First visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Booked 6 months in advance for a very reasonable price, so we were not expecting luxury. However, when we arrived at our hotel, we were almost in disbelief this was where we would be staying. First impressions were amazing! The photos listed on here certainly did not do it justice! The reception area and staff were very welcoming and immediately offered to help us to our room with our suitcases. On the way to our room, the bell boy showed us the two restaurants, the two swimming pools, the patisserie and the variety of bars/nightclubs. On entering our room, we walked into a clean, spacious and very modern area with 3 beds; one double and a single. We had a balcony overlooking the hotel's private beach. The bathroom was also very compact, clean and modern. We had a huge, walk in shower which was very powerful and so refreshing. We had free air-conditioning all week, which we were very thankful for during the evenings. The safe box located in the wardrobe was also included, along with the room being cleaned daily, with fresh towels, bedlinen and bottled water in the fridge.
Considering it is such a large complex, it is kept spotless, which is entirely down to the hard-working staff who seem to work 24 hours of the day.
There was always a good selection of food to cater for everyone. We always found something tasty to eat. Would highly recommend the freshly made, cooked in front of you, stir fries at lunchtimes. These were definitely our favourites! However, we did find ourselves having to ask or chase the waiters for fresh cutlery and drinks, especially at dinner time.
The bar service was always very fast. efficient and entertaining. We were often offered cocktails, which weren't even part of the all-inclusive package.
The man-made, private beach situated right on the door step of the hotel offered free-sunbeds and umbrellas to guests, which we were able to use most days. However, the wooden jetty also located here was often difficult to find a bed on, as guests would reserve these very early in the morning, especially the Germans and Russians!
We did pack our own towels but you are offered a free towel card upon arrival which allows you to access a clean, fresh towel everyday which you can use either around the pool or at the beach.
There was a lack of evening entertainment but there was a pub and nightclub which also catered for the all-inclusive drink package until midnight. After this, you were expected to pay for your own.
We had a fantastic week weather wise, temperatures reaching approx, 30'c most days, considering it was mid September. Blue skies and sunshine everyday.
The location of the hotel was ideal, just on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of Marmaris town centre but easy enough to hop onto a local Dolmush (bus) for 60p.
We took a trip to town one evening to watch the very impressive Water fountain display, which was free! We had a couple of cocktails in the local bars of 'Bar Street', offering free water pipes and shots! For those who don't fancy the club scene, you can always go and have a cocktail in the up-market bars on the harbour side, taking in the amazing, multi-million pound yachts that sit docked in the bay.
We decided to do some excursions through the local travel agents, which we were very weary about doing. But we certainly didn't need to be as they were spectacular. Very impressive trips for an excellent price.
Would highly recommend having a Turkish bath and massage within the first few days of your holiday, as it encourages your tan.
The 'Lazy Day' around the bay and the 'Dalyan/Turtle Beach' boat trips were brilliant days out. Word of advise, these trips are offered very cheap (£20 for two people) but you are then obliged to buy their on-board food and drinks. Also, they take lots of photos during the day, which they try and sell to you before you depart. However, if you choose to buy some and have no money on you, they will happily deliver them to your hotel, where you can then pay for them.
All in all, EXCELLENT and very IMPRESSIVE hotel. Will definitely be returning next year!
Thank you Ideal Prime Beach
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