87 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"An amazing resort full of brilliant staff and holiday makers.
I have been to the Babadan 4 times before with my family, I have been going since 2009 and it is now 2013 and I am planning on going again next year.
You cant go wrong with this place the rooms are clean, food is fantastic, staff are amazing, pools are a decent size and the rooms are a large size compared to other apartments I have saw while trying to book for Turkey.
The staff are so nice will do any thing you want for example if you want to mix certain foods or want a specific drink. The staff never ignore you and are always polite.
These are just one of the many thing I come back for year after year."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of August 2013
First holiday with Grandchildren in turkey
"We stayed at the Babadan Apts for the first time in June 2012, with our grandchildren aged five and ten.It was midnight when we arrived and we were all hungry,and although the restaurant had closed for the night ,the manager offered to cook for us,a simple meal,which was fantastic washed down with Efes beer and fanta. We all had a fabulous time there with regards to the pool,sunbeds and restaurant plus the entertainment.The staff are excellent and work very hard to accommadate your requests.
The apts are basic but clean and comfortable.The bathroom is on the small side,but easy to deal with,even with little ones to shower.
Its a stones throw to the centre of Icmeler and taxi ranks are close by,also their local bus (Dolmus) stops outside apts.
We liked it that much weve booked to go again in August this year.
Well done to all the staff for making our holiday great."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of June 2012
"We have just arrived back from a one week stay at Babadan apartment. Apartments are small but clean and certainly adequate for our needs. There are two large pools, one to the front, which gets the sun all day and one to the back which is partly in the shade until about midday. Neither of the large pools has a shallow end. There is however a small chldrens pool attached to the pool at the front of the apartments which is around 60cm deep and there is a childrens slide pool to the side of the rear pool which is around 50cm deep. The staff are very friendly including the cleaners and keep the complex very clean. The food served in the restauarant is very nice and is reasonably price. Would definitely suit families. It is about a ten minute walk to the beach and the shops and restuarants are all on the doorstep. We thorouhly enjoyed our stay at Babadan apartments and will certainly be back next year."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of June 2012
Would defiantly GO BACK!!
"This was my first visit to Turkey it's self and I was pleasantly surprised. I travelled here with a family of six, the youngest being 5 and the oldest 50 I'm 24. We arrived at Babadan apartments in the early hours of the morning and was greeted by the hotel staff and shown to our rooms with help with our suit cases which was nice. First impressions of the apartments were they we're clean and comfortable if your not planning to spend much of your time dinning in, as they only provide plastic plates and bowls. The bathroom was a wet room which was handy for us! But could be dangerous as it can be very slippery. We was situated on the third floor in the 2 bed apartment sleeping up to 6 ppl. This was in the attic and did become very hot at night and had slanted ceilings and we did bump our heads a few times. The pool area is great for kids! We went in may so we didn't have a problem with sun loungers like some other ppl have mentioned in previous reviews. The staff were very friendly, they are made up mainly of young lads and be worned!!!! They do like to flirt with the girls.... But all in all I had a fantastic time. Icmeler itself is lovely, the people everywhere are so so friendly. The beach isn't amazing as its shingly. The best restaurant we ate out in was Mandalin. Happy holiday :D p.s we will defiantly be back!"
- Travel date: Tue 29th of May 2012
Stayed here past 4years wouldnt go anywhere else!
"I have been to turkey for the past 5years and the first time we stayed at the Palm Garden Apts. We had a bit of trouble there so the following year decided to try the Babadan Apts. They were excellent. The rooms although basic they are very comfortable and everything you need if you are self catering (toaster, kettle, cutlery, hob, pots & pans etc.) Our room had two single beds and a double sofa bed. The first year we was at the restaurant side of the apartments, the second year we was by the back pool, third year we were put across the road in the apartments which is just one block. we didnt mind this and it was lovely and peaceful there. Throughout the day at the apartments there is two pools and a childrens pool which in the past couple of years has been done up with a kids slide and stuff. there are plenty of sunbeds by each pool and the front pool is where the pool bar is, however if you are round the back pool this is not a problem if you still want a drink as the boys who work at the apartments do not mind fetching you your drinks round. the restaurant is good food i always went there for a morning breakfast and often lunch and the prices are generally the same as the rest of icmeler. the apartments are around a 2-3minute walk to the main resort of icmeler and there are lots of bars and restaurants and shops. Icmeler is a lovely place to stay and i would definatley definatley recomend these apartments. the staff are so friendly and nice and they remember us every year which, if youve been to turkey before im sure your not surprised by this as they will always remember who you are. Would most definatley recommend 'Richards Place'. Been going here since our first year in turkey and these people are like close friends who we visit once a year. They are so welcoming and you can see they genuinley care about their customers. The beach in icmeler is not the best but its turkey. the further you walk up the beach the better it gets and like most of turkey you will be hassled to go on their part of the beach but usually a polite no thankyou works and it is often funny haggling with the turks anyway. I recommend 'Nafiz' on the beach! he is such a hardworking beach boy and he will do his best for you! the first year we met him he worked at the babadan apts and when we was leaving for the uk my dad gave nafiz his flip flops. the last time we went to icmeler (4years after my dad gave him the flip flops) Nafiz still had them and he said how much he appreciated the gift. defo recommend the boat trips as they are a good day out and you catch loads of sun!"
- Travel date: Sat 14th of January 2012
Would definately come back!!!
"Our first time to Turkey, a big family group with a 3 year old. We had a fantastic time, the Babadan apartments are awesome, really clean and loads of fun, the staff cannot do enough to help they are so friendly and make the pool really fun in the day. We were a group and were lucky as we had loads of really nice fun people staying at the Babadan at the same time as us so we really enjoyed ourselves. Icmeler itself is lovely. The restaurants have bar style entertainment starting at about ten, but then music has to be turned down and it calms down at midnight, you can stay drinking til whatever time you like but it is quiet. Loads of nice places to eat. As we're a family group we are mixed ages and we all had a fantastic time. The babadan has a little poolside shop selling loads of different things so don't panic if you forget anything! Plenty of sunbeds available. "
- Travel date: Wed 6th of July 2011
"We have been to the babadan apt for the last 6yrs. We have absolutley loved our stays there and made to feel very welcome. The rooms are very clean and the staff are amazing.
Last year I got married at the babadan and Julia and Durant Kaz the owners made this all possible for me and done me and my family very proud.
We will be going back in July this year for another fantastic stay.
- Travel date: Sun 19th of June 2011
"just come back from holiday in turkey .Stayed in Babadan arpartments people very helpful.everything clean food in resturant good for area.First time in Icmeler and the last awful if you like tacky bars and resturants then fine Icmeler nice little fishing village it is not ,ruble dust broken pavments rubish everwhere .Long beach but not very wide sunbeds all close together people snoring smoking drinking nightmare ,but if you want cheap tattoo and hot wearther fine"
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of September 2010
Had a brilliant holiday
"We have just got back from Turkey the first time we have been.Stayed at The Babadan Apartments had a fabulous holiday cant remember when we enjoyed ourselves so much, resort clean,staff friendly, met some great people from Derbyshire,(mad as hatters). Made to feel welcome. Will go back again "
- Travel date: Tue 21st of September 2010
All in all it was fab!
"icmeler is one of the many holidays i have been on, and also by far the best. The romance bar has great entertainment, i must say. we arrived, 5 mins after we arrived my brother fell into the pool. a man who was all dressed ready to go out dived into the pool to save him. after that interupption we went to bed as it was late,and we were tired.when we woke up in the morning my other brother had got the chicken pox.the holiday was good but we couldn't go anywere really because of the chicken pox. i spent every morning in the pool as my mum and dad sorted out what we can do. the only things we got to do was go in the pool,the beach,the water-park,shopping and go out for a meal of a night. although we had a bit of a hold back it was still a great holiday. we have booked again for june 2010,it was good lastime as i have said but imagine this time when we can do some other things, it will be outstanding!
well, i hope that gave you a good idea of icmeler and the apartments. enjoy your holiday!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 31st of May 2010
Have booked Again!!!
"Really loved these apartments. The day we arrived, our son aged 7 months, woke up with chicken pox!! After informing the staff of this, they all rallied round to help and could not do enough for us and him, thomson rep was fab too. We thought our hol was over after this, but thoroughly enjoyed every minute. They helped us make up for a hol with a disasterous start and turned it into the hol we had expected to have. The local eatery's Romance, Majestic and various others were lovely, loved the kids and great entertainment. These apartments are quite basic, but the location, facilities and all night shop make up for this. The pools are lovely , but like others have said, you do have to get up very early for a sunbed. Maybe they should invest in a few more, as this is the only bug bare. We came straight home and have booked for 11 nights next year and all looking forward to it. Travelled with 5 adults, 2 children (11 and 4) and one infant. "
- Travel date: Sun 13th of September 2009
Going Back Next Year
"This was our first visit to Turkey, driven by cost more than desire it has to be said.
Icmeler seemed to be the place most recomended as it was quiet but with easy access to Marmaris by 'dolmush' buses which run every 15 minutes.
I have to say that we were all very pleasanly suprised with Turkey. It's HOT, sunny, green and the people - generally - are very pleasant, and not at all jaded with British tourists - yet.
Having said that, running the gauntlet of restauranteurs, shop owners and day trip kiosks every day does get very tiresome - just try not making eye contact or showing any interest.
There is a massive market every Wednesday in Icmeler, about a 10 minute walk from the Babadan Appts. Great place to get copies of pretty much anything, bags, T shirts, games, jeans. But be warned, this haggling lark isn't all it's cracked up to be. The stall owners - always men - get very aggressive and unpleasant when you walk away.
Babadan Appartment are basic but well run by very pleasant staff. The guys in the restaurant are a real bunch of characters and very friendly and attentive. Special mention to Phyllis on reception, always very helpful and pleasant.
Air conditioning is Â£3 per day and the safe boxes in reception will cost Â£1 per day.
They have a 'no cash' card system which is actually very handy if you have kids - you just keep the card topped up at reception and the bars and shop on site just swipe the card to take the amount off.
Be prepared to get up early if you want a good spot with sun beds - I was up at 7am EVERY day (5am back home!).
The shop over the road offered TL2.42 to the Pound which is better than back home. And the day trip kiosk just outside and to the right is the best place to get your trips. We booked the Dalyan trip with Thomson for Â£28 each and at the kiosk the same trip was Â£10!
One last thing - if you like a good laugh GO ON THE JEEP SAFARI - be prepared to get wet - AND LAUGH ALL DAY LONG.
We are booked already with Babadan for 2010."
- Travel date: Sat 5th of September 2009