Marmaris has long enjoyed popularity with tourists, not only due to its warm climate but also because of its aesthetic appeal: think lapis-blue Aegean waters and a large, picture perfect harbour, circled by pine-forested hills.
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.
A luxurious retreat located near the stunning azure waters of the coast
Set sympathetically far enough away from the coastline that its build doesn’t loom over the beach, its rooms offer magnificent views of either sea or land, and feature cool white walls, high ceilings and private balconies.
For the most luxurious rooms, head for the fifth floor where you'll find rooms with vast beds covered in crisp white sheets, separate living areas, and decadent touches such as jacuzzi tubs and wooden-floored wet room showers.
Unusually for a resorts in this area, you’re given the option of a number of accommodation packages, ranging from B+B to full board, which encourages guests to venture out and explore local restaurants. That being said, the wide range of Turkish and Mediterranean options available in the hotel’s main restaurant make it perfectly possible (not to mention tempting) to avoid the hustle and bustle and feast yourself silly at the hotel.
The hotel has four on-site dining options:
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
Sink your teeth into a sirloin at the Steak & Bar restaurant
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.
Activities at D-Resort
There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied at D-Resort, but if you want to take a lazier approach to your holiday, the range and standard of amenities at the D-Resort makes it perfectly feasible, not to mention totally, indulgently wonderful, for you to have as much time luxuriating in peace as you choose.
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.
Treat yourself to a Turkish Bath
The Turkish Bath is not to be missed. During this treatment, which occurs in an octagonal room tiled in cool green and grey, guests lie on a warm marble slab while gazing at lights twinkling like stars in the domed ceiling above, while being vigorously scrubbed head to toe with salt, massaged with scented oil and having warm (and sometimes cold) bowls of water sloshed all over their bodies.
Venturing further afield
Further afield from the resort, you’ll find the marina with its floating bling - the perfect place for an evening stroll and a drink. If you're looking for reasonably priced gifts to take home, visit the bazaar, where you'll find a range of Turkish delights, ranging from the eponymous confection to hand-painted ceramics and exotic textiles.
Boat tours in Marmaris
If you're the type who wants to avoid a tourist-rammed boat trip MedSea Yachts is your 'go-to' private yacht charter company. Manned with a captain, chef and crew, this private charter company provides its customers with a few blissful days of sailing around the southwestern area of Turkey.
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!
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