Huge pools, a waterpark, and a white-sand beach on the doorstep – this all-action family hotel has plenty to keep you busy.
This place has a first-class setting – right next door to a white-sand beach. Location aside, the big pull is the pool scene. There’s one for activities, another for relaxing, plus a waterpark with slides.
The hotel's a Holiday Village between April and October, so there’s a bumper line-up of activities – think sports like tennis and football, and extras like an Aerial Adventure course, and non-stop kids’ clubs.
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Based On 1270 reviews
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- Lifts: 4 in main building Manar 1, 2 in family building Manar 2
The ultimate family holiday
- Clubs for 0 to 11 year olds, run to UK standards
- Meet-and-greets with the Widgets
- Expert-run swim, stage and football academies
- Outdoor activities including archery, Water Walkerz and raft-building
- Child-friendly buffets and at least 2 à la carte restaurants
- 'HV Live' entertainment, exclusive to Holiday Villages
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. Snacks.1 visit per week to the Indian à la carte restaurant.
Local alcoholic drinks including beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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First Choice Kids' Club
First Choice Kids’ Club caters for 3 to 11 year olds – so brothers and sisters can join in the fun together. And most of it’s completely free. It runs 5 days a week and – outside of peak season – there are parent and toddler sessions for under 3s, too. For your peace of mind, all First Choice Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. Plus there’s a strict sign-in and out system.
With 2 pools and water chutes. Little ones need to be at least 1.10m tall to use the slides here.
Evening entertainment programme
Our First Choice team have put together a cast of highly trained entertainers, offering an exciting and diverse range of shows, fun and activities. The programme includes themed and party nights, pop shows, bingo, kids' entertainment, cabaret and colourful shows.
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Twin room sleeps up to 3 with a TV, mini-fridge and air-conditioning in high season.
superior family swim-up room
Superior swim-up family room sleeps up to 4 adults and 2 children with a double bed in bedroom, twin beds in second bedroom and 2 sofa-beds suitable for children in the lounge. Rooms have a TV, mini-fridge and air-conditioning in the high season.
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It Does What It Says On The Tin...Not Much More Though.
Visited in September 2014 as a family with two children both under 10 years old. We wanted a quick flight to somewhere warm, on a beach and for Â£2K-Â£3k. We got that. Let me be clear, the beach (at the hotel*) is lovely (white sand, shallow waters), the hotel is better than average, the rooms were pretty decent and the staff - the big plus - are massively friendly and very helpful (if only to get tipped I sometimes wonder...??) Before we flew I had a quick look at the Facebook page for the hotel and there were quite a lot comments along the lines of "OMG this is the best hotel ever, can't wait to go back"....well I only assume that these commenters have not travelled far and wide or been on anything but a package holiday. These commenters were also the same crowd that queued happily at the burger and chips station in the buffet without ever realising there was a salad station. The same commenters that were on the lager at 10am, slightly ignoring the fact they had children to tend to. Ok, there was quite a few of the beer and trainer brigade, but non who were too loud and raucous. They tend to keep themselves in a clan near the activity pool (with pool bar) or sat as close to the burger station in the canteen as they can. We did meet some very nice families around the quiet pool, kids club and the beach, which is where we spent all our time. PLUS POINTS: Good size room (we were Manar 2 and looking right onto the beach) and used a Family Room.# Massive choice in the buffet restaurant. OK, some of the food was generic fried junk and as I have already alluded to this suited a section of guests quote well. It is difficult to complain about the food as there really was something for everyone's pallet. Drinks were clearly watered down but not that bad, so no grumbles here. Staff all very friendly. Grounds were clean and there were teams working almost 24/7 to keep the place tidy. Kids entertainment and staff were working 150% and our two adored them. NEGATIVE POINTS Not a classy place in any way, shape or form. The local area is a complete dump, hence comments about the state of the beach about 1/2 mile along the coast (its not nice, so just stick to the area in front of the hotel) You have no need or desire to leave the hotel gates. Beer drinking, chip eating trainer brigade...but you get that in most places. Sun loungers around the activity pool taken at 8am (why??? just to the quiet pool or the beach, loads of space) Very annoying 'lucky lucky men' on the beach DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE HORSE RIDE OR CAMEL RIDE they try and double charge you!!!!! Be warned!!!!...however the hotels security to try and keep shoeing them away. The indoor pool / spa was not well attended by staff or life guards and it seemed to be more of a teenage pool bombing practice area. Overall, you get what you paid for, probably 4* and we would consider going back with friends as it did have everything we need, you can enjoy the quiet pools and the beach at the hotel is very well kept and lovely. However, don't be swayed by the gushing review's on Trip Advisor or Facebook. It's good but its not great and there are far, far nicer places around the world.More
Enjoyable Holiday - Would recommend
Stayed here for a week all inclusive from 22nd October 2014. Family of 9 of us. Fantastic welcome at arrival. Very pretty hotel and beach. Bad time of year for flies. Hotel rooms were clean and well kept. Entertainment team were AMAZING! Always professional, smiling and took the time to chat and keep the guests happy and up-to-date with the timetables. I just wish that they could keep the team together as they all work so well! - a big shout out from 'Kris from Coachtrip' to you all! Food was lovely, with lots of choices and although it was a busy time of year we never had to wait long for food/drinks. Our room had twin beds pushed together - which was a problem for us when our daughter decided she'd like to sleep with us. We were able to upgrade our room because of the hotel being fully booked. Our room also had a sofa bed - which was much too hard and uncomfortable to be called a bed! Didn't like paying extra for the safe in the room. We only left the hotel on foot to use the ATM machine down the road (ask at hotel for directions). Is was a five minute walk away and there were 1 or 2 market-like shops on the way but there didn't seems a lot else around in walking distance. Went on kayaks (free), and high ropes (free), paragliding (small charge) and banana boat type thingy which looked like a sofa?!? (charge of equivalent of Â£5 each). Would recommend all - especially the sofa thingy! Also went quad biking. Now, although we all had the most amazing day - getting there and back was a little hairy! Crazy taxi driver first (none of the taxis we went in had seat belts, and the driving was erratic), followed by the minibus which was so old and beat-up and covered inside with flies. That being said we were so glad to have done it (and survived!) ONE THING - We booked this trip with the hotel and were told that there was an optional 5 dinar to pay for headscarfs and/or photograph each. This is NOT an option, so make sure everyone takes an additional 10 Dinar each. We also went to the market in Nabeul. We had a taxis (see above) from the hotel and back which was very reasonably priced. Its worth a visit and gifts, etc. can be purchased there cheaply BUT the constant nagging of shop owners and haggling isn't really my thing and after an hour I was ready to go back to the peacefulness of the hotel. When I was staying at this hotel the market came into the hotel for one day, which was nice and less stressful, although I don't know if this is a regular thing or not. With so much going on we only used the pool bar on our last day, but we wished we had used it more often. It was luxury to be sat on the pool and be able to have a cold beer. Being October the pools were a little cold, and the indoor pool and Jacuzzis were lovely and warm and relaxing. We had a massage there too which worked out a lot cheap than home. Overall we enjoyed this hotel and what it has to offer.More
KristynWales, Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Fantastic summer holiday
We holidayed here for 11 nights in August of this year. Altogether there were 4 adults and 4 children in the party. The hotel itself was lovely and clean, our rooms were cleaned and tea/coffee items replenished daily. Plenty of choice in the main restaurant however despite having themed evenings every night the food became a little repetitive. We tried the indian a la carte restaurant and whilst this made a nice change from the main restaurant I was not overly impressed by the service in there in fact when our main meals were brought out the waiter really did not know what they were and it was a game of guess the dish! The service in the main restaurant was much more efficient and all of the waiters were friendly and helpful. There was always plenty of entertainment for the kids with lots of activities in the kids clubs plus the evening entertainment. The pools were lovely and plenty of them although the steps to the slides need a good clean, they were disgusting. With regards to excursions, please don't waste your money on the camel trip arranged by the man who walks around the hotel, the glossy portfolio he shows you does not resemble what you actually experience. The beach is lovely and clean with lots of water activities such as jet-skiing, banana boats, para-gliding available. Another tip-make sure you have a pen handy on the outbound flight as you will be required to fill in paperwork for entry into the country for each person in your party, this was not something we were forewarned about. Overall we had a lovely holiday and would recommend this hotel.More
Good family hotel, great food selection and plenty for the kids
Had an 11 night break at the Manar in October at the very end of the season for half term. Went with two other families with 6 adults and 7 kids from 6 to 13 years old. The accommodation I split across two main blocks and we were all in Manar 1 in family theme rooms. There are three main pool areas, tennis courts, a football pitch, water slides, games room in Manar 2, high rope climbing area, shop, beach volley and football and the watersports. Weather was good - mid to high 20's but tended to cloud up at lunchtime. Got cool at about 4pm and was getting darkish by 5pm. Accommodation in theme room was fine. Good size, ample storage, good shower above bath. Our bed was a little firm but nice and big. All boxes ticked apart from no balcony but the room size and time of year meant this was not an issue. Focal point for the evening was the Lobby which has an array of sofa's, tables and chairs. The main Lobby bar has a kids step which was a good idea and across the room a cocktail bar. Around the corner was a small sports bar which only provided premium and chargeable drinks. This was also open a little later than the others (12 midnight) but custom looked a bit thin. The entertainment in the Lobby began with a local pianist pre dinner before Jack Cassidy (looks like a young Jack Black) entertained with a mixture of music post dinner up to about 11pm. The entertainment team then had a music quiz for half hour or so. All good stuff but a little be 'samey'. Jack sings very well but I still developing his repertoire and will no doubt be practicing some older stuff following the nightly question - "Got any Neil Diamond?" Saw some complaints abut the strength of the drinks and they are not as strong as back home but when you can reload does it really matter? Service was fine but an occasional tip will improve it further. The entertainment team were great although we didn't go for the shows in the evening as it was in an adjacent theatre room which was hot and a bit damp smelling. Also it's not really our thing and our kids were happy to be entertained by each other. Kids club was great although we didn't use it every day. Pools are great if a little fresh come October. The sides of one behind the slides are a bit rough but kids seemed fine. Lifeguards on duty most of the time. Beach is excellent. Clean, good sand and good beds. Snackbar is fine. Couldn't ask for more. We only ate at the main restaurant and overall I think it was great. A good selection of 4/5 main dishes each time plus a variety of salads, soups and side dishes. A whole host of deserts if that what you like - the kids certainly did. Some of the food is cooked in excess oil for my liking but chefs are open to cooking it as you want it and after a few days they get used to you. My tip is to always look at what they have on the BarBQ - some great pieces of steak, chicken and fish. Overall - nothing to complain about and plenty to praise. One drawback which is not really an easy one to solve was the flies. Millions of them that looked like regular house flies. Apparently Sep/Oct is the season but not much seemed to be done about it. I'm not sure if that's because they don't feel it's an issue or that the hotel alone cannot make any difference. I read that Basil is the best deterrent but couldn't find any anywhere. A definite yes from me.More
Our October Break In Tunisia
We arrived in the dark so our first look at the hotel was the following morning,when we arrived we were very quickly shown to our room,we were amazed that we were still able to get some food and there was a good selection to pick from. Our room was on the small side,ideal for a couple but with a six year old we needed more room,the staff were fantastic on the main desk and by 10am we had been moved to a beautiful room,we found all the staff in the resturant friendly and always checking we had what we needed,the food was fantastic,each themed night gave plenty to choose from with a section just for the kids which our daughter loved,a lot of the food is cooked freshly in front of you to a very high standard. My husband enjoyed going to the Sports bar at night and although drinks were on a buy at the bar or have a bill at the end of the holiday he was happy to pay as the beer was always cold,cheaper than the uk and the staff were fantastic. The photographer was ace and took some fantastic pictures of us all,very professional,the staff went out of their way to help and we are going back next year,the whole complex was clean and tidy,the snack bar always had freshly cooked food to choose from and the beach bar was lovely as was the beach,beautiful sand for the little one to play in,crystal clear water to swim in,anyone thinking of going book,you will have a wonderful holidayMore
lynchsett, Leicester, United Kingdom
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