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Hotel Julian Forest Hotel 4 star
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Golenye Mah. Halide Edip Adivar Cad. 182. Sok, Icmeler-Marmaris, Turkey Marmaris, Turkey -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Julian Forest is the younger sister to the Julian Club hotel (the latter in the heart of Marmaris). A small, friendly establishment suitable for families however the beach isn't right at your doorstep. The hotel attracts an almost entirely British clientele.

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    Location

    Julian Forest is the last hotel on the way out of Icmeler, about a 25 minute walk to the beachfront, and 8 miles from the nightclub hub of Marmaris. Dalaman Airport is about 70 miles away.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    There are 74 rooms at Julian Forest: 54 one-bedroom apartments (sleeps up to 4 guests), 17 two-bedroom apartments (sleeps up to 6 guests) and 3 deluxe rooms decked out in lime green, ochre and white. The two-bedroom apartments boast two bathrooms. All rooms are clean and simply furnished and feature a satellite plasma screen television and kitchenette with five piece dining setting attached. Each room possesses a balcony (or two) and either pool/mountain views or mountain/town views. The deluxe room category is brand new to Julian Forest however we did not view this room type during our visit. The only shame is that there is a charge to use the safety deposit box in the rooms: 35TL (13.55) per week.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    Built in 2005, Julian Forest is a relatively new hotel consisting of a single cream building with exposed-stone exteriors and forest green wrought iron balconies. Being the last hotel on the edge of Icmeler, guests can feel like they are deep in the pine forest as the pine forests and mountains are only metres away, making for great views. While it is a relatively small hotel, there is still a good range of facilities. Guests enter the hotel by stepping into a bright lobby with impossibly high ceilings. An Internet corner with brand new computers is set to one side. From Reception, guests step straight out on to the pool deck where there are two pools (one with waterslides) and a kids' pool. The waterslides are supervised, while some staff members even have a lifeguard accreditation. The main pool is rectangular-shaped and lined with wooden sun loungers laid with cream mattresses. Not everyone will appreciate the loud music booming from the speakers though.

    Kids will enjoy the brightly decorated mini club; open six days a week there's an activities room, outdoor play area, as well as a mini disco and kids' menus at meal times. However, there are different time slots for different ages. Ping pong is free on the upper pool deck (adjacent to the pool bar) while the table football game and billiards cost extra. "Soft animation" (games and activities) take place all day long. There is also a small stage at the far end of the restaurant for evening entertainment.

    For the adults, there is a very pleasant health and wellbeing facility with Turkish bath (beautiful tile decoration), massage rooms, sauna, relaxation room and a facial/manicure/pedicure treatment area. There is no fitness centre on-site.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    There is no buffet restaurant at Julien Forest, only la carte dining. All meals are served at the open-air Forest Bar which features contemporary wooden furnishings and high ceilings. Outside of the main meal times, the restaurant operates as a snack bar. Most guests are on a self-catering meal plan (therefore all meals purchased at the hotel are extra), with an upgrade to half-board a possibility. The hotel expects to go totally half-board by 2012. Theme nights are commonplace (Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Turkish, BBQ, etc.) however the regular la carte menu is always available for those who aren't tempted by themed dining.

    Beach

    Icmeler beach is a 25 minute walk from the hotel, or, guests can opt for the local public bus service (every 15 minutes until about 1:00am). Boasting 'blue flag' status (high standards of water quality, etc), the beach is made up of several 'private' beaches where bathers must rent sun loungers and parasols. There are lovely views of the bay and nearby islands.

    To know

    The hotel is open between May and October.
    Guests must supply their own pool towels or they can rent them at the hotel (3.85 per week).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, sauna, Turkish bath, massage, wellness, beauty salon, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      sports, water-polo, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • Well-maintained, modern facilities
    • Fun and friendly staff

    disadvantages

    • A long walk to the beach

    Traveller Reviews

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