My Boyfriend and I stayed here for a week from 4th-11th September 2013.
After a 30 minute transfer our first impressions of the hotel were great, we were greeted in the lovely grand entrance with a cocktail while filling in a few deatils and the reception staff were very welcoming.
Many other travellers had mentioned Dorothea the Visitor services manager but I think she must have been on holiday while we were there as we had the lovely Nadia who did a fantastic job.
Our cases were taken to our lovely spacious and immaculate room and we went to test out the poola dn the hotel facilties for the first two days.
There's a lovely relax pool which is shallow enough to stand up in, an activity pool which has great fun and games throughout the day, we tried the aqua aerobics quite a few times and really enjoyed it. The entertainment team aren't pushy but encourage people to have fun throughout the day.There was another large pool too near the beach but we didn't use that one.
Lots of choice for food.
Breakfast has cooked english (yes minus bacon but whatever!), lovely pastries, pancakes and waffles freshly made, a smoothie station, fruit, cereals, cakes, continental (cheese/meats bread etc). You wont starve!!
Lunch there were a few places, a snack bar by the beach that did sandwiches, a small snack restaurant that did chips and pizza and cake and then the main restaurant which had buffet choices. Once again lots of different things to eat.
Dinner was themed each night and the team did a great job. An hour before dinner is cocktail hour with a different cocktail each night. While we stayed the themes included Caribbean (our favourite), Italian, Tunisian, Under the Sea, Gala night and there are so many choices. Thereas always a soup, lots of vegetables and salads, many choices of pasta, fish, meats, stews, rice and the desserts are fantastic. One night they brought out a flaming baked alaska which was delicious. The food was well cooked and the only time we felt ill was the night we stuffed ourselves too much with delicious food...totally our fault ;)
Alcoholic drinks were ok, not the best we've had but it's not a major point. My boyfriend actually preferred their beer to some UK brands!
In the evenings there is a different entertainment programme based on the theme. So there was an african show, a disney show, bingo night, beach or pool party etc. We didn't do all of them but the team are really good.
There's lots to do on the complex including archery, zumba, aqua aeroibcs, beach volleyball and its all free. On the beach there are a few people offering jet skis and parasailing. We did the parasailing and it was a brilliant experience.
We also did some of the excursions which our lovely thomson rep Lorraine sorted for us. You will find that these trips aren't as expensive as other holidays, usually we are used to arranging our own excursions and going alone but we felt it would be wiser to do some organised trips in Tunisia. The loation of the hotel meant that we were usually the last pick up/first drop off which was nice.
We did the Fruguia Zoo and Zulu show which was one of the best trips I've been on. We fed elephants, giraffes and saw some animals we hadn't seen before. The Zulu show was fantastic, it included your evening meal with wine and soft drinks and the show was really entertaining. I got to drum along with the drummers and dance with the belly dancers, very fun evening.
We also did the Legends of Tunisia trip to El Djem Amphitheatre and the Capital sights trip which included lots of ancient Carthage sights and picturesque Sidi BouSaid.
I would say unless you were really into amphitehatres (like me) the afternoon of the Legends trip wasn't that great, it was visitng a marina for 'free time' which was a bit boring.
All in all we paid around £100 for three trips that all included lunch and a guide.
We also arranged swimming with dolphins through Nadia at the Hotel (approx £80 for dolphins and then money for taxi, I would also advise to take more money if you want to buy the photos, sadly I wasn't told this and didn't have enough!). We also arranged a camel ride with Samir from the hotel (only £20 each). The camel ride also included tunisian hospitality with freshly baked bread in a traditional kiln and dressing up in tunisian costume.
The rooms were cleaned daily and our maid left us a grogeous towel swan and rose petals, there is a little mini fridge in the room which was stocked up daily with soft drinks and water and it has good air con too. I'm usually a terrible sleeper but the beds were really comfortable.
Wifi connection in reception was good and there are computers you can use free of charge. All the staff were really friendly although at times they didn't quite understand what I was asking.
Try haggling...I was rubbish at first but then really got into it! The market sellers will be a bit cheeky with their first offer (sometimes ridculously so) but its fun. We enjoyed a few evening walks through Yasmine Hammemet but beware of the scam of the 'I work in your hotel' thing. we got that twice but it was quite amusing to tell them that we were in an apartment so they really couldn't be our Chef/waiter.
All in all we had a great holiday. Please ask me any questions if you have any!
- 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 300 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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- Also Known As:
- Magic Life Africana Imperial Hotel Hammamet
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