Why You Should Visit Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. Located in the Mulga province in the south-west of Turkey, Marmaris is filled with gorgeous beaches, great restaurants, friendly people and great full-day tours.  For those adventurous travellers – there are also lots of options for you. 

My family and i just wanted a relaxing Turkish summer holiday and Marmaris was perfect for that. It had the perfect combination to make everyone in the family happy – for those family members who want to just chill on the beach all day (my brother), eat all day (my sister) or wants to mix it up with some activities (me). 

Here is a list of why Marmaris should be your next summer vocation.

Excellent, yet affordable 5* resorts  

There is no shortage of accommodation in Marmaris, Turkey as it’s a very popular summer destination for European travellers, especially with us Brits. There is a variety of accommodation suitable for all budget types – from hostels and apartments for those on a budget and to 5* hotels if you are looking for luxury. 

My family and I stayed at the luxury 5* hotel – D-Resort Grand Azur Marmaris, located only 15-20 minutes walk from Central Marmaris and the Marine. It has a freshwater pool in the most beautiful tropical setting as well as a private beach. My sister and brother appreciated the volleyball tournaments organised by the the resort’s entertainment team.

To satisfy the foodies… the resort has 5 bars and 2 restaurants. The food was delicious with plenty of choices in the buffet.

I particularly loved how spacious the rooms were (given I was sharing a room with my siblings) and the huge single beds. Fortunately, we also had a large private balcony and the best ocean views I’ve seen in a while.

The evening entertainment was also the best ive seen so far with a different star act coming every night.

On a side note, I was also particularly impress with how the hotel dealt with an earthquake we experience on 21st July. Read about my experience here.

Whether you are on a romantic getaway or holidaying with family, D-Resort Grand Azur is the perfect spot for that summer holiday. (unsponsored post) 

Full-Day Cruise to Dalyan

Part of the compromise with my family is if we go on one full-day cruise from Marmaris to Dalyan to get some sight-seeing in. The boat trip started off by us snorkelling in the clear blue waters of the sea, sunbathing and BBQing on the boat. The views from the boat cruise are absolutely amazing. 

After this, we moved to a small boat where we headed to turtles’ beach. We were lucky enough to see some turtles in the water and on the beach. 

we then viewed the rock-cut tombs of the ancient Kings as we cruised on a small boat on Dalyan river. 

The most fun part of the day cruise is the mud bath! I mean who wouldn’t want literally bathe in mud? The mud is usually warm and perfect for the skin – and your skin is left glowing afterwards. Its also meant to add 5 more years to your life… call me cynical, but im not quite sure I’m convinced. Its super fun nonetheless. After bathing in mud, you have a quick shower to wash it all of and then you jump into the thermal pool. When I say the thermal pool is hot… I mean it was really hot (like borderline boiling)

We all really enjoyed the day and would recommend this to anyone. You can book for this tour online beforehand but we just booked it at a stall in the marina, near the hotel. Don’t forget to haggle! 

Take a Turkish Bath! 

Locally known as Hammam, it is one of the most relaxing things to do in Turkey. The bath is not the most private spa experiences you’ll have but It is one of those things you have to try while in the country! 

We took a Turkish bath in our resort. I don’t think my dear siblings knew what a Turkish Bath was and spent an hour making the whole room soapy and sliding one end of the middle island to the other. *facepalm* 

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Enjoy the Beach and the Water sports 

I would say, as a 9 to 5 professional, the most important thing on summer holidays like these is to RELAX. The stress of working can’t be to good for the body and soul, so just relax – take in the cool breeze, swim away and sunbathe. There are plenty of beaches around Marmaris but we were quite happy with our private hotel one (and too lazy to look for another). 

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When you’re done relaxing for the day, its super fun to participate in the water sports. There are lots of companies on the beach where you can do snorkelling, scuba diving, banana boat ride, kite surfing, jet ski etc. 

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Go for a romantic stroll in the Promenade 

We walked along the promenade a few times and it so pleasant. My parents loved doing this just after dinner, to walk off the food and because the weather is undoubtedly cooler. It was only a short 20 minutes walk to the Old Town. I wish I remember the name of it, but we had the BEST Turkish ice cream from a stall in the promenade. Make sure you try Turkish ice cream (or otherwise known as Dondurma). Its a mastic ice cream similar to the Syrian dessert, booza. Dondurma typically includes the ingredients of cream, whipped cream, sales, mastic and sugar.

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Soak in Culture in the Old Town

The old town basically begins at the crossroads at the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Ataturk was a Turkish field marshal and the found of the Republic of Turkey. He became the first Turkish president in 1923 until he died in 1938. He played a huge role in rebuilding and modernising Turkey. That’s why he was rewarded with the surname Ataturk by the Turkish parliament in 1939 which means “Father of the Turks”. 

The old town really blew me away by its architecture and old stone. Inside these old buildings were dozens of shops filled with counterfeit merchandise.

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The other main attraction in the old town is the dancing fountain of Marmaris. What seems like a normal fountain during the day, transforms into a sightseeing adventure at night. Every day around 8:30pm, the show begins with the fountain splashing water in different colours and matching with the music in the background. 

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Have you been to Marmaris Turkey before? Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below or if you know any other places to see while in Dalaman or the surrounding area.

Review: Reef Safari Tour with Mason Travels

We got up bright and early to have our breakfast and then went on a booked tour with Mason’s Travels for their trademark Reef Safari to St. Anne National Marine Park. The Marine Park was established in 1973 – first of six in Seychelles. The tour started by us going into the boat to just sunbathe in our swimming gear which they were taking us to the first stop of the tour.

Mid-journey, the boat stopped so that we could feed the tropical fish surrounding the boat. We threw pieces of bread overboard and watched the fish eat them up in no time. The child in me came out as it was just so gleeful to watch!

We then hopped abroad a semi-submersible vassal for a closer look at the rich coral life below the surface. 

Admittedly, there wasn’t a huge variety of fish and I was definitely more impressed by my experience in Hurghada and the Red Sea – but it was still amazing to watch the brilliantly coloured fish. We then went back to the boat and had an hour-long snorkelling session in the middle of the ocean. We all know I’m not a fan of snorkelling (especially when someone in the boat throws a piece of bread next to you) but it was spectacular to see the whole new world down there.

This was followed by a traditional Seychellois BBQ lunch on the deck. The crewmen were the stars of the moment as he was prancing about with his guitar and singing some wonderful melodies while we sat and devoured the scrumptious food. 

Soon after, we took an inflated speed boat and made our way to the stunning Moyenne Island. The tour guide told us how the island was completed abandoned and inhabited up until 1962 where Englishman by the name of Brendon Grinshaw bought Moyenne Island for £8000. He stayed there with his friend and the pair of them planted more than 15k trees and built 4.8km of walking trails. They also brought and bred Giant Tortoises which we were fortunate enough to visit. It is now known as the island with more species per square foot than any other part of the world! 

We also visited old ruin sand pirate graves. 

The day ended with a tropical cocktail and a leisurely cruise around the Marine Park before returning to Mahé.

If you find yourself in Seychelles and looking to participate in exciting activities -my husband and I really enjoyed our tour with Mason Travels and would whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone! It was really punctual, organized and you are well looked after. They also offer a bunch of options throughout the island group.