The flip side of its popularity is that development hasn’t always been beneficial to the natural beauty of its surroundings, coupled with fierce competition between local providers, which can make an otherwise leisurely stroll down the coastal promenade feel a little overwhelming due to salespeople vying for your attention as they offer their services, whether these are coffee, cocktails, boat trips or water sports. Don’t be put off by this - most people will generally retreat in response to a simple smile and shake of the head - but equally, if you want accommodation that gives you plenty of scope to just soak up the scenery and enjoy the on-site amenities, then the curved elegance of the D-Resort Grand Azur ticks all of the boxes.
Palmiye, a buffet restaurant offering Turkish and international cuisines and live music
Steak & Bar, a steak restaurant
The Pool Bar, which serves an a la carte snack menu throughout the day
The Beach Bar, which is situated at the Blue Flagged Beach and serves an a la carte snack menu throughout the day
On the fifth floor, you'll find the Steak + Bar restaurant, which is worth a visit on at least one night of your stay. Start the evening enjoying an expertly crafted cocktail on the broad terrace and then head inside to enjoy the spectacle of a sky and sea blushed pink by sunset.
The namesake steaks are sublime. Choose from a variety of cuts and ages, and ensure you accompany your steak with a fabulous wine from the extensive wine list, which features grapes especially selected to complement the steaks including Kav by Doluca Wines, a locally produced red wine that's dangerously quafable.
As well as the indoor and outdoor pools, plentiful beach sun loungers and quality gym facilities, there’s a sauna, steam room and ice room, plus a comprehensive menu of spa and wellness treatments.
Their two gulets (traditional Turkish wooden sailing boats) are both marvellously well appointed, with comfortable and surprisingly large bedrooms (6 on one of their vessels, 8 on the other) and a sun-deck up top, adorned with sun loungers on which you’ll be helpless to do anything but flop.
Revive yourself by diving off the side of the boat into the marvellously blue waters - snorkelling and canoeing equipment are available on board - or, alternatively, make the most of the captain’s knowledge of the little-known areas at which you’ll stop to explore. And if chartering the whole vessel is slightly beyond your reach, you still have the option to charter a cabin and be part of a larger group. Either way, it's 100 times more luxe than the 400-person capacity pirate party boat with its banging tunes and foam party, which you may see (and hear) exiting the harbour!
For more information on Marmaris, visit marmaris.org
For more information on D-Resort, visit www.dresortgrandazur.com.tr
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During my stay I was hosted by the D-Resort, Marmaris. All words and opinions are my own.