Candan Apart Hotel is a lovely little self catering hotel, not to be confused with its sister hotel, Club Candan. I've visited twice, once with one friend and then we took another back with us. This hotel was ideal for a quiet getaway in the sun, and is only 10 minutes or so walk from Bar Street where the night life is...far enough away to avoid the drunken teenagers though.
The Apart Hotel's entrance is situated just down a side street off the main strip in Marmaris Old Town. Within 2 minutes walk there must be 20 restaurants...The best we found was the Queen Vic. On our first stay we tried a massive range of places, but on the second holiday we stuck with the Queen Vic as the food is gorgeous, the price is brilliant and the staff are the perfect hosts.
The hotel itself is two buildings either side of a reasonable sized swimming pool. We never struggled to find a sun lounger or two, but we waited until the afternoon when the sun worshippers had moved off to cool down!! There is a 24 hour reception and a shop for the basics which is open from early until late. The hotel has a restaurant and a poolside bar, but we found that there was better entertainment to be found out on the strip. The hotel rooms were cleaned on a '2 days on, 1 day off' scheme. The cleaning ladies were lovely, and very thorough. They speak little English sadly, but we did leave a tip so I hope they felt our appreciation.
There are shops immediately local which stay open practically 24 hours. This can be handy if you run out of the essentials like toilet roll at the wrong time of day... In Turkey the hotels only provide loo roll on arrival, after that you have to fend for yourself, but it is so cheap in the shops it's not a massive deal.
The beach is less than half a mile away, where you can hire a sun lounger for 5 lira for a whole day. The sand is hot and if you get a lounger you have a parasol which helps. The water is crystal clear and incredibly salty. If you aren't touching the sea bed you'll find your feet start to float behind you to the surface!
The main shopping arcade is a short walk along the beach, and this is where you'll find all of the 'Genuine Fake' goods... that's what the shops call them!! There is also a KFC (which serves Fish, who knew?) and a Tesco. This is right next to the Marina where the Gulet tours begin and end.
The Gulet trips are a good day out. (And I say this after our boat broke down in the harbour, and we had to climb from boat to boat to be rescued!!) Our trip took us around the Turquoise coast to various deep water swimming spots (You can't sink it's too salty) and then after feeding us dropped us off at a little town called Turunc for some shopping. The shops here were much cheaper than in Marmaris (which is VERY cheap anyway), but the shopkeepers were a bit more, well stereotypical I suppose. The boat then made a stop off in Icmeler to drop off anybody staying there before heading back to Marmaris marina. This was a brilliant day, but we felt we needed to go downstairs away from the sundeck on the way back as we'd had enough sun.
If you travel with Thomson then I have a massive recommendation for you...take advantage of their last day excursion. This saves you a long wait from checkout at 10am until collection for your flight at about midnight!!! They pick you up at about 8am and take you on a bus to a resort called Dalyan. On the way you stop off at a Turkish Carpet Factory (interesting first time, not so second time!!) and also to a souvenir shop.
When you get to Dalyan you head straight to a hotel room which they loan you for the evening (included in excursion fee). You drop off your bags and head straight onto a boat for a short trip to the Turkish Mud Baths. You spend the morning in the baths before heading back to the hotel for inclusive lunch. After lunch there's a lovely boat trip to Turtle Beach, the most immaculate but scorchingly hot beach in Mugla. After sunning on the beach for the afternoon it's back onto the boat for inclusive tea and chill time in your hotel room (you can use the hotel pool, shower, nap...anything.) until the pickup for the short trip to the airport. Just be aware that as the sun sets, Dalyan becomes a bit of a mosquito haven, but that's not too much of an issue.
I would go back to this hotel every year if I didn't want to see the rest of the world... I'd happily return every year with not a qualm.
Small notes -
* The mosque will wake you at 5.30 am for the first night, after that you more than get used to it, you start to enjoy the singing.
* The hotel is in a semi-residential area, so don't be alarmed if you hear the neighbours' pet cow mooing!!
* You need much less money than you think, I spent the equivalent of £150-£180 for a week, including all meals, and lots of 'Genuine Fake' shopping
* Buy a bottle of alcohol on the way out if you like a drink in the hotel, alcohol in the shops is the only expensive thing out there!!!
* Most rooms in building 2 can access wifi from the Villa Dream restaurant over the road... Eat there the first night and get the wifi code on your phone/iPod/iPad etc, and you'll be able to go online from your balcony!!!!
Enjoy your trip!!!!!!
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