So you'll have read the poor reviews that I read on here, maybe after you've booked, just like I did. You might be worrying if it's the wrong choice, judging by what some people have written. Well, it's a load of old cobblers.
The Hotel itself is up to scratch. Don't be misled by the four stars - four stars in Africa is different from four in Hawaii. But the price is different, too. This hotel is not aimed exclusively at Western Europeans, so you'll find the mix is mainly Russian, Polish, Dutch and Arab - very few Brits in this Hotel, which worked well for me as a single traveller. The Dutch, in particular, were very friendly.
All the hotel lacks in my opinion to gain Western four star recognition from me would be more variety in the buffet (difficult, as they have to cater to so many tastes), and the ability to order all inclusive drinks in all the bars. They're happy with you ordering them in the all inclusive bar and then taking them into the other bars, there really is no problem. It just might tip it into the four star service for me.
Take time to be nice to the staff. Please and thank you, and the odd Dinar or two tip here or there will make all the difference to your trip. By being polite and dropping tips, I never had to look for a sunbed, and I never had to have my all inclusive drinks in plastic cups because they had run out of glassware. They often had, but somehow they always managed to find some for me. Somehow, they'd always run out for people who were rude and didn't drop the odd tip. So for the writeups that tell you these things, I can only surmise that either they didn't tip, or were rude, or possibly both (though I'm sure they didn't realise this at the time).
If you really want to be looked after on the beach - which is really clean, and not at all like the beach photos posted - see the private beach guy. You can't miss him. He's got a scar on his top lip and used to play international handball for Tunisia. Tell him the English man with the big beard sent you, and you'll never want for a sun lounger. Make sure you look after him.
The entertainments team also work really hard - the evening things they organise in the bar at 10pm can be good fun, and if you have any problems just ask them to sort them out - they're absolutely great. Beach volleyball is fun too if they have it.
All in all I had a great time. Don't be afraid to book this hotel!
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- Also Known As:
- Vincci Resort Kantaoui Hotel Port El Kantaoui
- Vincci Port El Kantaoui
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