I have never written one of these before so apologies if i waffle but there is so much to say !! fantastic place. First holiday abroad with kids (2 year old lad and 4 year old daughter) so a bit nervous about it all but no need to be. This place is exclusive to Thompson premier so flew out from Gatwick on their own plane – no problems atall, on time etc. Quick through customs other end and 20 mins transfer from airport to hotel. On arrival a very welcome cocktail, painless check in and bags taken to room within 20 mins. What followed was 7 days of all-inclusive greatness! We had a bungalow with a double bed, sofa single bed for our little girl and a cot for the lad. Two bathrooms (very handy !), very clean and in a courtyard with 4 or 5 others and about 20 paces from the pool ! The main hotel area has 2 main pools and a kiddies pool, the main buffet restaurant for all meals, pool bar, main bar, jazz bar and the gem which is the Mungo kids club where our daughter spent most of her time. This isn’t just a room full of toys and games, it is just great. Morning, afternoon and evening sessions, all structured with fantastic helpers (the Magic Club yellow t-shirt brigade!!!).
5 mins walk towards the beach, passing the indoor poor and the quiet “relax pool” and you come across the other part of the complex; two more pools, its own aqua park, another bar and a buffet at lunch times if you fancy a break from the main restaurant.
Another 1 minute walk and you are on the private beach with, yes, a bar, which also serves sandwiches as well at certain parts of the day. Great beach with watersports (most of which are included in the price).
We had never heard of the “Magic Club” brand before but basically these guys are out to entertain you but it is never in your face. If you fancy water polo, its there, or if you fancy archery, it is there. You get asked once and if you don’t want to do anything, thats it. The yellow t-shirt guys are just great. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy. We were joined one afternoon for a coffee by the pool by one of the guys – really good guy who we later saw dressed as one of the ugly sisters for the presentation of Cinderalla. Yes, some of the yellow-shirts are professional dancers who put on the shows 3 or 4 times a week in the open air theatre down by the aqua park !!!!
There doesn’t seem to be that much to do on the island but to be honest if you cannot fill your days at this place where food, drink and entertainment is on tap, then you are really on the wrong holiday.
We met some great people of all ages, families, young couples, older couples etc etc.
All of the staff, and i mean ALL of them, are friendly and say hello in one language or another. From the bar staff, to the waiters, to the gardeners, to the security guys. Amazing.
The food is very good as are the local beers and wine.
If you do fancy a break from the main restaurant for dinner then there are 3 on site A’la Carte restaurants which are a bit more plush and is all included also.
So much to say about this place but we had a fantastic time here as did our kids, We went first week in June and it was just starting to warm up a touch but with that sea breeze it was oppressive atall.
However, Wesley, the very good Thompson rep, did say that July / August can get up into the late 30’s.
More than happy to answer and questions atall so drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
A brilliant holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Magic Life Penelope Beach Imperial Hotel Houmt Souk
- Magic Life Hotel Djerba
- TUI MAGIC LIFE Penelope Beach Djerba Island, Tunisia