Hotel Marabout is definitely a hotel to consider if you're looking for a good-value, child-friendly place to stay in Tunisia. Apart from the obvious attractions of the aqua park, water slides and various beach activities, the Marabout animation team organizes activities for children and adults round the clock - and when they are not engaged in zumba, salsa, water polo, beach volley, water aerobics, children's mini-disco, night time family entertainment and what have you, they hang around the pool area and goof around with the kids. These people are some of the most energetic and hard-working people I've ever met (these guys are at it from 9 in the morning till midnight - seven days a week!) Charming, amiable, great with kids - and they are all fantastic dancers! Definitely one of this hotel's best features - and guaranteed to make your children's holiday a very special one.
The pool area is large and clean and has several life guards on duty from 9 to 5 - most of whom are there to secure safety on the water slides. The beach is wonderful. Clean, turquoise water, powdery sand, beach chairs and parasols available for a small fee and hotel life guards on duty there as well.
In general staff is very friendly and service-minded. Especially when treated with dignity and respect. Make sure to leave a tip from time to time. Not that it is demanded or even expected. Just as a small token of appreciation for the hard work they do.
Reception staff can be a bit stand-offish though and seem to cater mainly to the vast number of Russian guests.
Room are spacious, air-conditioned and clean and all have nice balconies. Some facing the backyard, but all with a view to the Mediterranean Sea. Don't expect accessories like hairdryers, shampoo or mini-bars. Bring your own.
Wifi is a bit wobbly. Do not expect internet access at your convenience. Best chances are by the pool - and early in the morning.
All inclusive food is so-so and appears to be adapted to Russian taste on most days, Mondays excepted. (Monday is Tunisia night food and entertainment wise and the Tunisian dishes are really enjoyable.) However, there is a nice, inexpensive restaurant by the pool where you can vary the menu form time to time. You might also want to try a meal by the Medina where restaurants are plentiful and most are excellent.
Down sides: The many Russian guests take a bit getting used to. They vastly out-number all other nationalities and some of them behave abhorrently. Rude, loud, inconsiderate and pushy at the buffet, bar and water slides. Try to ignore them...
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- Also Known As:
- Le Marabout Sousse
- Hotel Le Marabout