Hotel Marhaba Salem  

This beachside hotel comes with 2 pools and a buffet restaurant that does a weekly Tunisian night.

Just at the bottom of the hotel’s palm-filled garden is a sandy beach. Plus there are shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance, and the centre of Sousse is only 10 minutes away by taxi.

There’s a trio of pools, one with a section for children. The buffet restaurant takes care of meals, and there’s a beach bar for lunches as well. In the evenings, there are shows and a nightclub opens up.

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

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Snacks at set times.

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2 outdoor pools

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.

Buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is also a buffet, but is presented to you at your table.


Energise your mind and body with one of the many luxuries at the thalasso and spa centre, found at the sister hotel Royal Salem. Try a massage to help unwind, or turn up the heat in the sauna or steam room. Whether it's a special occasion or you'd just like to treat yourself, take a visit to the beauty centre where you can choose from a range of services. With a variety of treatments on offer, you’re sure to leave here feeling invigorated.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3. Air-conditioning is from mid-June to mid-September and satellite TV shows BBC Prime and Super Movies. Cots are available on request and fridge hire has an extra charge.

double room

Double room sleeps up to 3. Air-conditioning is from mid-June to mid-September and satellite TV shows BBC Prime and Super Movies. Cots are available on request and fridge hire has an extra charge.

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Marhaba Salem, Sousse. Excellent, good value for money holiday. Well done Thomsons.

This was our 1st time to Tunisia and we booked this holiday with Thomsons. It was excellent value for money and we will be looking to book for next year. Hotel was fantastic, bedroom wasn't as good as shown in the brochure, but was clean and had everything needed. Food was plentiful and there was a decent variety. Drinks were also plentiful with a range of local drinks available. Be prepared to drink gallons though if your looking to get tipsy. The Animation Team were great, they were constantly around offering activities to take part in and they made sure they met everyone and had daily chats(be prepared to give loads of high 5's). They also provided the evening entertainment which was ok'ish. Larry in particular was excellent. Hotel location was brilliant, right on the beach. Not far from airport and other towns and the harbour which is a nice area. All in all a really nice place and an enjoyable holiday. Only bad points were that we couldn't get away from people smoking unless we stayed indoors. And it just seemed that everyone was smoking constantly. The bar staff that worked the poolside bar where you sit for the evening entertainment were very rude and could be ignorant. The rest of the hotel staff were very very friendly though.The local areas and Tunisia as a whole is quite a dirty country, but we knew that beforehand. Don't go there expecting paradise, but the resorts are well kept and very nice. Just be aware of the guy who sits by and runs the games room in the evening. He carrys a bumbag and provides change for the machines. He is a very slimey, horrible crook! I can tell you that he is very lucky that I was with family and that there were children around, because if there wasn't I would of had a few choice words with him and probably a cuddle :-) (he is a private company, not hotel staff) The good points heavily outweigh the bad points though and we will definitely be going back.More

Steve P,

Great Autumn Sun holiday

We stayed at the Marhaba Salem for 7 days and enjoyedc ourselves. The Staff were all excellent with the majority speaking 3-4 languages. All staff were grateful of tips but did not hover making you feel you had to leave them. The room was a bit musty smelling but the maid kept it clean. Our Waiter Adel was excellent and that man works so hard!. The animation team were always smiling and joking, brilliant if you have young kids but others such as Ali took the time to have a laugh and joke with everyone. The bar staff were happy and Slim would always ask how you are. Evening entertainment was probably the biggest let down however we went as a couple. The shows were a bit tedious and boring but we made friends with other couples and made the most of it. The only member of staff I heard people complain about was the guy with the bumbag by the arcade. As soon as a game of pool is finished he is shoeing you away. He also wouldn't change a note for us as he had no change despite his bag being full of coins from emptying the machines. We actually wanted the change to play pool.More

Phil N, Telford, United Kingdom

Nice hotel, basic rooms!

Hotel was clean. Bar staff (mainly the younger ones) were quite rude, and made a habit of serving men before the women, they were only extra friendly when the customer service questionares were handed out. Our waiter Adel was so friendly, helpful and polite. Our maid wasn't very good, she took a bottle of coca cola out of our room that was bought from the shop, she put flowers over the beds, looked pretty but had ants in our beds. Animation team were great, plenty of things to do, Mido is a nutter! Restaurant - good choices of food Beach bar - food was ok, but always cold Rooms - basic, very dated... not what we booked with Thomson. (not been refurbished as pics show) We did use the bar, restaurant and indoor pool at the sister hotel next door too.More

Jacquie09, Birmingham, West Midlands

Excellent family holiday, all staff very warm and welcoming and always helpful. Kids entertained constantly.

Great family resort, excellent price and fabulous staff. Very warm and welcoming. Animation team thouroughly entertained kids aswell as adults. Especially my big thanks to Dali (smiley) , kali and adel as our waiter and wissem as our bar waiter. Will definately return.More

claire percival,

First time to Tunisia

The hotel was nice and clean, staff all very helpful and friendly. I wasn't over keen on the food but that could just of been me being too fussy. My partner ate well with no complaints. Didn't spend much time by the pools, we preferred the beach which was lovely. The entertainment was ok, just some young lads trying their best to keep everyone happy. If you go off the complex expect to see a lot of litter and stray animals. They obviously don't care like we do about our pets. We went on the quad biking organised by Thomson and it was supposed to be through scenic olive groves, it was more like a rubbish tip with a mound of dead animal bodies we had to ride past, it wasn't very nice to have to see. Tunisia would be a lovely place to holiday if only it was kept abit cleaner.More

Lisa F, Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom

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