Warning! If you don't want to swim in the sewage and be surrounded by swarms of flies, do not go to this hotel!
First day on the beach, we were surprised by the color of the sea water. It was brown green with a strange smell. Never see such color in the other parts of the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, Italy, Turkey). Hotel staff explained that this color and smell is because of the sea weed. In fact you can see lots of sea weed laying around on the shore line and we bought this explanation for a while. After 3-4 days we discovered that hotel located beside huge open air sewage treatment facilities (if you can say so because sewage water is kept in the huge shallow lakes and I doubt if its treated in any way). Dirty water then is damped to the sea, so we have smell and unusual sea color. Also the whole set up attracts squadrons of fiies attacking you when you trying to have a meal outside. Very, very unpleasant. Please note that dirty water and smell not all the time there, sometimes its more or less bearable. We noticed that locals do not swim there (there is abandoned hotel and beach near by).
As for hotel itself it is dilapidated run down place, hotel had seen a better times, some facilities are shut down (restaurant by the spa, bbq area and cafe by the beach), renovation obviously was not done for a long time. Hotel territory is quite pleasant and well kept, rooms and meals are good, we stayed on half board and have no complaints about quality of food or service (if you tip, of coarse). Spa center is good though, but be aware spa pool is not free for the hotel guests (20 euro pp per visit). Spa staff explained that they are separate company and have nothing to do with the hotel.
In general, hotel is bearable, three star minus, ok for the budget holiday. BUT! because of the proximity to sewage lakes it is not enjoyable to stay there in any way. In fact I do not recommend to stay in any hotel near the town of Skanes.
Tour operator Thomas Cook was not helpful, did not offer any reasonable alternatives or refunds after we complained about hotel location and all problems associated with it.
Finally, after one week we escaped to another hotel near airport, were water was azur blue and no flies or smell, lost one week money but did not regret it for a second.
As a general observation, Tunisia sanitary norms are very low, dirty towns, flies, open sewage, not recommended for travel with small children.
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