The owning company of DB9 chose to go to Cesme Marina for a number of reasons, particularly the following: the marina is very beautiful and very clean; there are lots of nice activities, as well as restaurants and bats; there is very good protection from the predominant summer winds; there is easy access by car, buses and from the coastal suburbs – it’s just one hour to Izmir Airport; the berth price was very reasonable, and additional consumable charges were not excessive; and finally, there is excellent security within the marina, both at the entrance and also day and night patrolling within the complex. In fact, we didn’t consider any other marinas, the security aspect of Cesme Marina was so strong.
My first impression on entering the inner basin at Cesme Marina was that this place is a beautiful and safe place to leave our yacht, both for the client and the crew.
It’s worth mentioning that the marina team is without a doubt a major asset to the marina. They have always responded very quickly to any of our requests, and I’ve telephoned the marina office dozens of times, and often very late at might, with unusual requests, and they have always met my particular needs. We have been treated with much kindness from the marina staff, all of whom made us feel welcome and gave us a sense of belonging. Moreover, general manager Can Akaltan is really professional, and understood the yacht’s clients and crew very well, with the help of his strong background experience.
I’ve telephoned the marina office dozens of times, and often very late at might, with unusual requests, and they have always met my particular needs.
The wonderful proximity of the marina to all other facilities meant that on this recent visit our crew could have easy access to the restaurants, or ferry boats to go further afield. Cesme is packed with historical sites, plus the nightlife in Alacati is really quite exceptional. My crew also enjoy playing sport and they made the most of the local kite surfing opportunities while we were at the marina.
My only suggestion for improvement would be a slight improvement on the level of English at the marina restaurant and bar. Perhaps just organising more menus that have been translated into English and some additional languages, and teach the waters to speak a minimum level of English – that would be very useful.
It’s our intention to return to the marina very soon in the next three summer seasons, up until 2019.