Not our usual choice, but last X-mas we definitely had a very relaxed week as result of the all inclusive concept at the Palm Marina.
For a change I didn't worry or even think much about what to do the next day to make it all worthwhile. My mindset was not to care if we wouldn't do a thing. We did however make a short trip to Sousse, walked to El Kantaoui, play a round of golf and had a ride on some quads.
I have been around and don't usually feel uncomfortable, but the market in Sousse was too crowded and after a handfull attempts from pickpockets we left the scene. El Kantaoui was quite pittoresque without tourists. The golf course was far from a pretty one, but ok nonetheless. The quad guide lead us over a garbage dump at a painstaking low pace. But all in all it was good fun.
Ok, the hotel! All Tunesian tourists! Only a handfull of European ones. That was a surprise, but surely no problem. Actually, other than the first weekend, the hotel was rather empty. Rooms were clean (except for a bit of spilled henna which we initially thought to be blood), large, in a good state and with superb beds with a view to the sea. Mostly in the shade, but 10/12 months you'ld be happy with that. No wifi in the rooms was disappointing for the kids. Other parts did have wifi, but when we asked to change rooms (empty as the hotel was), we noticed those rooms (although with sun and wifi) were definitely in a lesser state. Older beds, damaged paint etc. Hence we stayed with our rooms.
December the swimming pools are really too cold and the sea was also all yours (not mine though). There was an indoor pool which was quite crowded.
Entertainment team was friendly and also large enough to bore themselves slightly with too few guests. We and our kids had some friends with whom we had plenty fun, so we didn't make much use of the professional entertainment. There was plenty space not to be annoyed by others if you wished.
We played a lot of tennis, but the rackets were nearly all in a bad condition. Playing with a twisted junior racket without grip on it, got my level down to leaving nothing to boast about. It could not spoil our fun. A leaking light weight ball just did not make it for my son who needs to play soccer wherever he goes. We sponsored the hotel with a better one.
Tunesian food did not make it to my favorites, but it was not bad. Hard to tell if the hotel did a very good job. There was sufficient choice for adults and children, although after a week I had had enough of most.
We were there with X-mas and they really tried to make a good feast of it. Special dinner, completely dressed up dining room. Really nice. Well... the band was too sad and only being drunk one would really enjoy the belly dancer. But hey, the effort was much appreciated.
Was it bad? No, it was relatively cheap, offered roughly as expected and what it promised (except for wifi), clean rooms, friendly personnel who tried to make the best of things etc. etc.
Was it good? Well, I read a couple of the other comments leading to a maximum score... That is definitely not my opinion. Neither the hotel nor staff disappointed me, but there is good difference to 4 or 5 out of 5.
All in all we had a very relaxed week!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in Hispano-Moorish style close to the marina at Port el Kantaoui, dotted with gardens leading to a beach of fine sand, the El Mouradi Palm Marina is the ideal hotel for a relaxing holiday. For golfers, the 36-hole El Kantaoui golf course is two kilometres away. The hotel is 10 kilometres from the town of Sousse, 35 kilometres from Monastir's Habib Bourguiba airport, 40 kms from Enfidha airport, 70 kilometres from Yasmine Hammamet and 135 kilometres from the capital Tunis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Mouradi Palm Marina Hotel Port El Kantaoui
- Palm Marina