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CLC Apollonium Spa & Beach
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Milas
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Stayed two weeks ago, 7 of us, 5 adults and 2 kids, had a 3 bed apartment . Booked transfer with Bodrumtransfers which was £175 return and the cheapest I could find including the company recommended on CLC website. It is about a 90 min transfer along bumpy roads but not too bad . We booked a child seat which was provided but only have lap belts to hold it in so had to hold the top of the seat to stop it moving about too much. You dont pay in advance and didn't have £ to pay the driver and their lira exchange rate was far from favourable so had to haggle. Recommend paying in £ !
Apartment was lovely with the master bedroom having an en-suite, didn't bother using the jacuzzi on the upstairs balcony. Two problems with the TV and fuse box but they were quickly fixed.
The resort itself was lovely and clean. The shop is a bit expensive and limited so you need to go into town to do a 'big' shop. The bus service they run between the resort and Akbuk the local town is great at 4 lira per person and takes about 25 mins to get there. There is more than one supermarket in town at the bus stops at both of them - warning - Kipa doesn't have Baked Beans!
We ate twice in Akbuk - Pasa and Liman Cafe - both very good and well priced.
Pint prices at the resort were reasonable but soft drinks expensive. Don't get soft drinks served to you around the pool buy from the shop it's half the price. Food from the snack bar was excellent , well priced and will serve around the pool. Evening entertainment was limited and not overly good.
The main pool itself is lovely but despite a sign saying 'No Reserving Sunbeds' people were doing this. At 10am most of the sunbeds had towels on them and it was hours before anyone sat on them. We complained to reception who said we should take the towels off ourselves to which I replied it wasn't for us to do that and end up in a row with people. A CLC rep said Security would come and remove the towels but that never happened. One morning we found 'poo' on the side and in the pool which another holidaymaker cleaned up. It is possible it came from one of a few younger kids/babies that parents were allowing to run around/swim without nappies on. If they had staff monitoring the pool area then neither of the aforementioned issues would occur. They could definitely squeeze in a few more sunbeds but there excuse was that the pools at each block of apartments had plenty of free beds. That was true but most people will come to the main pool where the bar, restaurant, kids water slides and beach are. Kids water slides are very good but the beach is a bit small.
If you are a CLC member you won't be surprised that we were getting the sales pitch to go and see Kudassi resort and find out about the important recent changes to our membership. They tried to entice us with free lunch and transport into Kudassi and we could also go shopping to the bazaars and supermarket with the free transport. We declined as when we went to Malaga a 'few hours' turns into most of the day. Surprise surprise the following day another rep came and saw us to try and persuade us again - 'it's your holiday and we wouldn't push you into anything but.....' We declined again. Overall a very good holiday, lovely resort and staff were fine. Manage the pool area a bit better and it would have been a 5 out of 5.

Room Tip: The rooms and blocks nearest to reception seemed nicer than the ones at the rear of the resort. We w...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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CLCWorld, Guest Relations Manager at CLC Apollonium Spa & Beach, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

Thank you for taking the the time to post your comments and I was pleased to see that you enjoyed your accommodation. I have noted your comments about the pool area - we do respectfully ask guests to desist from reserving sun loungers as we believe that in a relaxed, holiday environment it is better for people to 'police' themselves. In the same way we do ask parents to keep a close eye on their children, especially in the swimming pool area, and would be ready to act if inapporporiate behaviour was reported at reception. We regret any inconvenience caused and very much value feedback from our guests as it helps us to maintain our standards of service.
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Weather was wonderful and apartment upstairs clean there were just two adults and I feel that for more people the single bathroom would be a problem. The on site shop was wickedly expensive as was the restaurant. The waiting staff were very badly managed, willing but inept lots of people but unable to cope with diners on 7 tables, we often found ourselves going to the till point to ask for the sweet menu or for our bill.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had a brilliant time at this hotel. The place is very clean & tidy childrens club & so many things to do, they loved the water slides. The life gaurd Kaplan even taught our gran kids to swim without arm bands. The restaurants were very good value and had some excellent dishes. The staff were very young and new but tried there hardest to please. The entertainment team work hard to get you to enjoy yourself but are not overboard. The apartment was excellent with a hot tub and all modern facilities overall a fantastic holiday. The only down side was holiday taxis taking nearly 4 hours from the airport nearly as long as the flight. That was from Izmir & not Bodrum which is closer. Would it put us off visiting again NO !!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

A great place to stay if you like to be far off the beaten track. We flew from London to Izmir and drove to the resort with rental car. Driving is not for the faint hearted. We followed our own way as directions are only the first time when you are 200 metres from the resort. Beautiful villas and grounds kept in pristine condition. We had friendly check in and someone who showed the way to the villa. Unfortunately our jacuzzi didn't work and only had cold water.
Spend days relaxing at the beach and swimming. Husband went for turkish shave but was so dissapointed to be taken to small room and not in spa area. The shop is very expensive and better to drive to Bozbuk and buy at the 3 supermarkets (10 miles away). A lovely mother's day tea was set on by staff , a welcome reception and our beds made one night. Lovely touch!
The spent a day in Ephesus which was absolutely fantastic! Need a full day to explore.
The highlight at the resort was the boat trip of snorkelling at different bays and lunch at Paridise island. Clear turqouise water but no marine life at all.
Great once off place to go and relax! The restaurants on the beach run by local people are amazing. The resort restaurant very expensive. We had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

if you are a 60-something baby-boomer and look back fondly on your holidays in the seventies on Greek islands in beach bars eating souvlaki and drinking beer but now want/need clean sheets, fridge/freezers, clean water and air-conditioning, then this place could be for you. It is remote, so if you need others to entertain you instead of being self-sufficient then it may not be. There were lots of people there who have returned...that's always a good sign..We will go back We went in May before their high season started, so it may be much different in the summer. The resort is immaculate, friendly, well-managed and situated right on the waterfront. There are 3 beach bars next to the resort forming a wonderful juxtaposition to the resort. One of them- the best one- has skylarks nesting in the roof with their babies. It's called Doganays. Behind the bars are small farms. So there are cows, sheep, goats, hens and geese just over the road from the resort...together with a cockerel who likes the sound of his own voice. There is a regular shuttle bus going into Akbuk about 20 mins away. It's a rapidly expanding village and will look different in 5 years. You can even shop at Kipa...owned by Tesco!
If you are looking at CLC's brochure and trying to decide between this or Kusadasi, we went there for the day. It was bigger, brasher, as far out of Kusadasi as we were from Akbuk, but up in the hills. The site was more compressed, higher rise, had much better facilities, but we preferred Apollonium. Kusadasi would be much better if you are into golf. The golf course and the clubhouse were superb.
Don't do your airport transfer with HolidayTaxis though....rubbish and incompetent.

Room Tip: We were in one of the best apartments on the site...one of CLCs D level ones, and right at the front...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

If you choose this spot, you should consider that it takes you nearly one hour from Bodrum airport in the day time to get there through a narrow and windy road up and down the mountains.

If you look for a remote place with sunshine and the water to enjoy,this may be good for you.The nearest small village,Akbuk, is nearly 10 km away with regular shutle buses (Dolmush) .The supermarkets in nearby Akbuk are really good and you can get all you need as the restaurant in Appolonium is expensive.

Apartment are lovely; clean and well equipped for the self-catering and the staff are friendly.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

The transfer journey from the airport to the resort was late in the evening, and the taxi driver took the quick inside road through the mountains. This was a scary ride as we were not aware of this and thought we were being kidnapped, as it was very rough and pitch black. After a 45minute journey, we made it to the resort.

The resort staff were friendly, check in was quick and easy and the apartment was very well maintained, with all the necessary equipment for self catering.
However husband got bitten by Mosquitos, and being over 6ft tall, didn't fit on the beds, so we slept in the living room on the sofa beds.
Our apartment was on the ground floor, even though there was a hot tub, we were reluctant to use it, as people were freely walking around the area as there were no boundaries.
The resort is in the middle of no where, but you can take cheap ride into town, which is advised for food and groceries.

Restaurant in the resort is very pricey, so well worth having dinner in the town nearby, plenty of restaurants, lots of fresh food and locals are very nice.

Entertainment and activities were ok, but you may decide to take boat ride to other towns.

Our 1 week holiday felt like 2 weeks, but we were very well relaxed at the end of it.

Room Tip: Don't stay on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tatlikuyu Mevkii, Bozbuk Koyu, Milas 48200, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Milas
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Milas
#1 Spa Hotel in Milas
Price Range: $46 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — CLC Apollonium Spa & Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 350
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Also Known As:
Apollonium Club La Costa Spa And Beach Resort
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