Just returned from the Holiday Village Manar in Tunisia after a very pleasant holiday. But 7 nights was enough for us.
We were greeted with a drink upon arrival, which was very much needed as we delayed by 2.5 hours. You were in you rooms within 15 minutes as all you had to do was get your band on, get your key and label your luggage (which was taken direct to your room about 5 minutes after you got there).
The rooms were a nice size and on the whole well kept and looked after. We paid extra to get one in manar 2 which had a balcony and overlooked the sea. it was well worth the extra money. It was quieter in the evening and the bedroom for us and 2 sofa beds in the lounge area for the boys made it a more spacious room for us.
The beach is an absolute must for anyone staying there. It was a couple of minutes walk from the main complex area and was lovely and clean with a beach bar. My 2 boys loved having a kick around on the beach football area with their Dad - whilst I relaxed.
We went every morning to the beach and Mohammed - security guard on the beach - found us sunloungers (although there was always some available he would find the best area for us) and he would clean them down. This happened no matter what time you went down to the beach.
The "peddlars" were kept in check by the security guards and tbh we didn't feel to hassled by the majority of them. The bit of the beach between the loungers and the sea is public beach (Tunisian rules) so just be aware of what belongings are where when you go down there.
There are a number of bars in the resort. We only used the lobby bar once as it was situated in Manar 1. The pool bar was constantly busy and you had to "stand up" to be noticed (especially due to the number of children around it). The snack bar was busy but we were always served quickly. The beach bar was fantastic and really well kept and managed. Our favourite bar had to be the family bar in Manar 2 as it was only open in the evening and was quieter (well until after the family entertainment had finished - at about 9:30/10 and then it turned into a playground with children who could not be controlled by parents).
There was no excuse for not being able to find something to eat and anyone who says the food is awful has to be a fussy eater. I have dairy and egg intolerance and could still find food to easily. There was a different theme every night and my 2 boys (6 and 4) loved trying all the different foods. It was a shame to see so many children just walking round with plates of chips/pasta/bread (or all 3 at once) because there really was not excuse for it in my opinion.
Anis is a absolutely fantastic asset to the restaurant. The boys loved him and he served us for breakfast and lunch. He always knew what drink we wanted and always had a table for us. Our evening waiter was just as fantastic. We felt no pressure to sit in the same place every time and we only tipped them at the end of the week and still got the same fantastic service.
Only once did we not get our room cleaned and I think that is because we were in the room at the time they were doing our floor and we had our do not disturb sign on the door. Cleaners were always on top of the dirt that could easily build up with the number of guests there. The Gardeners kept the place looking immaculate and the little bins by each set of loungers meant there was very little general rubbish around. There were tray areas for you to but used plates etc on if you were by the pool. The only thing really was the fact that people seemed to think it was ok to just leave empty bottles lying around at the end of the day rather than put them back at the bar etc.
FIRST CHOICE ENTERTAINMENT/KIDS CLUB
Entertainment was not to our taste and we found it quite poor in quality and very repetitive. The childrens entertainment went on to about 10pm and then another show would come on. TBH we only went on 2 nights and felt we were not missing much for either ourselves or the boys. BUT if you are happy to do bingo and quiz nights then I am sure you will like the entertainment. We just went to the restaurant a little later and missed the mad rush of children there and that made for a much more pleasant evening for us. We didn't do kids club as the thought of queuing for 30/40 minutes to book them in was not something we wanted to do.
On the first day there we went to the main entertainment pool and whilst my 6 year enjoyed the pirate treasure hunt and the canoes we found the whole experience a bit OTT and noisy. A bit like "Benidorm" really. But again that is not faulting anything it was just not to our taste and we found the relax pool a lot more suited to our needs as there was no music and the general atmosphere was calmer! And the lifeguard MoMo was fantastic as far as the boys were concerned.
We were delayed by 2.5 hours so we missed the lunch. No one told us on arrival that the snack bar closed at 4 so by the time we had checked in and got sorted out we had no where to get food from for us or the boys (apart from some cakes and ice creams). We had to wait to dinner. All it would have taken was for a rep to say to us that if we wanted food to head straight for the snack bar!
We have young children but we have well behaved children. There were children running around everywhere who were not being controlled at all and it was at any time of day. Now obviously outside this is fine but through the restaurant and the bar areas was very annoying. Especially when on some occasions it was the reps who were encouraging it!
WOULD WE RETURN - PROBABLY NOT!
But only because we discovered we are not the type of family to stay on resort for a holiday and the excursions were expensive.
WOULD WE RECOMMEND? - YES
But we would advise only for a week and tell people to be prepared for noise during the day.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Village Manar Hotel Hammamet
- Magic Life Manar Imperial Hammamet
- Magic Life Manar Imperial Hotel