This was my tenth overseas holiday this year........I travel a lot , generally on All Inclusives in 3 star plus or 4 star hotels , so I know what I am talking about !
Firstly , this is an excellent hotel in every single way .
I cannot believe the rubbish I have read in the few bad reviews on this hotel........I can only suggest to those clients that they should forget about overseas holidays and stick to holidays in the U.K. where they will be able to find the entertainment and the food ( with real chips ) which they sorely missed.
For simplicity , I shall itemise under separate headings the main items ay this hotel :
> Language ........all the staff speak extremely good English ; many also speak German , Russian and Italian ; obviously ,they all speak fluent French .
> Reception..........24 hours with extremely obliging and helpful fluent English speaking staff.
> Rooms...........all are large ( twice the size of a luxury room at the London Waldorf Hotel ! ) ; our room had a well furnished balcony overlooking the Palm gardens and the sea beyond ; our room was well furnished and all the bedding and fittings were neat and very homely ; we had fresh towels provided every day in our large en suite bathroom .
> Hotel buildings .....these are all of a modern and well maintained appearance ; the hotel is built on a crescent , with the gardens in the centre , leading to the main pool area; a lockable gate leads to the private beach area .
> Beach ............I am always amazed at the lack of information in Tour brochures and in Reviews about a hotel beach ...........surely this should be one of the foremost items ? Well , the beach is reached from the pool area along a short Oleander shrub lined path ; the beach is very long , maybe 2 or 3 miles and is beautiful silky sand . Each hotel has its own private area on the beach ; as this hotel is very wide , so the private beach area correspondingly is very wide .Lines of straw beach umbrellas give shade for hotel guests and loungers with cushions are provided for every umbrella ; umbrellas and loungers are free to hotel guests but you must go down early each morning , if you want to reserve a front line umbrella . Although , this hotel does not permit prebooking of loungers , many of the guests make an advance payment to the hotel beach chair attendant ,to reserve umbrellas. He normally does this at 5.30 am so if you are quick, you have a good choice. This may seem early but many people are swimming by 6 am.
> Beach Bar ........a good bar is on the beach for soft drinks, beer and wine ; there is also a very good Pizza and fresh seafood bar/ restaurant at ordinary prices..........however , most guests are on All Inclusive and the same food is available from the restaurants , only a short walk back to the hotel.
> The Sea ...........well, it`s very wet ! The sea is warm and crystal clear ..........no pebbles or rocks ; the sea shelves very gently and there are minimum waves , no under currents and floating buoys form a line along the shore at about 8 feet depth to warn swimmers to stay nearer the beach.
> The weather.........the sun is overhead from 8am until 5 pm and is at its hottest between 12 and 2 ; beach games are very popular from bif baf bats to volleyball.
> Beach Animation........the hotel Animation team organises daily Aerobics and Water aerobics.........THIS WILL GET YOU FIT .
> Beach Towels......the hotel does not permit room towels to be taken outside and Pool or Beach towels are not provided. You should take your own or , quite simply , buy a really nice towel for 5 pounds ( sterling ) at the hotel pool bazaar shop .
> Pool area.........this is a very large area , again with umbrellas and loungers ; the pool water is always warm , immaculately clear and clean ; the Animation team organise non stop games and entertainment both around the pool and in the pool
> Children ..........what can I say ...........this hotel has fantastic childrens carers and all day entertainers .......games , drawing , collecting , dancing , singing..........you name it.
> Dress patterns ..........all guests generally wear swimming costumes all the time ; however the Russians were always displeased at the middle aged English women who pranced around topless ..........fortunately, most of the English women honoured the customs and culture of the Tunisian people..........on a point about the badly behaved Russians , as reviewed in a few of the bad reviews , I found them the most charming , courteous , quiet , well mannered and well behaved of all the nationalities at the hotel and on the beaches
> Pool Bazaar / Supermarket.........this is quite a large store , well laid out and stocks absolutely everything .........cosmetics, toiletries, shampoos, beach towels, beach games , inflatables from crocodiles to arm bands ,CD s, cassettes , chocolates , crisps and a huge range of hand made souvenirs and jewellery.
> Gardens..........these are well laid out and are mainly large lawn areas with tall overhead swaying palms
> Food........... this is a problem area ..........there is just too much of it and it is just too varied , and so delicious , that you finish one dish and decide to try a little of another and another and so on ! There is one main enormous restaurant in the main hotel , overlooking the gardens and a smaller restaurant , near the pool . The latter serves hot snack food all day , as well as free ice creams all day , teas and coffees ( and alcoholic drinks ). The food is buffet style and includes salads , cold meats , cheeses , fruits , desserts , breads , cakes ,pastries, various hot meat and fish dishes , vegetable dishes , egg dishes ,soups and so on. we really pigged out the first 2 days but soon slowed down for the rest of the holiday ..........all the dishes are very tasty , beautifully cooked but you really must pace yourself .
> Bars ........these are everywhere and all daytime drinks , around the pool and on the beach are served in plastic cups ( the same as in most resort hotels ..........much safer ! );in the evenings ,drinks from the hotel bars or terrace bars are served in appropriate glasses.
> Night entertainments.........each evening the Animation team organise a good series of holidays games and dances ; there is a disco near the pool but we were so tired that we generally just crashed out around 10 pm.
> Excursions.........there are plenty offered but as we went for a beach holiday , we did not bother , other than to go for 2 hours, before dinner one evening , by local taxi ,into the old Medina area of Sousse ; it was fascinating and we fully expected to see Indiana Jones being chased through the narrow lanes . Everything is on sale in these lanes and we bought various spices , some nougat , a mosaic tile depicting the hand of Fatma and a few bags of almonds .
> Tipping.....most countries I visit , it is customary to give a tip at every twist and turn ; at this hotel , however , the staff neither hinted nor asked at any point for tips. Naturally we tipped our chambermaid both at the beginning and at the end and just gave odd tips here and there ; this is tricky to do as most guests are on All Inclusive and believe you me , it is very hard to spend any money at this hotel.........everything is provided ..........even bottles of water .....as many as you want.
So , dear reader , I hope this narrative is useful; I really mean it when I say this is an excellent value for money , holiday hotel.
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