After reading the reviews before booking we were positive about this hotel. After 2 weeks all inclusive we were generally not disappointed. We stayed from the 10th to the 24th July 2013.
Good location away from main roads and marina, therefore very peaceful. However, everything in Port el Kantaoui is within walking distance, no more than 10 minutes to main Marina which has lots of restaurants, bars, shops and a small theme park open at night. If you are wanting to go to Sousse to visit big Souks, there is a train every 15 minutes from the theme park car park which takes about 25 minutes and costs £3 return.
We were very happy with our room, we were on the 4th floor with a pool view which was lovely and got the sun in the morning. We would recommend requesting a room like this. Our room was obviously one of the more recently refurbished rooms as we had great air con, a fridge and a safe. Ensure that you use the no entry sign provided outside your door handle to make sure you don't get disturbed by cleaners or by men delivering water. You can then change this sign to a cleaning sign when you have left your room for breakfast. Our room was cleaned daily for whenever we returned, fresh towels every day and bed made and curtains closed to keep room cool - overall no complaints about our room.
As we were all inclusive, initially we were worried about the food - choice and repetitiveness, however from the first day our concerns were put at ease. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, wide varieties of tunisian and european foods - plenty of meat, fish and salad, also pizza and chips daily for fussy eaters. Food was in plentiful supply and was always hot. Never had to queue for long at all as there is so much choice. Desserts were fabulous daily, very well presented and different choices. Ice cream daily too, however more chocolate and vanilla days would have been nice! Freshly made pancakes and fruit available at all meal times. All inclusive food available at the pool snack bar which was nice, had a range of burgers, pizza, paninis etc, however the same choice was available at the private beach which we felt was better for the food quality. In the hotel there is also the option to dine in the Newspaper Restaurant twice free with All Inclusive. We had the Tunisian and Italian themed nights, there was also Thai available. We really enjoyed the tunisian cuisine, however their italian food was slightly disappointing. Nice service and more romantic than the buffet restaurant.
As we were all inclusive we got drinks included in every meal, waiters came pretty quickly to take order, however some odd times when busy it was a little slower, however generally very good. Can have a full 2 litre bottle of water with every meal, wine, fanta/coke/lemonade is also available. Towards the end of the holiday we realised we could have a bottle of wine with our evening meal instead of ordering more glasses. Unfortunately the fanta is not the same as UK fanta but we enjoyed the lemonade and drinks were always cold and if you want ice you need to request it.
We arrived late during the night therefore we didn't have a porter to bring our bags to our room however this was not a problem for us. Reception staff were adequate, not ever over friendly when we needed to change money or enquire something, however apart from changing money a few times, we didn't have much dealings with them. We really have a lot of praise to give to the waiters and pool attendants. We witnessed them having to put up with rude and ridiculous guests, however they always remained polite and kept their cool. The majority work extremely hard and definitely deserve a few dinar tip. The pool waiters were very friendly and prompt with any order. The main waiter in the evenings who dealt with drinks during entertainment was exceptional, friendly and working alone throughout the whole day and often remembered drink orders. We had a set table for our evening meals therefore had the same waiter for most dinners and we got friendly with him.
We were very happy with the choice of pools - 2 outdoor and 1 indoor. From the first day we quickly realised the main outdoor pool had mostly families and children, and was mostly in the shade, however the pool at the back was very peaceful during our first week, and got the sun throughout the whole day. Pools were very clean every day and beds rearranged neatly every evening. The pool attendants and life guards were always on hand to help you find a bed and get you a sun lounger mat to put on your bed. Plenty of beds available however recommend getting down earlyish to secure your favourite spot. There are activities organised at set times throughout every day, such as water polo, darts, areobics, yoga which you will be asked to take part in but they will except your no straight away. My boyfriend enjoyed the water polo and darts and they can get pretty competitive!
Things to do in Port el Kantaoui:
Before arriving here we were concerned that we would not have enough things to do during the 2 weeks, however we were completely wrong! In Port el Kantaoui, there is an amusement park opening about 9pm every night, reasonably priced and a selection of enjoyable rides, mainly for children however 4 bigger ones. Also a water park for 25 dinar each (just over £10) which we went to for one day which was sufficient, but go around 2ish as the main slide and wave pool do not start until 3pm. Enjoyable short day out but not that many slides so don't expect too much. On the private Hotel Kanta beach there are a selection of water activities to do such a paragliding, jet skis, sofa and banana boating. They are fun and well organised, friendly staff willing to take pictures for you with your own camera, option to pay for their professional photos but not forced. These were reasonably priced also, getting to do 3 different sports for 100 dinar (about £50.) You can split these 3 activities over 3 different days if you wish.
There is entertainment provided every night in the hotel,quite basic however enjoyable at the same time. Whilst there we had a selection of belly dancing, changing lady transvestite acts, zulu dancers, bingo etc.
Within thomas cook there are several optional excursions to pay for and take part in. We chose to do the Sahara Explorer Trip which cost £160 for both of us, in our opinion this was worth the money as we got to see a lot of Tunisia and many interesting sites and places. The highlights of the trip for us were the camel rides, jeep across the sand dunes and the star wars set. Be wary of the hotel food that you stay in for the one night. But would recommend this trip if you don't mind having too much coach time. Other trips you could do are the zoo, african dream to see zulu dancers, catamaran and visiting Sousse (however we recommend doing these things yourself as they often work out cheaper than doing it through the hotel).
Overall we really enjoyed our stay in Hotel Kanta, we had no real complaints about the hotel at all, we enjoyed the food, the staff, the pools and the activities. If returning to Tunisia in the future, we would not mind staying here again. Through bus rides to other hotels and talking to other people staying in other hotels, Hotel Kanta definitely seemed the best for food and general happiness. We really recommend staying here and if you do, hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- KANTA Resort 4 star hotel is ideally located in the heart of the most popular tourist resort of Port El Kantaoui. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens with hundreds of palm and olive trees, displaying the double advantage of being both close to a sandy beach and the golf course. The hotel is divided into three buildings : • Main building : is the reception, the «Palme d’Or» bar, the main Buffet restaurant «La Fontaine», the «Newspaper» gourmet restaurant, and reading room «Les Fougères», a bridge room, the Moorish cafe «Oasis», suites and rooms. • The building opposite the pools is composed of rooms and family apartments. • The third building consists of an indoor pool, a fitness center, a wellness center «Kamari» and an Irish pub «Pùca». ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kanta Hotel Port El Kantaoui
- Kanta Hotel Tunisia
- Hotel Kanta Tunisia