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.
Based on 1138 reviews
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- Lifts: 4 in main building and 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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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.
Twin room sleeps up to 3 with a TV, mini-fridge and air-conditioning in high season.
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Oh so close to a 5
The review was going to be a comparison between this holiday village ant the Aliathon in Paphos Cyprus but that would not be fair. One is not better than the other they are just different. You have read about the cleanliness, the quality of the staff the kids clubs and yes all the plaudits are true everything is done to make sure you have a great holiday. It's even on a fab beach, it even has great water slides and you can't fault access to medical staff either. So why not a 5 you ask? For 2 of us in our party we felt the quality of the drink was not as good as expected with very sugary cocktails and the best wine in the Indian restaurant. The food though plentiful was unimaginative and we felt could have been better. That said the rest of our party including 2 children were happy to put up with that for a better climate and happier children. So the verdict is they would return to this one in Tunisia and we would return to the one in Cyprus. Better for you is this simple tip, if you enjoy a better standard of wine, tip your waiter from the start tell him what you want and wherever you are he will find you and have a bottle of the good stuff ready for you! So there you are, you pays your money and you takes your choiceMore
Mark S, Washington, United Kingdom
great holiday all round
driving to hotel /resort you do wonder what you are going to encounter as tunisia is not the cleanest country but as soon as you drive in the gates of the manor your worries stop fantasticly friendly staff spotlessley clean reception check in was quick,swim up room was spotless gardens perfect,food was great plently of options every seating only slight moan on evening meals the staff struggled to keep up keeping tables clear and reset but the staff tried and were always super friendy and helpfull the beech was great also nice to see life guards keeping beech traders and locals of the beech as always with these first choose villages staff/entertainment never stop and work none stop would recomend this resort to anyone crab a few bargins at the local shops the fake cloths,bags etc are reel top notch hard to tell fake and reel and priced reel low if you like a good bartrer weather was great as to be exspected any problems staff sorted quicky all we had was leaky aircon and blown bulb both sorted within half hour of us reporting them dropped maid 20 denas Â£7 clean towels every day and room spotlessMore
Can't wait to return!!!
We have been to other Holiday Villages (Majorca - the previous one, not the new one and Egypt last year). We have also been with First Choice to hotels with their kids clubs in Cyprus, Corfu and Menorca. This HV Manar ticked the majority of our boxes and on balance, we have decided if we can't do Disney next year then this is our best bet. BUT the biggest post for you all is this question of Manar 1 and Manar 2. The ONLY rooms in Manar 2 (this is the quieter block and more central) the hotel told us are available are swim up rooms, superior family rooms and family rooms. There are NO INTERCONNECTING ROOMS AVAILABLE AT THIS HOTEL other than the superior rooms of which there are only two and they are a lot more expensive. For our family of five, this meant that we were automatically allocated to Manar 1 (as the standard family rooms only take Max of 4) AND put in to two separate twin rooms. Meaning that I was in one room with the four year old and my husband was next door with two older children - romantic!!! As you can see from our planned rebooking, we had a wonderful holiday but of course for those travelling, you are interested in what DOESN'T work! So here's our summary; 1) Passport control - no doubt that the desks were not sufficiently manned at Enfidha which left us with lengthy queues BUT PLEASE PEOPLE - FILL OUT YOUR LANDING CARDS ON THE PLANE AS REQUESTED BY FLIGHT STAFF, much of the delay was down to guests getting to the desks with blank cards. On the plus side, this airport is very clean, bathrooms etc and there were seats where children could wait, much better than Egypt where there was no queuing system and we were stood for an hour and a half herded in immense heat like cattle. 2) Tummy troubles - Diarrhoea and griping tummy pains hit us and obviously other guests experienced the same but nobody writes about this! If you are affected, don't jump to pay for the Doctor, I would suggest that firstly you try the local pharmacies (there are two, 5 minutes walk from the hotel) note, they are CLOSED on Sundays (it is a taxi ride on a Sunday into Hammamet if necessary). Secondly, try the NURSE who is available at the hotel, he is very nice and his charges are more reasonable than the Doctor. If you see the Nurse and you need Medication, he will get them for you. My four year old was poorly and thanks to the Nurse, her tummy was back on track within 24 hours. I would advise against Imodium which the Nurse also said as whilst it may stop the Diarrhoea, the bacteria stay in the gut and the build up of gases makes the tummy pains really unbearable. If you are really struggling, you can see the Doctor about an injection in the bottom which some people had had and said was very effective. We met a family who mentioned that they have been recommended to eat probiotics (from a health food shop) for a couple of weeks before a trip, whilst you are there and on return - they weren't sick and have been doing this for trips for some time, I am definitely trying it out! There are fridges in your rooms so meds can be kept in there. 3) Sun loungers AND parasols - we went at peak time when the hotel was full, this was an issue. I'm afraid down to the guests again who insist on leaving towels out at night or in the early hours.My husband went down one morning at 6am and EVERY single parasol around every pool had been taken already - there is a saying, if you can't beat them, join them and reluctantly we did. This was no different at the HV Egypt and everywhere else we have been with First Choice, short of banning saving of loungers there is no cure for this! Night owls don't want to come down at 11am and find they can't get anything, those of us early to bed don't want to come down at 9am and find they have nothing! 4) Food - the choice of food was not as good as HV Egypt but there was still plenty to choose from. The roast at dinner was particularly good and the nightly BBQ was excellent as well. We did miss English sausages and bacon, bacon was served a couple of mornings but is not the same as home! A big plus sign - we didn't have a problem taking food out of the restaurant, indeed there are small bags at Manar which you can use to collect a couple of breakfast croissants for consumption later in the day and we also left the breakfast room with fruit, not an issue. 5) Tables weren't cleared as efficiently or drinks served as frequently in the restaurants but these things really didn't impact our enjoyment as you are welcome to fetch your own drinks. 6) The Activity pool (which is the most lively and main pool area) is heavily occupied with activities during the day and this makes the actual usable swim areas on either side very small. The music was VERY loud round the pool for those wishing to chill out and read! Hence we moved to spend most of our days with the lovely Momo (the lifeguard) at the relax pool. This is where most of the outstanding swimming lessons are held. 7) The rooms are not as big as Egypt or as well refurbished. We had enormous bathrooms in Egypt and the lavatory was part of the main bathroom - in Tunisia the lavatory is totally separate with the wash basin next door. The maid came every day and kept the rooms very clean and tidy for us. Comparison to Egypt (HV Red Sea). The beach at Manar is beautiful, the sand is golden/white and the sea so warm. Tunisia is a breezy place so we had plenty of waves on several days. The beach in Egypt was absolutely dreadful, I couldn't believe it when we got there and you have to walk a long way out to get any depth of water which was a pain with three young children, there is of course much to see in the water at Egypt. There are lots of water sports on the beach at Manar and prices were better than we have seen in other resorts. There are plenty of sun loungers and parasols on the beach and a bar which serves snacks (included). A HUGE benefit over Egypt was the split pool system. Last year, idiot teenagers had taken to relieving themselves in the pool - apparently it has been an even bigger issue this year and even made the National Press. This meant last year that the ENTIRE pool complex was closed several times for cleaning except the very tiny toddler splash pool. The number of separate pools at Manar avoids this problem. At Manar we only experienced one accident which closed the relax pool for a couple of hours, being able to use a selection of other pools meant that this was not a big issue. Particular hits of the holiday - the beach, the staff, the swim teachers (Lauren and Glen) were superb and after 3 121 lessons with Lauren our four year old was not only out of armbands but Lauren had got her diving down under the water to collect toy fish! The football academy was also very well run and our son thoroughly enjoyed his sessions - sensibly the guys allocated slots between 4pm and 6pm so the sun is cooler and heat was not an issue for him when playing. All the staff work incredibly hard to make sure that their guests are happy and comfortable at all times. Our Maid couldn't do enough for us and was always smiling, the restaurant staff are so friendly - "Crazy egg man" who fries hundreds of eggs every morning was always smiling and chatting. Momo at the relax pool we were all so sorry to leave at Manar, he genuinely likes all the guests, is particularly fond of the children and genuinely is sad to see families leave, he works tirelessly to help move sun loungers, keep everyone safe and having fun. The kids clubs were very well staffed, again all the reps worked hard to provide a wide range of activities for all ages. We didn't experience the lengthy queues at start and end of session that we have had elsewhere and at no session were we turned away because there wasn't space. All the sessions are included with the exception of three - sweetie bingo, chocolate party and the Widget party (for Little stars). The entertainment team worked SO HARD it really was unbelievable. They work on activities round the pool during the day, attend day trips and are then working relentlessly in the evening. The I5Live show runs for an hour between 7.45pm and 8.45pm, there is then Bingo and then a top up by the entertainment team before a main act at 9.30pm. A couple of booked acts failed to show but they were adequately covered by the entertainments team. The standard of singing and dancing by the team was higher than we have seen at other events and my children want Karly to audition for BGT this year!!! The evening entertainment slots that they performed for were of a very high standard indeed. The work ethic of this whole team was superior to anywhere else we have been with First Choice. Similarly, the accessibility of travel advisors in reception was much better than at previous resorts and on the odd occasion that someone isn't available, you are given a 24 hour hotline. We were told on the phone that Swim and Football Academy HAD to be pre booked. This was complete rubbish and you can book in resort. There are also 121 swim lessons available with the teachers which we weren't told about at the time of booking but we were able to swap over in the resort. There was also private tennis coaching available and everyone has the use of four tennis courts (included). Unless you are a tennis nut, I would suggest you leave your rackets at home as there are plenty to borrow in the gym room. Towels - pool towels can be changed during your stay with vouchers and are of a perfectly good quality and size to leave these out of the packing and similarly bathroom towels. Inflatables are allowed in all the pools, personally as they are so competitively priced, again I would suggest you leave out of the packing and buy there. Also, you may well luck out and find (as we did) that guests pass them on and you can then do the same when you leave. Again this felt so much nicer than in Egypt, at HV Egypt, staff were quick to remove and dump inflatables left by departing guests ensuring maximum spend in the shops. This was not the case in Manar and in fact Momo has his stock of inflatables, balls and beach toys that he is very happy that people borrow on site. As with the food, the attitude with the inflatables just feels so much nicer and not that you are being squeezed for every extra penny. A full lunch is available at the main restaurant or you can opt for a more limited selection but more than adequate and can be consumed in swimwear at a cafÃ© next to the Relax pool. There are also baguettes available at the beach bar if you would prefer to eat casually on the sun lounger. Ice cream was another big improvement from previous holidays - it was ridiculous in Egypt that the ice cream cart was up at the main restaurant making it a long walk for kids up from the pool just to get an ice cream and impossible to bring them back for other members of the family as they had melted by then! At Manar, the ice creams are available for about four hours after lunch AND from the cafÃ© next to the relax pool. They are then available again in the evening on top of all the desserts so children can have a dessert and then pick up an ice cream walking down to the amphitheatre for the entertainment. I must add that I am a bit of an ice cream snob and their Italian ice cream is genuinely yummy and tempted me a good number of times! We didn't experience bar queues as we have done elsewhere despite the fact that when we stayed 13th August for two weeks, the hotel was fully booked. Guests are predominantly English and generally knew not to push in on the odd occasion you do wait! The buffet dinner is what it is and we haven't found it different anywhere else. You have to queue sometimes and it can be a bit of a relay dining experience but I can't say our dinners with three young children are a relaxed five course dining experience so you just get on with it! I noticed a vast improvement in people not casually wasting which I have to say improved my personal enjoyment over our Corfu experience. We used the indian restaurant for one evening and that was nice to be waited on for an evening and we enjoyed the food. This is an excellent choice for young families. I wouldn't go as a couple and I wouldn't choose it for teenagers but if you want time with a book whilst your children have a blast and you can feel confident of their safety this is a wonderful option.More
Moneypenny_8, Oxted, Surrey
A great family resort with amazing staff
Apart from the immigration process at the airport which has nothing to do with the resort!!, everything was great. From the welcome to our lovely room in Manar 1 (1417), the pools, the staff in all areas, including the gardener and housekeeping were all wonderful. A great choice of well prepared food with chef's who added fun and character to the holiday and made the kids smile and laugh, especially "Crazy Egg Chef" at breakfast. There are two "Ramzi's" both great and keen to help. Bar staff; Anis, Balil and Nas all great characters. First Choice entertainment team did an amazing job and I only wish that Farmer McGiles had his own TV programme... Thanks to Dave, Davey, Carly, Sarah, Flo and Craig and all the others in the activity team including Tricia, Luke, Greg and Adam. Not forgetting little Tom in his control box! Flight times from Bristol were great and probably the best we have had on a package holiday. Thompson flight was also good. One thing to be aware of is the rather scary driving by the locals who have no road discipline at all. Have trust and faith in your coach driver!!More
Neal W, Stroud, United Kingdom
I am 17 years old and recently travelled to Manar with my family. We had two rooms, one double and a twin room, which myself and my brother had. Lots of space, comfy beds and rooms that were cleaned daily by the cleaner. All of the staff at HVM work exceptionally hard, and it really shows. Was asked on a regular occasion how I was doing and when asked, they would always say they were happy. Food was excellent, and I had the ability to try lots of different tastes, whilst my mum, who is not particularly interested in exotic foods, could still eat happily. The 4 of us unfortunately had upset stomachs, which we believe to have been caused by the salad being washed with the tap water, which has a high mineral content. The 3 excursions we went on were fantastic (quad biking, zoo and market), just be sure to make sure you are insured for the quad biking. Only bad points were that the food was cold occasionally and the music was loud a lot of the time from the amphitheatre.More
MattMoody, Epsom, United Kingdom
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