Riu Palace Hammamet Marhaba  

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Set on a long, gold-sand beach and surrounded by palm-filled gardens, this hotel has bagged one of the prettiest spots in Hammamet. And the whole place has been thoughtfully designed to make the most of the setting. Cue whitewashed bungalows metres from the sand. Restaurants with open-air terraces. And winding footpaths on manicured lawns.

When all you want to do is take it easy, pick a spot by one of the hotel’s pools. One is bordered by a spacious, lounger-dotted terrace, while the other is framed by landscaped gardens and towering palms. If you’re feeling energetic, there’s plenty to do. On the sports front, you’ve got tennis and volleyball, not to mention a state-of-the-art fitness centre. In the evenings, it’s all about live music and professional shows.

The hotel’s dining scene is just as impressive. The main restaurant serves up huge buffets, with show-cooking stations taking pride of place in the well-dressed dining room. Themed buffets are held too: three evenings a week in summer, twice a week in winter. You’ll also find three à la cartes dotted around the grounds.

Lastly, the bedrooms deserve a mention. They’re large and comfortable, and have a palatial feel. Latte-coloured walls are offset by pale-gold soft furnishings, while oversized headboards sport detailed wood carvings. Each one comes with air-conditioning and satellite TV. For the best views, book a sea-facing room.

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Optional dining in the themed restaurants 1st May-31st October and Pecheur restaurant July-August.  Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Coffee and cakes.

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2 outdoor pools

Cool off in either of the 2 pools. The first is encircled with a capacious sun terrace, and the second is surrounded by landscaped gardens. One is a saltwater pool, and so the children don't feel left out, one of the pools has a separate kids' section.

Buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner. With show-cooking stations and dishes being prepared right in front of your very eyes. You can choose to dine indoors in the well-dressed dining room, or out on the terrace. There are also themed buffets held 3 times a week in summer, and twice a week in winter. Highchairs are available. Please note - bottled water is not served from the bars.

Pecheur beach restaurant*

During July and August, Pecheur beach restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine. Don't forget to make your reservation in advance. Please note - bottled water is not served from the bars.

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twin room with garden view

Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3 or can be sold as a single. Heating is also available, mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks and water.

twin room with sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3. Heating is also available, mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks and water.

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Fantastic all inclusive hotel

We have just returned from a relaxing week's holiday at this great hotel. On arrival we were greeted with a drink and sat down while they checked us in and brought the key cards to us. We were introduced to the management team and they provided the information that we needed for our stay. We planned a relaxing holiday and did not leave the hotel all week. Staff:- we had read previous reviews about the staff making their holiday, and they certainly do. They are so friendly and polite. They knew what drinks we had and although we did not participate in any activities or trips the staff were very friendly and they did not push you into doing anything. The staff that we would particularly like to thank are: Mouwira who greeted us when we saw her with a smile, kept our room spotless and entertained us with her lovely swans made from towels and flowers. Fawzia who provided us with drinks around the pool and checked that we were ok. Sassi who served us in the bar each night and kept our glasses topped up. Atef who looked after us at breakfast and Mounir who looked after us at lunch and evening meal. Both restaurant waiters were amazing and welcomed us as soon as we walked in the door. These are just the staff that we had the most contact with as we sat in the same place. All staff were amazing and very friendly. The room was kept very clean and was large. We had a room with a sea view, the sun was on the balcony in the morning and so it was shaded in the afternoon if you wanted to get away from the sun. We did have very good weather. There was a large variety of food and as vegetarians we always found something to eat at each meal. This was one of the best hotels that we have been to for variety and taste. The pool was lovely, we stayed by the main pool and the pool area was clean and there were plenty of beds, One concern that we did have was having glasses by this pool, especially when we heard a few smashes. At the other pool they serve in plastic glasses and i think that they should consider using plastic glasses around the whole pool area. The beach area was lovely and clean and again plenty of beds. Each day we were greeted by one of two men who got us mattresses. There were plenty of activities going on in the day and entertainment in the evening we did not experience any of these and so cannot comment on them. We also did not visit the spa. The management team were always visible and checking that we were happy and had no complaints. We certainly had no complaints and it was an enjoyable, relaxing holiday. We would recommend this hotel and almost certainly be returning in the future.More

Sime_and_Jude, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Best all inclusive we have ever stayed in!

We have just returned from a week's holiday at this fabulous hotel, and we honestly can't recommend it highly enough! From the moment we arrived the staff could not do enough for us. They got to know us very quickly and were all so incredibly friendly. They would know what we liked to drink, they were so kind to our son ( who broke his foot two days before the holiday), they remembered all our names within the first day. The food was outstanding, the highest quality food from the numerous all inclusive hotels we have stayed in. The rooms were lovely. We stayed in two bungalow rooms adjacent to each other, and they were really spacious with a lovely sea view. The entertainment team were so friendly especially Dali and Sam. They would come over to chat to us, and encourage us to join in the activities, but were in no way pushy, so if you just wanted to laze on the sunbed with a good book, they were fine with that! The evening entertainment was fun, but if you didn't want to watch it, there was plenty of other areas you could sit down for a quiet drink. We travelled with our two children- aged 14 and 15, and we felt it was perfect for all of us. We are already planning to return next year!More

jacksam, dorset

Great stay

We received a warm welcome on arrival with drinks at the entrance. We were given a lovely bungalow for the family; our room was divided by curtains behind which the children had their beds. The rooms were large, well presented, original in style and the cleaning ladies put nice little touches to the rooms. There is a also a safe. The fridge is replenished daily. The beach was lovely with fine sand, and the entertainment team looked after the children well. There are indoor snooker? tables and other table sports, as well as an indoor pool which is only slightly warmer than the unheated outdoor one- we are talking around 17 deg. although it gets warmed up by the sun. There is a mini-disco every night at 8 pm. Meals were nice; there is always something for the children if they are picky. There is pancake-time in the afternoons. The waiters and bar staff are lovely and nothing is too much work, even if you turn up at the wrong time unexpectedly- you usually have the same table at the same time every night. There are several excursions on offer and the rep was very nice. One word of warning- if you book with one rep with a credit card, and you need to cancel with a different rep- your money will be returned in cash. This means you may end up with lots of spare cash which you either need to spend or change back at the airport as you are not allowed to export the currency. There are several places to shop- Hammamet, which most people do not recommend; Yasmin Hammamet which has a shop with fixed prices- it gives you an idea as to how much to expect to pay for things when haggling. The taxi fare is around 5-7 dinars depending on which part you are being dropped off. There is a huge marked in Nabeul on Fridays; this finishes around 2.30-3 pm. The taxi fare is 15 dinars. You really need to haggle in a big way. There is also a fixed price shop. Nice gifts are pottery, leather goods, little wall mirrors, djellabas for everyone and wooden carvings. You will get accosted by sellers there and on the beach; generally if you say "no", they will leave you alone. There is a shop in the hotel for the papers and souvenirs. The girls in the group did not feel uncomfortable at any time and were not set upon. The only downside to the hotel was the fact that smoking is allowed in the main part of the foyer where you like to relax or listen to the entertainment which was excellent.More

studiousbee, Warrington, United Kingdom

A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU

This is an excellent hotel and I am sure one of the very best in Hammamet. My wife and I stayed there in early March for a week and although the weather was a bit disapointing, being stuck indoors in this hotel was a great place to be. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel "welcome" which is what "Marhaba" means in Arabic. The staff were without exception very attentive from the Chief of the restaurant to the chambermaid and everyone inbetween. The general ambience is very relaxing with plenty of space to accommodate all guests within and outwith the hotel including around the pool area. The hotel is built adjacent to the beach which has good quality sand. Our bedroom on the second floor was quite large, the bed was big and there was also a sofa, balcony and a good size TV with satalite connection. The bathroom was also spacious. There was an excellent choice of food at every meal and all hot dishes were well cooked, nicely presented and very tasty (we were all inclusive). Wine and beer was offered plus there was an endless supply of tea or coffee constantly being offered and the hot pancakes mid-afternoon were a nice treat. Evening entertainment was generally good and the team worked hard. There is not much to see in the vicinity of the hotel but if you want to go into Hammamet which I would recommend, taxis are always available at the hotel gate and are very cheap. The Thomson rep was very good, always around and very helpful. We booked an excursion called 'Legends of Tunisia' which was a really good day out, taking in El Jem, Monastir, Sousse and El Kantoui with lunch included. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, which was previously in the Sheraton group but is now part of the RIU chain of hotels. We could have enjoyed two weeks not just one if we had realised how good it was going to be.More

JetsetBob, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great Hotel - Great Staff

From the moment we arrived until the day we left, we were made to feel very welcome. It is the first time we have been on holiday where the Managing Director met the guests and introduced them to all of his heads of departments personally and gave us an insight to where they came from and where they had previously worked. Every day he was in the restaurant checking that guests were enjoying their holiday. The food was great and plenty of choice. The only downside to our holiday was the weather - it rained for 6 days out of 7. There was nothing the hotel could do about that. We still enjoyed the relaxation and met some great people. The rooms were very comfortable and we had a problem with noise from a local night club on our first night, however a quick word to Tracey the rep and she had us moved to a new room without any fuss. A seaview room would be the best choice, or a bungalow. If you choose a garden view then you will be looking into the car park. Bar staff were very attentive, especially Ben Sessi, you did not have to get out of your chair to go to the bar, as soon as your glass was empty a fresh drink was brought to you. I would certainly think about returning - hopefully to better weather in the future.More

CeeBeeGlasgow, Glasgow

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