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Description: Spectacular Arabic-styled architecture in a dazzling setting of palm trees and eucalyptus

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Bob E
Riu Ambassador

Registered: September 2007
Posts: 617
Review Date: Tue June 29, 2010 Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes | Price paid per week?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: A wonderful retreat for the mature guest giving top notch service without being intrusive.
Cons: It’s a little expensive but it is exclusive.

Travel dates: 2 – 16 June 2010 Our rating: 10/10
During our two week stay at the new All-Inclusive Riu Palace Hammamet Marhaba, we asked our management if it was possible to have an evening meal at the B&B or Half-Board Riu Palace Oceana hotel in the same town.
Permission granted and with the manager’s business card in hand we took a taxi to the hotel, the journey taking approximately 8 minutes. On arrival and driving up the long lush drive, you felt the impressiveness and the exclusivity of this hotel. The feeling continued with the precise welcome and warm handshakes of the acting manager. After assuring us that our visit was completely complementary, he took us off to see the rooms. Rooms have either a garden or side sea view. They were very large and very well appointed. The mini-bars are fully stocked with whatever you want but naturally you pay for everything apart from your stay including breakfast. The manager also showed us one of the three suites but these are more like apartments having a large entrance hall, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, communal day bathroom and naturally a living area. I think the names of these suites say it all, Royal, Prestige and Presidential. Continuing our tour the manager showed us the Wellness centre, piano bar and finally the a la carte restaurant.
He then introduced us to the beverage captain who took us to the lobby bar and insisted we had drinks with him. Both my wife and I asked for a Scotch and we were asked as to what Scotch from the menu! After a well enjoyed drink the captain insisted we had another as the second dinner sitting had just begun. After a while the acting hotel manager collected us and we were taken to the main restaurant and again introduced to the restaurant maître-de. On our return visit during the day we walked the grounds and beach. The key to this hotel is space. Sun loungers and parasols on the lawns had plenty of space in the large and lush gardens that surrounded the fantastic pool. The beach had its own bar and waiters serving an un-crowded number of well-spaced loungers. It was very quiet and relaxing.
The hotel offers three schemes, B&B, Half-Board and an All-Inclusive. The latter option however only includes locally produced drinks but I suppose you could buy any other drinks and charge them to you room. This hotel would be great to use Riu Class Points but the basic charges are generally more expensive in the travel catalogues compared to others. This hotel is a cut above the rest and in both my wife and I’s opinion is the very best Riu to date if you want style, comfort, attentiveness and very precise exclusive service. All the staffs that we had contact with were friendly, approachable and go to great lengths to both satisfy and please.
Would we recommend this hotel, most definitely for couples? It is truly a Palace in both name and service with an air of grandeur giving top service. The hotel has no gimmicks like personal butlers or “over the top” staff trying to intrude on your personal space but has attentive staff caring for you.
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Bob E
Riu Ambassador

Registered: September 2007
Posts: 617
Review Date: Tue July 19, 2011 Would you recommend this Riu Resort? Yes | Price paid per week?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: High levels of courtesy and correctness.
Cons: Nothing really!

Our travel dates were from the 6th July returning 13th July 2011, one week. Now that the new Enifidha airport is open, the transfer time is about half an hour. The airport is to a high standard and is equipped with “air bridges” to get you direct from the aircraft into the terminal building. No more waiting on the tarmac and being shuttled around on those horrible airport buses like cattle. The prime purpose of visiting this hotel was to use up some of our accumulated Riu Class Points. The hotel is primarily sold, from the UK, including a travel package as Bed, Breakfast and evening meal although at the hotel they do offer a scheme called Oceana Plus which is All Inclusive with minor exceptions such as Champagnes etc. We had visited the hotel for an evening and afternoon last year and liked it very much. (See previous review) To confirm, this hotel is grand, quiet with exceptional friendly service following old fashioned levels of courtesy and correctness. The hotel manager is often to be seen and seems to ask daily if everything is to your total satisfaction. He does not have deputies only the department heads and they, like him, reassure you of a pleasurable stay. Unfortunately the hotel was only 30% occupied during our visit due to the recent unrest in the country. Consequently all the A La Carte restaurants were closed, with one nightly exception, but the main buffet restaurant made up for these closures. It was a great shame both for the hotel and staff that it was so empty but this did give some extra attention to detail. If you want a quiet place to unwind then this is heaven! If you want games, music activities then you’ll be disappointed although it has a well-equipped gym, beauty centre, wellness centre, sauna and massage facilities. For the cooler times of the year the indoor pool is fantastic.
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