We stayed all-inclusive at the Marhaba Salem with our 7 year old son for 2 weeks over the Easter school holidays. Before we went we read many reviews on Trip Advisor and were therefore a bit apprehensive as to what we might find when we got there. We needn’t have worried.
On arrival we were given a form to fill in which we did while enjoying a drink from the bar. Initially we were given a room on the ground floor (Room 112A) which although not bad, looked out towards some trees which made the room seem quite dark. Also there was a footpath close by which was used quite frequently so we had to have the curtains closed most of the time to get some privacy. After two days we thought we should see if we could get moved to a higher floor. We visited the reception and explained our reasons for a change of room and the fellow there was very understanding said he would look into it and asked if we could come back in 15 minutes. We did so and was given a room on the first floor (Room 221). This was much better - it looked out over the pool and was larger and brighter.
Apart from the room change we thought everything else at the Marhaba was good. The food was fine with plenty of choice, and if you’re a fussy easter there’s always pizza and chips! The drinks, although somewhat weak (I drank loads but never once even felt a bit tipsy), were plentiful with the waiters, both inside the hotel and around the pool during the day, regularly checking if you wanted another. We tipped perhaps a couple of dinar each day but I don’t think if would have made much difference to the service if we had not. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful.
We specifically chose the Marhaba Salem because of its waterslides after discovering that the waterslides at our original choice of hotel the Omar Khayam in Hammermet were closed out of season (though not according to Thomson’s website when we booked!). During the day we used the pool with the waterslides (which by the way Thomson, were OPEN - where’s our £100!!!) which we loved, especially our son. We normally went to the pool around 10am and never had any difficulty finding a sunbed although we were told by the lifeguard that it’s very busy in the high season. There were some who put towels on the sunbeds early doors and then didn’t return until mid-afternoon which would have been annoying at a busier time (Geordies not Germans!!). There were signs saying this was not allowed but unfortunately like most places this was not enforced. Most of the “action” seemed to take place around the other smaller pool but you could partake in as much or as little as you wished. We did the archery, football, crazy golf (some holes are CRAZY!) and table tennis.
The evening entertainment was a bit repetitive but in a strange way we looked forward to it. The animation team did work very hard.
Some earlier postings mention that the beach is some distance from the hotel - they must have been staying somewhere else! It’s no more than a few of minutes’ walk from anywhere in the hotel. The beach had lovely golden sand with a bar right next to it though we didn’t spend lots time there as there was usually a cool wind coming off the sea while we were there.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Marhaba and are already considering returning next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Marhaba Salem Hotel Sousse
- Marhaba Salem Sousse