I must admit, on arrival I wasn't too sure if we were going to enjoy a week at this hotel, but after the first day we relaxed and got into it.
We travelled as a family of four, 2 small children (2 and 4 years). The rooms are quite small for a family. It is essentially a quadrouple room as there are no "family rooms". Our daughter slept at the bottom of a bunk bed but it was quite narrow and she fell out of it a few nights in a row. We made room for a cot which was provided by the hotel so we used the top of the bunk bed to store toys, nappies etc. Our double bed was two single beds which were pushed together but made up separately so essentially we slept in two separate beds for the week. We also requested to have the mattresses changed on our bed as they were very old and my husband woke up two mornings in a row with a sore back. Eventually after a couple of reminders, they changed our mattresses and all was good. Also, the mosquitos in the room were a killer. My husband and I went on a covert operation before going to sleep each night to ensure our children didn't get bitten during the night.
Otherwise, the pool areas are great. The outdoor pool was a little 'fresh' so the kids mostly enjoyed swimming in the indoor pool which also has a basin which is very good for little ones (50cm depth). The tiles around the pool areas get very slippery so we were cautious at first with our 2 year old but he came out unscathed.
The beach is nice and the sunchairs and parasols are free and private to the hotel. My husband took a jetski for 30 minutes for 40 euros. There are a lot of offers on the beach for camel rides or horse rides but after you say no 5 times they tend to leave you alone.
I would recommend a couple of day trips as staying at the resort the whole time gets a bit boring. We went to Flamingo Island on a "pirate" ship for the day. After waiting for the main pirate for 45 minutes we took off from the dock. On the island, you could do quad biking, camel riding or horse riding or swim in the sea. It was quite windy the day we went so not fantastic with sand blowing and two small children. The pirates cooked a very tasty meal for lunch and then put on a show which was entertaining and funny, although it's mostly in French and Arab so a lot went over my head.
The other trip we took was a tour of the island. We went to the Djerba museum which was really nice and very interesting. Mostly about the rituals involved in marriage. The displays were great and even our 2 year old enjoyed himself. They also take you to the main city centre for a stop which is busy but good to see.
A couple of tips: check in the fixed price stores before you go and start haggling in the other shops in the town centre. We found that the fixed price stores located near Hotel Meninx and at the hotel itself were very well priced and you didn't need to spend energy haggling over 50cents!
If you are Australian you will need to pay for a visa at the airport. Go with Dinar as they don't accept euros. It was 100 Dinar (50 euros).
Take beach towels as you have to pay 5 euros each for them with another 5 euro deposit.
Take your own tennis raquets as the raquets provided had no grip and were broken a bit.
Take lots of clothes because getting your washing done is expensive (european prices).
Overall we had a good week, but a week was definitely enough for us. After speaking with other travellers, we learnt that going 4 stars (Meninx 3 stars) doesn't get you that much more so I think we had a good holiday for a good price.
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- Also Known As:
- Meninx Hotel Djerba
- Meninx Resort Djerba