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Sahara Beach Aquapark Resort
Ranked #4 of 43 Hotels in Monastir
Reviewed April 4, 2012

we booked this holiday a year a go and wanted to change because of the bad reviews . we are so glad we went... we all had a wicked time and all the staff are so friendly . i havent laughed so much in all my life its what you make of the holiday rather than pick faults . ok the hotel is basic but what do you want for the price we pay its so cheap for all inclusive . we found this hotel very clean and staff really friendly. on the way to the restaurant is a few shops and the people are very friendly and very helpfull we did have some laughs with the guys who worked in the shop as they thought we was very cheeky and thought we was ripping them off as we wouldnt pay the price of what they asked but we always got them down so dont be afraid to haggle as they will give up in the end !!! the boys that does the photography is really nice ... go see them they will do you some nice pics all pics are £3 each ..... the restaurant food was normal as can be lol there was plaenty to choose from chips every day and pasta so if you like them you cant go wrong lol but they had alot of other dishes to choose from. the cakes was nice too so try !! if you didnt want to come to the resturant at lunch you could eat at the beach !! we couldnt fault this hotel at all we had a leak in the bathroom but they was straight up to fix it !! as soon as you get to the hotel they take your suitcases so you have to tip but not alot just what you want we gave english money so they was happy as they make more on it ,our waiter was fantastic small guy bold so if you get him you will be happy """ the waiter in the club was fab he will make your holiday just look for the gold tooth lol he was really lovely .. also go on to the beach and play volley ball english v french we won all the time apart from the last game !!! we sang a song we are the champions and all the people in saraha herd us !!! we loved this hotel and want to return next year !!! so dont be put off with the bad reviews its how you make the holiday !!! and the weather was 26 so not bad at all and we all came away with a nice tan . there was 8 of us and we defo made the most of it !!! enjoy if your going to sahara beach you will love it !

Room Tip: we was on the first floor but i didnt hear any noise at all only kids running up and down at 6am in...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank marie983
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Went there two years ago for two weeks, like most reviews say, hotel needed some TLC but overall, very good value, lots of choice to eat, good pools and evening shows, plenty of bars to vary your evenings and a very good beach.

There is not much to do outside the hotel 9apart from the go karts they were great) unless you go on a trip, African Adventure is a must, Port El Kantaoui is a great night out, a lovely harbour and restaurants and there a good size cheap fun fair, but you’re all inclusive, the hotel is massive with lots to do, so do a few reps trips out, and enjoy the hotels facilities you’ve paid for them

Remember you get what you pay for, ignore those people who wanted a 5* Mexico resort hotel, that pay £700 a week for, then give a bad review of this very good hotel they paid £300 a week for..

Im going for a week in June 20212 I will let you all know if it changed,

Room Tip: when you arrive and are getting booked in ask for a pool view
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank Graham R
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Just got back from a holiday in the last week in March. First things first, be prepared for the airport on arrival. we landed along with 2 other flights and the airport simply was not prepared! Over 600 passengers and only 2 customs officers working! Absolute chaos! Took nearly 2hrs to get through.
The hotel is quite a distance from the airport and is the last one the coach stops at, took about an hour and a half to get there (the Thomas Cook rep got off half way along and left the Tunisian driver to shout out the names of the hotel as he got there).
On arrival at the hotel we were ushered into one of the bars to fill out a form with all our details on and then they took our passports-you can have them back after an hour.

We were taken to our room next, quite basic and a bit tatty around the edges. There was only one plug socket in the room and it is about six foot high up the wall, i suggest taking an extension lead (at least 2 metres) so you can plug in all your chargers etc. The bed was a good size (double) and very comfortable, there was plenty of room to put your clothes away. the room/bathroom is cleaned everyday and sheets were changed. Tip-they will only give you toilet paper if you have none....so we started hiding what we had so they would leave some more! The water pressure is very good..HOWEVER....because each block has 350 rooms the water goes from red hot to freezing cold very quickly, we ended up having showers mid afternoon to avoid this! The rooms DO NOT HAVE TV's!!

Although the hotel is all inclusive YOU WILL NEED LOCAL CURRENCY FOR TIPS! When you go to the pool the sunbeds are free, however if you want a matress/cushion when the man gets them for you he will expect a tip. We gave one dinar per matress and he seemed happy with that (at time of holiday 1 dinar=40p). The same goes at the bar, if you go and ask for your own drinks they do not expect a tip (although a dinar every few visits will make sure you get served first when they are busy!). However if the waiters are giving you table service they will expect a tip-again a few dinar is normally ok. The bars are well stocked and the only brand I'd not heard of was for the Vodka (although the mixers are free, they do charge for Red Bull, about £2.50). BE WARNED AT MIDNIGHT ALL INCLUSIVE STOPS AND YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR DRINKS!!!!!!!!

The food on offer is a mixed bag, some days it was very good and lots of choice, other days it seemed they were just re-using the food from the sitting before. the waiters are very friendly and you are given the same table to use for your whole stay. The waiters will get you drinks etc but as i mentioned before a tip is expected. We told our waiter we would give him a tip at the end of the week and he was happy with that. DO NOT EXPECT TO GET AN ENGLISH BREAKFAST!! On offer at breakfast were croissants, toast and cereal etc. The hot food available included ommlettes, baked beans (Tunisain style!) and weirdly pasta!!

There is a pizza counter open in the restaurant during lunch and dinner, although the choice of toppings isn't great the pizzas themselves are very tasty!! The opening times of the restaurant change slightly each day so check the board as you are leaving.

The hotel complex is huge! there are 3 pools, a show lounge, 4 bars (2 not inclusive), a games room, spa, indoor pool, a beach bar, 3 restaurants, a nightclub (not inclusive and only open 11pm-1am) and several shops. There are also small stalls on the way to the main restaurant. The guys that run them will ask you to look at their goods and offer cheap prices as you walk past for the first day or so but they are very polite and once you say no thank you you will be left alone. The hotel has a small supermarket that sell cigarettes, chocolate, crisps and clothes etc. DO NOT BUY CIGARETTES ON THE PLANE OR IN DUTY FREE, the average cost of 20 in the supermarket is £1.75!!! The airline,duty free cannot compete with this!! And the more cigarettes you buy the cheaper they become. They accept most debit/credit cards in the supermarket and felt quite safe using them. There is a 24h money exchange next to reception along with safety deposit boxes (we felt completely safe leaving passports and wallets in our suitcase in the room). The wi-fi charge is outrageous!!! so unless you are desperate I suggest not using it!!

There are 3 good sized pools in the complex, the first one is aimed at kids. It has the Animation Team based there and gets them playing games and dancing etc. The second pool is aimed more for adults and people that just want to swim and relax. And the upper pool is very much just for relaxing. There are two outside pool bars (the upper one was closed while we were there as the hotel was not even at half capacity), they serve coffee's and alcohol untill early evening.

The Animation team are quite good if you are feeling active or have kids, we didn't and don't so once you've said no they leave you in peace. They put on a show each night in the show lounge, singing and dancing etc.

The hotel is in the middle of nowhere so don't expect to be able to walk into the local town!

All in all a very good holiday! Would recommend the hotel if you just want to relax on a budget, if you want lots of nighlife then i would suggest staying in Sousse.

PS Bora Bora does not open till peak season!

PPS You can hear Everything through the walls!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Scott F
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed here February the hotel is tired in places but rooms although a little small with 3 children but exceptionally clean. The food was very good always a good choice and plenty of it. The best bit about this hotel is the beach it's spotlessly clean and safe. It was our first trip to Tunisia but we would go back. It is a big hotel 700 to 800 people but our children made lots of friends as did we. A really good holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank Sarah K
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Had a lovely holiday, food the best all inclusive I've ever had. Pool freezing but beautiful. Hotel is a bit tired in places and could benefit from a refurb, gardens lovely. Although the rooms were small, bathroom lovely and double bed! Very clean tho. Would definitely return massive negative was the beach....nothing open n filthy..buy early season so may not be a problem later in the year..

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7  Thank AnnCooperuk
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

stayed here for 1 week 18th march yes the hotel is dated in places ,bathrooms need some tlc; but our room was kept clean and tidy clean bedding and towles every day ;pools and gardens were brilliant and clean .food was good always found something to eat staff were very friendly and spoke good english and they were very helpful and they didnt always want a tip ; but when you find out how much they get paid for the work they do we didnt mind tipping for good service we met alot of people who return to this hotel year after year and yes we will be returning later this year there is so much to do gym, horse riding ,spa much more to mention ,the animation team work well and keep you entertained see you soon sahara beach hotel and staff

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6  Thank nifty50wigan
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

The Hotel is good for family and young people as well. A lot of things to do and especially the swimming pool is fantastic. The food is great and with multiple choices. The Staff is friendly and professional. The location is strategic. The beach is very clean and so nice. The hotel was booked with about 700 guests among a capacity of 3000 beds, majority were England and French. Some Tunisians were also there and are very friendly. Be generous with the staff, tipping is with no harm.

Room Tip: We advice to pay 20 TDN (10 euro) per night more onsite to upgrade for a larger and good room.
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3  Thank Princess_K449
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Additional Information about Sahara Beach Aquapark Resort

Address: Route Touristique Dkhila, Monastir 5000, Tunisia (Formerly Sahara Beach Hotel)
Location: Tunisia > Monastir Governorate > Monastir
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Monastir
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Monastir
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Monastir
#6 Romantic Hotel in Monastir
#6 Family Hotel in Monastir
Price Range: $65 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sahara Beach Aquapark Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 1042
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near to Monastir and approx 12 km from Sousse ( Skanes - Tunisia). Broad, fine sandy beach. 22.000 Sq. M of gardens. A childrens paradise. Short transfer. Plenty of action and entertainment. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sahara Beach Hotel Monastir
Iberostar Hotel Sahara Beach
Iberostar Hotel Monastir
Sahara Beach Hotel Tunisia

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