Sorry for the long reveiw, but being a new hotel would like to give travellers as much info as possible to elimate any worries they may have .... and to ensure Couples Sousse recieves the credit they deserve for this great hotel at a bargain price ... thank you!
Myself & my partner booked the hotel back in March before it was open and admitted we had our concerns being a new hotel not open is always a risk. However on arrival we had nothing to worry about this was def a risk worth taking for the price we paid the hotel exceeded our expectations :-)
On arrival (which was about 12 at night) we were greeted by friendly staff who laid on cocktails and ensured the restaurant was left open for us to make sure we had food after the travelling which we thought was a nice gesture. We filled in a couple of forms and were taken to our room, our luggage was brought up for us shortly after - we did give the porter a tip however he seemed surprised and I dont think he expected it but as we believe a gd service deserves rewarding and you are not expected to tip all.
The bedroom was clean, spacious, perfect for what we needed, lovley balcony with a sea view (room 817) The mini bar is stocked on arrival and kept topped up throught the holiday, fresh fruit and wine and water waiting in your room. There is a hairdryer and robes and some toilitries. We had no issues with the air con seemed to work all the time, whenever we needed it to - **JUST A TIP** - you do have to leave a card in the electric supply box in the room to keep it on maybe this is where people are assuming it doesnt stay on.
The food is very good and the best selection and taste of any all inclusive we have previously stayed in, there is loads of flavours and loads of choice, each night is a different theme which is a nice change. Beer, wine and soft drinks is avaliable with dinner each night served in nice large glasses ... :D. There is an Indian restuarant where you get one free visit per stay, the food is good and very tasty although please go with an open mind. Dont expect your standard Chicken Korma or Chicken Tikka, we found the dishes tatsed simular and not how you would expect, but the meals were very tasty. **JUST A TIP** - The food comes out quite quick and you do have to order your whole 3 courses in one go. Any other visits to this restaurant would be payable - us personally probably wouldnt pay as the buffet food was just as good for us.
The 2 pool areas are lovley, the courtyard one much quieter and its much easier to get a luxury sunbed here as as lovley as the main pool is does tend to get quite crowded and this is where the daily activites take place. **JUST A TIP** - Hit the courtyard pool or the beach for a bit more of a quiet relax. The beach is a private beach and we spent most of our week here, the breeze was needed with the gorgeous hot weather and was refreshing to have the sea so close. The beach staff are great and friendly and the Kayak's are free so good to be near them if you fancy that!
The hotel is in a great location shops literally outside the hotel or a short walk and there are more shops - the usual supermarkets/ tourist shops perfect for holiday essentials. There are two towns nearby Port El Kantoui and Sousse we found Kantoui better for the shopping and the Marina and Sousse better for nightlife (unless of course you visit the shopping malls there is one in each town and both as good as the other) You can reach both towns by the train that stops in the hotel grounds and takes you back and forth, it runs each hour of the day **JUST A TIP** - Do not get a return journey as you have to get the exact same train back. Nightlife great we visited the local nightclubs and the Tunisian's were great very friendly had a chat had a dance, feel very safe walking around and going out no worries here at all! I would recommend Saloon Bar about 5 Mins from the hotel in Taxi each night is different, very busy, good drink prices a great night out - & a kebab shop next door!! lol ... Also a steak house restaurant above this. Not to forget Casa Del Gelato good ice-cream but we visited this more for their Shisha :-) ... howver bear in mind no alcohol is served here.
The entertainment is good in the hotel always something going on day & night ...would def recommend doing the bonfire on the beach really romantic evening and the 2 singers TNT are fab you will hear them at various times in various places during your stay - well done guys! Go to the black and white night and real laugh and great time to meet people and the blues brothers tribute was brill. The only thing that is a bit of a let down is that if you are not going to the "entertainment" and just fancy a chill in one of the other bars there is nothing going on there, there isnt really any atmosphere / ambience just some odd lift background music - so would be nice if music was played throughtout the bars. Although not a huge issue as we headed out be nice for people who enjoy hotel surroundings. The Shisha tent isnt really mentioned much in the hotel if this is eomthing you like make sure you visit it, you will need to take drinks down to the tent with you though but is a real nice Tunisia feeling experience, by the pool in the tent sitting on the cushions on the floor, we didnt know this was here until the 3rd night so make time to visit it!
Finally the staff one word FANTASTIC they can't do enough for you, so friendly so chatty always on hand a real asset to te hotel. Hedi & Ozzie were fab in making sure we was always happy & had everything we needed :-)
We took a risk booking this hotel but was so worth it honestly had an amazing week. Yes, there are still bits going on & the hotel is shutting again in October for more refurb, but nothing affected our holiday & the hotel is only going to get better will def be going back to see the improvements.
Jess & Charlie x
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