If you want a cheapish hotel in North Africa then this will do fine... But don't expect good service or courtesy. It seems in Tunisia you have to pay for that..and even then... To be fair you have to pay for everything 2-fold because this is a tipping culture. If you don't like 'expected' tipping then don't come to Tunisia.. Simples!
Anyway, the hotel, plain but reasonably clean.. Nice reception area and pool with a good pool bar. The rooms are adequate but the air-con is poor... Like a fart in a sandstorm. In fact, there is no real air-con in this hotel at all. The maids however, are polite, courteous and efficient. The maintenance similarly.
The dining area is grim. Like a pit canteen only worse! GO NEXT DOOR to the Mahaba Hotel.. Different league in all respects and included in your all-inclusive package. Good point.. Our waiter was attentive and for a tip of 5DT (£2) per day plied us with drinks at every meal and probably would have done the Can Can if we'd asked! The queues are dreadful... Get your waiter to jump them! One warning, if you are easily offended by the way other cultures regard 'all-inclusive' buffets then do not come here. The wasted food is shameful, and children and women have the right to be served first (but not if they're British) .. Apparently!
The beach is good, as are the water sports (40DT for a paraglide or a jet ski, 15 DT pp to be dragged on an inflatable sofa).
Meals are served to the beach at lunchtime, snacks by the pool and full buffet in the dining mess.
The all inclusive bar is poor. The alcoholic drinks are weak, the cordials look and taste radioactive and the waiters are (with exceptions) so unhappy in their work you'd think they'd been asked to scrape fluff out of Jabba-the-Hut's belly button. The cups are small and there's no ice, usually. The beer is fine and is more likely to hydrate than dehydrate you!
Overall, this place is ok.. A summary of good and bad for me would be...
Food (decent choice/ quality)
Too few brollies around pool
Nowhere to drink outside after 6pm
Cups too small
No spoons in dining room and plates are more elusive than Lord Lucan on a mystery tour.
We did several SUPER excursions with Thomas Cook...
African Dream (zoo visit/ African music & Zulus/ Meal 59DT pp)
Buggies/ Ostrich Farm 55DT pp
Simply Sahara 2 day trip inc hotel into Sahara inc Berber village, Star Wars set, Star Wars locations, sunsets, sunrises, salt lakes and more... Fantastic £100 pp.
Had a great time and didn't let anyone/ anything spoil it. I wouldn't choose this holiday again however.
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