This hotel is beautifully set in lovely well-managed gardens; smooth wide paths make it easy to get around. You need to be able to use some stairs to access pools and the main building. The staff work tirelessly to keep everywhere clean and attractive. Rooms and public areas have lots of marble, polished wood, gorgeous ceilings and light fittings. Loads of places to sit and chat, read, or watch the world go by with a drink or a snack, inside or out, in sunshine or shade, lots of choice, including under lemon and orange trees. The loos are lovely; lots of loo roll and soap, constantly checked and cleaned. The room was beautiful and spotless with a very large comfy bed, refreshed every day by lovely staff. We had a hair dryer and a fridge and a new kettle. When we had a problem with our balcony door and they sent someone straight out to fix it.
Private safety deposit boxes are hired by the week they are very inexpensive and quite secure, in a little room by reception and operated by 2 keys one of which you keep on you, Security at the hotel is superb.
The staff who were all wonderful, so friendly and welcoming, all went that extra mile, they made our holiday perfect: A big thank you the animation team, restaurant staff, the waiters, kitchen staff, bar staff, reception, room staff, cleaners, gardeners, repair and maintenance staff, porters, stable team, pool man, pool café chef and pastry chef (who deserves a medal for perfect pastry!),
Tunisia is a male dominated culture but is very respectful of women, yes they look and they compliment but its generally very charming and a little quaint. I like the door being held, my chair being pulled out for me and an arm offered to take me in to dinner. Staff were always on the look out for anyone who need any help with anything.
Cats – the hotel grounds are a home for a number of very friendly feral cats. They do not force themselves on the unwilling, but if you can’t stand to be around cats, go somewhere else. The cats themselves are clean and very friendly and very good with children. they will always welcome that little bit you couldn’t finish or those treats your cat at home turns her nose up at. Some will happily spend an evening on your lap and tomorrow someone else’s. They appreciate a bit more food after a hard off-season when few people have eat outside.
People – a really good mix all ages, British and Irish, Germans, French and Tunisians. Couples, small single sex groups, families, grandparents with grandchildren. Always someone to have a chat with if you with but the constant change in guests means you don’t get stuck with people. Most staff have very good English, German and French but are quite happy to help you with your language skills, we even leaned a little Arabic.
We spent very little money, about £80 on tips between us during the week.. It is a normal and expected part of the culture – very little to us makes a big difference to their standard of living and is really appreciated. I would liked to have found a ways of leaving money for the staff beind the scenes, such as maintenance, grounds men, laundry staff and kitchen staff to show I valued their efforts, any ideas how to do this Les Orangers? It cost us £16 per person for a trip on the Pirate ship, which was awesome – booked it through the animation team. There was a meal and pop and transport included and it lasted about 3 hours – but the best thing again was the staff, Four young men dressed as pirates and party hosts had everyone on board young and old up and dancing, they had a display up it the rigging, an incredible fakir show on the deck, massive audience participation, photos opportunities and professional photos offered for sale, both with pirates and with a falcon perched on your arm. Horse riding for 2 hours was £24 per person and included all your gear. I have not ridden a horse since I was 11 and being short and fat, mounting without a step ladder was an experience that involved a group of strong fit young men, a ride along the beach and around the training ground with basic tuition was great. Remember to pack socks and take an apple from breakfast for your horse.
Pools – One small shallow one for children. Two proper sized, deep pools . One outside, one inside heated in the off-season. Just like a big glorious warm bath, an area at the end is fastened off for children only down side are steps to climb up to it. Water quality in all three very good and tested regularly. Fish pedi spa – lovely – so relaxing and soft smooth holiday feet. Complimentary massage very good but busy, book early, both male and female masseurs available. Good firm massage, found it a little short at approx 15 mins and would have welcomed relaxation time rather than deep massage straight to get up and go. Do use the Moorish café while you wait, very pretty try the Turkish coffee and the mint tea. Gym looked very nice – but never found the time with so much to do. The pools are looked after by an attended who maintains availability of bed by giving out sunlounger mats where and when required and removing them when not required. Don’t reserve its just not necessary and it greedy, his system and works.
Food available 24 hours a day in some part of the hotel, all of it good and freshly cooked in hygienic surrounds, with loads of choice. Personal high points omelettes and pancakes cooked to order. The really fresh eggs. Try the huge fried donut shaped things they taste like Yorkshire Pudding. Lots of crème caramel and vanilla slice type things, incredible ice creams and sorbets. Wonderful salads. Was surprised to see so much pork. Lots of mainstays but don’t be afraid to try things, discovered quail, roast tongue, quince jam, unsweetened rice pudding and custard for breakfast. Cucumber juice. The best freshly squeezed orange juice ever
Everything you could wish for and more. Local wines are lovely. Local beer is a European lager type – good for hot weather. Cockails – they don’t work to a particular menu so tell them what you like and they will comeback with something lovely. One of the rally good things about the county being mainly dry is the choice of non alcoholic drinks. Fantistic virgin cocktails, a huge array of juices. Cola is available but why bother. Do try the hot chocolate, very good on its own or with the brandy.
Suggestions for hotel. Put water in the fridges for new arrivals, either replenish when tea coffee is replenished or have a note on the fridge to tell people to pick up from bar/restaurant as required. A little box on reception with a picture of a cat and a red crescent to raise funds for spaying and neutering. A few more little shallow ramps
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