This is a tricky one, because generally the hotel was good but it had some bad points that just really frustrated us.
Firstly the food was excellent. Best I've ever had in an all inclusive - the Tunisian area especially, I have think about their flatbreads a lot, so for this I couldn't recommend it enough.
The beach is quite nice although the sea was a little bit disgusting at times, but that's not the fault of the hotel really. We didn't bother with the pool (because it was salt water and crowded with loud music) and just went to the beach. We did pop next door for a sneaky look and their beach was beautifully combed and their pool was not salt water and we did feel quite jealous.
Despite being called a spa, it's not a spa at all. You can get a massage in the hotel (which I waited for 2 hours for despite booking and had to rearrange, but it was pretty nice in the end), but of you book any of the other packages they offer apparently they whisk you out to another hotel because there is definitely no spa at Rosa Beach.
I found the animations team a complete chore, I'm sure they were trying, but to be honest it was all pretty dire, and I'm just not that in to that kind of "fun" anyway. Having said this I wouldn't have minded some sort of party event in the evenings, but everything always finished at 10 and then some of the bars shut and we were encouraged to get in taxis and travel for nightlife with the bar staff (which we never did, although it was a kind offer).
The bars had some kind of secret system that I didn't completely understand and I spent quite a bit of time being directed to other bars for vodka/gin/diet coke/wine because they didn't have any, and then watching them pour it out for their more regular customers. If you're willing to spend your holiday making friends with the bar staff then that's great, I'm sure you'll get great service, but I planned to spend it with my friends and partner and therefore that meant I could only get the drinks I wanted about half the time. They were also so incredibly watered down that you could have been swigging direct from a bottle of spirits and still happily been responsible for heavy machinery or young children. We did actually spot them topping up the white wine bottles with soda in the restaurant, which although it wouldn't put me off the hotel, it was certainly added to the sense that we were being shafted in one way or another.
We were with Thomas Cook and the transfer times to and from the hotel was about 2 hours which wasn't ideal. The rep Marina is a nice lady and she will give you a number for the most lovely taxi driver ever (we were in a group of six, so filled his little mini-van).
It's not within walking distance of anything, but taxis are so cheap it really doesn't matter.
All in all, it was fine. If you want better than fine then I'd say look elsewhere, but if you are ok with fine and on a budget then it's really not too bad at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The SENTIDO Rosa Beach is directly located at the beach of Monastir and invites you to relax your holidays in Tunisia. In the east of Tunisia, at the sandy beach of Monartir, is the SENTIDO Rosa Beach. In approximately 7 km you can find the city center with many restaurants and shops. The airport of Monastir is approximately in 10 km distance. The SENTIDO Rosa Beach offers four different restaurants in the hotel with Tunisian, Italian and international cuisine. Furthermore, there are three hotel bars where you can enjoy your evening with a tasty drink. Besides the fitness programs you have the possibility to play volleyball, mini-soccer, darts etc. The Mini-Club for children in the age from 4-12 years provides many fun and activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lti Rosa Beach Hotel Monastir
- Rosa Beach Monastir
- Rosa Beach Hotel Tunisia