We booked Hotel Kanta last year in May time with Thomas Cook for a nice hot get away, knowing how unpredictable summer British weather can be! Finally, July came around, and we set off to Tunisia.
On arrival at the hotel, after being transported from the airport by coach, first impressions were fantastic! We arrived late evening, and the hotel drive was beautifully lit with a lovely mini golf roundabout with lots of palm trees, and a nice marble arch with steps into the main lobby. For 10 pm there were quite a few people around, a mixture of older people, and families relaxing in the air conditioned lobby where there were seating areas and a bar just through some open double doors. Straight away, a gentleman came over and offered us a drink and a cold towel, (my other half and I had read about Tunisia, and how they try and make you pay for everything, so we asked skeptically if it was free?), it was! So off I went to check us in, while my boyfriend sat down with our luggage and had a refreshing drink. Take note: The lady at reception was a grumpy sod! But not a problem, she gave us a key and was helpful in explaining where our room was etc and breakfast times! Perfect! Off we went to the lift with our cases to find our rooms - Take note: Don't let the chaps working there take your luggage up, they will charge so I've been told! So we declined, afters some persistence from the guy, and went to find our room.
On first opening the door, we were very pleasantly surprised, the room was lovely, very big and the bathroom looked very Turkish and all was clean. Great air conditioning, good tv etc and we had a decent view too! Negatives were, the mini fridge did begin to leak during the week and the room service menu wasn't the best, but not to worry!
Food at the hotel was good - lots of variety, and interestingly lots of different foreign dishes to try. It was nice to have the traditional Tunisian cuisine with a mixture of pasta, pizza and chips too! Breakfast was the best, with omelette and Pancakes. Although it can get busy so go slightly earlier or later!
The best part of the hotel is by far the grounds and gardens with the pools! There was 5 pools, tennis courts and lots of pool activities, in addition to pool side bar/restaurant. The gardens were lovely, lots of space, flowers and hammocks to sit in a read and chill out.
The location of the hotel is great - not far from lots of shops and the port! There's also a fun fair every evening and there's lots of restaurants with different cuisines too. Please note: Do be careful when out in Port El Kantaoui in the evenings, there are lots of hassling when buying goods, and especially if you are a woman, the men can get a bit creepy and weird! There's a main supermarket which is really cheap and useful, and there's also a small zoo and water park down the road (didn't go, was way too busy) too. The Port is lovely, with very romantic restaurants and beautifully lit. Definitely recommended.
Overall, our stay was really great. It was our first holiday together, and we had a wonderful time. It was very much worth the money, and in additional everything is so cheap out there that it's exciting to bring back lots of little souvenirs! Won't be going back, due to the hassling I got, and my partner and I got rather annoyed by it. But it's definitely worth a try for the weather and cost.
- 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