There are these people who walk around the pool area promoting the spa and signing up people to get spa treatments. I fell for it and signed up for a spa package. While at the spa, while I was getting the mud treatment, the lady indicated that she would remove my necklace, so she took it off and set it aside. I go through the whole treatment and left. The next morning, I went back to the spa and asked for my necklace. After a while, they said they could not find it. That it probably got washed down a drain. We went to go see the hotel manager and he said that they would ask the jeweler at the hotel to get another necklace. It was a necklace which my husband bought for me for 600 Euro after the birth of my son when I nearly died! The guy at the jewelry shop said that he hired someone to make the necklace for me as a replacement. After days of waiting, a necklace arrive which looked NOTHING like my old one. I asked specifically if they were real diamonds and real gold. He said yes. My husband was skeptical so he took it into the city of Mahdia searching for an expert appraiser. After going to 3 other Jewelers, he found an expert who verified that the "diamonds" were cubic zirconia and the chain was gold plated silver. It had a street value of about 10 Euro, NOT 600 Euro. My husband got the certification and showed the hotel manager. All he could say was that he was not an expert. When we confronted the salesperson at the little hotel jewelry shop, he said the hotel manager called him after we had all met and told him to find something cheap as a replacement. Then the next few days, the hotel manager kept saying that he was trying to contact one of the owners of the spa, a doctor. He never showed up to meet with us. Finally, on the last day, everyone was trying to avoid us exept for the cheating jewelry sales person who was trying to get us to buy leather jackets. We don't know who to believe or whether they are all lying.
Needless to say, it was the first vacation when we were happy when we had to leave. Being hounded by the lying jewelry shop guy, the inept hotel manager, and countless other people who made the experience a nightmare. Equally, we had our son's birthday present and a swimming ring taken. ARGH!!!!!
As to the hotel, the pictures I uploaded tell the story. It was old, dirty and unsanitary. I took the pictures only after they cleaned and after we gave the cleaning lady HUGE tips of 10 Euros to hopefully get it a bit cleaner.
The pool area was so dirty. There were cigarette butts everywhere, trash and the edge of the pool had mildew and slime.
The food was ok but the lines were outrageous. You have to wait in a 20 person line for WATERMELON! Oh, and my husband got food poisoning so he was laid up for two days and the doctor came and prescribed him some nice and powerful medicine. That was probably the best part of our trip. The good doctor who didn't seem to try to get money out of us.
At the end, we just took a taxi into the city and ate at a nice restaurant.
So in the end, DON'T STAY AT THE CARIBBEAN WORLD!!!!!! Spend your hard earned money elsewhere because they think that tourists pick their money off trees and it is just fine for them to try to get you to part with as much as possible.
Oh, one positive, the service is good, IF YOU TIP well. If not, expect to be ignored and have the tables "reserved" for the tippers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caribbean World Mahdia hotel, the newest addition to the Caribbean World chain, is situated in Mahdia, famous with its magnificent beaches and the transparency of its turquoise water.Very beautiful hotel with direct access to the beach, the Caribbean World Mahdia has been renovated and entirely refitted in a Caribbean style.At approximately 45 Kms away from Monastir airport, 7 kms away from Mahdia and 2.5 hours from Tunis airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribbean World Tunisia
- Caribbean World Mahdia
- Caribbean World Resort
- Caribbean World Hotel Mahdia