This Moorish-inspired hotel has a couple of pools to lounge by and a white-sand beach just steps away.
The Marhaba Beach is in a great spot, right near the beach. The centre of Sousse isn't far, either – it's about 10 minutes' drive away.
The oasis-like gardens are home to a pool and 8 tennis courts. They border right on to the beach where you’ll find plenty of watersports on offer, from pedalos to jet-skis.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Late breakfast. Snack bar for lunch in high season 12.30-14.00. Snacks including pizza and French fries. Afternoon tea. Late dinner snacks.
Local drinks 08.00-24.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Thalasso and spa centre*
Offering relaxation treatments like Turkish bath, sauna and massage.
The hotel-run club is suitable for 3-12 year-olds.
With sun terrace and sunbeds.
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Twin room sleeps up to 3, with 2 or 3 beds and satellite TV with BBC World and CNN. Air-conditioning from mid-June to late September, with central heating in winter. Safety deposit boxes and cots are available on request.
twin room with sea view
Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3, with 2 or 3 beds and satellite TV with BBC World and CNN. Air-conditioning from mid-June to late September, with central heating in winter. Safety deposit boxes and cots are available on request.
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Ok hotel-not all that seen better
The hotel was below average, ok customer services it had its up and down, some staff where soo rude, i only pick this place after read good reviews on here. I think people where blind from what they saw at hotel. food was terrible I eat outside, on our first day we went to our room only to find they doing work on our toilet in the room, dont no why that happen, they really should have sorted that out before. they was one or two nice staff. went to ask bar man for spoon gives me a crappy plastic spoon size of a gum lol went to different guy bless him he went back of the bar got me proper metal spoon. so be aware if one don't help you go to different one. drinks where terrible felt flat..the entreatment team was ok nothing wow..dont no how this hotel good 4* i would give this hotel 3* as i felt like it was downgrade for me from my last holiday..the way food drink taste...beach was nice clean but warning dont go outside rope these men will start to make u buy stuff u dnt want to buy...when u go madina market make sure u haggle for your stuff u buy i did and stay away from rude people no point giving them a penny overall below average holiday wouldn't go back there ever. thank you to the nice people who help us out in the hotel and try to welcome us.. weather was ok not amazing only got two days sun defo ask you to eat outside some nice food place like farmers and susoo pub near the hotel...hope that helpMore
Brilliant Hotel, Warming Staff, Amazing and relaxing week!
Me and my boyfriend stayed here 11th-18th March 2015 for one week, after reading some of the reviews of recent I can't understand at all what people are complaining about! I have been to Tunisia about 8 times now, but only stayed in Port El Kantaoui so I thought I would give Sousse a go, and was pleasantly pleased with my choice! Reception- Upon Arrival you are greeted by a porter who will take your bags up to your room, right after you have gone to the reception and filled in your arrival paperwork. The reception staff are brilliant, friendly and funny. (One tried to keep me there at the end of the holiday and offered my boyfriend 2000 camels!) They will also ring you a taxi upon request and get it to come down to the hotel- if you are unsure of prices to places then ask advice- (5 dinars to and from Sousse Medina, 5-7 dinars to Port El Kantaoui) Room- Very clean, spacious and bright. Maids were brilliant, we left a tip mid-week and at the end of our stay. There are hair driers in the bathroom, and English film/ news channels (if you are bothered) although I didn't really want to spend much time there apart from sleeping/ showering! Warning- I have never experienced this before in a Tunisian hotel but it warns you not to flush toilet roll in your rooms toilet, you can elsewhere in the hotel though (we put up with this for a week, its a small price to pay considering how good the rest of the hotel is!) Grounds- If you are staying during March then (as we expected) not everything is open! There is a lobby bar to get drinks from in the hotel reception, but as it was hot enough to lie on a Sun-bed a waiter came out to us (and everyone else) and offered to get us a drink every so often. He was lovely and friendly, and we tipped him 2 dinars every time (60p) It is easy to walk down to the beach but it was a little breezy in March, there is plenty of Activities to do yourself such as Ping-Pong, pool and Crazy golf (just ask for the equipment from the Animation team) Animation Team- Being March, there wasn't a big team there...only 3 but they were so friendly, trying to encourage you to play games such as French boules/Archery which we did most days! Jimmi, Tiga and Chokri all worked so hard to ensure you were enjoying yourself, always interacting with all the guests and getting them involved, and they tried their best to entertain all the guests of different nationalities on a night time in the Main Saloon bar (which opens at 9pm) including, quizzes, Karaoke, Folklore shows, Fakir shows etc. Or there's always football on if you fancy that! Food- When I arrived, I did think that the restaurant is quite small compared to other hotels I've stayed in in Tunisia, however the food made up for this! As other people have mentioned, its a buffet style restaurant. On a Breakfast and Lunch time you sit wherever and it is SELF-SERVE for your drinks, on a night time however, when you arrive you are assigned a table and you keep that for the duration of your stay, and there are TWO sittings 6-7:30 and 8-9, we picked the latter. There is so much choice, Breakfast there was continental pastries/ cereal- and hot food such as sausages, scrambled egg..hot food stations were they made in front of you; Omelettes, fried eggs, CrÃ©pes and eggy bread. Lunch there was a choice of meat/ fish Salad etc. and Same on the night, always something different there. They had speciality nights such as 'Tunisian Night' were they served speciality food, also a seafood night. Our waiter Moez was brilliant and funny, always had our drinks on the table/refilling when he saw them empty. We gave him a tip during/ at the end of our stay. Also, I recommend trying the A la Carte restaurant open Weds-Sundays (book a day before) with a select choice of equally yummy food- Served in the restaurant which serves as a 'Snack bar' during the day. Other tips- The pool outside is a bit too cold to swim in at this time of year but there is always the indoor pool which is heated. There is a spa and on sight hairdressers if you wanted to use them. Also an onsight gift shop, this is where you by your 30 dinar Solidarity stamp (Â£11) which they stick in for you at Security on the way home. And there is also a Moorish CafÃ© where you can get shisha (6 dinars) and traditional mint teas which I recommend also. Outside the hotel- Having been here before I've done a lot of the Historical trips; El Djem, Tunis, Sidi Bou Said etc. So me and my Boyfriend booked to go to Friguia Animal Park near to Enfidha airport with Thomas Cook-( there is probably a lot cheaper way of doing this via booking a taxi etc.) There are Tigers, Lions and many other species there which is a good half-day excursion. If its gift shopping your after, the closest place would be the Medina- there is a fixed price shop at the front of the Medina (Soula centre) and why not have a hand at haggling (if you dare!) They start three times the prices so just try and get it down to a third. Kantaoui is good- however in March time it was very dead! No one was around on the night time, so we ended up walking to the Puca Irish Pub (not far from there). Also, if you walk out from your hotel there is Living/ Bananas nightclub about 5-10 minutes walk away, as I Saloon bar/ pub and Farmers steakhouse which we ate out at one night- very cheap and great food! Overall, we had a great week here, even saw a lot of Sunshine, and will be sure to come back to such as great hotel :)More
c_hemmo93, Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Very clean, and staff very friendly
The Mahaba beach hotel is in a good location. Not too far from the Medina of Sousse, or the Port. They are short taxi rides away. The cost of taxis are cheap so location is not an issue. However some of the taxis are a little scary as they don't have seatbelts, and some are duct taped together. The hotel is very clean, it was cleaned daily. Windows, floors everything was polished. The room itself was exceptionally clean. I opted for a sea view room and it had a balcony. Unfortunately if you looked straight down the garden was a bit of a mess, but then I was looking out at the view rather than down at the gardens. It is very close to the beach, only a short stroll past the pool and you were at the beach. I did find it better to stay in the private beach section as on the beach you were plagued by touters selling their wares, or camel rides. There is security all around the hotel which made it very safe. The hot water in the shower was a pain, literally. It would jump from scaldingly hot to freezing cold. So a shower was like a game of Russian roulette. The food was typical buffet/ English food. (Steak, pizza, pasta, omelette station.) There was very little for vegetarian people, especially as the salad was limited and if you weren't there first there wouldn't be much left. There was one woman who ate like 5 massive plates of salad every night as soon as it opened, leaving hardly anything left. As a vegetarian I mostly lived on the soups, which were very tasty. However if you are vegetarian, check the soup before you eat it as some marked as vegetable also had meat in them. During my second week stay the buffet closed one of the food stalls which made being vegetarian even harder, there was less vegetables etc then. So when the soup was made from meat my diet consisted of a few hot chips and a roll. The rolls were very nice though. As a female staying in the hotel without a male escort I did find it a little intimidating at first with the male attention from the staff. I was constantly asked out, and being told I am beautiful and being "wooed" etc. I was wearing an engagement ring, however I do not think it has the same connotation as it does elsewhere. I even said I was engaged however that did not dissuade the men as I think there was a language barrier and they did not understand the meaning. I got to the point I showed the men photos of me and my partner and they did back off a bit, but it was a bit uncomfortable. I booked my holiday through Thomson, and I would not recommend some of the tours. The camel ride goes along a dusty road with nothing interesting to see apart from two dogs and a horse. The camels did not seem particularly happy or healthy. One was struggling to breathe and we mentioned this to the guides however they didn't take any notice. My mother went on the camel ride with me, and when she climbed upon her camel it bucked and threw her. It was very restless and unhappy. She ended up covered in bruises and was very sore for days after wards. I would recommend doing a camel ride at the zoo instead where they looked healthier and happier and the money goes direct to funding the animals welfare. Plus it is cheaper. The Zulu night was a waste of money. The food was just awful. The "vegetarian" salad had fish. We were seated to the side so we only saw the back of the dancers for the most part. I am glad I do not eat meat, as the chicken looked dry and stringy, and from what I heard from people who did eat it, they spent the next day, all day in the bathroom. Also you were promised a selection of drinks, which they did not provide. The only options were red wine, that tasted like vinegar (totally undrinkable), coke and water. The safari park is fantastic. I recommend visiting. The animals were happy and healthy and many of them liked being petted. The tigers, and lions etc were beautiful and their enclosures are large and well maintained.More
British_Australian, Glasgow, United Kingdom
we stayed in the sister hotel the yr before and thought that was very good so thought this 1 would of been better but how wrong i was the staff didnt have time for anythink and the food was rough all i can say that there where a lot of people with the runs for most of there holidays the fizzy pop was cheap and most of the time the beer was flat and the spirts where watered down and at weekends they mix u with the tunis people and thats like a pig farm at feeding time the only good thing going for it was the cleaners wat clean your room which was spot on and the was spray varnish in the hotel when people was there with no vent so u was breathing in this in alday but this is only my opion but just saying as it is would never stay here again even if it was free and they said treat me like a kingMore
Malc M, Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
DON'T COME IN MARCH
We are currently staying here in this hotel. It is like Butlins !!!. The hotel is full of Algerians with their families. Their children are allowed to run riot. The restaurant is a complete nightmare as these people stockpile all the food so when you visit the buffet style there is little choice. Breakfast is a joke as no cups, no saucers, no rolls and even getting a piece of fruit is hard to come by. You are unable to go swimming during the day as it's full of wild children so a peaceful swim is not an option. The hotel staff are worn out due to cut backs in the staffing of the hotel. Due to the cut backs the standard has gone down. On the plus side it is a cheap break but it's not worth coming here in MarchMore
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