Icmeler is a great resort to take it slow. Romantic strolls by the canal or leisurely tours of the oceans and forests should be taken advantage of. Marmaris is the place to go for those who want to inject some excitement into their holidays to Icmeler.
There are two waterparks to choose from within a 10 minute drive from your resort and there is also a Dolphinarium found on the coast of Marmaris. It is a great opportunity to interact and even swim with the beautiful animals.
Icmeler also offers spa facilities with the famous Turkish baths available often available within many of the hotels.
Sit back and enjoy
Icmeler's nightlife offers fun and sociable bars rather than loud clubs where you can't hear your company. Many of the bars like Champion and Mitos offer food before turning into fantastic open air settings where you're free to lounge, dance or sing with friends. Paris Bar and Scotia Bar are also drinking favourites while all bars remain family friendly into the night.
The Deniz Kapisi Karaoke Bar on Kayabal Street is a lively place to find traditional Turkish entertainment most nights. The waiters get involved in the fun and perform traditional Turkish dancing, there are also cabaret shows, animal handlers with snakes and of course, karaoke.
Those looking for wilder nights should head north to Marmaris where the famous Bar Street hosts enough venues to keep you drinking and dancing until 4am.
Splurge in the jewellers
This Turkish town is famous for the selection of jewellers and goldsmiths available. If you're looking for a gift for a loved one or a reason to treat yourself and splash the cash, then Icmeler is the place to do it.
Every Wednesday there is a weekly market held on the outskirts of Icmeler. The stalls are filled with an array of goods from produce and spices to handbags and football shirts.
Terrific dining options
While Marmaris has a strong focus on catering to tourists, Icmeler provides food and settings that both locals and tourists can appreciate. Authentic and affordable, some of the Turkish restaurants here are ideally placed along the waterfront.
The Wine House is a favourite that serves delicious kebabs, casseroles, meats and seafood dishes as well as the sumptuous wines. There are also plenty of international and British options available for those that prefer familiar meals.
Easy to get around
Icmeler is 100km from Dalaman Airport and the transfer is likely to take over 90 minutes.
You'll reach the resort by driving past Marmaris and the journey between the two is around 15 minutes. There is a number of ways to reach the neighbouring town with water taxis, car hire, minibuses or bicycles all being viable methods.
Icmeler is large but definitely small enough to reach your favourites spots by walking.
Best time of year to visit
This laidback resort receives some of the hottest Mediterranean style weather in the summer. Highs of 35C are not uncommon during July and August but Icmeler's town, canal and beaches cool down pleasantly on either side of the hottest months.
The summer holidays are the most popular time with families and so are half terms. If you'd like to experience a fun festival then Marmaris is the place to visit in May when the Maritime and Spring celebration is held.