Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Asian restaurant open 1st June-30th September.
Selected local-brand alcohol and soft drinks 10.00-01.00 May-October and 10.00-24.00 November-April. And tea and coffee.
Snacks at set times.
This was a last minute booking and first time in Tunisia we have stopped a RIu hotels in the past and always found them of a high standard and was not disapointed hotel was less than a quarter full so no waiting and could get seats where ever we went food to a good standard and the entertainment team worked very hard to please everybody over all great value for money and planning to go back at the start of November next year also had quite.good weather for the time of year only had 1days rain in the week we was there.More
Andrew C, Stafford, United Kingdom
Good place to stay when in Tunisia
I was looking for some winter sun and decided to go to Tunisia. I have to say the weather was not as hot as I would like to but that's because I went in November which is the end of the season.
Staff: polite & attentive. Nothing is too much...
Cleanliness: the place is immaculate. You can see cleaning staff since the early morning working and cleaning every inch of the hotel
Food: maybe because it was the end of season and the place was half empty it wasn't as much choice as I have experienced in other places but it doesn't mean it was bad at all
Drinks: I went on *all inclusive* holidays so could drink anything from the menu. Don't get too excited though about the cocktails - it's just ready made mixture, very sweet and nothing you get in London bars...
Spa: I got tempted with a good deal on session of 3 treatments during the stay. I have to say, I would not choose it again. Half of the session you simply spend in the steam room and the massage was not what I expected....
So there were few thinks I didn't like but overall, it's a great place and I would definitely recommend it to anyone going to Tunisia. You will not be disappointed!!!More
Pola77, London, United Kingdom
Lovely hotel on the beach
We wanted some winter sun and decided Tunisia would be perfect for this, although we were a bit sceptical as we've never visited Tunisia before. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by a lovely large marbled lobby and reception area and welcome drinks. We had no trouble at the airport as some people have mentioned on here. Our room was spotlessly clean and we had a lovely view over the huge pools and a sea view. The buffet restaurant was very good and there was always someone there cooking fresh eggs, omelettes and pancakes if you wanted them. The food was of a good quality, although on the odd occasion the chicken was a bit rare so you had to watch out for this.We had the same waiter in the restaurant every night as you have the same table every night, his name was Khalifa and he was very attentive and friendly. The duty manager was always around asking if we were ok and he was always helpful if we had any problems. The chinese a la carte restaurant which you have to book for was very good and we went here twice during our stay. The staff work so very hard to please you and for a few dinar tip they look after you all holiday. In the bar Sameh and Mohammed were exceptional and always knew what drinks we wanted, as soon as your glass was empty they would bring some more! Fifi and his entertainment team work tirelessly day and night, and always made you feel welcome. Even though we didn't always go to watch the show, we could watch it from our balcony when the shows were outside. We spent our days on the beach and there was a lovely dog called Sandy who had puppies and we used to take food down for her, so please look after her if you decide to go here. Her puppies were taken away while we were there and she was absolutely bereft. She used to come for a walk with us along the beach for hours and we didn't really want to leave her. I would go back to this hotel because the hotel is lovely and I would love to see Sandy again.The hotel is about 20 mins walk from the main shopping area of Yasmine Hammamet but this didn't bother us as we wanted a nice relaxing holiday. If you go out shopping the shop keepers are very pushy so if you don't want anything don't bother going in as they won't let you out unless you buy anything! That said you can barter with them and save a fortune! Give Tunisia a go, the beaches are beautiful. I would definitely go again.More
Book here with confidence
Even well travelled Brits abroad fear the unknown - always worrying that their next holiday will be the nightmare from Hell. If you are going to Tunisia, then stay safe and chose this wonderful hotel because you can be assured of a pleasant and stress free holiday.
To put our visit in perspective, we were a group of 3 lads from the UK, aged 29-34. We booked off season (first week of November) through Thompson Holidays. We chose Tunisia as somewhere we could get some winter sun and have cultural sight seeing activities. We booked through Thompson Holidays.
Cleanliness and Safety
One of the most important things I can say is how clean and safe the hotel was. Safety is subjective but it felt safe. We had phones etc by the pool and although they were 'insight' we didn't feel concerned. Perhaps because it was off season and not busy? We just felt able to leave things by the pool when we went in. Cleaning - the hotel is immaculate. I also saw maids as I walked passed rooms being cleaned going for hell-for-leather on the polishing (UK hotels should take note). The swimming pools are all also kept in top condition and are of safe, modern and clean design (I formally hold an ISRM Pool Plant Operator's certificate so I can't help but notice).
The staff all speak excellent English and German as well as obviously Arabic and French. I think some even spoke Russian.
Staff and Guests.
The hotel was not busy at all - perhaps half full. I can only imagine it is different in the peak summer period (one reason we didn't want to go at that time of year). However, all the other guests were friendly and polite. There was a mix of French, German and British people. A few families, mostly couples of the mid 20s through to 60s+. That said, on the last night,
many of our polite German fellow guests were replaced with a large group of Russian girls who looked like tramps, were loud and uncouth and obviously had never seen a buffet as they seemed to take photos of each other in front of it.
It was my friend's birthday on our second day in the hotel. I assume they had discovered this from the guest registration forms we had to complete. On the afternoon we returned to find the room had been decorated with flowers and 'origami towel sculptures. My friend, being a boy, found it a little girly but we appreciated the sentiment. That night they left him a birthday cake. He didn't like it but my other friend and I did.
The hotel provide entertainment all day/night. We really didn't want to participate as we went for sun (by day... or trip) and were happy to relax in each other's company and play cards and other games in the bar at night. We felt awkward having to say no every night and to every activity during the day. We kind of hoped they would just politely realise we didn't want to play.
The hotel does not have an ATM - but there is one in the hotel down the road (less than 5 minutes walk). You only need Dina for tips (which are usually well deserved) and for out of hotel activities. Taxi into town is no more than 5 TDN (about Â£3.25). Always get a meter or fixed price. The hotel can also change sterling notes at reception at no charge (your bank will charge ATM use).
We booked with Thompson Holidays - we booked our trips from the hotel which turned out to be considerably cheaper than booking through the Thompson website before we left and any other company. We did 2 trips, one to Uthena and a full day's Capital Sights Tour - this was amazing, if not only for the back ground history and modern politics that our guide, Khalid, gave us. Highly recommend this trip - although it ran on the same day as the 4x4 trip which we also wanted to do - if we had gone for 2 weeks we would have done both.
Size of complex is huge...
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone - young, old, families, couples and friends. If you are travelling in a group, especially family, make sure you request adjoining rooms. It took just over 5 minutes to walk from my room to my friend's room on the other side of the hotel. That said, we later realised we could "short cut" through the pool side between wings.
A large buffet selection from local dishes, sizeable salad counter to everybody friendly Italian favs (pizza and Spaghetti). I am not a buffet fan but the large selection was good and considering it was a buffet, the quality was excellent. If you don't like something, just go back up and chose something else.
Your all inclusive gives you access to everything - a good larger, reasonable red/white wine, all usual pop/soft drinks, tea/coffee and bottled water. Spirits are all "unbranded" and are of dubious quality. The G&T was OK but the whisky was horrific and was only raised to drinkable after I tasted the brandy which was quite possibly salvaged from a secret French chemical weapons lab. The pina coladawere quite nice as well as many other cocktails (except for Mojito - see chemical lab reference).
I feel that we got more than value for money. The hotel was safe. OK, the drinks weren't from the finest providers but we drank plenty every night so we can't complain. The food was buffet but I eat considerably worse for much more in the UK. We went thinking we would eat out a couple of times but ended up only eating out 2 lunch times.
We had 2.5 days of our 7 dampened by bad weather. However, we took one of these as a half day sight seeing and one afternoon being pampered in the spa. Being resourceful lads we found the indoor pool and were otherwise forced to read our books in the bar.
Would I go again?
Yes. There are other places in the World for me to tick off my list but if I wanted winter sun then I would go back to Tunisia and having found this hotel to be so good, I doubt I would look for any where else. I would recommend this to anybody.More
Gwentoniantraveller, Aldershot, United Kingdom
Back to Yasmine Hammamet
Been to this resort twice before and stayed in the Averroes both times,which is a very good hotel but needed updating.
Looking for a late summer holiday decided to go back to Tunisia this time with Thomson as they had some very good deals? As the Riu Marilla is only a few hundred yards from the Averroes also fronting the beach and only Â£547.00 each AI for 14 nights we thought we would try it?
On arrival at the airport it was a shambles took about an hour to get to the transport to the resort.
Hotel was quite impressive, large modern interior and spotless given a drink while we joined the queue at check in.(could and should have been a lot quicker)
Our room was large well furnished with a good bathroom could not have asked for more however the aircon sounded that it was working but NEVER any cool air asked on three occasions at reception got fed up so kept the balcony door open at night for the breeze.
FOOD Was always plentiful, well cooked and good variety at every meal.
DRINK OK but not great poor quality wine and spirits but the beer was fine.
SERVICE Good and always with a smile
POOL AREAS Excellent always plenty of modern sunbeds with good mattresses.
ANIMATION and ENTERTAINMENT was OK but I must say the team was EXCELLENT Fifi and his team worked very hard and always stopped to chat and inform you of all the activities going on and then performed as the entertainment at night.
Even with the couple of critical comments I WOULD RECOMMEND the Marilla very much if you want a good spotlessly clean hotel, on the beach with good food and service try the Riu Marilla.More