With a sandy beach at the bottom of the gardens and shops and bars within walking distance, this place comes up trumps when it comes to location. Plus the centre of Sousse is just a ten-minute taxi ride away.
The hotel itself is low-set and whitewashed, and comes tucked in gardens dotted with eucalyptus and palm trees. Inside – especially in the reception - things look grander and have a traditional Tunisian twist.
The bedrooms have been refurbished, with a modern flavour. Beds dressed in bold-print bedspreads share space with tiled floors topped with rugs, and chunky modern furniture. Plus they all come kitted out with satellite TVs.
Outside, although there are tennis courts and minigolf, most of the action centres around the two swimming pools. They’re shared with the sister hotel and, as a result, they’re big enough to cater for quite a crowd. The first is a long rectangular set-up framed by sunbeds and parasols, while the second is a more elaborate affair. It’s got three waterslides, a little bridge across the middle and there’s a pool bar close by, too.
Lastly, there’s the matter of the dining scene. Everything is served buffet-style here, so you can pick and choose from Tunisian dishes and more well-known meals. And as a little something extra, the staff put on a candle-lit Tunisian buffet once a week.
Make a splash in either of the pools. The first is rectangular and encircled with sunbeds and parasols. While the second is a saltwater pool and is more ostentatious, with 3 waterslides, and a little bridge across the middle. The children have their own end of the pool.
2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 6 with twin beds in the bedrooms and 2 extra beds in the lounge. Air-conditioning is available between mid June to mid September. You'll also have a satellite TV with BBC Prime and the Super Movie channel. These apartments are located in the Royal Salem Beach building next door.
Well this is my 3rd time at this hotel. What can I say it was the best 2 weeks of my life again.The bar staff and restaurant staff really do look after you well. The animation team really work hard to get everyone involved. Joe I feel is the best one as he spent a lot of time with the family's talking to them. Nothing was to much trouble for him. He was alway polite and welcoming.More
stevenkieser, Gosport, United Kingdom
We stayed at the Marhaba Salem for a week and booked direct with their website. What a fantastic place! Rooms are big with a small kitchenette if you want to use it, great bathroom and fabulous views. The pool is great although it is only a 5 minute walk to the perfect beach with a couple of great tavernas looking out to sea. What more could you want?
Marhaba Salem fantastic resort - with everything there for you. Cars are cheap to hire for the day (make sure you do this at least once) and plenty of restaurants to eat.More
Thomas E, Manchester, United Kingdom
Fantastic value for money...
1st time in Tunisia, wasn't sure what to expect. So impressed. Quality value for money, staff very respectful and polite. Rooms cleaned to good standard daily. More than adequate variety in food restaurant. Pools were clean and easily accessible. Special mention for the Excellent Animation staff who were enthusiastic and non-stop.
Definitely will go backMore
Jay M, Reading, United Kingdom
Would not recommend!
It is not a all inclusive as it is set times, the food is cold the hotel is far from clean! I have nothing good to say apart from the worst holiday I have ever been in. Not ideal for any children under the age of 10! Also keep and eye on all your clothing as many happens to go missing!.. With nothing management can do!More
Jamie R, St. Annes-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Nothing special . As Muslims we thought it would be nice to holiday in a Muslim country. Unfortunately the staff have forgotten their Muslim values. Bar staff overcharged for hot drinks and sometimes didn't provide receipts so the money was obviously not accounted for.
The cleaners I wouldn't trust, in and out of your rooms too often unnecessarily- a few things did go missing.
Not clean at all, there was cockroaches in the toilet and dead flies on the carpet in the hallway that desperately cried out for a cleaning.
Restaurant manager was excellent, he ensured the cockroach issue was dealt with immediately once we told him about it.
Reception staff are hopeless, didn't deal with issues and couldn't manage to locate a manager.
Food was varied, never brilliant. A wide variety available but definitely got fed up after a week.
We were there when it was the school holidays for Tunisians so many families stayed at the hotel. It was a case of putting as much food as possible on their plates and then not necessary eating it- horrible to see all that food wasted unnecessarily.
Beach was nice as were the gardens. Indoor pool, not cleaned enough,
Finally, there is the awful stench of Tunisia which you can't miss when you're out and about.
It wasn't all bad, but for the amount spent, the world is a huge place and there are better places to spend your money
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