Thursday, October 14, 2010

Marhaba Palace, El Kantaoui Tunisia - a review to share



Enjoy Food Travel Co-writer Dagfinn Skoglund has just been to a two weeks stay in Tunisia. He stayed at Marhaba Palace in El Kantaoui. He gave feedback on this hotel on tripadvisor a few days ago. He was very content, as he awarded it a full top mark.   With his permission I give his review on Marhaba Palace here on Enjoy Food & Travel.

I picked this hotel because I was travelling with my old mother, who has difficulty walking much. The hotel is practically ON the beach, and has short walking distance to the marina where most of the restaurants are, and is otherwise compact and well laid out, so in that respect it was the best possible match. We had booked two rooms but on arrival was offered a junior suite (close to the elevator) which was perfect for us.

It had two bedrooms, two balconies, two TV's etc., and offered us separation when we needed that and company when that was required. Again perfect match. The staff is excellent and very helpful. We had a couple of small things that needed fixing in our room and within 5 minutes of notifying the reception someone was there to fix it.

The maids were similarly very friendly and did a super job with the cleaning. The breakfast room is very spacious and the food great and varied, we only had B&B so we didn't visit the buffet restaurant, but tried the "a la carte" a couple of times. There were not many people there but the food and service was good. The pool area is also very nice and tidy and the pool good and of average size. It has a good bar and lunch restaurant. The beach is a real gem, one of the best in the area.

Well tended, clean, and with good security. I must mention Marcel, the young man who fetches us sun beds, because he does such a super job and is always happy, obliging, alert and running around. There is also a spacious and very pretty beach restaurant with good and varied food and we took most of our lunches there.

There is a nightclub (which wasn't open when we were there), a "Moorish" café (which we didn't try), but the "American Bar" has a good ambiance, whereas the central (lobby) bar is a bit noisy (especially on Karaoke night), and a rather large shop with a good selection of various items.

There seem to be mainly British and German guests here, and we didn't speak to one who hadn't been there at least once before, so this is clearly a favourite hotel for many, and I can totally understand them. It was a very comfortable and good holiday, and the best hotel (out of quite a few) we have stayed at in the area.

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Dagfinn Sigridsson Skoglund is 50 years old (forever) and is living in a studio apartment in downtown Oslo. He is working as a designer and art teacher, and is an excellent cook.

Dagfinn is a passionate lover of music, botany and is an experienced traveler - and he hates popcorn!


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