This was my first all-inclusive holiday. Was a bit wary as I imagined it would be all Brits and chips and hidden extras, but it couldn't have been more different.
It's a spa hotel and it would be a shame not to take advantage (esp in the cooler winter months) off all the free facilities- I, who had planned on doing nothing all day, ended up swimming in one of the heated pools, which I almost had all to myself, before the acqua sport 'animation'. Also used the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi. Our beach was by far the nicest and as someone else has mentioned, mattresses were free. In fact so much was free we didn't really need any money apart from souvenirs.
So as not to repeat everything I've just read and say something different- the hotel has a couple of people wandering around selling excursions- one was the grumpy Captain Smiley and another was local, but a Thomas Cook rep, but who only dealt with the camel rides, but there was another British rep also selling these, so I have no idea what that was all about. Anyway, we went quad biking through Captain Smiley without knowing what to expect- we got the full two hours we had paid for and they put the trip on just for the two of us. However, if you don't want to take him up on his many offers, you have to be quite firm- "maybe later" really doesn't work- he WILL be back later! And reporting back on the good time we had just triggered more sales pitch.
Everyone we met was polite and friendly and grabbed the chance to talk to me in Italian, but were very happy to speak French, or English.
Our Thomas Cook rep didn't explain tipping to us at all, and I feel very guilty to say we only tipped in the upstairs restaurant, but having read the reviews here will know what to do next time. We didn't tip the porter on the way in as we didn't have any dinar; it was only later that we realised they prefer sterling as they get a better rate on the 2.2 exchange ('call it 2'), which would have saved changing any money, Euros also very acceptable. There is a very large bank 5 mins from the hotel with a cash point to get dinars out easily. Next time we will bring sterling and just change up a bit for tips, as we bought so many souvenirs we really don't need any more, Thomas Cook takes card payments and Captain Smiley was disappointed to get dinar.
Saving up to go back as soon as possible for another week of utter pampering and relaxation- by the way, ladies- no point in forking out for beauty treatments before you go- the hotel does everything, and cheaper- got my toes painted for £2.50!
oh yes, and although you can't take drinks to your room- you can hire a fridge for about a pound a day- I assume what was free at the bar would be free in the fridge, but will have to wait for next time to find out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capturing the magic and mystery of the Mediterranean Sea El Ksar Resort & Thalasso is located on a private sandy beach surrounded by generous gardens. The hotel offers plenty of activities such as mini golf, bridge, table tennis, Volleyball, tennis, shooting centre, jungle park, four outdoor pools, one indoor pool and many more. The beautiful yacht port “Port El Kantaoui” is only a few kilometers away.Featuring 552 comfortable and elegant rooms, junior suites and 1 presidential suite, inlcuding family rooms which interconnect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karthago El Ksar Sousse
- Karthago El Ksar Hotel Sousse