Myself and the wife went in October 2013 and we were 2 of 8 English speaking people (that we met) in the hotel. The rest were Russian, French and German.
Just Sunshine were our agents. We were pretty much just picked up at the airport and left at the hotel without any initial advice or welcome. Any advice was by appointment only.
The hotel itself was beautiful, clean and the staff very friendly and will help any way they can however the maids WILL NOT clean your room if you do not catch them and tip them (normally about 5 dinar) However it is far from 5 star. It may have been 5 star one day but its 3 star at a push.
The a la carte restaurant serve exactly what they serve in the buffet the difference is its a set menu, you have a bottle of wine at the table and there's an old fella in the corner playing the keyboard. Also you are really obliged to tip they waiter. (The waiter was so polite and did his best) There is nothing in Skanes near the hotel apart from the hotel, a cafe and a couple of shops. Do go into town and have a look around. The standard of food in general in Tunisia is pretty dire so explore and ask the reception for recommendations. I recommend a steakhouse in Sousse called 'Farmers' its not the best but you get what you pay for. Towards the end of my stay I became very ill from suspected food poisoning to the point I was shivering and hallucinating in my room with the air-con off on a hot day. I cant say whether it was the food or the ice they used in some of the drinks so it would be unfair of me to speculate.
Sousse and El Kantoui have a lot to offer. El Kantoui marina have some really nice beaches, bars and restaurants
Do not buy excursions from the reps around the pool because you will not get what you paid for. The pirate ship trip they sell in the hotel is not the pirate ship you actually go on, its an old converted fishing boat. Get a taxi into Souss or El Kantoui for about 15/20 dinar then book them down there as you will see what you will be going on before you buy
When getting anything whether it a taxi or excursion always haggle to the point of walking away because they will rip your eyes out financially otherwise.. On the other hand always tip people out of curtosy if they are doing you a favor. (about 5 dinar)
The beach can be clean, sometimes not. The hotel is located as the first hotel down the beach from an active power plant and what looks like a small river/sewer. This is not noisy and does not cause nuisance (about 1 mile away) We did most of our sunbathing/ swimming in El Kantoui.
In the unlikely event we will visit Tunisia again we intend to pay extra and stay in an actual noted 5 star hotel in town.
Having said all the above and reading other comments, some people have failed to acknowledge that a holiday is what YOU make of it. Even after my food poisoning and the lack of English speaking people at the hotel we went out and made it the best we could. Its a nice place and we had a nice time.
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