We were here in November 2012 for 10 nights. There were 6 of us and had 3 rooms next to each other.
First impressions were good. Check in was quick and easy, with a welcome drink included. Rooms were basic, but all you need, as you're only sleeping and changing in them. No fridge or kettle, but with drinks available from 6am till 1am the next morning they weren't needed.
Pool area by the 3rd hotel (hotel is only open in the summer so was closed at the time) was clean with plenty of sunbeds and a bar nearby. This wasn't as busy as the main pool area, which suited us. The water chutes were only on a couple of times when we were there (we missed the second time as we were out), but I enjoyed them! If there had been more call for them I'm sure they would have been on more.
The gardens are lovely, with plenty of activities to do within them, including archery, tennis and basketball. The beach was next to the gardens. Again, plenty of sunbeds and watersports at a reasonable cost if wanted. We didn't partake so can't comment on them. The beach bar is a nice space to escape to.
The animation team work very hard, and always very friendly. The evening entertainment was OK, with some good nights and some bad. This took place in one of the areas inside. As it was easonably quiet there was enough room. The dance night was brilliant, showing off the animation teams' skills. Very enjoyable. The Fakir show was also good, with some of our crowd being pulled up to assist. Some cracking photos were taken I can assure you!
We enjoyed the food in the main, with us all finding something to eat every time we went. The only problem was our table; it was next t the desserts, which were heavenly! 2 or 3 trips were made by most of us each meal!!
Snack bar was good, with food from 10am. we used it a few times when we'd not got up in time for breakfast in the main restaurant. Well appreciated. Tip, get your bottles of water from the snack bar to take with you as they're in plastic, unlike the glass bottles in the bar.
Though we ate in the Marhba Salem, we could also get drinks in the Royal Salem next door. This was a beautiful hotel, and it was good to go next door for a change of scene. Bureau de Change was in this hotel, as well as an indoor pool which we could use. Indeed some of our party did.
The grounds also have a disco, which is open to the public. Hotel guests get free entry and drinks are reasonably priced. We went most nights and enjoyed it.
Outside the hotel isn't too bad with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants both ways. A must place to visit is the ice cream parlour, 10 minutes to the left. Very good ices, and free wifi. (The hotel wifi went down a few times, much to the annoyance of the guests!). The road train goes to Port el Kantaoui, which has a nice harbour area and amusement park, and stops outside the hotel. Cross the road, and it takes you to Sousse. It stops about 10 minutes away from the Medina which is great for exploring and cheap bargains. There is a government shop just at the start of the Medina for those who don't like haggling.
Overall we had a fantastic holiday. So much so we're thinking of going back this November.
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