my wife and i have just returned from 11 nights in this wonderful resort. The resort is approx 8Km away from marmaris and states this clearly in the brochure- but still some guests complained?! The location suited us perfectly though, as we didnt particularly like marmaris itself.
The resort is spotlessly clean, the staff are out sweeping the paths before 8am daily. There never seemed to be a stray leaf! The room was also kept immaculately clean, i couldnt fault the service from the maids, aside from the time they arrived at our room- too early for us! this was soon solved after a word at reception. I did request a do not disturb sign from reception on two occasions but it never arrived. As stated previously this was the beginning of the season so some things were not quite ready,but no excuse really, if its open it should be ready.
The rooms are located in villa style accomodation on a steep hillside- again it states this in the brochure- but again this didnt prevent people complaining!
The food was amazing. The choice is wide and varied and always very nice. There are two a la carte restaurants of which i preferred gunes, the turkish one, which is on the rooftop and is great for romantic sunset dinners. The waiting staff were initially extremely attentive and pleasant. As it got a bit busier though , people were helping theirselves to drinks rather than waiting to be served and the staff got a bit less pleasant and were quite surly at times. It seemed that they couldnt quite cope with the numbers of guests, which was apparently approx 80% occupancy. That said , this was a minor niggle.
There are two swimming pools. The "relax" pool which was a smaller pool intended for quieter relaxing sunbathing- however some guests didnt comply! The main pool is attached to the main building next to the bar.
There are numerous loungers and day beds dotted around the resort, as well as hammocks in shaded spots.
There is an aerobics area next to the sea, with aerobics sessions run daily. There is also a gym i mad use of. The gym was quite well stocked with a good choice of cv machines, free weights and machines.
We also tried the archery which they provide tuition for daily, this is located next to the bike hire.
there are several watersports from the hotel- parasailing, jetski, canoe, sea kayak, flying fish, banana boat. I tried the kayaks which were free and were an enjoyable way to pass an hour. I also tried the parasailing which cost 85 turkish lira.
The all inclusive bar gave you a choice of wine, beer, raki,brandy,peach liquer, gin and vodka. I thought the choice of spirits was quite limited compared to some hotels. The bar also is only free until midnight, after which time you will be charged. One of the few negatives of this resort really for me is that there is only one bar for the evening. It is divided in to two rooms but the resort could really do with a choice of bars with different things going on.
There was entertainment every evening which during our stay included turkish dancers and a magic show. Predominantly though it was the resident duo who were on every night.. They were ok, but became very repetitive and the resort really does need to work on its entertainment team and programme.
There is also an open air amphitheatre which they have started using as a cinema (weather permitting of course)
I must also mention the lady who daily, makes turkish sugar bread on a flat griddle down by the beach bar. Go and try it! i had to go and see her daily at about 11am for my fix!!
We did a few of the roganised excursions from thomson, the eco adventure jeep safari ( with hammam /spa upgrade) , the boat trip to turunc, and the dalyan check out. I can recommend all of these. We thoroughly enjoyed all the trips. The jeep safari takes you up in to the hills, has some fun with water pistols and buckets of water ( do be prepared to get wet) visits a village house, a honey producer, a couple of swim stops and lunch is included. we upgraded to include a visit to a hammam at the end of the trip with a turkish bath and aromatehrapy massage for £42 each for the day. The trip to turunc was great. The taxi takes you down to marmaris harbour from where a boat takes you to turunc. Again there are a couple of swim stops and lunch is provided. Turunc is also a beautiful little place.
The last trip was dalyan check out. This can also be done as a stand alone trip. As we were not flying till 2300 it was a great option for the final day. You are picked up by coach and taken to dalyan with a couple of stops at places of interest on the way. On arrival at dalyan you go on a boat and are taken across to the mud baths for a dip and a dip in the sulphur pool. you then go for lunch at a riverside restaurant before boarding the boat again. You are taken to turtle beach via the lycian tombs and a blue crab seller who attempts to coax the loggerhead turtles to surface ( we saw one!) . You are given some free time on the beach before being taken to a hotel to shower get changed and have evening meal before relaxing untill transport arrives to take you for your flight. The cost of this great day was £45 each and can strongly recommend it.
On the whole this is a wonderful place perfectly located away from marmaris. Sort out the entertainment team/programme , get some do not disturb signs for the rooms and maybe create a second bar and this place would be perfect.
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- Also Known As:
- Magic Life Hotel Marmaris
- Magic Life Marmaris
- Marmaris Magic Life Hotel