Have just returned from a two week stay at the mares (21st April to 5th May). What a wonderful time we have had. I traveled with my husband and 3 children aged 10, 3 and 2, on reading some of the reviews on here we were not sure what to expect, we arrived at 4.30am n were the second from last drop off, on arrivel the porter got our cases from the coach n took them inside for us, check in was fast and we were even asked if we were hungry and wanted anything to eat, which I found rather nice considering the time of day. We had booked a two bedroom family room n I thought that it would be in the bungalow part of the complex, which we had read on here that it was dated n not very nice, but we were given 2 rooms in the maid building on the first floor, (1150 and 1152) they were lovely, spacious and clean n had interconnecting doors between them. Twin beds in both rooms n a sofa bed in each, large walk in shower, sink n toilet in both bathrooms. Great having the use of 2 bathrooms with us having 3 kids. After a few hours sleep we got up for breakfast, huge buffet restaurant, with lots of choice, we were bit worried after reading that the food wasn't great but there was always lots to choose on every meal time, from cereals, fruit, continental n hot breakfasts to the usual mix of salards, hot food and deserts to die for at lunch n dinner times. Always chicken on n always chips n pizza along with the other lovely things. All the waiters were great n very helpful, ours was called fathie n he was excellent, never short of drinks n he remembered what we were drinking so didn't need to ask.
The pool areas were great with plenty of sunbeds to go around, large pool n kids pool on bottem area then up some steps to another large pool where the water slides come out into n another children's pool. Most of the pool side entertainment happens near the main large pool at the bottem area. We stayed near the water slides n other kids pool as it was quieter n had both pools to our selves on most days!. We found a smashed glass in the kids pool on our second week, when we told the life guard he quickly got the pool shut off until it had been cleaned of every last peace of glass. Was very impressed by how fast they delt with it.
The entertainment team work hard through the day n night, kids club open every day even though when we got to the hotel it wasn't very full n they had no kids in it, evening entertainment was hit n miss on the first week as it was the start of the season n hotel not that busy, live bands in sultan bar most nights but it was the same acts that played both weeks, there was a mini disco for kids every night at 9pm same songs every night which was good n bad, at least the kids got to learn the dances by repeating them over n over.
Did a boat trip in the first week, booked it with a man stood on the sea front near hotel. It was called the grand yazici mares boat trip n cos £10 per adult n £5 for children over 6yrs. this had to be the highlight to our trip, were taken around to different bays where we were given swim breaks then lunch at one bay (which is included in the price) n a short stop for some retail therapy where u put ya haggling skills to test. Had to pay for our drinks on board but the entire trip only cost us around £55 for all of us for the full day. Booked the cleopatra trip thru our rep, this was £80 for us all but well worth it, picked up by jeep n taken on a safari thru beautiful countryside to a waiting boat that we had lunch on then it took us to cleopatra island, where we could see the famous beach n swim in the sea n take a short walk around the island to see some of the Roman ruins, then back to the jeeps which took us back to the hotel. Great day out n the jeep drivers stay with u all day n they were sooooo funny. also booked the shoppers trip thru our rep which was £5 per adult n £2.50 per child over 6yrs, this was great value for money as u were picked up n taken by coach to a gold shop, leather outlet, Turkish delight factory, the covered bezzar in marmaris n then to the market to haggle ya heart out. (Great fun)
All in all this was a great holiday, we had never been to turkey before but we are already planning to return next year to the mares as it is set in a great position to explore or to just lay back n enjoy th beautiful surroundings!!!
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