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Reviewed 16 October 2014 via mobile

I was looking for a special camping experience with my two kids aged 7 and 4, and decided to try Club Amazon. First of all using canos to reach the beach at the small bay (inlet?) is an entertaining activity for the kids. It is also very nice that hotel/facility stuff there to serve some drinks if you prefer. The boat owned by the facility can take you nearby coves with a reasonable price (13 TL/ 4 GBP pp). I totally agree the general approach of owners, the term glamping. We stayed at gipsy car thing, the bigger ones can accomodate the family with two double and a twin bed. The glass roof (actually I think plexi - with a simple mechanism to be coverable if you dont like, is a unique design). It is an experience to watch the moon or the trees. Facilities worked well, hot water etc, inc TV which helped kids to watch some cartoon when tired. Dont expect much on perfect cleanline, not easy to keep in a forest camping area. Food was good and delicous. Music in the facility and open air movie activities in the forest was good after a long day. I recommend to the families with kids looking after a camping/nature holiday.

Stayed: October 2014
1  Thank Gorhan
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Reviewed 26 September 2014

A couple of friends who stayed at Amazon Club a few years ago, recommended us to try the hotel. After looking into their website, we decided to make a reservation. It seemed to be a little expensive but the pictures looked so impressive that we didn't mind.

Anyway, the first downside that we come up with was access. We went there by car. You have to take the exit to Bordubet from Marmaris-Datça road and you have to drive for like 15 km on a very crooked mountain road, which was OK as we expect that the hotel is located on a remote area which makes it that special. But the last 2 km of the road was a disaster. It is a dirt road. So, it took us a lot of time and effort to just arrive at the hotel.

We stayed at a stone room which was OK but definitely do not worth the price. Another problem is that there are no precautions against any little creatures that may enter the room, such as the scorpion that they caught in our adjacent room. It may be expected to come across with a scorpion as it is the middle of a forest but it is still scary to think that it would be really really difficult to get to the city center at nighttime by that unimproved road to get any necessary medical help. I cannot imagine going there with kids. Yet, there were a lot of families with kids. Also, the mosquitoes make it impossible to enjoy the night.

The meals were OK but again, do not worth the price. For me, the most disappointing thing is the hotel grounds. The inside of the hotel area was so neglected that it is impossible to understand how the texture of the surrounding nature can be so ruined inside the area. The environs were impressive though. I can say that we were impressed by Bordubet but wished we have not chosen Amazon.

The beach area, 15 minutes walk or 10-15 minutes canoe ride away from the hotel was really nice, at which you have the sea out front and forest at the back. There were sunbeds and umbrellas and a tiny facility to buy drinks. The water was not impressive though. As the area is located on a delta, it was muddy. The hotel offers tours to some other bays for an extra charge.

In the end, we are not satisfied with our stay at Amazon Club. It definitely do not worth the price as they do not offer anything special, not more than a campsite! Plus the nature outside the hotel ground is way better. I love to be out in the nature and in no search for luxury, but when I pay for a facility or service, I like to get my money's worth.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank BurArTu
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Reviewed 24 September 2014

This is going to be a bit longer so you better be seated. I divide the review in several parts that seem to make sense.

Travellers:
We are a young couple and stayed in mid September 2014 for six days. One with fluent, one with very limited Turkish. If you're only interested in the summary, please see below.

Summary:
All in all our stay was very nice. The hotel/location is very special, the service superb and food good. Accomodation in Gipsy wagon is also something special more than camping but less than a hotel room (they call it Glamping). If you are looking for a quite, remote place to relax and take time out this is for you. If you're with kids I guess this might not be the best location (see details). If you speak no Turkish at all note that staff has very limited capabilities and you might connect less well than Turkish guests.

Weather:
Generally July and August are extremely hot on the West Coast so we decided to go in mid Sept. This turned out to be a good idea. We had only sunny days and quite nice temperature of around 25-30 during the day and 18-21 during the night. However, we had two slightly windy days which led to some waves and flying towels on the beach. Otherwise this was rather welcomed.

Arrival:
It is not totally trivial to get there. If you come by bus you probbaly arrive in Marmaris and first take a minibus to a local supermarket from which the hotel provides a paid service to pick you up (we paid 13 TL per person). If you come with your own/rented car you will find that the road (if you can call it road) is narrow and challenging for central European standards for 80% of the way and unbearable for the last 20%. It is more a stony path you would find on a construction site. So prepare yourself and the car for some action. Note that once you see a sign saying "The End" on the road, just continue to the hotel which is 500 m further. We heard some people just turned and went back which probably kills your nerves once you find out.

Location:
The location is quite remote on a peninsula with not much around except for another somewhat expensive club hotel around 1 km away. The hotel is at the end of a bay which leads to the Marmaris sea. It is located in the woods with lots of trees and nature around it. The estate looks a bit more like a camping area and also the houses and wagons are arranged like you would expect from a camping site. It is not very big but one still does not feel cramped. The estate has a restaurant area with a connected chill area and fire place. Next to it table tennis and small swimming pool. Next to the pool was kind of a bar which was not used when we were there and looked a bit neglected. Outside the estate but just 20 m from the gate is the "open sky cinema". All in all everything looked quite nice but some things/spots looked a bit neglected or not much cared.

Housing:
We stayed in a Gipsy Wagon and moved to another one for the last night because we booked a bit late. There are also caravans and some kind of smaller stone huts. We did not see tents. The Gipsy wagons are simple but had everything we needed including shower and toilet. The
water temperature can be a bit volatile and electricity for the fan was interrupted two or three times but came back immediatly. All Gipsy wagons have transparent (I guess plastic) roofs but only over the bed. This allows seeing the trees and some stars during the night. However, the diffusion of the lightning from the estate is always there and prevents seeing a lot of stars (still very nice though). There was also a small TV which we didn't use but I think there were international channels. In front of the wagon is a hammock and a table with chairs. The beds were very comfortable with hard matraces but if you are over 1.90 m your feet are a bit outside.

Food:
We had breakfast, lunch and dinner. All comes in a buffet form but at some evenings there might be special food like grilled fish or chicken. Liquids except tea have to be paid extra. We were very happy with the food which comprised a lot of vegetables, salads and of course sweet things for breakfast. The restaurant is very nice and usually chickens run around freely but do not disturb. There is always music playing which was sometimes a bit too loud and repetitive but at other times surprisingly good e.g. jazz. There were some but not too many bees/insects. In the evening you might have to fight mosquitos.

Beach:
The beach is around 300 m from the estate and reachable via free canoes, bikes or foot through the woods. It is a mix of stone and sand and all sun beds have little umbrellas. There were also enough at any time. The beach is sorrounded by trees and there is some wind during the days and little waves. Going into the water you have to walk over small stones which can hurt at times or you wear shoes. There is no special area for kids and although there is a little stand where you can buy drinks the guy does not seems to be a life saver so you have to watch yourself and your kids. Really annoying at times are the bees and stings seem to be a daily happening (including one of us). I think this is also the reason why the hotel tells some guests not to come if they have kids. The water is clear and nice except when higher waves bring up some sand.

Activities:
The charme of Amazon is its remoteness so anything related to activities outside the area will require travelling and time. I think most of the guests come here to escape from exactly that. You can use the canoes to go around the bay or further. You can take free mountain bikes to discover the area or simply walk. And of course you can relax and sunbath. There are also paid activities like ship/bay tours or fishing. We did one 2 hours ship tour into two other bays and went swimming there. Prices were fair. There is also daily free cinema in the evening which is fun, sitting in the woods and watching the screen and sometimes the stars.

Service:
The service was excellent up to a point that it scared me. Always friendly and always delivering fast. For central European standards definitely over the top. However, note that most staff does not speak English. I do not know whether this might impact service when needed. Free WiFi is only accessible in restaurant.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Alex W
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Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed at the amazon for 3 days with our friends, I felt very very refreshed even in 3 days. You are staying in the forest next to a small river, there are no buildings or facilities around, no noise, no cars plus bad cell phone reception (which was a joy for a workoholic like me). I am vegetarian and the food was ok. You can canoe to the beach and stay there all day. It was quite windy all 3 days so we returnes early to the camp. I would recommend Amazon for people who are looking to spend some quiet time with their families or friends. I would not recommend it to activity monsters because there isn't much to do. A little pricey at the peak of the season but not so for the rest of the summer.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Cyric
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

A little slice of paradise right in the middle of the forest. Friendly staff and nice food. We stayed in the boutique van (had one double and single bed, minibar and tv) and enjoyed it but would recommend gypsy wagons. even though the sea is not the best one you can find around this peninsula we enjoyed every second of our stay here and would gladly return. (Watching movies underneath the huge pine trees at night was amazing.)

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank pasha_ksk
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