There’s just a ribbon of sand dunes separating the Hotel Riu El Mansour from the beach, so it’s no surprise the fabulous sea views are the real talking point here. What’s more, the beach itself is one of the best in the area. It’s a huge stretch of white sand and blue waters that leads all the way to the centre of Mahdia, five kilometres away. And it’s great for watersports.
From the outside, the hotel is a sleek, contemporary structure. But, head inside and there’s a traditional twist. Take the lobby, for instance. A central flight of smooth marble stairs is teamed with Arabic-style arched windows and a domed roof. Elsewhere, the bedrooms continue the elegant feel. Crisp white walls are offset with sea-blues and jade-greens, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead out onto private balconies or terraces. Modern must-haves like air-conditioning and satellite TVs provide the trimmings.
Step outside, and you’re spoilt for choice on the swimming and sunbathing front. As well as the beach, there’s a huge pool just footsteps from the sand. It’s shaped like a four-leaf clover and is big enough to have two miniature islands in the middle. Plus, there are wide sun terraces and neat lawns on all sides, and a bar at one end. Come evening, the pool provides the setting for cabaret-style shows, live music and local folk dancing.
When it comes to dining, this place does All Inclusive eats with aplomb. You’ve got a buffet restaurant where show-cooking demos and international theme nights top the bill. Then there’s El Fatimi, an authentic Tunisian à la carte and the Italian trattoria.
Rounding things off is the thalassotherapy centre – a smart space, dressed in wooden floors, white walls and spotlit ceilings. Offering up a great range of traditional and more forward-thinking therapies, it’s the perfect place to indulge.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Locally produced alcoholic and soft drinks. Tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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Make a splash in the huge four-leaf clover shaped pool. With a wide sun terrace and neat lawns on all sides, it's the ideal place to lie back and relax on a sunbed.
L'Olympe Thalassotherapy centre*
Rejuvenate and invigorate your mind and body with the many luxuries offered at the spa. Arrange a massage, relax in the Turkish bath, turn up the heat in the sauna, or take a dip in the indoor saltwater pool, heated in winter. Pamper yourself at the beauty salon and choose from a variety of services.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample dishes being prepared on the on the spot cooking stations, right in front of your very eyes. Enjoy the themed buffets held 3 times a week in summer, and twice a week in winter.
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We visited in Dec 2013
We visited on our first Saga holiday, we had such an excellent time going to book again. The Spa was out of this world had 4 days of treatment and felt on top of the world. Food excellent. The trips were also very good.More
Patsie T, Brookland, United Kingdom
We went in winter time with our two babies. It was very relaxing, because the hotel was not full. We enjoyed a lot the food there. You can easily find something fitting your own like. The staff was helpful and friendly. The massages offered in the hotel are awesome. I had some back massage from a guy named Naim. He knows really his job. I was relieved of a big pain I had for so long, that I was really thankful. Comment apart, just take care when you want to the beach or outside the hotel, as there is always someone local walking around. This person greets you friendly and says he works for the hotel ,and gains your trust through a nice and informative conversation. At the end he will take you to town with whatever festivity excuse and offers you the hotel shuttle, etc. We had unfortunately that experience, and it was not at all nice being at several places in town and kind of pushed to buy a carpet and our babies at the side crying. We were really bitter. The train tour is not worth. The guy is very impolite and shouts most of the time.More
Elizabeth P, Altdorf bei Nurnberg, Germany
Loved it. Friendly staff, great food, nice and hot! Stayed for a week in July. Only downside there wasn't many excursions available at the time. But loved it never the less. We always found sunbeds by the pool which is great.More
En R, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Best Christmas and New Year ever!!!!
Booked four weeks with SAGA taking in Christmas and New Year. I did not know what to expect. What I got was the best holiday I have ever had - so good I'm going back in a few weeks. The hotel is wonderful, spacious, clean and very well staffed and run. The food was superb with so much to choose from in the buffet restaurant. The facilities were generally very good although the gym could do with a lot of new exercise machines, those they have are very worn out. The spa is very well worth the extra cost. The animation team were brilliant, keeping everyone busy during the day and entertained in the evening. They are worked so very hard (too hard)! Being a mixture of 'low-season' and Christmas holidays meant the hotel went from being quite empty to very full. The Christmas and New year celebrations were awesome (Father Xmas arriving by camel) all laid on by the hotel and animation team. Even when very quiet there was no lowering in the level of service. The SAGA trips to El Jem, Kairuan and Tunis/Carthage were excellent and the SAGA rep, Kamel, was brilliant. Top Holiday!!More
Good hotel for Relaxing
We stayed here for 1 week at the end of August 2013. Early morning flight from Bournemouth got us in the hotel by 12pm, however there was a problem with the room as the previous occupants had decided to throw a glass at the patio doors. This was reported to reception and messages got lost in translation, however the Rep came to the rescue and sorted us out with new rooms and even one night in a suite whilst they sorted a room out for us. Once we were settled into our new rooms, the hotel was brilliant. Food The main buffet restaurant has a nice setting and is decorated for dinner sittings, the food itself was fantastic with lots of variety and the soups were divine. The soft drinks, beer and wine was help your self at breakfast and lunch however at dinner they were brought to you via your assigned waiter. Pool This was the best part of the hotel, 2 pools to choose from with lots of activities provided. Animation Team We have visited Tunisia many times before but this hotel had a fairly good team, their resources were limited which I found surprising as its a Riu owned hotel. But they did make use of what they had really well. Many evening shows just involved them coming into the audience and picking people to dance with but this was entertaining enough. I feel that they should not have one day off all together as this day was by far the worst. Maybe they could have a day off one or two at a time on different days of the week. Beach This was lovely however once you venture away from the hotels part it does get scary All in all this hotel is very good however there is not much around the area its situated, If you want a relaxing break in the sun then this is the place for you, but if you want to venture out in the evenings maybe pick Hammamet or Sousse.More
GBoden1994, Plymouth, United Kingdom
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