I'll do this in several instalments. Here's the first:
Dates: 9-19 April
Flight: EasyJet from LGW.
Flight Cost: £153 return per person, including 1 x 20 Kg hold baggage.
Dalaman Airport: Flight touched down at 2055, and we were in our transfer vehicle by 2115.
Transfer: DM Transfers. Booked online. 1 way booking only using their cheapest private transfer for 2 Pax. Cost £37.
Transfer Vehicle: To our pleasant surprise we’d been given a new Mercedes Vito people carrier.
Transfer experience: The weather was absolutely atrocious, heavy rain and very strong winds. At times the roads had surface rain, which made driving difficult, particularly as some of the roads between Dalaman and Marmaris are pot-holed. However the driver was excellent. Towards the end of the journey the driver received a mobile call from his boss for us. He asked how the transfer had been and what the driver was like. Overall, from our experience I’d say that DM Transfers are as good as anyone else, and better than a lot. We paid the driver in £sterling, and gave him a TL10 tip.
Accommodation: Ayra Apartments, Icmeler. We arrived at 2255, and were greeted as soon as the transfer vehicle arrived. Within seconds we were in our 1 bedroom apartment double bed (very comfy) and a single sofa bed (in the lounge/kitchenette) The apartment was spotless, and had a nice balcony facing the road and pine forests in the distance. You could get dozens of channels on the telly, but nothing to get excited about other than Aljazeera news in English. The only fault I could find with the apartment was that we only had a single portable electric hob, which could be challenging if you wanted to do much cooking. There were also one or two useful utensils which weren’t provided, but we had a bit of foresight and took stuff like a spud-peeler and can-opener. Two bedroom apartments have double portable electric hobs. The apartment was services daily, and a couple of TL left for the maid every day or so was gratefully received.