We stayed in the holiday village at the end of May with our 2 year son. I was looking for a hotel that catered to the needs of my son. It was a toss up between this hotel and some holiday villages in Egypt. Due to the excellent reviews of this hotel, we decided to visit Tunisia as it has a short flight time from the UK and the transfer time to the hotel is also reasonable. I have never stayed in a holiday village before and wasn’t sure what to expect but I decided to go with an open mind.
The reviews for this hotel really don’t do it justice. This hotel is the most child friendly hotel I have ever stayed. Anything and everything you could possibly need as parent was catered for.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a nice cold drink, check in was a breeze as we were given check in forms during the transfer from the airport. As we arrived early into Tunisia we were worried that we would have to wait until 3 to check in but once we got to the hotel we were given our room straight away.
As we have a toddler, our buggy pretty much comes everywhere with us, we were very grateful to see that there were ramps the entire way from the lobby to our room which was a family room in Manar 2. Our luggage was labelled when we arrived at the hotel and we were advised that it would be delivered to the room shortly, which it was and we did not feel obliged to tip the porter (even though we did!)
Our family room was huge, I can imagine that if we had a standard room then we would have struggled for space but with the sitting area and separate bath and wc, our toddler had more than enough room to run around. We were on the ground floor of Manar 2, the only thing I would criticise is that the patio doors are easy to open for a child, either the handles should have been higher up or there should be other locking mechanisms. We had to constantly watch our son as we did want him opening the doors and running out to the pool by himself.
For food, there is the main restaurant and the snack bar. Both are sufficient and catered to British taste, you will always find chips and nuggets on the menu! Breakfast was ample, yes, there was a queue for omelettes but as the hotel was not full when we visited it wasn’t a problem for us. The juice did taste very diluted so we used to pay 1 dinar for fresh juice which was yummy! What impressed me about the restaurant was they open at 6pm and have children’s dinner served between 6 and 7, my little one is too young to have dinner alone but I can imagine using this when he gets a bit older. The restaurant was also open 24 hours with access to a microwave, milk and steriliser if needed (another plus in my eyes!). There was a huge selection of food available everyday although I did feel as it got repetitive, the different themed nights were good and gave a bit of a change to menu.
Facilities wise, there was always something to do. There is a quite pool for people who want to relax and get away from the action. The on site water park with a range of big and small slides to keep children of all ages happy and the activity pool where most of the pool parties, games and activities are run. There is a swim up pool bar at the activity pool which is nice to grab a drink at. My son spent most of his time on the slides and we struggled to get him off them most days, the slides are very safe and keep the children entertained, one of the main reasons I picked this hotel. The beach is beautiful, the sand is like powder the sea is clean and blue, easily of one the best beaches I have seen. Yes, there are people selling gifs on the beach but they do not hassle you if you say no and the hotel security keep them at bay.
My son did not use the kids club but there is a playground outside the kids clubs and looking in I could see the kids having a wonderful time. The playground is not advertised and is a great find at the back of the hotel. There are swings and slides to keep the little ones entertained.
The first choice team are fantastic, always available in the lobby for help and advice. They recommended a trip to old town as we wanted to get a taste of Tunisian lifestyle. Taxis are cheap and you do not need to haggle a price as they are honest and turn on the meter, yes you do get hassled but its all part of the fun and its nice to get out of the man made village to experience some culture.
The childrens entertainment team are brilliant. I think I loved the i5live entertainment more than my son! It is repetitive but the children seem to enjoy it and the entertainers have so much enthusiasm that its hard to not enjoy yourself.
All in all, I think this hotel lives up to expectation, its the little things they focus on that impressed me. The staff are friendly and the entire hotel is tailored to families so was exactly what I was looking for. If you don’t have kids, then I would probably not recommend this hotel. Its probably not 5 stars in terms of luxury but its definitely 5 star for a perfect family holiday. Will definitely go back to this hotel and am already recommending it to my friends! Well done Holiday Village Manar.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Manar Hotel Hammamet
- Magic Life Manar Imperial Hammamet
- Magic Life Manar Imperial Hotel