Ok well we traveled middle of September from Manchester airport to Elfida flight times were good no delays which was a good start to the holiday. Elfida airport was ok could have been better organised but nothing to complain about really apart from the cleanliness of the toilets discussing if you ask me. Transfer to hotels approximately 70 minutes i will give you the heads up here Tunisia is an extremely poor country in parts and i apologise for saying this but discussing in parts to. The hotel unfortunately is situated in one of the poorest areas i would say and the surrounding areas are not desirable at all and do not want to make you go for a wander or explore unless you like derelict hotels, half built houses, wasteland filled with rubbish...at this point i was very sceptical of what the next 7 days were going to have in store. Thankfully as we approached the hotel turning left off the main road through some private manned gates things started to look up a little going down the long driveway made me feel a little better as the grounds were well maintained, clean and presentable. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by 2 very friendly and enthusiastic porters....enthusiastic being the operative word not rude. The first impression of the hotel i would say slightly dated deco and furniture no doubt could do with a slight make over but now this its the important and operative word CLEAN. Check in was quick name, room, waistband simple as that if you don't want your case bringing up by a porter don't hesitate to take it yourself they honestly don't mind. Now for the rooms i requested a sea view, balcony and a double bed now although the rooms are slightly lacking in amenities such as tv and kettle i got everything i had requested so i was happy. The room was small just big enough for two adults i would say we found plenty of room to hang clothing and lots of room to store things away. My only complaine was the bathroom absolutely discussing at first "at first" i say at first because after the first few days we were allocated another cleaner who was absolute brilliant and standards defiantly improved. Now the restraints the communal restaurant not as bad as people are making out at all in my opinion the food was good and plentiful and if you can't find something to eat your not a fussy eater you must be a numpty either that or your used to Asda microwave meals excuses me being so blunt but you will see what i mean. restraints staff i found to be very pleasant and always happy in fact i found all the staff had adopted this attitude which helped made our stay more pleasant. Now the al a carte restraints in my opinion absolutely diabolical it was so bad we left and went back to the communal restaurant boiled stake wasn't my thing but utter times down to personal choice. Now the outside of the hotel. Walk ways with palm treasure lining them 3 pools one family pool one animation and one relaxation pool. Your literal a stones throw from the beach this is where we spent most of our time its lovely, calm and relaxing. If you like watersports this is the place for you i will add details of watersports and costs at at end of the review. The only thing i hated and i mean hated was the amount of flies swarming about in the beach restraint i would advise avoid avoid avoid although staff do everything to prevent the flies its impossible. I have noticed lots of complaints about rude staff all i can say from watching other people with staff and how they address them if you treat them as you would like to be treated they will go to the end of the earth to please you and tips well there not expected by staff but they appreciate the odd dina 1 dina equivalent of 40p. We found the reps to be very helpful and very friendly and if your not sure about something please please ask guessing could get you into some sticky situations outside the resort. Another piece of advice i would give always when leaving the resort travel by taxi.
Hotel to monistair 15 dina
Hotel to sousse 20 dina
Hotel to port el kantaoui 40 dina
I will also point out if you order the taxi from reception they will pick you up from the hotel doors take you to your destination drop you off and wait for you you pay the driver on return to the hotel.
I would defiantly recommend a trip to port el kantaoui its a completely different world and it's safe i would say a very well established area why good shops good restaurants and lots to look at.
Watersports prices and time durations
inflaitables: 10 dina per round aprox 5 mins
Jet ski: 30 dina 15 mins
Paragliding: 30 dina once round 10 mins aprox
Added bonus canoe for and hour FREE
trip on a saying boat with fishing FREE
if your staying on an all inclusive basis.
I hope you find this review helpful have a good time on your holiday and remember its what you make it.
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