You may be used to me writing about city breaks that are jam packed with all sorts of activities.. well we decided to take mini breather and go for a week away consisting only of sun, sea & sand (and wayyyy too much food and drink).
The destination of choice was Tunisia. A lot of people may still have some resistance to travel here due to the attack in 2015 but I wouldn’t cross it off the list.
After trawling the internet for weeks to find the ‘perfect’ last minute break we kept coming to one particular destination; Tunisia. There was an array of hotels that caught our eye, all 4* and above all inclusive breaks. For this particular holiday we found TUI/First Choice to best suit our needs regarding quality, budget, extras (transfers, baggage).
We took a trip into our local TUI travel agents to discuss one particular hotel we’d found – this didn’t raise any alarm bells so we proceeded to book online (avoids commission payments).
Marco Polo is where we settled on and very glad we did. The hotel was lovely, exceptionally clean and perfect for a week of relaxing and sunning. It cost us just over £900 for a week all inclusive, flights from Bristol Airport, transfers and baggage – Bargain!
Food & Drink
It’s safe to say we more than made use of the all inclusive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all buffet style served in the main restaurant and alongside they also did lunch in another restaurant near the beach and pool. There was an afternoon snack slot but we didn’t need to use this after stuffing ourselves silly at breakfast and lunch.
They were more than generous with the alcohol levels in the drinks and my firm favourites were the pina colada and the vodka sun. They had all major spirits, including the liquor of the moment – gin.
Things to do in the Resort
The animation team were really good throughout our week stay; there was always something happening including water aerobics, dance classes, archery, water-polo, bowls, darts, polo.
The evening entertainment started at 9.30pm each evening and we didn’t make this very often as we were up at 7am in the mornings and doing nothing all day is obviously exhausting. One thing to note, by the end of the week i had well and truly had enough of the kids mini disco chanting so be prepared.
Just around the corner from the hotel entrance there is Yasmine Hammamet marina. We took a walk over here after dinner one evening and the views were beautiful. However this is an area that you can tell has been particularly affected by the lack of tourism. The majority of the buildings are now derelict and there were only a few people milling around. It’s a shame as the pictures of it online, before 2015, show a completely different atmosphere that I hope can be regained again sooner rather than later.
- Hair dryer
- TV (no English channels)
- Air-con & Fan
- Private Beach Area
- Pool Bar
- 2 Further Bars
- Main Restaurant
- Bookable Restaurant
- Snack Bar
- Large Foyer with seating
- WiFi in foyer
- Sun loungers with cushions
- 2 basic Shops
There are also staff on the hotel premises that offer excursions including quad biking, trips into Tunis, and beach sports such as paragliding (all for a fee).
On Sunday’s there is a small market that sets up in the hotel grounds selling products such as shisha, leather goods, pots, touristy objects (magnets etc.), football shirts and much more. Jam couldn’t resist and has now added 2 more football shirts to his collection.
- Adapter plug type E is required at this hotel
- You don’t need to pack any towels as pool/beach towels are supplied
- Don’t drink the tap water
- Apply sun cream regularly – because the resort is situated on the beach there is a breeze which makes it seem cooler than it is. It isn’t.
A quick note regarding the ‘safety’ aspect of Tunisia – they have heightened their airport security and you have to pass through several metal detectors on the way in and out. To get into the area where all the hotels are situated you pass through an armed gate and on the beach they have staff keeping an eye and also periodic quad bikes passing up and down. I didn’t feel unsafe at any point and I wouldn’t be put off – after all anywhere you go these days seems to have a risk of terrorism.