great time at club aida marmaris
myself and my family have just returned from club aida apartments marmaris turkey,we stayed there from 25th August for two weeks, this was the best apartments we have stayed in. I have been to turkey 5 years and can honestly say it was very clean,friendly and spacious. The pool was a very good size infact the pictures for these apartments don't lie as do some others. We couldnt of asked for a better place to stay. The location was good to. There is plenty to do in the evenings with a variety of entertainment especially the Turkish evening that was amazing. Thank you to all the staff for making our holiday fantastic. There is a card system used for paying for food etc at club aida and i did have some reservations before going but i have to say this is a good idea as you do get receipts for everything,needless to say we had alot of receipts at the end of our stay.The rooms were cleaned daily and towels changed daily. What more can i say except we cant wait to go back.
loved club aida
club aida this was amazing, this was ther best holiday ever, the entertainment was amazing the team was fantastic they were so friendly, i miss them all so much, this was really the iceing on the cake!
this holiday was so good im going back next yaer i really cant waitxxxxxxxx
Great holiday despite Club Aida
Firstly can I start with the positives. The hotel is lovely, the rooms are immaculate and the location is excellent. I would also have to say that I had a really great holiday but that was not because of Club Aida, it was in spite of Club Aida. I have never encountered a bunch of so called entertainers who loved themselves so much. Initially they were okay to speak to but to be honest the entertainment provided was very average and thats being kind !
Food was very average and the waiter service not good, in fact I left money on the table on one occasion and one of the waiters lifted it I thought jokingly saying "Thats my tip". Eventually after 15 mins I had to approach him and ask for my money back. Dont know who was more embarrased, me or him.
The price of the holiday was soon added to by having to pay £50 for air conditioning and £20 for a safe. Dont trust the jeweller as far as you can throw him, but the Spa guys were friendly enough.
The pool staff dont go out their way to help you. On one occasion I asked for a Turkish breakfast at 12.05 pm and was told that they finished at 12md. Hardly a hardship as all they had to do was boil an egg !! That may sound very petty but things like that went on throughout the two weeks.
I certainly wouldnt recommend this to people who want a quieter holiday as the pool was very noisy especially with loud drunken males.
All in all I really enjoyed the holiday but the Aida is certainly a hotel I would never re visit as once was enough.
Dont let that put you off Marmaris because in general it is a great place for a holiday.
how can anyone fail to enjoy this jewel of a hotel
i've just read a review about club aida, how anyone cannot enjoy themselves there is a mystery. we stayed for two weeks and it wasn't enough. every single member of staff from security, cleaners, bar staff, waiters, entertainment team, every single one of them are brilliant. i've been to marmaris many times but this hotel beats anything i've ever stayed in anywhere in the world. turkish people are the best people i've met and they go out of their way to look after you. there was 15 of us from liverpool and everyone of us loved it there. the entertainment is brilliant and you don't need to got out of the hotel, because everything is there for you. hairdressers, doctor, pub, good tatooist, shop, hey i'd love to meet the people who didn't enjot themselves they must be miserable. i'd recommend club aida to anyone and i have done. i can't wait to go back again.... the staff maid our holiday and we'll never forget them. cheers joe, kirkby, liverpool YNWA !
Let me start by saying its the 5th time i have been to turkey, but this holiday has to be one of the best times there, because the hotel was great, it is so clean, the food was lovely, and all the staff were great they are so freindly and would go out of there way to help, I will be going back next year to club aida because you will not find a better hotel, it has everything, most holidays i go on i do not spend much time in hotel, but the staff there are great fun, they made our holiday.
Best apts ever stayed in
I have just returned after a wonderful 2 week holiday at Club Aida. Two adults and two kids (10 & 14). When I booked this holiday in Aug 2007, Apts. were shown in Thompsons brochure as an artist impression. Must admit I was a bit worried coming up to our departure date as to whether or not the building work would be 100% completed. I need not have worried. This turned out to be the best apartments we have ever stayed in. It had everything we needed. Well designed kitchen area with toaster, kettle, microwave, electric rings, fridge and air conditioning (payable-but no big expense). The staff were very friendly, curtious and helpful both in bar/restaurant and reception desk. No matter what you asked nothing was a problem. Maids were in every day and towels & bed linen changed every other day. The pool was first class. really big with a separate smaller pool with slides - great fun. There was also a baby pool for the little ones. Food in the restaurant was very good and not pricey although we did think the alchohol was more expensive than the surrounding bars which in my opinion was a fault as we nearly always went elsewhere in the evening (as did a lot of the other guests) and just ended with a night-cap at Club Aida. Daily/nightly entertainment was very good and well organised especially the Turkish BBQ night. All the food you could eat and with the usual friendly service. On site there was a small shop, (essentials were a bit overpriced but excellent supermarket which could give Tesco a run for their money was close by and if stocking up for a few days, the taxi ride cost approx. £2.50) massage/turkish bath (recommended), fitness suite, hairdressing, tattoo parlour and very good jewellry store. The walk into the centre of Marmaris was approx. 20mins although a Dolmus stopped outside apts. and for 1.25 lira you didn't need to walk in the heat. This excellent mode of transport can be found everywhere. I am very tempted to book again for 2009 even though I said I would not go the the same place two years in a row. We holidayed in Bodrum 2007 and loved it but would prefer Marmaris not only because of Apts. but it is much busier and lots more going on. We went on various trips and would highly recommend Dalyan mud baths and Gullet boat trips (went on two) great day out with food & drinks included. My partner and eldest son enjoyed a quad safari. Meanwhile there is an excellent waterpark directly behind Club Aida up on a hill which we could look up to from our balcony. I hope anyone intending to go to Club Aida will enjoy reading this review and if there are any questions you would like to ask me - then feel free.
Happy holidaying to anyone going there this season.
Was really looking forward to this holiday with my wife and friends having been to Club Candan the previous year. The hotel is spotless, very modern and is well situated. In addition the rooms were cleaned every day. Unfortunately there were many downsides, the main one being the exceptionally poor daytime entertainment. The staff do little to encourage people to participate in the activities which are to say the least limited. You get the same programme every day which collectively lasts about 60 mins. The entertainment staff are fine as long as you are female and in your 20's or 30's but overall that was the most dissapointing part of the holiday.
The daytime menu is okay and the quality is average but the night time food is very poor quality.
Other staff are very friendly at the start of the holiday but that becomes less and less as you approach the end of your holiday. The hotel shocked me to a certain extent because it seems to have adopted a 'Booze Britain' culture and every day we were there, it was noisy and wasted by idiots shouting and swearing around the pool.
The staff also seem to favour either English clients or supporters of Glasgow Rangers for some reason. I am not a great foorball fan but every time I mentioned I was Scottish they start talking about football and their love of Rangers. Thats the last thing I wanted to talk about on holiday. I would say that this is definately not for middle aged or older couples as it is very noisy and rowdy.
I will certainly consider returning to Marmaris but would not consider the Club Aida where the entertainment staff were particularly poor.
Club Aida is a lovely hotel, immaculate!!! The rooms have all you need, and at least twice a week, were beautifully set, beds decorated with flowers etc, our maid Bergil was absolutely fantastic and so friendly. The check in was very fast and efficient, you are in your room with your bags which are delivered by the staff within 10 minutes. It is situated in a very nice area, the pool is absolutely huge, it was lovely, the slides are off the pool, to the back of the hotel. But definatley no need to put towels out, there are enough beds for all the guests. You put money on a card to pay for everything however, this cuts off at 11.45 am on your last day, and they just say holiday finished, we only had a few lira left on ours, but, if every single guest has this, then the hotel is making a fortune, and who gets the money?
The Spa and staff are lovely, very friendly and no pushing to take their services, this cannot be said of the jewellers, when the jewellers realised we would not be buying anything, he just stopped talking to us, after pestering us for the first 3 days, the jeweller at the Club Candan was so nice in comparison, we all bought jewellery from him, his service was fantastic, the jeweller in the Aida, I would not trust.
The waiter service, this was ridiculous, I waited 40 minutes for beans on toast which was cold, this was typical of the waiter service, when you sat down, you had to try at least 10 minutes to get their attention, do check all receipts as they can rip you off, they are mostly interested in the young girls, the length of conversation here was always about are you English, no Scottish, ahhh Glasgow Rangers......no , then the rest of the week apparently you are only known by them saying Glasgow Rangers to you, maybe funny first couple of times, but, would be nice to actually ask my name and not what if any football team I support. That aside they weren’t that interested in talking to you anyway, they were more interested in the young girls, the football on the tv at the bar and holding conversations with each other!!! The food was ok for during the day, bit bland and rarely hot, you had to eat it fast as it was always lukewarm, at night do not even go there, outside you get a lovely meal literally anywhere, a huge plate and much cheaper, the hotel is almost the same menu as during the day, it is £10 not lira for 2 vodka and coke!!!!!
The entertainment team......for all they were nice talking to young children, there was not enough encouragement to play the games, the actual Thomson rep did a good job of her announcement for the kids club. Shaggy, Sergio, Oscar and the other one, I only read their names on their t shirts because they didn’t actually draw breath to me, however, to my friend Shaggy said, I am Shaggy you read about me on trip advisor...he really did have tickets on himself, they were getting money for nothing, and that about rounds up the entertainment team, the definatley didn’t entertain, me or the 6 people in my party. The entertainment did actually total around 60 mins for the entire day. We visited Club Candan last year, the entertainment team were outstanding, in particular Duane who walked round the pool encouraging all the children, adults to take part in the games, which we all did and had a fantastic holiday because of it. He knew all our names, as did the waiting staff. We had such a good time playing water polo etc, Shaggy etc idea of encouragement was to announce it once, set up the goals, then 15 minutes later take the goals down. Honestly if your looking for entertainment go to the Candan, the staff are outstanding, the waiting staff are outstanding and the hotel although smaller is fabulous. Due to the size of Aida, they should be inundated with people taking part in the fun, but, unfortunately not the case. All in all a fabulous holiday, but, we made our own entertainment elsewhere and definately go elsewhere for food, you don’t know what your missing!!!
Finally, if you get the chance go to see Cammy and the Shankettes in Marmaris town, they are fantastic!!!
First time in Turkey and will definitely be back. I booked this family holiday last minute and was quite hesitant as our previous 12 family holidays had been in the Balearics. The apartment was really nice; Plenty storage and everything you would need for a self catering holiday. The room was cleaned and fresh towels supplied every day and the bedding changed twice in the week. The place as a whole was spotless; I never saw any litter or even any insects either in the complex or Marmaris as a whole. There was never a problem getting a sunbed even after 11am. Every member of staff spoke English, even the cleaners. They are the friendliest I have ever known. The waiters, bar staff and animation team are always pleasant and try to joke with you all the time. It is obvious they all work well together and are all trying hard to keep the guests entertained. The evening entertainment is not quite up to Spanish standards but I think this is because the animation team don't yet know how to work the audience. The snacks were very nice and only slightly more expensive than in the town. The food at the turkish night was very good but we never ate there any other evening preferring to try the many restaurants around. We tried many traditional turkish dishes and found all the food to be fabulous. The market/bazaar in Marmaris on thursday was really good with a mix of authentic products and the usual cheap goods. Plenty shopping available with the opportunity to haggle till your hearts content. We never experienced any hassle and in fact found most people enjoyed a bit of banter. I would definitely recommend the apartments and my 15 year old son was all for going back next year. I prefer to try different places but will be returning to Turkey for the forseable future
Good as its reviews
Having booked this hotel via a picture in a brochure we were amazed to see such good reviews on all the sites and really looked forward to going on holiday. What can I say, it did not disappoint !! As a group of 16 we were unsure how the hotel would deal with us but they were fantastic. I e mailed them a few days before arrival and asked if we could be located on the same floor close together, this was arranged and made life so much easier. Rooms were lovely, a nice size and clean, we had a 2 bedroom apartment with 6 people in it and had no problems at all living in it for the week., Reception staff were very helpful and dealt wth a query on the card system quickly and efficiently, apart from 1 problem this worked really well for all of us, we did have 2 or 3 cards in each room and had no real issues. Staff at the bar/restaurant were fantastic and even arranged a surprise birthday cake for my nephew , this was done in the afternoon as they were aware that we were going out that evening and was free!! Prices do seem to have gone up throughout the resort as a whole, the hotel does not seem any more expensive than the rest of the town though, a full english breakfast averaged about £2 with turkish breakfasts a little more expensive. Certainly nowhere near as expensive as the UK though. We stayed in for 3 evening meals and really enjoyed the food and had no issues. We did try the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant which was a bit more expensive but excellent - none of us had a complaint about it. Also recommended is the Talk of the Town show at Cheers Bar, we went there on the evening of my nephews birthday. You can go down to the bar and book it yourself if you like rather than through the rep. The show was excellent, the food not so good, no choices only chicken and chips followed by fruit salad and cream, I really would recommend eating something before going there. The other issue with this place is the way that everyone is allowed to smoke in there, we were a party mixed with smokers and non smokers and all found it uncomfortable with poor ventilation. Seems strange this is allowed as our hotel has notices all around saying that smoking is now banned in enclosed places - makes you wonder how well this law is being enforced. Also did an all inclusive boat trip and Turtle beach trip, both booked via the little booth down the road from the hotel, about half the price as the organised tours with the rep and just as good with no problems. The spa in the hotel was very good and the staff really made the experience enjoyable, also 5 of us had a tattoo whilst we were there, good value for money average prices about half the price at home. Weather a bit mixed first few days with a fantastic elcetrical storm on the Friday. Lovely to watch the school children across the road in the morning lining up as well. Overall a very good experience and a place we would all be happy to return to.
Old ruins of the ancient Knidos; attracts tourists
View from the sea
prices, airport transfers, Mobiles, software, hardware, and turtles.
Hi everyone. Could some kind soul please give me up-to-date information on -
1. Prices. How expensive is eating out in Marmaris now in 2006? I've heard that things are getting more expensive. Mine is a family of 4 with 2 teenage gannets!
2. Am looking for transfer from and to Dalaman airport for around £40-£50 (GBP) max each way. Excel Airways - so doesn't seem to fit in with the local minibuses mentioned. Also can anyone recommend a firm for the return journey - punctuality is vital.
3. Mobiles. Anyone got any info on using mobiles abroad? Can you get a temporary PAYG simcard for use in Turkey so you can simply re-insert your contract simcard when you get back?
4. Software. Some say you can buy anything in the Bazarre. Does this include PC software? Is this cheaper in Turkey? Am especially interested in M$ Office.
5. Hardware. People say electrical goods in Turkey are expensive. Does this include consumable hardware? I.e. Digital camera cards.
6. Turtles. How far is Turtle Beach from Marmaris? We're going 1st fortnight in August. Am too old for clubbing (well, that's what 'er indoors says!) but I'd willingly spend a night under the stars watching/filming the baby turtle parade.
Sorry for so many questions, but hopefully any kind answers will informs others as well. Happy hols to you all.
P.S. We went to Side 2 years ago and for all the dislikes of some of being harassed by locals dragging you into restaurants and carpet shops, we loved it. The local people REALLY WERE VERY NICE. You only had to say "No, but maybe tomorrow" nicely and they left you alone. [And if you did go back, they remembered you and gave you an even better deal!]
RE: prices, airport transfers, Mobiles, software, hardware, and turtles.
I work for an independant travel agency and we offer return coach transfers for a family of 4 for £92.00.
We use a very good company and in 4 years we have never had a complaint - if you wanted to book with us you could, fill out an online enquiry form on www.holidaylocators.co.uk or www.bookmytrip.co.uk and mark it for my attention (Michaela).
We are fully ABTA bonded.
Not sure about Turtle Beach off the top of my head but may have some stuff in the office.
HOPE THIS HELPS!
RE: prices, airport transfers, Mobiles, software, hardware, and turtles.
i found this bit of info bout temporary PAYG simcard for use in Turkey on this website... http://www.turkishlanguage.co.uk/visitnotes.htm
just look under mobile phones heading. i'm not too sure how up to date the info is, the prices may have changed.
hope that helps a little bit.
RE: prices, airport transfers, Mobiles, software, hardware, and turtles.
The answers to your questions my friend:
1. The prices did not go up. It actually went down in real terms because the YTL depreciated against pound. Therefore, eating and drinking is cheap, especially in city centre you will find good food for reasonable prices.
2. I recommend the airport shuttle bus. It is much much cheaper.
3. Yes you can get PAYG simcard easily everywhere.
4. No PC software you cannot find in the bazaar and it has to be more expensive than the UK.
5. Prices of Electronic goods are about the same as in Europe or may be slightly cheaper than in the UK. You wont gain much from buying it here.
6. The Turtle beach, which is the İztuzu Beach in turkish is close to the little village Dalyan and it is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Marmaris with the bus. You first have to go to Dalyan and from there with little boats to the Beach. I recommend a cheap daily excursions from Marmaris to Dalyan.
Have a nice holiday!!!
RE: RE: prices, airport transfers, Mobiles, software, hardware, and turtles.
Thanks for the replies - great stuff!