If you want a 4* hotel in Yasmine, this is a very good one. HOWEVER, if you want a 4* Riu Hotel, and have stayed in a Riu before, they haven't quite got there yet. We were aware that Riu have only just acquired this hotel when we booked, so didn't really expect it to be quite up to scratch. I would think that, given another twelve months, it will be up to standard, it just needs some "tweaking". Having said that, the food was excellent, cleanliness could not be faulted, rooms very nice and the lobby was very comfortable and looked brand new. The swimming pools were superb and loungers plentiful. We never had any problem getting four together, even if we had been out all the morning. The "tweaking" required is such things as the air con wasn't as efficient as it could be, the rooms we had were never cool enough. The restaurant air con was virtually none existent for most of our stay, making dinner an extremely uncomfortable and very quick affair! I also agree with the comments made by Jackie K regarding both the bars and the cocktails. The animation team tried very hard but were way too aggressive, constantly badgering us to join in everything. They just wouldn't leave us alone, even when we said no, we just wanted to relax. They were constantly "in our faces". We have stayed in Riu before and the animation team are always very visible, that's their job, but they don't normally actually hassle you to join the activities. Having said that, we were given to understand that they had been reduced by four due to lack of interest from guests so I guess the remaining five were probably fighting to keep their jobs. As I said at the beginning, a very good four star hotel, just not a very good four star Riu hotel yet. One last comment, which in no way reflects on the hotel, the sea was not very pleasant at all. There was so much rubbish in there that I certainly didn't want to swim, even just paddling was not too nice. Litter, plastic bags, bottles, anything and everything that could come out of a dustbin was in there. We went out on a catamaran and the guys on there told us that, since the revolution, Tunisians don't care any more and now just dump their rubbish! I would imagine that would run down the whole coast, not just Yasmine. It's very sad as we actually saw quite a few dolphins on our trip and, as we all know, this kind of rubbish is very bad for marine life. Despite my criticisms, we still had a lovely holiday and would not hesitate to go back - providing the air con was repaired!
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