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Marmaris can be loud and busy, but it’s the quintessential Turkish beach resort, and if you’re looking for a beautiful harbour sitting underneath a hulk of a castle and bobbing with wooden yachts, then Marmaris is it. Some of the best places to stay in Marmaris offer wonderful views of the harbour. But if you’re looking for a relaxing break, which seems to be the preference of our Guru’s this time, then you’ll find that some of the best places to stay in Marmaris are actually slightly out of town.
If you do want the full Marmaris experience then you’ll have to stroll the colourful promenade, take a gület cruise along the coast - possibly all the way to Fethiye, visit the magnificent castle and its museum, and gaze down on the beautiful marina. Around the castle is Marmaris’s old town, which is where you’ll find the town’s oldest and most traditional buildings, and there’s also a bazaar - which sells everything - some pretty gardens and a notable mosque.
There are also numerous beaches, bars and restaurants and a very busy nightlife.
If you want to escape the crowds a bit you might consider visiting Datca, which is a lovely beachside town with numerous pretty beaches and coves, or the Bozburun Peninsula, which also has some lovely beaches, coves and pine forests - also some very pretty villages.
Sedir Island, in the Gulf of Gökova, is another beautiful spot, but this time with a collection of ancient Roman ruins, the highlight of which is an amphitheatre, in the shadow of olive groves. Sedir Island is also where you’ll find Cleopatra’s Beach, one of the only places in the Eastern Mediterranean with golden sand.
Just don't forget to plan well ahead if you're going to visit during July or August. The best places to stay in Marmaris get booked up well in advance!
- The Golden Key Bordubet is surrounded by wetlands and forests home to many birds. There are 22 light, modern, country-style rooms with balconies overlooking the river or the forest. There’s a restaurant on site, plus a bar, pool, tennis courts and a spa.
For a luxury resort
- D Hotel is a large, luxurious resort hotel set among pine forests, right above the Crystal clear waters of the Agean on the spectacular Datcha peninsula, 35 minutes from Marmaris. This is a chic spot, with a superb spa, six restaurants, five private beaches and an excellent collection of sports and watersports facilities.
The Best Value Places to Stay in Marmaris
- Karia Bel is a 12 room property with unique decor - think refurbished antiques, local art, curios and pops of colour. Each of the rooms has a large balcony with views of the sea and there’s a great seafood menu. Rooms start from around £115 per night and families with older children are welcome.
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Best Hotels in Marmaris
Karia Bel 12 rooms from $136Marmaris
A uniquely decorated boutique property that incorporates natural tones and materials with pop colours, prints, refurbished antique furniture and local artwork and curios. Rooms have large balconies with sea views. The menu is local and fish based with specialities such as octopus stew and seabass.Sailing - Take a boat trip, the sunset cruises are particularly popular, to some of the neighbouring bays.Restrictions on children - Children over the age of 12 years of age are accepted.Great walks - Embark on one of the hotel's guided nature walks.Kayaking - Hotel staff can arrange kayak rentals.
Golden Key Bordubet 22 rooms from $219PK 215 Marmaris
Known as 'Bird the bed' by the English soldiers who hid here during the war, owing to the abundance of birdlife. Modern, light, country style rooms have balconies overlooking the forest or river. There are many activities, a restaurant on site and on the beach, a bar, pool, tennis courts and a spa.Back to Nature - Thought of as a miniture 'Amazon Forest' this property combines the best of woodland and sea with an adundance of wildlife.Birdwatching - A bird lovers paradise - there are rock doves, goldfinches, nightingales, sparrow hawks and much more.Fishing - The stream running through the hotel grounds brims with fish to be caught for supper!Secluded setting - For escaping.
D Hotel 193 rooms from $288Marmaris (Hisaronu Mevkii)
Beautifully situated amongst scented pine forests, verdant volcanic mountains and crystal clear Agean waters on the beautiful Datcha peninsula, thirty-five miles from Marmaris. This chic and stylish resort hotel has five private beaches, six restaurants, superb spa, sport and watersport facilitiesWatersports - All water sports inlcuding motor yachts and 100 foot wooden sailing yacht for day charterRestaurant - Six restaurants offering classical Turkish, Ottoman, Agean and Asian cuisineRestrictions on children - Children over eightSafe