This hotel was built in 1994 and caters mostly for German visitors, though does generally cope with English speaking guest adequately. About 80% of the guests were German or Austrian, the rest being French, Italian and British, roughly in that order. If you know a smattering of German or French, it might be helpful.
Most UK bookings seem to come from Lowcostbeds via teletext holidays, in which case there is no rep.
The hotel is located right on the main beach of Skanes along a road of reasonably well-spaced large hotels. Some guests would hear the sound of the adjacent hotel’s entertainment. There is not much to do in the immediate area so being all-inclusive is a must for all these hotels. You can walk along the beach (going over a nasty looking concrete bridge near the hotel), and then walk literally for miles if you wish, tripping over the odd German as you go, since all the hotels in the area seem mostly German speaking. The hotel is very close to the airport, and so you will hear the planes, but really that is not a problem. You can get from the airport by taxi (don’t pay more than 10 Dinars).
You can also get a modestly priced taxi to Monastir, or go by a rather infrequent visitor bus-come-train type of thing. We went by bus so as to sample a flavour of the place, it cost 0.52 Dinars for two adults and a baby! That’s about 20p to travel 3.5 miles! It was hot, uncomfortable, and great fun. We found Monastir to be just about worth the visit, but the market was hard work for us with a buggy, and the sea front lacked a certain something. It also smelt rather unpleasant. Having visited Egypt last year and expecting Tunisia to be similar, we were surprised to find that the traffic was light and generally the Tunisians seem to be sensible drivers, albeit most of the vehicles are not roadworthy. We skipped Sousse, the next nearest town, which we were told is much busier.
The rooms are clean and a good size, and you may be able to upgrade to a larger two-bedroom accommodation at a charge. The TV carries BBC World Service which was useful. We had a sea view which was great, but some rooms have a rather poor outlook. Most have a balcony with clothes drier. The bathroom was reasonably good, with a cunningly designed door arrangement, though the toilet extract was either not working or very weak, meaning that it didn’t always smell that fresh. The toilet seat fell down all the time.
If you need to stay on late on your last day, then you may leave at 6pm for an extra 30 Dinars, which we did.
Towards the end of our stay, the hotel decided that the outside temperature was cool enough to shut down the entire hotel’s air conditioning system. This made our room too hot. Someone complained and was told to leave the window open!
FOOD & DRINK
This hotel main caters for Germans. Now the thing is, I’m a vegetarian, and though I think the Germans are a nice enough bunch of people, you won’t find any German vegetarians. They’ve all died of starvation, and so very nearly did I. The food could be excellent, but often it was samey and even the staff didn’t know if there was meat in most dishes, even when I asked in German. Very little was properly labelled, and after two weeks the lack of variety became tiresome.
Flies were a real problem with the cold food in particular, the restaurant is not properly air conditioned and so not sealed off from the outside. Flies could easily get in, and they did. The same flies which had been feeding off the camel droppings on the beach. Nice. No wonder so many people got Tuni Tummy. We all did.
However, get there when the restaurant first opens to avoid the flies, and you might be OK. This would also be the best time to get there from the point of view of cutlery and crockery, and of which could be in very short supply later.
One item worthy of mention was the cakes. They did huge and extraordinary delicious cakes on most days, highly recommended.
The restaurant is full of steps making life tricky if you are pushing a baby around, but we coped.
The soft drinks were all sugary, there were no diet drinks available. So we had water.
During the day there were snacks available, usually pancakes or donuts though apparently pizza too. The snack-bar seating area was extended while we were there, but it’s still too hot, and the bars can be smoky too.
Ice creams were chargeable at a reasonable 2 – 2.5DR (£1 or less).
The entertainment was fairly good, it was provided by a contract company who were very professional. They also did beach aerobics for the ladies (but a real workout if done properly, and my wife did so most days), water aerobics in the pool, belly dancing and more, during the day. Kids were kept amused after their evening meal, which was a great idea, but I wonder how a child would get on who didn’t speak German.
The indoor and outdoor pools were good and clean. However the gym “Fitness Room” was a disaster, being very small, under-equipped, hot, and quite frankly most of the equipment was in such poor condition as to be dangerous. Outside there are wooden sun-bed loungers, some of which were not in great condition. Towels or foam mattresses for these were chargeable, annoyingly. It can be difficult to find enough shade.
Internet is available at 6DR per 30 minutes, and you may get away with a few minutes more because it’s not really timed. At 256k it’s of adequate speed, but the keyboard is some crazy French layout and so you will type gibberish most of the time.
Some generally under-used facilities included tennis courts, crazy golf (made crazier by some of the holes being missing), archery, and kids’ play area. One of the two pool tables had a missing ball, but my wife still beat me. Ping-pong table tennis is available free, just leave a deposit for the bats and ball, and this is usually in the shade.
The hotel had an annoying CD playing on the public areas, all day every day. The same CD at all times. Not even the genuine artists playing on it! Apart from this, the lobby was generally a nice place to sit down for a moment, being spacious, cool and attractive.
In general we found the hotel to be adequate. With just a little attention to detail from the owners, it could have been very good.
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