3x Adults 50, 54, and 28 years
1x Child, 7 years.
Self catering holiday
My 7 year old Grandson was so upset when it was time to leave the Club Aquarium that he was reduced to tears! He did not want to leave.
“What a ‘Brilliant Holiday!”
As an opening statement to a review it will probably tell you, that I would thoroughly recommend these self catering apartments to anybody wishing to visit Icmeler.
But: If it's ‘Plush Accommodation’, ‘Spacious Rooms’, ‘Soft Beds’ TV’s,
Room Service and an all inclusive lifestyle you are looking for…
THEN READ NO FURTHER!
THIS PLACE IS NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA!
If all you need is a spotlessly clean and adequate place to
Brush your teeth, Shower, shave and sleep!!
A place to call home. A wardrobe to hang your clothes. Spotless Cooking facilities.
A ‘lockable safe’ to keep your valuables.
Beautiful views and secluded surroundings. Clean swimming pools.
A place to eat…a little shop… and a bar stool to prop your bottom on!
(‘When ‘Topping Up’ Turkish with EFES Beer’)
Wonderful friendly staff. Genuine Turkish hospitality
Then this is the place for you! Go for it…you will not be disappointed!
Visitors return to the Club Aquarium year after year and I can see why…
It has the ‘X’ FACTOR!
Can’t quite put my finger on its charm?
A little raggy round the edges maybe?
Having travelled extensively in Turkey in many resorts over the years, I have sampled many types of Hotel from the ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ to PANSION (small and friendly) to Turkish Gullet (Sailing Vessel)
The Club Aquarium will rate as my top accommodation!
Turkey is a country that is developing its Tourist Industry quite rapidly.
In some cases not always for the better!
The Club Aquarium has managed to strike the right balance between traditional Turkey and Tourist Turkey.
At the Club Aquarium, EAST really does meet WEST.
The Sister Hotel (THE GRAND AQUARIUM ICMELER) however, is a little more commercialised which takes the edge away from the Turkish charm.
The Club Aquarium sits on the outskirts of Icmeler Old Village (SOUTH WEST) about a mile from the sea and the beach front.
The Apartments are nestled into the hillside surrounded by beautiful mature gardens and pine clad woodland. It is not overlooked. However being located in a hill-side, it may be unsuitable for those with walking difficulties.
The views from the grounds are picturesque and outstanding!
When the sun rises in the morning the apartments and its facilities capture the sun from early morning until early evening.
(High Season JULY / AUGUST)) 07:00 to 17:30.
The nearest shops and bars are about a 10 minute walk
This is also the location of the nearest Dolmus bus (Local Transport) into Icmeler.
If you reach this location you are half way there!!
The Dolmus is approximately 85p, regardless of the distance (ABOUT 2 TURKISH LIRA)
The walk into Icmeler is approximately 20 minutes (downhill) however the return can be a little more demanding (especially high season) when the uphill final ¼ mile is a “BIT OF A HIKE” in the soaring heat! (DAYTIME)
However, a Taxi from Icmeler/Club Aquarium/Icmeler will cost about
£3.50 (Per taxi), if you are not able to walk these distances.
ICMELER / MARMARIS
Icmeler is located about 8 KM from Marmaris (The smaller of the two resorts)
Marmaris is now a huge bustling resort and a little intimidating
to the (UNINITIATED)
In comparison to Icmeler which is still very lively but with a level of restraint.
Loud music after midnight is kept to a minimum,
There are still many lively nightspots and restaurants which are more family orientated.
I suppose the only way to describe the comparison between Marmaris and Icmeler is......That Icmeler is “NOT IN YOUR FACE!”
Marmaris can also be reached by Dolmus ‘85p’, A Taxi is about £8.70 and Water Taxi, a small boat, (From the Beach Front) about £3.50.
The Dolmus runs until about 01:00 am. The Water Taxi until about 19:00hrs. A normal and a Taxi will be available 24 hours a day.
(Ideal for the Marmaris Nightlife which continues until the early hours)
Caution…The night prices of Taxis may vary!
The criteria for working out how expensive your taxi back home is…depends on how drunk you are!
CLUB AQUARIUM FACILITIES
36 in total on 3 Floors.
All have balconies which face the sun for most of the day. The balconies are equipped with a washing line and 4 x plastic garden furniture type chairs with a small table.
The views from the rooms overlook the pools with Icmeler in the distance. Brilliant!
The rooms are “Small basic and a little raggy around the edges!!” is probably the best way to describe them!
I suppose the constant use during the high season puts its facilities through the mill!
Two beds (HARD!) and a double wardrobe (separate bedroom)
and two single Sofa/Chair Beds in the living area.
Ideal for two adults and two small children….Four adults…will be a little cramp to say the least!
The rooms are also equipped with a separate shower, basin and toilet.
A fixed hairdryer is also installed.
Catering/kitchen facilities consist of a microwave/grill oven.
A two ring hob.
A selection pans, cutlery and crockery and glasses.
There is also a sink unit with cupboards (below and above)
A small round dining table with four chairs.
Air conditioning is available (free) between the hours of 07:00 and 10:00hrs in the morning and 17:00hrs and 20:00hrs in the evening.
If you require additional air conditioning this is payable (locally) at an additional cost of £30 a week.
(In High season it is advisable that you have Air Conditioning!!) Tempratures were reaching 50C+ so allow an extra £60 (2 weeks worth) for the added comfort!
HOWEVER: remember that if you are not in your room the Key is not inside the power saving electric slot, (The Air Conditioning will be switched off along with all the other electric facilities) with exception to the fridge which remains powered at all times.
(SLEEP WITH THE FRIDGE DOOR OPEN!)
The rooms also have marble tile floors and dark blue curtains which assist in keeping the room cool.
A small safety deposit box is fixed inside the bottom of the wardrobe
(AT THE BACK UNDER THE BOTTOM SHELF!!) you almost have to lay down on the floor to get the thing open!
The key is available from the reception at an additional cost of approximately £6.50 per week.
The cleaners attend your room and will change your sheets and towels every day. The rooms are left spotlessly clean!
The cleaners are brilliant!
The bedroom sits at the back of the apartment and its only natural light is through the door and a small window which opens onto the stairwell. A little dark maybe but this assists (Slightly) in keeping the room cool.
Also when the door is closed (and you don't want to be disturbed), you can't hear the morning prayer call from the Mosque at "silly O'clock in the morning"!
However if you do close the door. it shuts out the Air Conditioning circulation and the room is very stuffy.
Open from 07:30 in the morning to 19:00 in the evening
There are 3 pools at the Club Aquarium.
A small baby/paddling pool about 0.3 m deep (Upstairs).
A top pool (upstairs) and a bottom pool (downstairs) are connected by a water slide.
The top (upstairs) pool has a depth of about 1.6m to 2.3m.
At its deepest point you can dive down and view through 3 x thick panelled windows located behind the bar.
It is here you can amuse the drinkers by UNDER-WATER MOONING through the window!! Enough said! Naughty!
The top pool also has a fountain as a water feature.
The bottom pool is about 1.55m deep.
Both pools are built with gradual stone steps and traditional ‘Ladder type’ steps.
The slide and water feature are turned on twice a day for half an hour.
Between (11:00 and 11:30 in the morning) & (15:00 and 15:30 in the afternoon)
I must admit I was a little disappointed when I heard that the slide were not in use for longer periods during the day, but this limited period actually made sense!
The two periods of use are fully supervised and the kids wait in anticipation for the opening.
After ½ an hour of running up the steps and sliding down the slide they are all exhausted! The novelty ‘kind of’ wears off and the screaming and shouting of the exited kids (AND ADULTS) dies down, bringing the hotel and its surroundings back to a decibel level more acceptable to
grumpy grand-dads like me!!
If you are a non swimmer and shorter than 5’5” you will not be able to stand on the floor of the pool (Only on the steps!)
I am a tall geezer (5' 6") ?? and I just managed to stand up on my 'TIP TOES' with the water splashing my chin!
My wife is a non swimmer (AND EVEN SHORTER) and she purchased a pair of armbands! She even amazed me by swimming in the deep parts.
Don’t worry…if you can’t swim. There will be others! There were quite a few members ‘ADULT ARMBAND CLUB!”
Sunbeds: always a bone of contention wherever you go!
The rule is…TOWELS WILL BE REMOVED IF PLACED ON THE SUNBEDS BEFORE 07:30 IN THE MORNING.
As per usual the rules are frequently broken and the towels mysteriously appear before 07:30!
I watched in amazement one morning as the Hotel Security Officer attempted to stamp his authority on the ruling. To no avail !!
He lost the battle!
Keeping a vigil on two fronts (THE TOP AND BOTTOM POOL) was like watching 'The Battle of the Little Bighorn , also known as Custer's Last Stand!'
In the end he failed as the rampant Red Indians finally surrounded him and placed their towels to claim their territory.
I give him 10 out of 10 for trying!
Some days (however) there seems to be more than enough sunbeds.
I suppose it depends on how many guests are accommodated in the apartments and how many are away on excursions.
In total I counted 72 Sunbeds which is enough to share (2 per room)
You cant really fit any more around the poolside!
Food and Drink
The bar and restaurant are open from about 08:00 in the morning and serve a selection of Breakfast and Lunch snacks.
There is also an evening menu for those wishing to dine at the hotel.
All meals are served under parasol adjacent to the pool.
A full English (Mega Breakfast) is approx £3:50 and lunch snacks vary from Burgers to Pizza etc Kids Menus also available.
Whatever you choose you will be hard pushed to spend over £6.00.
A Large (EFES) Beer is approximately £1.75.
Evening meals are a little more expensive and the menu offers a selection of Turkish as well as International Cuisine. The average meal is about £8.00 to £10.00.
There is a small Supermarket selling a few basic necessities such as water, bread, milk biscuits, newspapers etc, as well as a selection of inflatable lilo’s and floating beach novelties.
These are slightly more expensive than the shops in town.
The nearest (BIGGISH) Supermarket (TANSAS) is about a 15 minute walk.
Currency can be changed at the reception but I would advise that you check the rates elsewhere before you buy…there are loads of good currency deals at the little shops or in the exchange offices.
In addition the Club Aquarium you are also invited to use the facilities at the Grand Aquarium (Sister Hotel)
ABOUT A 15 minute walk.
This is a bigger establishment and has more facilities.
A Turkish Bath and Beauty Spa.
A larger Supermarket & Restaurant.
A Kids Animation team and Night Entertainment programme.
Turkish nights etc.
Just ask at the reception and the hotel transport will shuttle you back and forth (as and when required).
Rather than taking money down to the pool area you can obtain a WRISTBAND
From the reception (£6 deposit refundable).
Simply credit the wristband with your desired amount and use it to purchase
Food, drinks and goods within the complex (Grand Aquarium also).
Each time your wristband is used the transaction produces a receipt showing your balance and the items purchased.
I found them very handy and it saves messing about with money in the pool area.
A Doctor is available at the complex daily.
Well what more can I say…I hope I have covered everything you need to know.
I am sure that if you decide to make the Club Aquarium your chosen holiday, you will not be disappointed.
As I mentioned earlier many visitors return again and again and are totally hooked!
I may just give it another go myself… if its not already booked up!
(IF IT KEEPS MY GRANDSON HAPPY THEN THATS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!)
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- Also Known As:
- Club Aquarium Hotel Icmeler
- Aquarium Hotel Marmaris