We spent 2 weeks here in August. Don't be alarmed by a few negative reviews, it was great. Accommodation was clean and asbsolutely fine, food was all freshly cooked - often in front of you, with a nice variety. We heard some people moaning about the food - I think they had the problem! We enjoyed the food throughout over 2 weeks. Didn't use the speciality restaurants as we heard reports that the food was no better than the main restaurant. I think if we had eaten inside, we might have felt we were in a very large cafeteria (noisy), but we ate outside. This was great, apart from everywhere was smoking and this was a real nuisance. We have a fantastic waiter (Nouri). We tipped him 1 dinar after each lunch and dinner (36p) and we service was superb. Don't believe the reports that if you don't tip, you won't get served - of course you do! We didn't tip at breakfast and when our waiter was away and we didn't get served quite as well, we didn't tip.
There were never enough sun beds around the pool and grounds - there was space, so I can't understand why they couldn't provide these in sufficient numbers - seems too simple to me! We went to the beach most days - a 5 minute walk down a private pathway. Beach great. Always got a sunbed - hurray! A regular 2 dinar tip will get you a front row if that's what you want. Security staff do not let traders enter the sun bed area, so you get no hassles.
The entertainment is pretty rubbish though. That didn't bother us too much, but some might be disappointed. Hope you like music of a certain era!!
Our biggest criticism is lack on no-smoing areas outside. Everywhere outside is smoking and there is a massive amount of it - were we the only ones who didn't smoke? We objected to becoming passive smokers just because we wanted to sit outside on the terrace.
We did the Carthage trip - this was a long day, but excellent. I'm not really interested in history that much, but it grabbed me! Do the camel ride - at £15 for 2-3 hours, excellent value for money. Everyone said the trip to the zoo was a total waste of money. Despite being told you can tip and get close up to the animals, you can't and if you try, you will get thrown out.
Don't waste your money on a taxi into El Kantaoui unless you want to - walk in on the beach - safe when dark as loads of people still around and walk back on the road - it doesn't take long.
Pay 6dr max for taxi to El Kantaoui each way and 10dr to Sousse. Agree the price before the journey and don't be afraid to walk away - mostly they will call you back if they think you are really going!
Buying goods around and about - aim for 20-25% of the price they ask for initially. Always get the vendor to state his price and don't tell him what you think it's worth if they ask you.
Spend every dinar before you leave on the coach to return. Take it into the airport and you wave it goodbye - you can't take it out of the country - and they check!
Overall, although we have done several contries in Africa and never done Tunisia, we really liked it. We wouldn't hesitate to go back again - the only significant drawback for us was the smoking. Enjoy!
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