The smart Riu Palace Hammamet Marhaba combines a beachfront setting with a relaxing pool scene. It’s got fans on TripAdvisor, too – reviewers rank it among the top 20 hotels in Tunisia.
Set on a long, gold-sand beach and surrounded by palm-filled gardens, the Riu Palace Hammamet Marhaba has bagged one of the prettiest spots in town.
This hotel makes the most of its setting. Expect whitewashed bungalows metres from the sand, restaurants with open-air terraces, and winding footpaths on manicured lawns.
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Food & Drink
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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 two 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.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner head to the buffet restaurant. 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 three 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*
Pecheur beach restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine. Don't forget to make your reservation in advance. Open 15th June-15th September.
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twin room with garden view
These light and airy twin rooms, with their cream backdrop and bright colourful soft furnishings sleep up to three. There's a balcony or terrace overlooking the garden, plus a mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks and water. Air-conditioning operates 15th June to 15th September, and heating is also available.
twin room with sea view
These light and airy twin rooms, with their cream backdrop and bright colourful soft furnishings sleep up to three and come with a sea view. There's a balcony or terrace, plus a mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks and water. Air-conditioning operates 15th June to 15th September, and heating is also available.
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Absolutely amazing! Best Riu hotel!
Stayed here for 7nights with my wife, all I can say is that everything was perfect for me and my wife. From staffs to food to drinks an the hospitality was just perfect. Defo visit again soon. Gave my watch to one of the chefs who accompanied me on certain food, my wife gave her perfume to a waitress who gave a lot of time an made a lot of effort for my wife's requirements. So far the best holiday for us. Shukran to all the staffs as they also had time to even teach us a few words in Tunisian! Asslema and bislema guys at the hotel!More
Hotel very friendly and staff helpful only downside is the smoking in main bar not only cigarettes but pipe and cigars no area smoke free and uncomfortable to enjoy drink food excellent but when head chef. Day off young ones don't focus on buffet but good hotel overallMore
janet n, Chester, United Kingdom
A dissapointed stay
Just returned from a 10 day stay at Riu Palace Hammamet Maharba. I normally stay at 4 stars Riu hotels but seeing as I was going in the winter months I thought I'd pay that little extra and stay at a 5 star palace and everything would be that little better (how wrong could I be). On first impressions walking into the lobby area it is stunning, I had 2 bungalows which again were nice but not of a 5 star standard firstly in one of my bungalows my shower didn't work the patio door on the other one didn't lock these were still not working on day 10 despite reporting these to hotel management hoping that they would send maintenance to fix it also my towel rail in my bathroom on my sink unit was too long so the round metal piece that holds the towel up was sticking out over the edge at my hip level and my youngest sons shoulder level this had a very sharp ruff edge and again nothing was done. The pool area is also very clean and attractive and we did use it on occasions when the sun was out. On one particular occasion after only been there for a couple of days while sitting round the pool enjoying the sun we could hear a raised female voice naturally I looked up to see the hotel female manager screaming and shouting at one of the animators this attack was verbally vicious with her waving her arms around not looking very present at all. The poor animator looked very embarrassed and was speaking to her very softly and pointing at the guests as though to shush her because of the us but she was clearly having none of it. This really distressed my children so we decided to leave and walk away where as we walked towards the hotel lobby area we could still hear her. I reported this to my holiday rep Sarah who said she would look into it. That evening she did come back to me saying that this female manager did not know what I was talking about and there was no altercation at all and that I was a liar!!!!! That evening there was no entertainment and I gathered it was because of what had happened that day and when some guests asked the female manager where the animation team was she said I've sacked the animation team she told other guests when they asked to speak to the animation team and told me that they'd gone to hospital I was confused to say the least. The lobby area was uncomfortably cold when wanting to sit in it despite requests from myself and other guests asking for the heating to be turned on which never happened (not what you'd expect from a 5 star during winter months). Although the bar staff and waiters are always there serving drinks and really can't do enough for you. The food was of an average standard with the fruit selection been black bananas, dried up oranges and bruised apples with holes in them maybe maggot holes I don't know!!!! Also with it been the winter months and quite rainy and been in the bungalows I was expecting umbrellas to be put in my porch way as I had quite a walk to the main hotel they did not materialise this surprised me given the fact I have stayed in 2 star accommodation when in Bali travelling across Asia and when raining umbrellas where placed in our porch areas again not what you'd expect from a 5 star hotel. One night I booked the Ã la cart restaurant and pre ordered the salmon which took half hour to come which was no problem, on its arrival it looked delicious with exceptional presentation but when I cut my salmon it looked very raw (slimy) so I put a bit on my fork and put it to my tongue and it was frozen in the middle by now I've had enough so I put my cutlery down and walked out going to the buffet restaurant it was 7:25 and my sitting ended at 7:30 and I just wanted a plate of cheese and biscuits where I was refused entry as it was too late so I just took my children and myself out to eat when I reported this to my rep Sarah the next morning she said I should have reported it to her that night but I couldn't find her she then went on to tell me what other guests were complaining about and pointing them out which I found very unprofessional she also said that she would write a report for me to sign on her iPad but when it came to it her app had gone down. Now I'd like to move on to entertainment with the animation team. Well what can I say!!!!! I'd like to start with a big thank you to them they were amazing from 10am to 11pm always smiling walking round asking if everything was ok if you were ok etc etc. At 10am kids club starts with them taking the children playing football, tennis, ping pong, face painting, drawing, treasure hunts on the beach etc etc and the other animators doing activities for us oldies making everything fun and keeping your day packed if you want it to be. Darts and archery was such good fun and one of the animators called Abdoul was brilliant they stayed with you till 5pm making sure you were happy and enjoying your holiday then when I turned up for dinner at 6:30 there they were again meeting and greeting you as you went into dinner. At 8pm the evening entertainment started with mini disco for the little ones with the animators and a lovely girl called Rabaa who was amazing throughout the evening then a show either a show that was brought in where the animation team would stay there checking that all the guests were ok or a quiz show that was organised by the animation team that was such good fun getting everyone involved or the animation team dancing for you and my oh my can they dance then after the evening show they would put on a disco getting the guests up to dance if they wanted all this finished at around 11ish and bang 10am the next morning there they are smiling and ready to take the day on with you again I don't know how they do it they are truly amazing. I was a little upset with the management and Thompson as the entertainment room had been booked out for a conference for 3 nights of my stay so shows in the hotel were a no go but yet again the animation team did there best to entertain us in the lobby.I was also found it a strange that when guests were complaining about this that the hotel management were blaming the animation team when any half bake knows that they are not responsible for booking the entertainment room out for a conference!!!!! Nevertheless the show still went on for them although I'm not happy that I wasn't informed of this by Thompson when booking my holiday in there shop given the fact that it was half term week and I feel that this they should have known as the hotel lobby bar is very smokey and not a place for children but what can I say this is Thompson after all. All in all I was quite disappointed with the holiday and felt the Hotel female manager behaved very unprofessionally and really don't know what my children or myself would have done without the animation team as I really do believe that they are holding that hotel together. I'm not tabooing this hotel I'm saying don't go expecting a 5 star stay at a Riu Palace. More
We stayed here for 1 week, for a family holiday. I couldn't fault anything. Everything was excellent from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. The staff and management are a credit to the hotel. The food and drinks were amazing for an all inclusive. Highly recommended.More
vicar777, Buxton, United Kingdom
Returning yet again
This is a wonderful hotel, will make my comment short and sweet! The bedroom very spacious and clean, food, great variety and you are guaranteed to put weight on !! Waiters service in bar/pool areas great ( and you DON,T need to continually tip ) Always plenty of sun loungers both around pool and on beach. All staff very helpful and polite. All in all a lovely hotel. We are returning for our 4th. visit in May and have already booked for October as well.More
raeappleyard, south yorks.
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