We stayed at this hotel from 4-15 August with our 4 children age 16-23. We chose Tunisia due to the sun, travelling time and especially the reasonable cost. I had read many mixed reviews and been given different accounts of Tunisia so I travelled with a very open mind.We have stayed in several Riu hotels before and have been fairly pleased with them on the whole.
This is a fairly large hotel located directly on the beach and with a very large single depth pool. We preferred the beach as there was usually a slight breeze and you could easily find a sun bed. The beach area by the hotel was clean and the sea was really quite nice- warm and clear. No camel poo! The pool area was crowded with people lying like sardines next to each other having 'saved' their beds from as early as 5am (found this out when I got up early one morning to watch the sun rise).
Food is more than repetitive and the drinks were the typical watered down offerings found at most all inclusives. The queues for food was ridiculous and the quality poor. The allocation of tables at the beginning of the holiday was not a problem.... if only they didn't also allocate the same table to more than 1 family or group! Absolutely awful organisation and a stupid idea. It caused a lot of confusion and annoyance for many people during our stay (and it appears from the reviews that this is a common theme). Try booking the Asian or Mediterranean restaurants instead if you can.
Animation tea works very hard and is as cheesy as you would expect. The dancing around the pool was entertaining though!
Rooms are very basic but very clean and the maid did a grand job.
You do need to order water which again is not a problem but only if other guests do not pinch it from outside your room. One of our rooms was next door to the lift so most days there was no water.
There's not a lot going on outside the hotel. Our rep helped us to organise a tailor made couple of trips with our own guide and sole use of a mini bus which was good value for money for a group of 6. We visited El Djem and Carthage.
In all, we were pleasantly pleased with Tunisia but not so impressed with this hotel.
Ps If you found your towels removed from your sun bed on the morning of 15 Aug it was me who placed them elsewhere- shame on you!
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