Myself, my wife and four friends came back from our holiday at Casa De Maris today and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We were looking into booking again for next year whilst still there. I have summarised a few point below:-
Prior to Arrival
Prior to arrival I contacted the hotel to ask about Wi-fi (which is free) and diving centres in the area amongst other things and received a prompt reply from Anna in guest relations with answers to all my questions. We met Anna whilst there when she introduced herself and asked us how we were enjoying our holiday. She was very helpful and always smiling.
The transfer from the airport to the hotel was very long at around 3 hours in total, though as others have said it is worth it. We booked through Monarch who in turn use Cosmos, we were on a full sized coach and were the last to be dropped off. One of our friends seems to recall we could have chosen a slightly more expensive transfer which may have resulted in us being put on a minibus. As such I would recommend taking this option.
We were quickly booked in and shown to our room. The rooms are very spacious and modern, though a little limited on storage. Lighting is also a little low and as such my wife said she found it difficult applying make-up etc. As others have said the walk-in shower is great. We had a side room which overlooked some land occupied by chickens and as such a cockerel crowing in the early hours was a bit of a pain as I am a light sleeper. Earplugs sorted the problem so might be worth picking some up, either that or an air gun!!! The rooms were always kept extremely clean and the cleaners we met were always very polite and helpful.
The food was excellent. We have stayed at a number of large complexes in the past and were worried the food might have been limited. We could not have been more wrong. There was lots if choice and it was always delicious. The chefs work really hard and do an excellent job. The head chef, I think his name was Mustafa was also really friendly.
Service was also very good and always with a smile. Mahmet (I think that was his name) was particularly good and always helped find us a table for 6.
Pool and Beach
The pool area was very good and clean and as some have said sun beds were limited but there were always beds on the beach. As we wanted 6 beds together by the pool we did tend to get up early to get them but then we have always had to do this when holidaying with a group of people.
The beds were a little uncomfortable and if anyone from the hotel is reading this I would recommend getting some cushions.
The beach is not very big but it is big enough and clean.
The location of the hotel is ideal with a short walk along the promenade to either Marmaris centre and the harbour in one direction or to Iclemer in the other.
The hotel has a shop, jewellers, a small gift shop, a photographer and a leather display (shop in Marmaris and someone calls in occasionally). Tahir and Nesli from the Selma Jewellers, Yasha, the shop owner and part owner of the hotel and Suet, the photographer, were very friendly and always laughing and joking and would regularly join us when we were having a drink. The jewellers were very good value and all off us bought a number of items from them whilst there, my wife would have liked to have bought a lot more.
The Turkish people and in particular the hotel staff are really friendly and I feel this, along with a good hotel and location really make for a good holiday and we can't wait to go back again.
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