23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Aqua hotel. Enjoyed our stay.
"Really enjoyed the Aqua hotel. The food was great, all you can eat breakfast and dinner buffet with a LOT of selections. Fantastic! Entertainment was nice as well. The pool and the scenary was fabulous. The hotel is on the beach. Beautiful beach, not fine/white sand but it's still nice. The rooms were great, bathtub a little small. Perhaps some parts of the hotel (lobby decor) needed a little updating. I would stay here again. A definate 4 * by North American standards."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of September 2007
AQUA HOTEL - ICMELER
"We have just returned after 1 weeks HB stay at the AQUA .
Overall we were very satisfied. This hotel location is fab!!! right in the centre. Food was very good, varied. Hotel grounds really lovely. My only complaint is the rooms in this hotel are very basic (NOT 5*) however as you don't spend any time in your room its not that bad!!! Cleaned everyday.
The pool area is very nice but I thought perhaps you could have ordered drinks/ice creams around the pool but there was not this facility - no waiters to be seen (usually this is available at 5*)
If your thinking of going - GO its worth the money but just don't expect pure luxury !!
Paula - Liverpool"
- Travel date: Thu 13th of September 2007
"me and my wife with a couple of friends spent a wonderfull vacation in which the hotel facilities took a major part. The staff was polite and efficient. Hotel surrounding clean and very good maintained. The restaurant and the kitchen surprised every day with new and even better dishes. Please take note that the hotel was only partially occupied, most of the time. We realy feel that this hotel will be prefered by us on our next vacation in Turkey."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of October 2006
Good value for money
"We have spent one week vacation in the hotel, which I found priceworthy. The rooms are comfortable, though noneof them have good sea view. The restaurant is fine, the garden is beautiful, so is the pool area. We had some problem with the air conditioning, but it was fixed (2 am in the night). The hammam is average,I have seen better ones in other 4 star hotels we stayed elsewhere in Turkey. We had to pay 4 TL for the mattress on the private beach of the hotel,which was a little surprising for a 5 star hotel. Overall, we were reasonably satisfied,I can recommend the hotel for a quiet vacation. No animation programs provided, but we did not miss it. The evening shows are OK, although we watched only a few."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of July 2006
Better management needed.
"This hotel is set in beautiful surroundings, the scenery is stunning the hotel public rooms are well appointed.
Unfotunately the food choice in the resaurants is poor and hot food is served at best luke warm but mostly cold. We had problems the first week with the air conditioning and were provided with a fan, but it was never entirely satisfactory.
The rooms and in particular the bathroom were very dimly lit and need brighter lighting, bathroom also old an in need of refurbishing. Its also unique to this hotel that you pay for replacement tea and coffee after the first one at Â£1.50 a go, so buy them outside its cheaper. The carpeting in the corridors was shabby and also in need of replacing.
We also found it difficult to get a parasol at the poolside at times and discovered that a number of people using the facilities were not staying at the hotel, no checks were made so people who are staying at the hotel lose out.
The drinks in the bars were exorbitant, so therefore nearly always devoid of customers, we bought a brandy when we arrived and it cost the equivalent of Â£8, needless to say we didn't buy drinks there again.
The staff in general were extremely helpful, and in particular we were given more help and assistance from Rico who runs the in house jewelry shop.
The hotel needs a more professional management team."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of June 2006
Loved will go back again
Moved to the Aqua hotel after a bad experience at another Hotel
Amazing , wonderful , friendly , are but a few words to discribe this hotel - the service was outstanding the food amazing - and views to die for
- Travel date: Mon 24th of April 2006
five star lobby, four-star service, three star food
"Me and my wife stayed at the Aqua for a week in late October. The hotel has some really nice features and touches (the lobby, the bathrobe and slippers in the room), but is a bit shabby and run down in other places (the bedrooms were of a reasonable standard, but the bathrooms were pretty old and small). The service of the staff varied from very attentive to extremely poor, and the food was pretty woeful. The pool is great, the beaches pleasant, and Icmeler was a bautiful place to go - thoroughly recommend the resort. Overall, my personal opinion is it the Aqua just about reaches a four-star rather than being a five.
We went at the end of October, right at the end of the season, so occupancy rates were low (about 25%) and staff were clearly winding down (the rooftop bar, which had a great view over the sea had already closed).
This made the problems we had with the food even more suprising. You'd have thought that the buffet restaurant would have been able to handle the relatively small number of people coming in (probalby 150 people per night when we were there), but tables were very rarely set with cutlery, and the tablecloths were always very dirty. Labelling on the food selections was poor. The restaurant opened from 630-930pm, but they were already closing things down by 845pm, and by 9pm the selection of food available was slim. The a la carte restaurant was ok, but we were rushed through three courses in less than an hour - the food was nothing exceptional in here and looked like it had been prepared well in advance of us turning up.
There are a good selection of bars in the Aqua, indoor and outdoor. Ok, in agreement with other reviews, the cocktails are pretty expensive compared to elsewhere in Icmeler, but there's a good selection of wines and beer and the bar staff were friendly.
The pool area is excellent. The pool is very large, and extremely quiet. We had no problems getting a sunbed, and the staff on hand by the pool were great.
The beach was also good - but full of wasps, perhaps it was the time of year.
The rooms were clean, and the cleaning staff did an excellent job. As mentioned earlier, the bathrooms were disappointing for a five star hotel - pretty dark and run down. The hotel lobby is a nice feature, very Art Deco, and there's a few classic American cars parked on the steps outside (not sure why!). There's a selection of books available to read and plenty of on-site shops.
Annoyingly, the hotel will only let you stay in your room till 6pm when you pay for an extended stay on the day of departure. With most flights leaving in the early hours of the morning, and with occupancy rates so low, they could have been more flexible.
To the credit of the hotel, they've left the guest book out on permanent display, and thumbing through this gave you a good idea of other people's views. People tended to be happy with the pool, the beach, and in many cases the food and the service. People tended to be less happy with the permanent grumpiness of many of the staff, the poorly labelled food, the selection of food, and the late checkout policy. Can't please all the people all the time I guess.
The hotel is very well placed near the beach in Icmeler, and near to the boats for getting into Marmaris. Icmeler is a lovely place, the bars are very friendly and numerous, there's a good market, and the beach is very picturesque. The bars are clearly catering for a largely English clientele - you could see just about every English football match, from Premiership to Beazer Homes league live on telly if you wanted. The Romeo and Juliet had a nice atmosphere, as did the Heaven bar. We didn't get that much hassle in terms of staff trying to entice you into bars, but that was probably a reflection of the fact that it was end of season.
Marmaris was more lively, and it took at least an hour to get from one end of the harbour to the other, by which point you had accrued about 100 restaurant cards and flyers!
Overall, Icmeler is a very pleasant resort, ideal for relaxing, especially if you go at the end of season, although I imagine in the height of summer it would be much more lively and full.
A word of warning, stock up on food/drink before you get to Dalaman airport for the return flight. A cup of coffee was Â£6 at the airport and the Burger King was charging Â£9 for a whopper!
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of November 2005
"I've just returned from the Aqua Hotel where I spent my honeymoon. The hotel is faultless, the staff are very friendly and helpful and always willing to learn new english. The hotel is clean and the food is very good with a different menu every night, we never ate the same thing twice..it's amazing what they can do with a potato!
They have a very large outdoor pool and a very warm indoor pool. There were only 20 of us staying in the whole of the hotel so the treatment we got was fantastic! The resort hadn't quite opened yet so that was extremely quiet.The weather was very good with only one thunderstorm.
My only problem is when we went got to Marmaris, with not many people being in either resort it made us fair game for all the shop keepers.Being mithered to go into shop after shop is not my idea of fun and I didn't enjoy it at all needless to say we didn't stay long. Shopping is a large part of holidays or at least looking but I didn't feel I could even do that. The people in icmeler are far nicer."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of May 2005
Superb service and surroundings
"Have visited on 5 occasions. Surroundings absolutely excellent - especially if you choose to eat outside alongside the water.
Service, food, rooms all superb.
Have visited other 5 stars in Turkey but this is the best. Returning this year."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of May 2004
"We went to aqua in 2008 and i wish we had gone back there this year  all i can say is, great great great. staff, facilities, food, rooms, location all excellent. We will be back there in the spring, CANT WAIT"
- Travel date: Sat 31st of October 2009
"we have just come back from a weeks all inc stay at the aqua hotel iclemer having been to turkey on 12 privious holls 9 mammaris 3 iclemer I can honestley say this is the BEST BY A MILE. situated right on the front with its own beach with free towels & sun beds.the rooms were spotless linnen changed daily shampoos,soaps slippers,sat tv and fridge full of water,pop,wine and beer like being in the marriot hotel.waiters and all other staff were brilliant on other all inc holls they were slow at bar ect these waiters & bar staff were there to make suer you were spoilt.the food was exelent plenty of choice hot food salads soups deserts and drinks served to tables.the decor of hotel was exelent glass lifts marble big reception carpeted hallways & bedrooms.this hotel is a MUST...."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of October 2009
"Just got back from the Aqua Hotel Icmeler, Turkey.
Impressive foyer. Quick check-in. Room was very spacious, bathroom was a tad on the small side, but adequate. Fantastic views from the balcony,of the small bay surrounded by hillsides. The beach is about 2min walk from your room, thru the gardens and across the promenade. The beach itself is shingle. Beds cost 3TL (unless you are fully inc, then they are free). Beds around the pool are free.
We stayed on a half board plus basis, which meant that local drinks were included with your evening meal.
The food on the whole was adequate and you certainly wouldn't starve, but the 'hot' food was never hot, more luke warm (not good for anyone with stomach problems). The salad bar was excellent, lots of choice here. I'm not a pudding eater but there seemed to be a fair choice, fresh fruit was on offer.
Breakfast was the usual for abroad, eggs however you wanted them cooked, frankfurters, tomatoes, beans etc. Limited choice of cereal.Pancakes etc.
The town is just 5mins down the drive. There is a great choice of bars, lively or quiet whatever you want, restaurants for all tastes, shops, markets etc.
Change the majority of your English money when you get there, their exchange rate is better than ours. We got 2.45TL to the pound there, some of the bars offer good exchange rates and no commission - we found that the rate they say is rate you get.
We had a fantastic night at Dream Boys International Bar,very energetic and enthusiastic show, very entertaining, definitely give this one a try. Sport Inn had friendly staff, quieter atmosphere and pleasant surroundings. Most bars had something going on, you'll be spoilt for choice. I would highly recommend Icmeler and the Aqua Hotel. Its for all ages from the young, to the not so young and the young at heart.
We went on the VIP cruise, it was very relaxing and good for swimmers, but the drinks and ices were a rather expensive. 5TL for ices (usually priced at 1.50 and can of coke 5TL usually 1TL)
I would have rated this a 9 but the food let it down just slightly."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of August 2009