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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We stayed here for a week in January this year, the best thing about this hotel is the staff who were very friendly and helpful. We found the food to be average and very very repetitive! Our room was excellent with lovely views over the pool and the beach. All in all it was a bit of a disappointment.More
ShonaghM2013, St. Andrews, United Kingdom
absolutely wonderful J&A Merseyside
Stayed here for 11nights and celebrated Valentine's day. Food very good and excellent room.We had top floor with sea view and the sun was on the balcony all day. Staff were very friendly and always helpful.Fifi and his animation team were friendly and worked hard day and night as did the bar staff. Michelle the Thomson rep always did her utmost to ensure the guests had no problems. If anything did arise she would look into it straight away. Enjoyed it so much will be returning in the next 2/3 weeks!!! See you all soon.More
JANETTE D, St Helens, United Kingdom
Stayed for one week from 8 February only thing to say about this hotel and all the staff is excellent good food all staff helpful no complaints at all just go and enjoy it outside hotel a little scruffy but as always rui hotels good serviceMore
TUNISIA...FROM A YOUNG PERSPECTIVE
Having just spent a week in the Riu Marillia in Yasmine Hammamet, I would like to let all you travellers know how it went from a young traveller's point of view. As it's the first time I have been to Tunisia, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was that it was in North Africa and they were a French-speaking country so when I arrived, I was amazed. I cannot fault their service, it was outstanding...out of this world. The staff work so hard, I mean, really hard (far harder than the Thomson rep, as one reviewer previously stated). Additionally, they are friendly, attentive for any problems or needs you have, quite attractive and also can be quite flirty with the younger guests. I didn't find this a problem because they don't pester like the men in the towns or markets. Regarding tipping, we gave small tips daily to the bar staff average 2-3 dinars and then tip your dinner waiter and your chamber maid at the end of the week, roughly 10-15 dinar which is equivalent to Â£3+. Our waiter for the week, Ali, was attentive, caring and very friendly. Also, the bar staff including the lovely lady Salwa and Amer were also lovely and friendly. Overall regards to the staff at Riu Marillia, they were fantastic! They all deserve a gold medal!! When advertised, Tunisia is presented as a peaceful retreat for just families and couples, which is true to an extent. However, they miss out the nightlife for younger guests! It isn't nightlife like club 18-30 holidays but there is a nightlife! So, if there are young guests 18+ and you are with your family, there are places to go to for a bit more liveliness. I assume it'd be much better in the peak season. So, when the staff told me there were a lot of bars and clubs just 5-10 minutes away, of course I jumped to the chance!! Being a young guest, I didn't want to just stay in the hotel all the time watching the animation team as personally, it wasn't my cup of tea (but families with kids). If you don't particularly like bars and if dancing isn't your thing, there are a plethora of shisha bars (pipe smoking with flavoured tobacco) and compared to UK prices, it's a lot cheaper. I was even more excited to find out that there was one in the hotel! It'll cost you 10 dinar (Â£3), definitely cheaper than back home! Hotel facilities are good; there is an indoor heated swimming pool, a very big outdoor swimming pool, even a fully equipped gym which I would recommend to any guest. The hotel supply towels which you get free of charge. There is even a spa which is payable extra and definitely worth spending your money! I have heard great reviews on the massages and pedicures. Be cautious when a random Tunisian man approaches you claiming he's the "chef from your hotel", as he's trying to familiarise himself with you to make you enter his shop full of the crap you don't want. There is a good rate here at the hotel for sterling at around 2.92. However, a word of advice, if you decide to pay the expensive Thomson tours and would like to pay by debit card, you will pay in dinars but when converted to sterling by your bank, the rate decreases to around 2.65. So, it's better to pay in cash (Thomson add a charge for paying with card). Regarding the optional excursions, as a family we didn't do any because we had younger children and they weren't interested in going sightseeing or visiting Carthage (like others may enjoy). However, when talking to some guests, they discovered how to do the trips themselves at 20% of the cost of Thomson's. As taxis are fairly cheap, it's easy enough to do it yourself and reception can always give you advice on how to do that. As a French student, I was able to practice the lingo as French is widely spoken here in Tunisia and they appreciate if you try. You may even be able to haggle more at the markets by speaking French. In summary, I had a wonderful stay at the Riu Marillia; both relaxing and fun. Rooms are outstanding, spacious and of high quality with a mini fridge, a state of the range TV with a few English channels and showing English movies (Channel 15). I would highly recommend this hotel.More
Gazelle96384, London, United Kingdom
just arrived back from the riu marillia what a hotel staff are brill hotel is spotless rooms are perfect we had 464 pool and sea view thanks to all the staff fifi and all the entertainment guys michelle the rep we went on the legends of tunisia tour great trip the market is not the best go by taxi cost you 7 quid ask for even number room the check in was smooth and cases brought to room tip often 1 dinar is enough the cleaner in everyday does the curtains and beds up fancy would recomend hotel to anyone keep up the good work all our thanks to all the staff for a great holiday it was brillMore
eric e, glasgow united kingdom
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