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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- 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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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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Brilliant staff & facilities
We stayed at HV Manar late September 2014 as 2 friends looking for some late summer sun. We had a fab time whether it was soaking up the rays by the quiet pool, on the lovely beach or enjoying the waterslides. The lifeguards/security staff about the pool/beach couldn't have been more helpful. They would always find you a sunbed and lay your towels out for you. There were always sunbeds free and Momo (lifeguard at quiet pool) also kept us all entertained. There was a host of watersports available on the beach. The beach itself had a gradual slope into the water which made it prefect for children and those who wished to wade out gradually! While there were locals who sold some goods (including camel rides) along the beach they were not allowed to venture into the sunbed area. There is a market that comes to the hotel on Monday where you can buy local crafts. Can't comment too much on the kids clubs/activities but from what we could see the staff worked extremely hard throughout the day and night and the kids all looked liked they were having fun. There was also a range of adult activities including waterpolo, football and archery. We ate in the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner and by the pool snack bar for lunch. The range and quality of the food was great and as a vegetarian I never struggled to find vegetarian options. If you got peckish after lunch there were hot snacks, cakes and ice cream in the afternoon. For non vegetarians don't miss the outside BBQ in the main restaurant which serves different meats every night, including steak which my friend reported was great. A lot of the food was cooked fresh in front of you such as the pancakes/omelettes/eggs at breakfast, the pizzas and meat/seafood at dinner. The restaurant and the whole complex was really clean and the grounds very well maintained. There is an outside theatre for the evening's entertainment (moved to the indoor arena if it rains). We went to a couple of shows here with the highlights being HV unplugged and Jon Clegg from Britain's got talent. There was also nightly bingo and early kids entertainment. However, for us the best entertainment was in the Lobby Bar where the very talented Dane & Taylor (Into the Ark) played 3 acoustic sets a night. They were brilliant - check them out on facebook/youtube as they are surely destined for greater things. A music quiz then took place at 11pm once the music had finished. There was a sports bar and nightclub which stayed open after the bars shut at midnight although these incurred extra charges and we did not go to either. All the hotel staff were brilliant and there was a great atmosphere about the complex. Everyone always had a smile and a hello and worked so hard to ensure the place was clean and you had everything you needed. The staff in the Lobby Bar (Sam, Nas & Mohammed) were fab and kept us supplied with cocktails, including often recognising when we had almost finished one and getting us a new one without us leaving our seat! The staff really do make this hotel a great place to stay. We didn't really venture into the local area as felt we had everything we needed in the holiday village. However, there was a few cafes, restaurants, shops and ATM outside the hotel. We booked a trip to El Jem, Monastir & Port el Kantaoui as part of the Legend of Tunisia trip and would recommend this as was a good day out. However, I doubt children would have enjoyed it. As outlined in the room tip our room was big and overlooked the sea which was a perfect view to wake up to. You can purchase late check out for 3pm or 6pm which we made use of as our pick up time wasn't till 4pm. Would recommend staying at HV Manar as the atmosphere in the hotel is great and the beach/pools are just what you want from a summer sun holiday.More
We had an amazing time at this hotel! Staff were great, rooms wee fresh but not five star, food was good. The only reason I have given the hotel A four was the alcoholic drink was very poor and entertainment finished early and the comedy act was extremely poor! The wee Indian restaurant was lovely. All staff were helpful and friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Water sports on the beach were very cheap and the wee camel man even brought my sisters back without stealing them!!! Great holiday would defo come back if branded spirits were used! More
LauraMCSorley29, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Amazing place, excellent for kids.
Myself my husband and our 9 year old son stayed here for a fortnight mid august. We had a fantastic time there was so much to do for my son and he throughly enjoyed many of the activities. He had some lessons with the swim academy where Glen and Lauren were great he came on leaps and bounds well worth the money. Glen has the paitence of a saint I saw him demonstrate this on a few occasions. The service at this hotel is great you feel very well looked after, everyone works really hard especially the entertainment team. Momo is great and looks after you well at the quiet pool. The food was nice but not the best all inculsive we've had but it was varied and the bbq was good.the indian restaurant is worth a visit and also the payable steak restaurant. The spa is great value and well work a visit best massage ive had. The highlight of the holiday for my son was the razzmatazz stage school he attended this and loved it he couldnt wait to go on an afternoon and booked a second session he loved it that much. Lacey and Craig were amazing with the kids and took the time along with other reps to speak to the kids around the complex in their own time, they even came to wave my son ofc when we were leaving which made his day as he was upset about leaving. First time he has had tears when going home. Would definitely recommend for a family holiday will definitely return.More
Didn't expect much so pleasantly surprised.
We were there Aug 21st - Sept 4th. There seems to be some confusion over the star ratings. Stars are given based on amenities offered and solely based on this, the Manar is a five star hotel. However the quality of some of the amenities are not quite up to standard. The Spa is treated as an indoor pool by some nationalities with kids screaming as they run around so is not a place we wanted to spend anytime in. The gym equipment is also very dated and in poor repair. Don't let this put you off though. The Manar has everything you need whether you are after a relaxing holiday, activity holiday or Shirley Valentine romance. If you have never gone All-Inclusive before, you will think the Manar is the best place in the world. If you have done AL in Europe, the Manar will rate highly, however it lacks some little touches (like a beer fridge in the room) that you get in the Caribbean. Overall The hotel and grounds are spotlessly clean, although the stairs to the slides could do with pressure-washing every couple of days. The rooms are big, modern and very clean. The food is really good. We are piscatarians and we were fine although it started to get a little repetitive towards the end. We'd recommend the Tunisian food- even as non-meat eaters there was plenty of new dishes for us to try. The staff in the dining room are fantastic, all very hard working, especially Ramzi who went out of his way to make sure we always had plenty of wine and a clear table. Momo by the quiet pool is great at entertaining and looking after everyone. The First Choice entertainments team are superb and seemed to be permanently at everyones beck and call. The Kids Club and staff are also good and the rest of the FC staff are polite, approachable and helpful. Our 8 year old daughter enjoyed the soccer academy and the sky-walker, again the staff are great with all the kids. The only slight downside is the quality of drinks,unless you pay in the Sports bar. Overall a good hotel which is value for money and gave us a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.More
Andy_DE21, Derby, England
Really nice hotel with lovely grounds,fabulous beach and really comfortable modern rooms. The staff are exceptional and the food choice and quality superb . There isn't a great deal to see or do nearby so its great as a place to go for a lazy relaxing break. The hotel beach is lovely and there's plenty of room for all. However we did go out of school holidays and I suspect it may get very busy.More
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