We stayed at Thalassa from the 23rd-30th of October 2011. Overall, we found the holiday very enjoyable and our only let down was the weather on the last few days due to it being end of season.
The staff were amazing! Framissima is the french entertainment team that work at the hotel and are more than eager to cater for the English too. They have a children's club, a person in charge of teenage entertainment, activities throughout the day (e.g water aerobics) and good evening entertainment, baring in mind the majority is in french but it is still enjoyable. The waiters and reception staff were very helpful and efficient although some did not speak good English. The only negative thing to say is that some of the male staff can be very flirtatious with teenage girls and the young women so just be careful!
As the majority of people that stay at Thalassa are french, the food is not what most English people are used to but is still edible and was freshly cooked with a range of fish and meat. There was also traditional Tunisian dishes to try and there was usually something for vegetarians although it was not always clear if something had meat in.
Accommodation+ Room cleanliness-
The rooms were great with nothing I could personally complain about. The room was exceptionally clean and the maid cleaned every day and gave us fresh towels and bottles of water. The beds and pillows were rather firm and not particularly comfortable but bearable for a week or so. We heard no noise from our room at night.
The hotel is literally right on the doorstep of a lovely white sanded beach with sunbeds and the warm-ish Mediterranean sea. There is a row of a few shops about 5 minuets walk from the hotel which is mostly supermarkets, a chemist etc. but the main shops are in Mahdia around 20-30 minuets in a taxi which should cost 5 dinar (£2.50) each way. Mahdia is mostly full of tourist shops selling exactly the same thing and the streets are not exactly clean but the market that takes place once a week is very interesting and sells everything you could imagine- and cheaply! One thing to watch out for would be people claiming they work at your hotel (because they have seen your wrist bands!) offering a tour around Mahdia and a man who 'works' in the hotel who will offer to take you to Mahdia but will take you to the leather factory and shops he is involved with to get you to spend money. My advice is to go by taxi and to pretty much ignore them.
There is a spa in the hotel which seemed to be of good quality but prices are expensive so we didn't bother! There was an indoor pool which was heated and very nice to swim in as-well as a large outdoor pool that wasn't quite as warm! There is a bar open practically all day for alcoholic and soft drinks and a lovely lounge area. There is also a disco held at around 12am. Again, the entertainment team really were good and would do so much to please you and make sure you did not go bored!
Overall, the holiday was brilliant and gave you a chance to just lie in the sun and relax. There was plenty for all of the family to do and there was not much to fault at all!
If you are looking for a hotel with a lot of other English people, this may not be the place for you but it is certainly much more quiet! Also, if you are very fussy about food it may not be a perfect choice but I felt it was a cheap, relaxing, fun holiday and I would most likely consider visiting again. :)
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- Also Known As:
- Framissima Thalassa Mahdia Hotel Mahdia