Just returned ( 20th Sept 13 ) from the Riviera after spending an extremely enjoyable week. I read many reviews before we picked it and went with an open mind. On arrival (1.30am) we were greeted with a warm welcome and quickly allocated a room for myself, partner and young daughter. and was able to settle down quite quickly after a long trip. It is worth a mention that we were travelling with Thomas Cook and everything went smoothly, including the transfers, taking just 25 minutes from the airport.
The room allocated (227) was nicely presented and clean. Air con was on and working well, although i have had cooler elsewhere it was good enough and kept the room comfortable. it was kept clean and tidy by the house cleaning team and our cleaner (i think her name was Hiate or something phonetically similar) was fantastic, courteous and pleasant at all times. we were kept topped up large bottles of water daily placed in our fridge. TV worked well and a couple of English channel's are available.
What can i say about the food ? Well it was tasty and varied catering for all tastes. There was always something that we all liked and the snack bar by the pool was brilliant, Our daughter loved it and ate there every afternoon. I'm not a fussy eater but my daughter is and she enjoyed trying different things and broadened her menu extensively. One has to remember this is not a five star and some people expected a lot more from the buffet, i only heard 1 or 2 people complain, the majority were more than happy with the food and service from the staff.
Our experience with all the staff was that they were all amazing and they could not be faultered in any way. The Animation team tried hard, and a special thank you must be mentioned to Amel who ran the kids club, she was amazing with all the children and always had a smile on her face.
The beach and beach house were also excellent and we spent quite a nice couple of days there. No long waits for drinks or food.
Only 1 partially negative comment was that queuing for drinks at the main bar was a pain and you could be several minutes waiting to be served as there was only one bar staff on most of the time.. As this was the case customers often went in pairs and collected two drinks each sometimes more, this only increased the waiting time so i can see why it was common practice. The answer would be to increase bar staff on demand.
The surrounding area and Marina were lovely and a shoppers paradise, although haggling was order of the day, ( if you stay your ground you can get really good deal's ). The fixed price shops were also a good starting ground to get an idea of what things are worth before heading off to haggle.
We thought the location was very good and taxi's are cheep, just 4-5 dinar to Marina (about £2)
All in all we enjoyed ourselves immensely and will be returning soon.
If you want a relaxing holiday then this is the place if you want late nights and loud music lots of bars serving into early hours then try Spain
These are only our thoughts and all are based on our personal experience, would i recommend it? yes!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The all-inclusive Hotel Dessole Riviera is located in a splendid environment, just 250 meters from the beach and feature beautiful and elegant 4-star accommodation. All of the hotel's rooms and suites are well furnished, stylishly decorated and equipped with modern en suite facilities. You are sure to enjoy a view from your room of the swimming pool, the verdant garden or the sea. For meals and drinks Hotel Dessole Riviera Resort features 4 restaurants and a selection of bars. Enjoy international and local cuisine and a variety of drinks, cocktails and wines. The hotel is located in Port El Kantaoui just short walk from marina and near a 36-hole golf course and the famous Sousse Medina. Hotel Rooms: 295 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Caribbean Village Riviera