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Soviva Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   El Kantaoui Hammam Sousse, Port El Kantaoui 4089, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #19 of 37 hotels in Port El Kantaoui
Halifax, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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“Not bad at all”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This hotel is not bad at all for the price! We travelled in June for a week and paid about 700 for me and my girlfriend, which is good considering I've paid a lot more for shocking room only hotels with my friends, at the end of the holiday we realised we were in the lower end of room quality but they were still good! It is a big hotel and there is a lot of guests almost too many for the amount of sunbeds. Pool is good however as we arrived at 3 in the morning we stayed up and went to the pool at 5 and still struggled to find 2 beds! Beach was better and I gave the beach guy a bit each night to save some beds for us and another couple! The quad bikes are really good but take sunglasses as you can hardly see due to the sand been blown up, and I wore flip flops and they were burnt really bad by the end of the day, think we paid about 40 quid for both of us for all day!

watersports are well worth it but haggle with the guys, they are reasonable if you don't take the mick! Paid 20 pounds for 20 minutes on the jet skis! Paid 70 euros for 10 minutes in ibiza last year! Main bar has queues but not too bad, food was good! I found breakfast repetitive but I wouldn't try the pancakes and omelettes etc.

Go into the local port! It is nice to have a wander and had a really nice beer and a few drinks for about 30 quid! also use the shop across the road, got six bottles of water for the price of one in the hotel!

Well worth it all in all, would definitely go back for a cheap and cheerful break,don't expect the world if you don't expect to pay for it! It'd cost more for a weekend at haven than a week in Tunisia!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

where the hell do i begin?? we went to the dump in aug 2012. first the food is terrible but if you like food poisning go here if not try the pancakes and ommlettes there very good when there swimming in fat yeah cheers mate the pool was missing tiles so wen your going for a nice leisurly swim and end up having a cut foot and end up having a bandage on for the rest of the holiday. watch your things very closely in your rooms cos the theiving gypsys will rummage through your cases and guess what they will take it if they want it. the enternainment was funny it was like watching escaped convicts from a mental institution so that did make me chuckle. take extra money with you cos the all inclusive is crap and if you have kids that eat as much as ours does then there gonna be starving but hey least you dont have to go to weight watchers when you get home cos guaranteed you have lost at least a stone so thats a good thing bout this place. walking to the beach was like patrolling through afghanistan and comming from a soldier i know for a fact in fact afghanistan is better. having breakfast lunch and evening meals was the highlight of my days there specially trying to get the bloody cats away from our food so if your a cat person then you will like this dump! oh i almost forgot to tell you about the kiddie fiddlers hanging round the pool and trying to snatch a young kid the hotel staff didnt even raise an eye lid when the alarm was raised. so to top it all off if you want a holiday constantly staring at your kids having food with cats or if you really like pancakes and ommlettes swimming in grease the crack on because i for sure will not go back to that hell hole ever again i would rather stick pins in my eyes

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

In september 2012 i visited this hotel with a large group of family,friends and my fiance. The hotel itself is lovely with a great pool and nice clean rooms, you also get a mini fridge in your room which is always a bonus if your half board or self catering you can take bits and bobs from the shop and keep them there. The entertainment at night was ok, not great compared to what ive had before but it was good to have some. The staff friendly enough and always on hand, restaurant was ok, food was very limited though but i always find something to eat and enjoy it im not one to complain and be picky. There is trips you can book to go on, we went on the quads and it was well worth the money very fun! There is also a photo man who will do you a photoshoot either around the pool or next to the flowers and then you can buy them at a good price and i always think thats a bonus in a hotel. I went with a large group which had 60+ people, children age 9-10, teenagers so its suitable for all ages. Its situated in a good place with plenty on restuarants and shops around so if you fancy going out to the bar one night or eating out one night you can do it easy enough.10 minutes in a taxi is the port el kantoui famous marina with a mini theme park and restaurants and plenty of exiting things to do there for all ages. All in all i Would definatly return here. :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hemel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Soviva Resort, me and five other returned from here in September 2012.
to be fare the hotel is in need of a face life in some areas, i have been informed this is scheduled to be undertaken in winter months 2013...

Slide is out or this world,

Pool's are not that deep, watch out for the odd broken tile.

Sunbeds not enough for everyone

Outside bar massive queues at all times of the day, this needs addressing ASAP

Rooms good size however some of our group had the odd cockroach...

Watersports i did everything they had to offer well worth a visit.

Two drinks per person rule. ( This did not go down well however we got around this re the below)
a little tip on your first day of your stay will see them rushing drinks to you even if you are last in the line at the bars and they will provide you with your full order and non of this two drinks preson rubbish that every other person has to deal with...

no issues with the food however lack of space to sit and made crazy rush to get a seat.

Any questions, please contact me

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed at soviva in sept"12. There were 6 of us 4 adults, 2 kids and another adult joined us after one week. We had a fab time here. The reception and bar staff were very friendly and helpful, always aiming to please. The big pool with the waterslides is ace! It was busy when we went but plenty of room to swim or play in the water. The rooms were very basic, but lets face it, its a value for money hotel. The food was lovely - plenty of selection and omelettes cooked to order for breakfast if you wanted. Yes, the russians were annoying- pushing in at meal times ( they dont know what a queue is) and they definitely have a fetish for fruit, they brought truckloads to the tables and wasted most of it! The entertainment at night was good but the hotel is well placed for port el kantaoui and the irish bar there is a must! The only downside for me was the trek to the beach - but once there, you get well looked after and its worth it for the fabulous sands! Be prepared to get up early or tip the pool boy if you want a sunbed around the pool!

All in all a great value for money holiday - i would say id definitely return - but i already have!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

My family and I travelled to this resort early june of 2012; 6 adults and a 11month old baby,
our hotel was cleaned everyday and we always provided with clean towels. The hotel in its self wasn't immaculate but wasn't bad. the all inclusive drinks provided were poor and often we would pay extra for alcoholic beverages from the bar located by the restaurant which were pricey. Food was often repetitive but that is expected with all inclusive hotels i have found this with majority of the all inclusive i have stayed in, Our waiter Karim was lovely and made our holiday all the more enjoyable-wasnt just after tips like i have read of some of the waiters on the reviews!. The animation team and thomas cook team are what made our holiday, activities on throughout the whole day! Brilliant if you have a family. with younger children
activities on the beach such as; jet ski, paragliding and the banana boat are so cheap you can afford to them time and time again! & what an EXPERIENCE! the men that ran the activities were really friendly and negotiated at good prices. The staff in the actual hotel were abit hit and miss some that couldnt do enough for you, others that wouldn't give you the time of day! the pool is the heart of the hotel the slides been the centre ov majority of our entertainment! this is No 4* Hotel but we Loved it!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed at the soviva in september. It is very well located at the edge of port el kantaoui. The rooms are basic , theres a good choice of food at meal times, and the pools are lovely. Its a long trek to the beach but its worth it when u get there. Opposite the hotel there are a few restaurants and a shopping centre - handy if the kids fancy a burger. Tunisia is a wonderful country, the medinas are great fun for bartering and the locals are friendly. The trip to the sahara is well worth it - as is the pirate ship experience ( if you dont get seasick). If u have children then pay a trip to the zoo just outside of sousse.
The hotel is basic - certainly not a 5 star but then u get what u pay for and its a cheap and cheerful relaxing hotel - if you are on a budget.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: El Kantaoui Hammam Sousse, Port El Kantaoui 4089, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Port El Kantaoui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Soviva Resort 3*
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