We have just returned from a 7 day all-inclusive holiday at this hotel. Before we went I read the comments here on tripadvisor which were generally good - the couple of concerns I had proved unfounded. If you want to have a week somewhere culturally a little different and want to sunbathe and generally relax, if you're happy to be around families, children and couples of all nationalities and are prepared to try different foods then this will be a great place for you. Just a few comments that I hope be informative: Staff are extremely helpful, most speak a range of languages (arabic, french, german, italian - unlike us English!) but their english may be limited because English tourists are still in the minority. Yes - there is a strong french influence (Tunisia was a French colony for over 100 years) but we felt this was positive and influenced the standard and range of food available. The pool is really lovely, very large and kept immaculately clean, there will be loud music playing at times and activities such as aquagym or waterpolo. We forgot to take beachtowels but hired some from reception for a small deposit which is refundable at the end of the week (keep your receipt). Yes - people do 'bag' the best position sunbeds in the early hours but there are always spare ones stacked up. There are not really enough sun umbrellas and the temperatures were 40plus degrees but some of the sunbeds have inbuilt 'shaders' for your head and the palm trees provide some additional shade. Yes - there are a few stray cats with their kittens but they only keep coming because the guests feed them! They didn't bother us at all. There is often a queue at the main hotel bar and they could probably do with more than just the 2 staff (who work extremely hard) but we never queued for more than a few minutes. We didn't like the 'cocktails' which were pre-mixed and very sweet but other than that the local branded alcohol was fine and they used Schweppes tonic with the gin. There were a few Brits complaining that they couldn't get their beer in pint glasses (same ones that shouted at the reception staff because their English was limited). Each day we collected at least one 2litre bottle of water from the bar (we've always had to pay for that before) and also used it for teeth-cleaning as the tap water is quite saline. The only things we really noticed you had to pay for were icecreams (about £2 each) and if you wanted freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast. In the early evening there is lovely entertainment for small children and we were happy to have a drink nearby - it finishes at 9p.m. The other entertainment that followed was OK and the animation team worked hard to put on the best shows they could. Our room was lovely, spacious and clean. It was in Block 3 which suited us because this was quiet (it did not face the pool) and the balcony was shaded in the afternoon which gave us some relief from the sun. We paid about £6 to activate the safe in our room to store our valuables safely. On advice from tripadvisor we took a travel kettle so we were able to have a cuppa of coffee in our room - we used bottled water for this). At the hotel we also used the Spa for massage. It's about £30 for an hour's body massage and this was a real treat! Outside of the hotel, the beach is great but it's true there really is very little on Djerba, flat and desert-like. For one day we hired a car (Thomas Cook use Avis). and we watched the fishermen in the bay, looked from the comfort of the air-conditioned car at the houses & local 'shops' (meat hung up outside etc) and visited Guellala where they make the pottery, we also ate at a lovely restaurant in Ajim on the end of a thatched pier near the small port - really excellent 'Menu du Jour' with 5 courses for about £11 a head. Another day we took a taxi to the market (cost about £2) at Medouin which was interesting, if you walk beyond the post office you will find the open air market where the locals buy all their produce - it was culturally interesting and the prices were much better than the tourist area (we bought dates, spices & pottery). It is their culture to barter, just have in mind what you're prepared to pay and stick to it - it's all part of the game! Initially they said the Dinar equivalent of £15 for the spices - eventually we agreed £3. All in all we had a fabulous week, mainly sleeping and sunbathing but with some 'exploring'. Our two 15year old girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves too - particularly the parascending which we booked at the beach. This hotel really is great value for money and we would go back if the same deal was available again.
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- Vincci Hotel Djerba
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