The big news here is the duo of pools – they’re both huge. The beach is on the doorstep, too.
The Riu Marillia is on a sandy beach in peaceful Yasmine Hammamet. It’s around 10 minutes’ walk from the medina, and there are more shops and restaurants in the centre, about 15 minutes’ drive away.
The hotel’s biggest feature is the pool scene – there are two mammoth pools to choose from. You’ve got options on the dining front, too, with a buffet restaurant and à la carte Asian.
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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.
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2 outdoor pools
Make a splash in either of the two half-Olympic sized pools. Edged with a sprinkling of lustrous palms, lie back and relax on a sunbed overlooking the spectacular sea views.
Head to the buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sample the delicious international cuisine, with some dishes prepared on the spot. Enjoy the themed evenings held here three times a week.
Asian à la carte restaurant
Try the delectable Asian dishes at Alyssa. Open 1st June to 30th September, don't forget to make your reservation in advance. And there's a formal dress code.
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Another great Riu Hotel in Tunisia
Our first time at the Marillia, but not our first to Tunisia. First impressions were very good. We were met at reception with a welcome drink and were immediately taken into the lounge bar with other new arrivals to get checked in. The reception manager explained the features of the hotel, meal times etc and gave us the check in documents which were quickly completed. We had arrived at around midday but were told that our rooms were ready for us immediately. We had no sooner entered our room when our luggage was immediately delivered. The room was a good size with an excellent sized bathroom. We had booked a sea view room and that was exactly what we got, Room 344, a room on the third floor with a very large terrace. Excellent for trapping the sun right throughout the day. The beds were firm, but very comfortable and the pillows were one of the softest I have had whilst abroad. The only problem we had with the bedroom was noise from the corridor. In normal circumstances, this probably wouldn't be a problem, but we had a very inconsiderate neighbour across the corridor from us who was very noisy when going to the room and continued talking very loudly for quite lengthy times in the early hours of the morning. This was not the hotel's fault. Meals were very good, plenty of variety if you don't mind trying different foods. There was always a choice of meat and fish dishes and at dinner there is a carvery choice as well. As with all All Inclusive restaurants, the meat and vegetables available do seem repetitive, but what else can you expect. If you were eating out at home twice a day, you would find exactly the same. The food could have been a bit hotter than it was but if you want it hotter, there is a microwave available. Food was regularly replenished and staff were constantly monitoring availability to make sure that things did not run out. Occasional queues formed whilst waiting for the 'show cooking' food to be cooked. However, during our stay this did not happen too often and the waiting time was very short. Staff in the restaurant were very friendly and very attentive. Bar facilities were limited to one during the day and one in the evening. There was a good selection of drinks and despite other comments on this site, I did not think that the spirits were watered down. However, one of our party did think that on occasion, if having a spirit with a mixer, the spirit measure was smaller than normal. As I didn't have a mixer, I was satisfied that the measure and strength were OK. Waiter service was a bit slow at times, but we did not find that this depended on whether or not you tipped them. The pool area was very good with plenty of beds, the pool attendant was very quick at bringing out the cushions for the beds. What it would be like in the height of the season, I wouldn't be able to comment on, but there is plenty of room both around the pools and on the beach. The animation team were very good and very friendly, making a point of speaking to all the guests throughout the day and the evening. We did go to see a couple of the shows and compared to many animation team productions, they were quite good. All the staff were very friendly and very keen to make sure that we had a good holiday. Overall, a great place to stay. I would agree with some of the comments about mobility issues, as access to the bars, pool, restaurant and beach was either up or down quite a few steps. It was not a problem for us, but would be for somebody in a wheelchair or with severe mobility problems. The hotel is located away from the town centre and shopping areas, but was within walking distance. Taxis however are cheap enough and are readily available outside the hotel. Wifi is available in the reception area, although we were in room 344 and could still access wifi in the room and around the pool area.More
Alan H, Blackpool
A beautiful hotel, excellent staff nothing is to much trouble for them....the animation team are fantastic and work tirelessly from 9 am till midnight to entertain you...my one & only complaint was it was very cold in the bars, most people like me sat with their coats on in these areasMore
MargaretRon, Sutton in Ashfield, United Kingdom
we traveled as a couple and it was our first time in tunisia..check in was quick and had a welcome drink on arrival.room was big. free safe and fridge and bottled water every day and if the maids forget you just ask at the bar. food was fab . the soup was lovely had some most days.pancack boy sam was lovely,,serving tea at 3pm.animation team were fab remembering every ones name.they work very long hours and always smiling. ramzi,myhair,mario has the most infectios laugh and will stay with me forever.the pool was amazing and led on to the beach.watch out for the camel man do not get on.the maids never stopped working and always smilling.and mitchel the rep is a credit to her company. its the first welcome meeting i have been to that i havent fallen asleep. she was funny imformative and always avaliable even on her one day off. the only thing i would say is let her have her dinner in peace.we couldnt do any of the trips due to them being cancelled with the trouble.any problems that you have go and see michelle and it will be sorted with in an hour. she even gave some one her own tea bags as guest had run out.this lady deserves a pay rise.the hotel and rooms are kept very well. also you get free towels twice a day if needed. i loved this hotel and actually cryed wen i left as i was leaving what i felt like some good freinds, i would of stayed longer but i was missing my dog. nothing negative to say about any thing. beds are the most comfy i have slept in even the pillows are great.cant wait to go backMore
jeamesmk, Northampton, United Kingdom
Just back from the riu marillia and can't fault it. Excellent staff and service all round they can't do enough for you from reception, the bar, the restaurant and a great animation team. Good mix of guests and met some great people. Would recommend the suite rooms as for what we paid extra was worth every penny. Will definitely visit again.More
Not your usual Riu and not 4*
Were to start, Riu are letting themselves down with this hotel certainly not up to their usual standard. This hotel is not for anyone with a walking disability due to the lack of any handrails within the hotel and if you have to use a wheel chair then you would never be able to get to the bar areas. The only lift to the dining room has a door that closes very quickly and does not recognise that it has shut on you and continues to close even thought you are still standing in the entrance. At one point a young mum was carrying a small child onto the lift when the door closed that quickly the poor child almost knocked unconscious with the force of the closing door. The dining experience was well below the usual standards for a Riu hotel it was repetitive with little choice if you went for a meal more than 40 minutes after the opening times then the food was not replenished and you just had to make do or miss out. The only food which was consistently good were the chips. I know it was out of season but my argument is that they are still selling us a holiday so certain standards should be maintained. Although no one can control the weather it was disappointing when on the only hot sunny day they decided to close the pool and do maintenance work on it. Although the staff were very nice people I found they only noticed myself and my disabled partner after we started tipping. I know this is expected and I do tip on all our holidays I just found it disheartening that we were invisible until we started tipping twice the expected amount. The rooms were kept very clean and the ladies worked very hard. I would take a travel kettle though if you like us like a hot cuppa as the hot water in the bar areas is not the hottest. The animation team although tried seem to lack in training and rehearsal when it came to evening entertainment, Riu new uniforms for the guys wouldn't go a miss.More
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