Just come back from the Rosa Beach after a one week stay (30th March-6th April). Travelled as a couple with Thomas Cook. After a one hour coach transfer from Enfidha Airport we arrived at the Rosa Beach in Skanes directly opposite Monastir airport. UK flights only fly into Endfida, think this is due to the Tunisian Government. On Arrival we were greeted with a welcome drink and a warm welcome to the hotel by the reception staff and the animation team.
Once paperwork completed we were directed to our room. Room was large, spacious and well maintained. We had a king size bed with plenty of space for the both of us. Rooms had air con. fridge, balcony with pool and sea view and a safe (15 dinar a week).
All inclusive hotel- Food was plentiful and with a huge variety with a wide range of bread. meat, pasta,pizza, local dishes, fish,and plenty of salad and fruit. Desserts are also plentiful with a wide range of choice from cakes. fruit , ice cream and local pastries. My other half is a very fussy eater and he always found something to eat. When travelling to a all inclusive hotel in a foreign country you are not going to find fish and chips like some people while we were there were expecting. The food while we were there was hot, well flavoured and lots of it for every tastebud.
Waiter service in the restaurant was excellent.. As stated in previous reviews you DO NOT need to tip at every meal or opportunity. We tipped 3 dinar ( £1.30) at the first meal and tipped at the end the week. I said to out waiter if you look after us, we will look after you and this worked. Do not keep tipping as it will become expected of you. There is no need to tip vast quantities of money.
Main Lobby Bar- Open most of the day until midnight. The drinks are a little on the small smalls in the glasses but just ask for a bigger glass. The size of the glasses is due to health and safety.
The alcohol and soft drinks are local branded which is very drinkable, The waiters do put local coke into branded bottles but this is not coca cola. Quanites of alcohol are plenty with a arange of cocktails, beer, and local spirts included on all inclusive. Soft drinks and tea and coffee aswell.
Bar men and waiter service good. One specific bar man was quite rude at the begining of the week but by end was ok. Again, do not tip heavely. Only tip where you think is due. Waiter service is included. Just ask, it's their job to serve you. One problem in the bar is some times not enough seating but we found a seat every evening.
Pool side bar open frm 10am till 6pm, we found no problems, waiter service to your sun bed and the beach. Array of virgin cocktails were on a table in the shade which was a nice touch.
Pool- At this time of year cold but i still went in. Sunbeds, same as every hotel in the world , guests do put towels on sunbeds very early i.e 6am on the day we left guests were out. Towels should not be placed out till after 7am but people were doing this. There is a towel man, but as stated in previous reviews you do not need to bribe him as we went out at 10am and still managed to find a bed somewhere.
Beach- Good private beach, only used by the hotel guests. Small and sandy, not a place if you wish to go deep sea swimming as you have to walk along way out till it gets deep. Very good for children. Please note there are touts on the beach selling trips, cigarettes, shells etc. Do not buy the cigarettes as they are fake.
Touts: Please also notes there are 3-4 guys around the hotel selling trips on quad bikes and boats promising to see the dolphins. There are no dolphins in Tunisia and the photos are 5 years old. They have been issues reported to the rep and the Rosa Beach or Thomas Cook staff have nothing to do with them. These guys are seen avoiding the management and do pray on guests at the start of your holiday. They asked us 5 times to go on trips. Just say no and will be ok.
Location: This hotel as stated in the brochure is remote but has excellent transport links. Bus, Train and taxis just outside the hotel. Do NOT use the men in the horse and carriage as they will take you to his uncles carpet shop. Always get a price before you get in a taxi. Buses are very cheap and a experience.
Thomas Cook Rep Marina-
Marina was excellent. She is always around to help out in any way. The trips we went on through Thomas cook were well worth it. Marina is friendly and very approachable. She is a asset to the company and very good at her job. Gave us a lot of good information about going out and about in Tunisia explaining everything.
We went on the Medina Ramble which is worth it as it is a guided tour to the Medina in Sousse. This is the main market area within the old town in Sousse. Two local Thomas Cook reps go with you and it is great. You get no hassle or problems, they help you with your shopping and get you the best price. If you were to go on your own, you would most likely be harassed.
The second trip we went on was the reps cabaret. This was an all inclusive evening with food, drink and entertainment. Well worth it.
Spa- My partner has a massage and sauna during our stay. Very good value for money and worth it. The sauna is in the hotel next door which is empty but don't let this put you off. The service was excellent.
Nice relaxing holiday, well worth the price, is a 4 star hotel with a lot of good services. You need to be open minded to visit Tunisia and experience the culture which is a lot different from the UK. The hotel does an excellent job to look after its guests.
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- Also Known As:
- Lti Rosa Beach Hotel Monastir
- Rosa Beach Monastir
- Rosa Beach Hotel Tunisia