When we arrived at the hotel in the middle of the night it was so quiet! It was beautifully clean and the room (205) was spotless.
I will get my very few moans out of the way first.
1. We went as a couple, we are 25 and 26. Most of the people in the hotel were older couples, which suited us as we weren’t bothered about making friends etc. However, the staff, for the first few days, didn’t like us. We were ignored at dinner, we were the only table on at least two occasions that were sat in complete darkness at the table when all others had their candles lit. They never came to us to wait on us drinks wise. After a few days this really started to irritate me, at the end of the day, surely our money is as good as any of the older couples???
2. Some of the male staff are very interested in women, again, on one occasion we were sat at the dinner table in the dark for at least half an hour, two girls sat down at the table and immediately the staff (male) lit their candle, very annoying, my partner was nothing but nice to these people trying to engage in conversation etc, but still no joy. They were quite rude and made me feel unwelcome to be honest. They continually asked us for our room number to check whether or not we were even staying at the hotel, this was fine if we were buying something, but most of the time we weren’t. This eventually stopped after a few days and they realised we are quite friendly and that we could actually afford to stay in the hotel. Then they were as nice as pie! Especially Hassan and Tallest who work 24/7 seemingly without breaks and are always friendly, still more friendly to groups of girls but friendly none the less!!
3. Just tell the people that try to sell you the spa treatments in the hotel no on the first day, if you are friendly to them they sit on your sun bed with you and don’t leave you alone and are again more interested in the women!!!
Ok so some people may not be bothered by these things and to be honest it wouldn’t put us off going again, we would happily return next year.
The views from the room are stunning, the pool area, rooms and beach are literally spotless, the sand is even raked over so that the next morning it is fresh for the day. You have Tallest running around after you on the beach and barely have to list a finger.
The hotel is in a perfect location away from the hussle and the hasstle of the bars/restaurants further down.
The views literally are breath taking from any rooms even the ones along the side!!!
The restaurant next door Leodikya's is nice food and cheaper than the hotel for lunch, although to be honest we struggled, being half board, to spend our money, everywhere is pretty cheap.
The food is ok, there’s plenty of choice, some days if we went for dinner after 8 it was a little cold to be honest but the soups were amazing! Don’t put too much cheese in your tomato soup or you will end up eating it with a knife and fork!!
We booked a trip VIP blue cruise with Thomson’s. This was £36.00 each and was well worth the money! We had lovely food and around 7 hours on the boat out at sea and swimming in the beautiful coves! Please take money with you as the food is included but the drinks are not, some people didn’t take money, i can imagine without a drink it would have been torture! Also a man takes lovely photos throughout the day and you can buy all of your photos at the end for 30 Turkish lira which at the time we went was about £10 well worth it! The drive through Marmaris to get to the trip made us realise we had made the right hotel and resort choice by staying in Icmeler!!
Just some tips for you about Turkey in general that no one told us
At the airport when you arrive you have to buy a Turkish Visa, they will only except £10 sterling, we didn’t know this and had to change money back again which was extortionate.
On the way back we had 1kg overweight, but they wouldn’t allow us to pay for it on our card or in Turkish lira?? They wanted Euros or English, which to me is ridiculous but our currency is obviously more valuable!
Also, to get to Fantasia hotel, you are taken from the airport by coach, then you have to get in a taxi half way there as the coaches can’t get down the hill, this was the same on the way back, we were picked up by taxi and then dropped at a coach park in the middle of nowhere, waited for half an hour in the heat and were then picked up on an already full coach to sit by people you didn’t know for the two hour journey along the petrifyingly high roads up the mountain!
Other than those small issues, we would go back we had a lovely chilled clean comfortable 11 night holiday!!!!!!!
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