We went for a 7 day all inclusive holiday staying at the El Mouardi Djerba and I have to say we were very pleasantly suprised.The Trip advisor rating alone doesnt do this place justice; have a good read and make your own mind up! I try to keep my reviews as fair and honest as possible so I will run through the pro's and cons and then do a more detailed review including hints and tips for those of you thinking of staying here for your next holiday.
Great staff. The barstaff (Anis in particular) and all the pool, restaurant anf reception staff very friendly. they work very long hours and I just cant fault their dedication
Great selection of fresh food each day including pasta, fish, seafood, salads, beautiful pastries and desserts and freshmade bread and pizzas (pictures to follow). You wont get burger and chips here- its not that kind of "English" resort so the reviews I've read moaning about the queue for chips (!!); if you want a "fish and chips" kinda holiday go to coast del sol or benidorm not to North Africa!
Massive pools plus long stretches of sandy beaches
2 markets nearby both of which are very cheap and easy to get to (taxi to Houmt Souk takes approx 25 mins and was £10 dinar which is about £4! Taxi to Midoun Market takes about 15 minutes and was approx 5 dinar- £2!!)
Very few Brits! To some of you this may put you off but to us it was a real breath of fresh air! This place hasnt been properly "discovered" by the British yet which is a good thing. The brits we met were very friendly though, there werent any "louts" or loudmouths, there wasnt the "british culture" you get in Spain; it felt like we were in another country which is the whole point in going abroad!!
Rooms dated. They were clean but they could really do with new curtains and bedspreads at least. Didnt really bother us as we dont spend a lot of time in the room plus I am a strong believer in you get what you paid for- we got a cheap all inclusive holiday. If we had paid £100 each more I would've expected it to be more modern. We did notice a few of the apartment blocks had builders in refurbishing them plus the day we arrived our whole block got new mini bars so I think they are in the process of doing this.
Evening entertainment in French. Its a french resort and they cater to their core customers so its not fair too moan too much about it; Its a french speaking country so you should expect this. A lot of the entertainment is dancing though so it didnt matter; it was still fun to watch, the only thing we didnt enjoy was a comedy sketch; despite being able to translate it to my partner (just about) it wasnt funny!! English and french comedy is clearly very different...
Tips and advice!
1. If you're booking all inclusive dont pay the extra for Airport transfers. This cost us around £20 each with Thomas Cook whereas a Taxi from the airport to the hotel should cost you no more than 15 dinars (around £7) and you will get to your resort and checked in much quicker than waiting for the Thomas Cook coaches to get organized!! The taxi's are regulated by the local authorities too; I would still advise you ask them to confirm a price before you get in but because they are regulated they are very good and friendly and wont rip you off!
2. Theres more than 1 bar!!! Everyone crowds downstairs bar (where on busy nights you have to queue) whereas upstairs (across from the Restaurant Oliviers) there is a rooftop terrace bar with tables overlooking the pool/stage. This bar is table service which means no queuing (Anis and the staff are so very helpful- as soon as your drink is low he arrives with a fresh one. he remebered everyones drinks despite there being a good 30 people on the terrace- his service stood out for us and it was a highlight of the holiday). Plus the drinks are bigger and the service much better!
3. A little tip goes a long way! We tipped 15-20 dinar the first night (£8 max) and approx 10 dinar (£4) every 3-4 drinks everynight after in the rooftop terrace. Its onyl a few quid but it meant so much to Anisand the guys and we wer epsoilt after. On nights the terrace was packed Anis would move tabel around and get us a tabel in a prime spot overlooking the stage below; we were served before everyone and generally "taken care of". we did notice the only people tipping were the English (and odd German). its a few quid- when you see how hard these guys work for such long hours you'll see why its worth it!
4. Market day. If you have something long sleeved that covers your all inclusive "wrist band" then wear it! Word of warning; locals look out for tourists from certain resorts (they know all the diffrent coloured bands!) and then use this as a ploy to try and get you to go on a "guided tour" of the market (take you to friends shops which are massively overpriced). You will see these people hanging around by the taxi rank at Houmt Souk; easiest thing to do is politely decline.
5. Fixed price or haggle? Personally I didnt enjoy Houmt Souk it was so busy and crowded and the market sellers were very pushy. I would recommend going to Midoun Market rather than Houmt Souk. Its closer, it has everything Houmt Souk does but its more relaxed and it has a good selection of fixed price shops (these shops have price tages for those of you not fond of haggling!). If yuo are going to haggel please be advise yuo need to haggle hard! They always start very very high (140 dinars ended up at 20 dinars for 2 x bracelets! so from £60 to £8!). I know us British find it embarassing but you tell them the most you're willing to pay (when I went it was 2.5 dinar to the pound so easy to work out) and if they wont agree walk away; they'll either change their mind or you'll find something almost identifcal further up with a selller who will meet your price. If .
6. After hours drinking! If you want to drink after midnight The "Sunrise Bar" is exactly that; it stays open to sunrise! It is the only part of the resort which isnt included in your all inclusive package so make sure you take some cash. The drinks are similar price to back at home however they are very strong measures and it didnt take long to get a little tipsy. This bar is aimed at the younger couples. There were very few french here but a good mixture of English, Russians and Germans (the Russians and Germans were very friendly) all of whom did mingle (in fact we met some great people despite the language barrier we had a good time "chatting" to them).
7. Explore Djerba. Museum, Crocodile park and "heritage" site. If you're booking a tourist attraction; it has to be this! Its great value for money. Go in the afternoon (get there about 3:30-4pm so you can still sunbathe in morning) because the crocodiles are fed at 5PM every day.
I hope that helps guys!
I would advise that yuo have a good read through on the negative reviews and make your own mind us; some of the reviews are petty and some are just down right insulting to the staff. Its a cheap all inclusive resort. Its much better than all inclusive resorts we've been to in Turkey/Spain etc but as I said; yuo get what yuo pay for! The service is great, the food is great, the weather is great, the drinks flow- what else do you want from an all inclusive. I have to say that some people expect to get a 5 star luxury holiday on a 2 starbudget!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a cheap holiday in a hot climate (particularly outside of school holidays) who is bored with the "Brit" holidays. 7-10 days would be ideal but I wouldnt want to stay 2 weeks; as with any all incluisve there isnt much outisde the grounds so I would start to get bored by the end of the 2 weeks.
If anyone has any questions or would like to know more feel free to message me; take a look at the photo's too!
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- El Mouradi Djerba Menzel Hotel Midoun
- El Mouradi Djerba Menzel Midoun
- El Mouradi Djerba Menzel Djerba Island, Tunisia