We were again staying at the Senem Apartments in the Old Village. This is the 3rd year on the trot that we have stayed there and really like them. Basic, clean apartments that provide everything you need for your stay. Not plush by any means but as we had paid a 3 star price we don't expect 5 star facilities. Good size balcony, which is important to me, and a good size pool, although it is the same depth all round so may not suit everyone. The food was good too although there was no pressure to eat there. The only downside was the WIFI. Signal strength was good around the bar area and on the balcony but move too far indoors and it was lost.
Chicken dishes on average were 18 - 23 Lira with steak dishes averaging 30-35 Lira. Go for set meals or try some of the more traditional Turkish restaurants and they will be a lot cheaper. We found if we avoided alcohol with a meal and had water instead we could have a very decent meal for two for around £20.00. We never bothered with starters as bread was always supplied and rarely had dessert as melon was usually presented to us.
Restaurants we enjoyed most were The Lighthouse, Golden Moon, Venice and Captain Sinbad although to be honest we never had a bad meal anywhere. However this year our particular favourite was Meryem Yemek Evi on the road up to the old village directly opposite the Babadan Apartments. Not a fancy place, more like a cafe, but the food was great and very reasonably priced. Ate there quite a few times at different times in the day. Authentic Turkish cooking and frequented by a lot of Turks themselves.
Did the Akyaka trip and the Village Tour. Both very enjoyable and let you see a fair bit of the surrounding countryside with interesting stops inbetween. Took the advice of SueM and booked through April Travel. £20.00 for the Akyaka trip and £13.00 for the Village Tour. I'm not normally keen on organised trips but these were excellent and well worth the money.
Did our usual trip on the water taxi to Turunc. 10 Lira single or 15 Lira return. Went through early and had breakfast sitting on the quayside. One of our favourite parts of our holiday. Also took the dolmus through to Marmaris to have a wander through the bazaar. 2.50 Lira each way. If you want to see it without too much hassle and no throng of tourists go early. We were there just after 9 am and a lot of the traders were just opening up. Great to wander about at that time before having coffee in our favourite cafe in the centre of the bazaar.
Like everywhere prices have gone up but not greatly so in my opinion other than alcohol which I would say is now on a par with back home. Meals in restaurants are still very good value and with a little bit of effort really good deals can be found. When we first arrived the rate was 2.74 but over the 3 weeks we were there was steadily rising. When we left it was averaging 2.85.
Before we went I was unsure how I would react to the new statues in the square but I actually thought they looked ok now that they have all been repainted a bronze/gold colour. At night when the fountains are all lit up there is a definite buzz in the square and it now has the type of atmosphere you used to get at the canal stalls.
The resort seemed to take a little time to come to life this year. In our first week everywhere was fairly quiet with some of the restaurants being almost empty. Things began to pick up during our second week and when we left on Saturday the place was beginning to buzz up quite nicely.
Overall we had a great time and despite the changes Icmeler still remains our favourite place.