Pleased to say that the Miramer is tucked away from the main road so no traffic noise and is right on the coast (see my photos).
Weather – Amazing, never known heat like it and the last place I went to was the Caribbean! Can’t fault the weather, clear blue skies the majority of the time and blisteringly hot! Was really good. Best tan I’ve ever had!
The Food and Drink – All inclusive drink as far as I could tell includes: Tea, Coffee, 4 Varieties of Tang (powdered fruit drink), Water, Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta, Beer (Efes 5%) Vodka, Gin and Raki, Red Wine and White Wine. I thought it was a pretty good variety. All inclusive drink starts at 10:00 and ends at 23:00 which is a bit annoying. Also served in small plastic cups, so you have to keep going to and from the bar regularly. The food is actually pretty good! Gets a bit repetitive but you’ll always find something to fill you up. Big salad bar with all sorts, big units with lots of hot food.
You’ll soon learn what’s decent and what’s not. Also they do soup which I’m not normally into but it was delicious everyday, lovely fresh bread to eat with it too. Desserts are really catering for the Russians (as is most of the food actually) and are mainly colourful but bland gelatine creations. They always have a big cake which again is very fluffy and bland but ok on 1 or 2 occasions. The best part is the ice cream man, seems to be ‘Walls’ ice cream too with good variety e.g. Vanilla or chocolate one night, strawberry the next etc.
Rooms – We paid an extra £50 each while booking with Thomas Cook for a guaranteed sea view and it was well worth the money. First room we were taken to was tiny, smelt damp and was overlooking the car park out the front. We went straight to reception who kindly advised they had made a mistake and took us to our sea view room. We were pleasantly surprised as it was much bigger than the first room and had another room you could walk into with 2 additional single beds! So its family sized. The view was stunning, rooms cleaned every day without fail, no bugs or animals in the room either!
Beach – Not the best, very narrow and packed with sun beds. Not really sand, more sort of dark gravel. However we were always able to get a sun bed no matter what time of day. Not the sort of beach you can make sandcastles on / dig giant holes etc. Still, the beach area that you have access to belongs to the hotel which is more than most of the hotels in Marmaris have. Staff are very hot on keeping people off the beach who aren’t from the hotel. The sand / gravel on the beach also really isn’t an issue as you’ll be on a sun bed or in the sea! You can sunbath on the jetty / decking area too which is over the sea. Usually full of Russians though that bit.
Restaurants – We ate out 3 nights out of the 11 we stayed. We went to a Restaurant at Marmaris Harbour called ‘Jan De Wit’. It was 35 lira for a steak dinner and it was quite literally the best steak I’ve had in my life! The restaurant also has a rooftop area where we ate our dinner and watched the world go by. I’d HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.
Smoking – I am a smoker (not proud of it) and can see how this hotel might annoy non smokers, everyone seems to smoke here. The bar area is sort of outdoors so it’s not that bad, no one seems to smoke at dinner which was good although I did see the odd person light one up on a few occasions.
Hotel Staff – Very impressed, reception staff were always helpful and spoke good English, bar staff and waiters were always helpful, friendly and polite. Just so you know before you go…You can only take plastic cups onto the beach! No glass or coffee cups, if you do the security guards are like hawks and will instantly have a word with you! Air con broke twice and was fixed promptly.
The Russians – The majority of guests at this hotel seem to be Russian. They keep themselves to themselves generally but do tend to push in the queues at dinner / at the bar (if they see a space in the queue they’re taking it! So be on guard!). Push them back if they elbow you. They also (as has been previously pointed out) take LOTS of food at dinner, big plates piled high with grapes, apples, plums, more fruit than most could eat in a week!). I heard one other guest describe it as ‘a shocking waste of food’, again as a Brit I think we are more sensible when it comes to quantity and waste. Also when the Russian girls take photos of each other it’s like a glamour shoot for Nuts magazine, just a different culture that we’re not used to I suppose. They will not ‘ruin’ your holiday though so don’t worry! We saw a lovely small dog walking past the hotel minding his own business, a young Russian couple spotted him and the girl must have said something like “He’s so small, I could squash him!” (or something to that affect in Russian)….then she proceeded to actually step on the poor thing, right on his back so his legs gave way. My girlfriend instantly yelled “That’s a bit harsh!” and I yelled “Oi!” but they carried on walking arm in arm whilst laughing to themselves. Oh how hilarious. Things like that start to get to you a bit. When the waiters try and get the Russian ladies to stroke the cats they screw their faces up in disgust. Not a nation of animal lovers like us Brits I assume! The Russian men all have ‘mini-mullet’ haircuts too and wear Speedos which was pretty amusing.
Local Shops / Fast Food – All geared towards British tourists, many many shops of a similar nature. Fake clothes shop, selling Henleys, Superdry, A&F, Ed Hardy etc. Turkish Delight Shop (I recommend you get the traditional solid Turkish delight, the swirled colourful ones like chocolate and strawberry etc are like poor quality marshmallow. Stick to the solid jelly type Turkish Delight, it was delicious!). News Agents, Excursions shops selling trips, typical tourist shops selling gifts, expensive jewellery shops, bag and purse shops, genuine leather shops etc. Lots of neon lights everywhere, sort of like Blackpool (slightly) but on the Turkish coast. We went to a ‘local market’ and I was expecting live chickens for sale but again it was all for the British…stalls selling fake Armani Shirts, Fake bags and purses etc. Lots of Turkish sellers yelling in cockney accents “Turkish Primark! £1 a purse”….”Lovely Jubbly”….”How much mate? Too bloody much!” they’ve picked up on lots of British mannerisms.
We tried a Pizza from the fast food shop directly opposite the hotel, it cost 16 lira, so about £7, it was pretty terrible. It was about 8 inches big, flat and floppy and not worth £7. Also got a cheeseburger from there, this turned out to be a sort of Tesco value burger (tiny) in a Quarter Pounder size bun with a tiny amount of cheese and ketchup on. We tried McDonalds (for a treat). I had a quarter pounder with cheese which again is not as good as you’d get in the UK. The burger was flat and hard and looked like it’d been cooked much earlier and re-heated. Avoid fast food here if you can! I’m sure the chicken wraps and doner kebabs are better but I didn’t try those (all started getting a bit pricey).
Haggling – The Turkish men are very good at pulling a certain face while you’re haggling with them, it’s sort of a sad puppy dog type face mixed with a slightly offended face. Either way, they have perfected this ‘look’ and it does make you feel very guilty. I saw one British couple speaking to the hotel photographer, he said it was 20 lira and they get all their photos on a CD to take home, the couple asked if the CD would work at home as they said ‘they’d been conned in the past’…Hotel Photographer instantly pulls the face I’ve mentioned and the British couple switched to “Ahhhh, well it’s ok. We trust you!”.
I noticed they pick on people who are pale (no tan, so they know you’ve just arrived and are more vulnerable!). I had one guy try and sell me a Grand Theft Auto t-shirt for 50 lira, I suggested 20 lira and he laughed in my face. To cut a long story short, I got the same t-shirt on the last day of my holiday for 20 lira and I’m sure they would have gone to 15 lira. So shop around, they will pressure you to buy then and there, just don’t and try and be civil and polite.
You may not want to look at this but the Hotel used to be called Hotel Lidya, it is still listed here on Trip Advisor with all the reviews. Seems to be a lot on there about this place being like a brothel with many Russian prostitutes. Thinking back, lots of the women did look very much like prostitutes. However it was not advertised and ‘in your face’ so….. I wouldn’t worry too much. I only found out they were prostitutes through reading through reviews upon returning. It is not a brothel at all and people keep themselves to themselves.
I wouldn’t go back to Marmaris, but I DID have a good holiday. Just make the most of it! It’s very hot and that’s got to be good!
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