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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We have just returned from two weeks at the Holiday Village Manar and it was fantastic, I was so sad to leave and even now keep reminiscing about the weeks gone by. We were greeted with cocktails and had the easiest check inn, there was a table set up at the entrance and forms were provided to complete before arrival at the hotel. Bands were given whilst keys etc were sorted. We then had to place room number stickers on our cases and were free to do as we pleased. The hotel is amazing, such a beautiful setting and so much for the whole family, several pools to suit all groups. We stayed at the activity pool and it was fantastic, great music to listen to throughout the day and family activities such as skittles, Bowls and bean bag games plus there was always something going off in the pool. Our 8 year old son joined in the family games and the team knew his name, itâs great how they remember all the kids names. In the afternoon there was the Twintracker ( inflatable obstacle course), the waterwalker and there was often raft building challenges. Plus everyday a game of water polo and once a week this was vrs the staff which was hilarious, loved the belly flops. The highwalker was a big favourite with our 11 year old who did this a few times and the team were so great with the children who were a little nervous, helping them face their fears, this was really great. We loved the afternoon quiz although sometimes the hardest part was thinking of a team name. There really was never a dull moment at this place. This entertainment carried on into the night, we never went to the evening activities as we were happy in the lobby where we would listen to the hotel Musician but I believe it was really good. The food was fantastic and I am a really fussy eater. There was steak, chicken, lamb pork throughout our holiday and we loved the fajitas, there was always something for everyone, I often had several courses. Our waiter was brilliant, we were a group of 7 and he would always make sure we had a table ready and remember our drinks in the morning and evening, we never had an empty glass for long. We also visited the Indian Al-a-carte which was amazing, our son originally wanted a kids choice meal but on tasting my curry wished he had chosen the curry instead and they were so nice that they swopped his meal for him, this was so nice. Drinks, I must admit the beer wasnât the strongest but who wants to be drinking Stella in the middle of the day, I would have been out for the count by teatime. Twice a week they would set up a special table with nice wines and a lovely fizzy peach wine which I loved. This is an extra I did not expect but really enjoyed. We also really liked the cocktails. The bar staff were so nice they would remember your order and they are so friendly, even at the snack bar if they see you with an empty glass they will offer to get you a fresh one. I thought this was top class service. Our room was nice and clean we were in a kids den and did miss the balcony but itâs only somewhere to sleep. Only negative which there is little the HV can do is the flies, they were bloody everywhere and so irritating, take some fly spray. We would definitely stay here again.More
Nicola A, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
What a fabulous hotel. We visited hv manar as a family consisting of a single mum and two children aged 3 and 15. We travelled with two other familes, so 9 in total, with 4 separate rooms. All of the rooms were different in size but were clean and well kept, the only fault was the smell in the bathroom, but we weren't in the room that long and when we were, we kept the door shut. It must have been something to do with the drains but on the plus side, we could flush the loo paper instead of putting it in the bin like we've had to do in other countries! All of the staff here are amazing, they are friendly and willing to do anything to help. The restaurant is very big and the food is also amazing, there's a wide variety to choose from and you would need to be the pickiest person in the world to not find something you like! The evening meals are themed and I wasn't keen on a few, but could always find something I liked. The outside bbq is a must, there is a different meat each night, we had sirloin steak one night, bbq chicken, tuna etc. The was also a wide variety of desserts. The breakfast omelets are a must, as were the pancakes. You could pick to have a meal in the Tunisian restaurant or the Indian restaurant - not both. I don't like Indian food so picked the Tunisian. It was really good and I definitely enjoyed both the food and the wine! Some of our party did go to the Indian restaurant and they all said that it too was very good. There are plenty of bars, but only the lobby bar/cocktail bar serve the cocktails and other alcoholic drinks and the milkshakes as well as the wines, beers, non alcoholic drinks and hot drinks. The rest, including the restaurant serve only wine and beer, kids cocktails, fizzy drinks and hot drinks and water. There were always sun loungers available around the pools and on the beach. Its also worth noting that the security on the beach did a fab job at stepping in when the sellers refused to take no for an answer. Also, we were told to avoid the man with the camel on the beach as he had apparently tried to charge twice for Camel rides ( one to get on and one to get off) but we did not see that happen whilst we were there, infact they were happy to pose for pictures and seemed very friendly. The water slides were all switched off during lunchtime, but with all the other activities going on it wasn't ever a problem. There was always something to do. We didn't have a swim up room, but as they were situated on the ground floor you couldn't help but see them. Not sure they are worth the extra money as the pool really isn't that big and with a huge 'relaxation' pool, two kids pools - one with slides one with a water feature, a pool with water slides and another the other side of the water slides, an activity pool - with a separate kids pool and a swim up bar, indoor pool and 4 Jacuzzis, the sea ( which was really warm).... I don't really think it's necessary to have one! If you have a late flight back, there is a number of courtesy rooms available so a late check out room isn't necessary. We kept our towels until quite late too. You normally have to give the towel cards in with your room key when checking out, but as checkout is 12 and we weren't leaving until 19.00, we asked to keep the towels until later. In a nutshell, this hotel really does have some amazing staff who work very very hard to make your stay amazing,( If you tip them it's worth knowing that they cannot change English coins, only notes, so a note or tip in dinar is best - not that they complain about it, it's just that we noticed that when we were there!)the hotel has a fantastic range of amenities ( including sky sports in the sports bar) and activities. We will definitely be going back :)More
CarlaB79, Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
just got back after 2 weeks at this hotel,and have just read sammac010 review,she must be confusing this hotel with the one she really stayed at.the food was excellent the drinks where as advertised local wine ,beer and spirits.the staff where excellent in every respect.we have stayed in 3 all inclusive hotel in turkey and this hotel is as good as those combined.one small complaint the wi-wi is poor,but on the plus side it kept the grand kids use of their tablets down a bit!.More
sept1946, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Extremely disappointed!!! More like a 3* than a 5* and that's pushing it!
Firstly I'd like to point out the fact that all our family holidays have been booked through Thompson's and we have been highly satisfied! This is the first time I ever written a review FOR ANYTHING and this is simply due to how annoyed and robbed we feel!! We've stayed at a HV in Rhodes which was 5* and certainly met our expectations, last year we went to menorca via Thompson's to a 4* which again met our expectations! HV in Tunisia was an absolute disgrace and we have come home very sad and very annoyed! I'm leaving this review knowing full well I want get anything from it but hopefully no-ones else will waste long earned money on this place! A few points Id like to make are; Restaurant & bar Staff - very poor English, tried to be funny but was actually often rude & insulting! Very flirty with my 5 year old daughter (very creepy) so wouldn't take our eyes of her for a second! Food - poor! No bacon or sausage for breakfast (just bacon fat and turkey hot hotdogs?! Didn't know how to poach eggs soft at one station. However the crazy egg man at another station was great with omelette and customer service (Only good point about food)! Tables we're dirty, staff we're crazy around you whilst eating shouting and ordering each other around! Dropping plates and cutlery constantly (felt like we were eating in a poorly run kitchen not a 'restaurant'!) total germ fest) Pool area facilities - drinks were served in plastic usable tumblers (smelt dirty) even beer and wine was served in them! Which mite I add was very watered down! Snack bar (outside buffet style) - infested in flies -vile!!! Flies!! The place was swarming with them (even found a dead one in the cheese)! Couldn't sunbathe due to flies around u! Slides - great fun! However not monitored by staff and the stairway to them was dirty, rusty & very dangerous! Room - averageMore
Surpassed all expectations!
As a family we have always organised our own holidays i.e villas, hotels etc away from the crowds. We felt our girls may enjoy some interaction with other kids and decided to give the holiday village scene a go. It way surpassed all our expectations. I have never seen a hotel where the staff work so hard to please their guests, from front desk, restaurant, cleaning to lifeguards. My daughter is gluten intolerant and I took bread and pasta with us, which the chef cooked for her, they also made her french toast with the bread etc. They were fantastic with her, checking she had enough to eat and speaking to us at lunch to see what she would like for dinner and what time would they have it ready. If you have food allergies I would advise to take some product with you as there is no gluten free substitutes available. if you enjoy eating fresh food etc, there is lots on offer here, fresh fish and veg every day. Breakfast was great, pancakes, porridge, eggs and cereal. Momo is a star, wish I had his energy! He looked after all the guests really well. Beach is really nice, tourists should be reminded to take their rubbish to the bins as a lot of plastic bottles etc were getting into the water! There are people selling things on the beach but not a nuisance. We booked this hotel thinking our gites would want interaction with other children but they never left us to go to kids club etc, we just did our own thing. It is an all inclusive hotel where you can be part of all the activities or choose to do your own thing. The thomsons staff looked really engaged with all the children, and the kids who did take part looked like they were having a great time! We did organise swimming lessons for our youngest with Lauren and she was fantastic! She also helped me with my breathing for front crawl! She is a credit to Thomsons and acted like a professional at all times with all the kids in her classes! We ventured into Hammamet by private taxi, it is hard going with all the haggling, but it was good to see a bit more of the local area when you have gone this far! There are a few shops next to the hotel itself, one of them run by a lovely mother and daughter who sell lovely ceramics, (no haggling involved) which I could have filled a suitcase full of for very little money! Cafe Luxe next to the shops is nice if you want to "Escape" for a nice coffee, fruit smoothie or ice cream sundae! We booked this holiday thinking "let's give it a go" but feel really sad leaving, as we really enjoyed being here, I honestly don't think the staff at this hotel could do any more for its guests! Keep up the good work!More
JudeSpence, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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