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I have been to Icmeler 12 times (including last year) and am aware of the surrounding resorts, also been once to Olu Deniz and visited Fetiye. Dissapointed with Icmeler and Olu is too quiet. Can anyone suggest a resort in Turkey that has the following requirements; sandy beach, no loud music, needs to be about the same size as Icmeler but not as small as Turunc, must be sites of interest to visit (and not carpet factories), I like boat trips, my hobby is scuba diving, and not too commercialised like Marmaris.
I would be going in September when the ankle biters are back at school (children-not mosquitoes). This holiday is to suit a couple in their 60,s so you now understand my ideals.


  • edited May 2011
    Hello Mr.Adams;
    I live and work in Antalya.I am working for a travel agent called LAURAGOLF.We organize cultural,archaeological and daily city tours with no shopping breaks!(We don't visit and sell carpets). Mediterranean Coast of Turkey has got several resorts with hotels such as KEMER,BELEK,S?DE AND ALANYA.There are 5 and 4 star hotels offering all inclusive stay in this resort hotels.Kemer and Alanya is too commercial and will be full of Russian tourists in September.Kemer is 55 km from Antalya Airport,Belek is only 25 km from Antalya Airport.Side is 55-60 km from Ant.Airport.Alanya is 120 km from Ant.Airport.So Belek is the closest resort to the Antalya Airport.BELEK,S?DE and ALANYA is located east of Antalya and Antalya Airport.BELEK HOTELS are 5 star new hotels offering all inclusive accomodation with 400-500 rooms.Hotels has got private sandy beach,outdoor and indoor pools,several indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars,activities and outdoor animations.My hotel suggestions in Belek are GLORIA GOLF RESORT,CORNELIA DELUX and CORNELIA DIAMOND RESORT.(You can check hotels on their web sites) BELEK is a small town with 5000 population.Belek center is very clean and safe place to walk.There are restaurants,cafes and pretty shops selling textiles etc.BELEK RESORT is very close to the historical places in the region.I have listed the places of interest for you below to give you any idea about your visits.ANTALYA is only 35 km from Belek and the beautiful city with a lot of culture and history.PERGE ANCIENT CITY is only 20 km west of Belek before Antalya.ASPENDOS THEATRE is only 15 km by car east of Belek and Side is only 35 km east of Belek.
    But if you are looking for a Bed and Breakfast accommodation, you can try small boutique hotels in OLD TOWN in Antalya.MEDITERRA ART and DO?AN HOTEL are reccommended hotels in OLD TOWN (kalei
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    You can also take a boat trip easily along the Mediterranean Coast from Antalya Harbour.Boat trip takes about 2 hours and very cheap if you join a public boat.(10 EURO PERSON FOR 2 HOURS BOAT TRIP)There are diving facilities in BELEK HOTELS that I mentioned to you above.
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    In addition have a look at Turgutreis on the Bodrum Peninsula. A resort that hasn't been over commercialised but with a bit of life wothout the thumping discos/clubs etc.
    Plenty of accommodation to choose from. All inclusives to Self catering. Boat trips available from the sea front for around £10 per person, lunch included.
    Bodrum itself and the castle is worth a visit as is Gumusluk, a smaller resort a short bus ride away. In Bodrum is the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the ancient Seven Wonders - OK not a lot left as it was demolished to build the castle!
    Ephesus is available as a day trip which if you haven't already been is well worth the early start. 2 day trips are available which include Ephesus and Pamukkale.
    I actually think Turgutreis would fit your requirements quite nicely :o)
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    HI Clarecg, I am thinking of Turgutreis, what can you tell me about it and how does it compare with Icmeler.

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    Hi Bert
    I love Turgutreis! It's about 10 years since I last visited Icmeler though so I'll tell you what i can about Turgutreis.

    Turgutreis is on the tip of the Bodrum Peninsula about 45 minutes transfer from Bodrum (BJV) Airport. As you enter Turgutreis from the main road you get a magnificent view across the bay to Kos! It really is a wonderful first impression.

    Turgutreis is still a Turkish working town so isn't as "thumping" or "banging" as some other resorts. There is a small bar street with the usual collection of hteme bars and restaurants. The beauty of here though is that there are plenty of alternatives to the usual touristy places and all easy to find.

    The resort is mainly flat which makes exploring in the heat a little more bearable. Lots of interesting little shops for browsing in and some with more unusual souvenirs in. The dolmus station is fairly central and from here you can hop on a dolmus to most places in the area. Gumusluk is well worth a visit. A small unspoilt resort with a decent beach and water sports at one end of it. Gumusluk is renowned for its fish restaurants along the sea front. These aren't cheap but they are good quality. The fish is sold by weight so check with you waiter the price before you start. There's a lovely craft area on the walk down from the bus station there. Rabbit Island is 100m off shore and can be reached by wading over a causeway. It was being excavated and out of bounds last year, not sure if this has now been completed. For more information on Gumusluk look at

    You can get the dolmus to Bodrum. The castle there is well worth visiting but is closed on Mondays. Also Tuesday and Friday are market days there so the buses may be a bit full! Tuesday is non-food and Friday fruit and veg. Lots of shopping in Bodrum as well!

    A boat trip can be arranged from the harbour. A lovely relaxing day which is usually around £10 per person including lunch. Drinks are paid for on board. In Turgutreis the new Marina has some high class restaurants and shops - not fakes here!

    Saturday is market day in Turgutreis for both fruit and veg and textiles, handbags etc. I'd suggest visiting early before the trips arrive from outside the area! Plenty of little places to enjoy a snack and drink there as well.

    Tours available from Turgutreis include Kos, Ephesus, Pamukkale all worth doing.

    There's lots of accomodation in and around Turgutreis from high class AI to simpler self catering plus lots of smaller family run hotels.

    Hope this has given some food for thought :o)
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