Just got back from a two week ‘all-inclusive’ vacation at the Maritim Yadis Djerba and having extremely low expectations after travelling to paradisiacal places in the Caribbean, I was actually well surprised and ended up having a wonderful time.
Rooms: Rooms are nice, no big luxuries, but they are big, always kept clean and have a balcony from where you can appreciate the beautiful gardens. It also has a mini-bar re-stocked everyday.
Grounds: The hotel itself is quite big and the grounds are beautiful, with lots of gardens, date palms and flowers.
Location: The hotel is located near Midoun (the second largest village in Djerba) to where you can take a taxi from the hotel for only 3 Dinars (~1.5 €). But because Midoun is a tourist village, you’ll get better prices shopping at Houmt Souk (Djerba’s capital) by taking a taxi from the hotel for about 9 Dinars (~4.5 €).
Pool: The pool is big, but the area with chairs is small, making all chairs and sun shades extremely close with each other and not enough for all the guests.
Beach: I’m a beach person (in my opinion if I wanted to go to a pool I could go to one in my own country), so I was just overwhelmed by the hotel’s beautiful beach, which is wide and long with plenty of chairs and sun shades available for guests. The best part of the beach is the sea. For most of my stay (and because August is a perfect time of the year in Tunisia), the sea was calm, with no waves at all, and the water was as warm as in the Caribbean (easily reaching 30ºC). This didn’t happen 3 or 4 days of our stay because some windy nights made the sea wavy and brought many sea weeds to the beach, making the water less nicer and somewhat colder. Although a bulldozer cleaned them from the sand, the ones in the water couldn’t be removed. After a couple of days, the water was back to normal. Sea weeds are a common problem in many beaches in Djerba so if you are a beach person, choose your hotel wisely. Guests from other hotels (that I met in excursions), complaint that their hotel’s beach was just unbearable because of the amount of sea weeds in the sand and sea.
Staff/Service: Despite staff being extremely nice, friendly and fun, they are generally quite slow serving guests. If you are seating at the bar, it takes several minutes for them to attend you. If they see an empty tray of food at the restaurant it also takes some time for them to replace it. Just a minor problem for me: they don’t speak English at all, so I had to communicate mostly with my terrible French and some Spanish (the majority of guests are French, German and Italian).
Food: Food is always a matter of taste. For me it was ok, but a bit too flavoured and spicy. Everyday there’s a theme at the buffet restaurant, but for my second week, the themes were exactly the same and so was the food. The problem is that in case you don’t like the food, there isn’t any alternative like grilled meat/fish, pizzas, sausages or fries, as most hotels have. Deserts like cakes are sliced by an employee, so if you want to take 2 slices or bigger ones you always have to ask (same thing for paella and specialties with sea food (sea food was very rare)).
- Entertainment: Almost non-existent, except for two modest shows per week: a Tunisian show and a snake chamer.
- ‘All Inclusive’ Service: This hotel is not directed at all for this type of service as the majority of guests choose to go ‘half board’. I always travel with ‘all inclusive’ and this was the first hotel where I had restricted hours to use it. Generally restaurants and bars serve from 10 am to 6 pm (some to 10 pm). Beach bar serves only soft drinks (no food at all). If you sit 5 minutes before 10 am in any bar, employees won’t attend you, you’ll have to wait those 5 minutes for a cup of coffee.
There’s a different menu at the ‘a la carte’ restaurant and bar for ‘all inclusive’ guests which offers half the things ‘half board’ guests have. At the bar, there’s something like 6 national alcoholic drinks for ‘all inclusive’ guests when ‘half board’ guests have more than the double, while non-alcoholic cocktails are the same for both.
A huge let down is that for every consumption you make you have to sign a receipt, even for a glass of water. After some requests during the day, this becomes extremely annoying.
Overall, despite its beautiful grounds, pool and beach, ideal for a relaxed vacation, Maritim Yadis Djerba is a 4* hotel because of its lack of entertainment, slow staff and poor service (although keeping in mind that this hotel is above average for typical hotels in Africa).
- Also Known As:
- Yadis Djerba Golf Thalasso Hotel Midoun
- Yadis Djerba Golf Thalasso Hotel
- Yadis Djerba Golf Thalasso And Spa
- Maritim Yadis Djerba
- Maritim Yadis Hotel Djerba
- Yadis Djerba Golf Thalasso & Spa Djerba Island, Tunisia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique location between the sea and the Golf, this decor will give to your stay a summer taste in advance.Conferences, meetings or banquets…all functions can be organised at the Yadis Djerba Golf Thalasso & Spa in meeting rooms with natural light view, terraces for sunny coffee breaks. In the evenings beach can be privatised for a buffet, a barbecue or a traditional dinner with a dancing floor of sand. ... more less
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