Deserving of 5* rating! The staff are friendly and helpful, as are the Turkish people in Icmeler. Everything is well organized and spotlessly clean. We asked for a sea view room, which we nearly got. All rooms, apart from suites, are on the side of the hotel. You can see the sea from the balcony. Personally I wouldn't bother. The gardens are much more attractive, so ask for a pool facing room. Rooms with odd numbers get the sun in the morning and most of the day. We had 149 and it was great, sun and a good view. The location is excellent, from the gardens you step over a communal pathway and you're on the beach. From the hotel, a minutes walk and you're in the shopping and restaurant/bar area. So no need for taxis! The hotel beach (Grit /shingles- no good for sand castles) is clean with good access to the water, which has blue-flag rating for cleanliness.
The only negative aspect of the hotel was the health centre and indoor pool, which was advertised as heated. My wife used the pool which was very cold, and disturbingly was left in the pool after closing time (7pm). There was no clock and no-one from the staff thought to check if anyone was left in the pool before locking the doors. This was reported, and the management apologized. This area of the hotel is not actually owned by the hotel it appears to be a separate franchise!
The food we thought was very good and plenty of it!
We start the day with breakfast, cooked or cold.
Then there is a late breakfast- for late risers.
Then there's lunch-hot and cold.
After that -snacks, and later tea and ice cream.
Evening meal. again plenty of choice- meats, fish, salads and vegetables, and deserts, generally light and typically Greek and Turkish.
And to finish off- there's late night soup.
We heard people moan about the food. These people should not go to Turkey or anywhere foreign! They really should stick to Brighton or Skegness!
One comment from our far northern cousins-" ...we really prefer prawn cocktails and smoked salmon and thick juicy rump steaks.." As I said, these people should not be in Turkey. They're an embarrassment!!
The bedrooms themselves were kept spotless. The en-suite was rather tired and in need of new fittings. But everything worked!! We were kept supplied with clean towels and soaps etc. The beds were great, unless you're a honeymooner! We asked for double bed, we got two singles pushed together with single bedding. It wasn't a problem, it was to hot!!!.
We would recommend this hotel to any one, young and old. We went last week in September, it was hot!! 34deg. So beware!!
Effeses- the ancient ruin. Only for the very keen archaeologist and people who enjoy looking at lumps of rock without knowing why. It was hot, crowded, noisy and about 3.5hrs from the resort by coach. Consider it very carefully. You can always buy the video.
Turunc- a nearby resort is worth a boat ride for 7.5 TL. Small place, nice beach, very clean water and nice place to eat.
I would recommend going 'all inclusive'. Apart from food, you get most of your drinks free ( They normally tell you if it's not included) Also free mattresses for sunloungers.
Never mind the 'Whinging-Brits', go and enjoy it.
Tony and Claire
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The five star Hotel Aqua is nicely situated on the South Western tip of Turkey, where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet. Hotel Aqua is located only 7 kilometers from Marmaris City Center and 110 kilometers from Dalaman Airport. This unbeatable beachfront location provides proximity to shopping, night life, restaurant and bars as well as fantastic excursions which Icmeler generously offers. Comfortable rooms, exquisite culinary experiences, luxurious Spa and Wellness centre, combined with spectacular views and unparalleled service, will guarantee a perfect stay and unforgettable memories. ... more less
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