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Tui Magic Life Africana
Ranked #16 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We booked for only 10 days because we believed that was going to be long enough for an all inclusive holiday. We were wrong. We wished we had booked a 14 day stay!
We usually spend our time lying on the sun bed and enjoy the food and drink but with the many activities magic life had organised we tried out Archery, Mountain biking, Salsa class, Water aerobics and best of all free water sports all day every day.There was no pressure from the entertainment team but they encouraged you to take part and have a go!
There are many things about Magic Life Africana that we liked, cleanliness of rooms/ garden areas, amazing beach, varied food in buffet restaurant, excellent service and food in a la carte restaurants but best of all was the service we received from all of the staff. From the moment we arrived with the reception staff quickly booking us in to the moment we left we could not fault or complain about the way we had been looked after.
Our favourite member of staff was Amy. She is a new English member of the entertainment team who could not do enough to help us in every way. We really enjoyed our daily chats and she tried hard to sort out any problems we had.
For once, we did not want to come home. We would have liked to take part in another beach and pool party and also enjoy another bike ride supervised by Alex.
We will definitely return to this hotel but this time will book for 14 nights.

Room Tip: Beach front room numbers begin at 700 which are on the ground floor, our room was on the highest 4th...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We spent two amazing weeks at Magic Life Africana.
Excellent service, kind staff, clean and beautiful rooms.
We had booked to stay three people in a double room but on arrival the hotel gave us two double rooms instead, free of charge!
Only thing that wasn't top standard was the food, it was good but they seemed to focus on quantity rather than quality.
The animation team, the fitness team, the water sports team, the childrens' team and the teens' team did an fantastic job creating a happy atmosphere and welcoming the guests in various activities. We enjoyed taking part in aqua aerobics, pilates, water activities, stretching and of course, the evening activities: shows, live music, beach parties and dancing till 2.
We definitely plan to come back next year.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We have just returned from a week at Magic Life Africa Imperial and cannot recommend this highly enough. We are a mid 40's couple with 2 boys 16 and 12.
As soon as you arrive at the hotel you are greeted by the always friendly hotel staff, a welcome drink is provided, check in is very quick and cases taken to your room. We arrived at midnight so unpacked and had a quick walk about, first impressions were very good.
Breakfast is good plenty of variety cereals, croissants, toast, fruit, omelettes etc (as others have said no bacon, so what? plenty of other options!!!)
Pools open at 0600, the loungers are reserved but hey if you cant beat them join them, we did drop towels off on the way to breakfast at 0730!
We spent most days on the beach and just walked the 2 minutes back to the pool. There were always plenty of loungers and parasols on the beach, the beach security would always greet you with a smile and take the lounge cushions to your loungers, marvellous.
The beach was very fine sand, the sea was 27c and crystal clear. Water sports would start at 0830-1230 then 1400 onwards, one speed boat for the banana boat and one for the water skiing, wake boarding. We did all these over and over and over brilliant fun.
We all thought the food was excellent, the main restaurant has a HUGE variety and different theme each evening. There is always Tunisian food, a variety of meat dishes, salads, a Magic Lite healthy option and if the kids don't fancy any off that, there is always spaghetti bolognaise, chicken nuggets, chips. Lots of different desserts/cakes and lots of fruit. The variety is plentiful. You're in a foreign country try the food!! The beach bar is open 1000-1800 and serves freshly made Panini's from 12-1800, very nice.
Drinks are plentiful, sit in the same area, tip the evening waiter a few Dinar and your glass will never be empty for the rest of the week.
There are also 3 a la carte restaurants. We only ate in the Biai Mediterranean restaurant, very nice fish restaurant.

There is loads of entertainment in or around the activity pool from 10.00, if you want to join in great if not no problem but hey you're on holiday join in. The staff were all very friendly and would always go out of their way to say hello. Especially liked how they would all go into the audience and get you up to dance - a nice touch.The evening entertainment was ok some shows excellent some ok. 2130 in the amphitheatre then 2230 in the captains bar. The beach party is excellent a great atmosphere with people from all countries joining in with the fun.

We took at taxi to the local Medina (market) in Yasmine Hammamet for 3 dinar and came back with bag loads. If you can haggle (which you must do) you can grab your self a bargain.

As soon as we got out the taxi a guy walks up saying "Hi I am a waiter from your hotel don't you recognise me" He then wants you to get into another taxi and go to a better market down the road? Ask him which hotel he works at and you got him, I don't know what he had planned but ignore him.
Another guy outside the Medina then says ignore him he is a "bloody liar" He seemed genuine and showed us the entrance and plan of the market layout and offered a short tour which is good. If he advises to go into the Duty Free shop, which happens to close in one hour! don't bother. This must be one of his mates who will try to charge you crazy prices. We just said NO and waked out. The rest of the market has similar items which are much, much cheaper.

Now the negative things

The sea was too wet, the sun was too hot, there were too many choices of food and drinks. The bar was only open 24 hours a day and we only booked for 1 week......lol

We will definitely be going back again. Absolutely loved it.

Room Tip: We stayed in 360 & 364 these are at the back of the hotel very quiet. 360 overlooks the tennis c...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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8  Thank StevenB6339
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

After our last two five * holidays this hotel is certainly not 5* Although the hotel is immaculate, rooms are basic for the star rating.
Dinner time in the restaurant was a little hectic with so many people at one time and quite noisey food was ok but got boring after a while. The coffe machine by the desserts made a wonderful hot chocolate though. The waiters were wonderful and attentive especially if you tipped them.
We found it a pleasure to dine in the A la carte restaurants purely for the peace and quiet from the main restaurant ,Food was only ok though.
The snack bar at lunch made a nice pizza and chips :)
The beach is beautiful with white sand and clear blue sea.
Entertainment was more for the children than adults although one show we watched was ok .
Wifi is impossible trying to log on in the evening to many people sat around with phones..
Was dissapointed in the Thompson welcome meeting although fairly informative this is the first ine I have attende were no drink was offered wouldnt of hurt them cos its all inclusive maybe a little to much trouble for them.
Also plenty of signs around the pool stating sunbeds must not be reserved or towels wll be removed ... well dont worry this is not the case as we witnessed familys with towels on them for at least 3 hours without use whilst they were on the beach while people were looking around for beds totally unacceptable in my eyes, so i,m afraid if you want a bed set your alarm and if you cant beat them join them as only way to get one, The relax pool maybe not so quiet on occassions noisey Russians paying no attention to the be quiet signs,
Pool towels exchanged once everyday but as we went back to room we always exchange for the next day.
The marina is beautiful with plenty of cafes around to sit and chill out and it is only a 3 dinar taxi ride away or a 20 minute walk.
The shops are well when you have been in one then you have been in them all if you get the drift.
Do not like myself save any dinars to spend in duty free as you cannot take any currency past passport control apart from enough to buy drinks which are highly exspensive,In the duty free shop its euros or english wish the rep had bothered to tell me this at the welcome meeting,
So my advise is take english currency away with you and cash up small amounts as and when you need to at the reception desk.
All in all would we go back the answer is no, but the weather was wonderful.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank erniemegmol
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My Sis and I have just returned from a week at the Magic Life Africana, what a fantastic time we had, the food was very good and plenty of choice, the cleaners & the maids work hard every thing was spotless.

The Staff were very friendly, most of them spoke English, The Entertainment Team were A* 1st class, it was great to have an English entertainer, we found Amy very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for her, she always had a friendly smile, The shows were very good, the entertainment team work so hard,We had a fantastic holiday, Would definitely return to this hotel, and Thanks go to the rep Lorraine she was so helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank english_lady2012
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

too many people and a lot with no manners at all, sunbeds reserved from 0600 around the pool, even though some of them are on the beach till 1300, food very good but can get very annoying with the free for all

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My partner and I have just returned from Magic Life Africana, we stayed for one week and for us it wasn't long enough.

All we wanted from the holiday was somewhere chilled out we could relax and get away from it all. We have come home feeling we got exactly that.

The hotel however has one of the most extensive ranges of activities available for young and old I have ever seen. If you're up for it you can literally be entertained from morning until night. The entertainment team work tirelessly to make sure guests who want to get involved have a great time. Brits are in the minority here but the staff everywhere speak great English and the entertainment announcements I heard were repeated in German and English.

If like us you just want to be left alone to enjoy your holiday together no-one bugs you to join in and you can escape the madness that is the activity pool at either the relax pool, the beach, or the newly opened family pool.

The new family pool opened at the start of July and seems to have solved the lack of sunbed problems mentioned frequently in other reviews. I worried about this before going and have to say we found beds every day without getting down to lay out until 9am ish. The prime spots do get snapped up though so if there's particular areas you want to be in or a big group head down earlier.

The grounds, pools, beach and public areas are immaculate. I mean spotlessly clean which was so impressive given how many people are staying there. The hotel is also beautifully laid out with lots of nooks, small gardens and twists and turns making it feel bigger and less mundane.

In terms of the food we were really impressed and it surpassed our expectations. It's clearly down to personal preference but I can honestly say the choice available in my opinion was varied, the menus in the buffet restaurant well thought out and well prepared and everything was cooked well. Don't go expecting to be able to find a full English breakfast, pork is for the most part off the menu as you would expect. There's loads of other choices though, eggs pretty much everyway you might want them, crepes, pastries, paninis, cereals, fruit, cheese etc etc. For lunch in the buffet there's pizzas, grilled meats, more salads you could ever eat and loads more. Dinner has the same amount of variety. Take your time walking around the different stations and choosing what you're going to have. That way you'll end up with things that actually go together rather than a mish mash of everything.

The speciality restaurants are nice in terms of settings. Our favourite was Baia. The Thai one isn't really Thai at all but the food was ok and it's nice to have a change from the buffet. The Tunisian one was quite nice. Tip try the nut cake with ice cream if you're a nut fan...devine!

Outside the hotel we didn't really like the resort that much. The medina was a bit like their version of your local mall...a bit plastic and fake. The surrounding areas are also filthy, this was a bit of a shock given we arrived at night and didn't see until we decided to venture out the hotel. My point here is if you were planning on spending lots of time out of the hotel, be prepared. Further out of town in the countryside it looks a lot cleaner.

I would return to Tunisia however and would have no problem recommending this hotel. I actually liked the fact it was mostly other nationalities. It allowed us to blend in and do our own thing ourselves more. It's probably not the hotel for you though if you like to be surrounded by fellow Brits and like a lot of British food to be on the menu.

One final thing...drinks. Beer was ok, wines were too. But the cocktails were awful. They all taste the same with the same strange tasting white spirit in them. It would be so much nicer if the hotel could improve on this aspect.

Room Tip: Our room was 245. On first floor overlooking activity pool. Quite noisy through the day but we wer...
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1  Thank Les1204
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Additional Information about Tui Magic Life Africana

Address: B.p 48 | Yasmine Hammamet, Hammamet 8056, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#7 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
#12 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#15 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: $75 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tui Magic Life Africana 5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect holidays for families. The club is located close to Hammamet. From here it is just a short 'shuttle-jump' to the two golf courses around 15km from the Club. The golf clubs offer fairways and greens in olive groves, tree lined hills and cliff landscapes. The star architect, Ronald W. Fream, has come up with some fantastic ideas for you.This club is an enchanting resort with large gardens in a setting of 50,000m². There is one main Hotel with a number of apartments with a total of 321 rooms. It is situated at the seafront and approx. 65km from Tunis airport and 80km from Monastir Airport, 15km from the centre of Hammamet and approx. 25km from Nabeul. Transfer time: approx. 1 hour to Tunis and 90 minutes to Monastir. ... more   less 
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