We spent eleven nights here for a fraction of the cost of a canary island deal for the same dates. Weather was a mixed bag, a couple of days with light rainfall sunshine until early afternoon and lasting longer towards the end of our stay. We arrived at the new Enfidia airport and were swiftly through passport control with our visas which we filled out on the plane (don,t forget to have a pen handy). Transfer was very quick ,around forty minutes, the 2 Riu hotels being the first drop offs. We were greeted with a handshake, seated with drinks and asked to fill out our details on check in forms, given our room keys and whisked away to our rooms. We had requested a high floor and quiet room, which is exactly what we got, overlooking the front of the hotel and due to the time of year got afternoon sunshine, which the rooms overlooking the pool did not. There were only around 150 guests being the weeks after Xmas and New Year, so the staff were not so rushed and had time to chat and get to know everyone. We found the food good, we never had any problems finding something tasty to eat, breakfast finished at 10a.m. but if you fancy a lie in, a continental breakfast starts, lunch around about 12noon, afternoon cakes and pancakes at 3p.m. evening meal 6.30 although during high season they have two sittings. Meal times were pleasant as the staff were all very attentive, wine topped up without asking, and plates removed as soon as they became empty. The animation team were busy all day, and showtime was around 9p.m. we only went the once, as we preferred to sit and chat in the evenings. All areas in and around the hotel were very well kept. The port itself looked tired compared to when we last visited, probably due to the time of year and the lack of tourists, we were not bothered unduly by the shop owners , a polite no thank you is all that is needed. All the staff at the hotel were very good but we felt that our breakfast waitress, evening meal waiter were excellent, our table ready, drinks waiting and nothing too much trouble, special mention also to Letifa the day waitress who served drinks all day and never stopped smiling and saying "have a nice coffe" etc. We tipped little and often, as we would at home for good service. The building work noise, we felt was minimal, but it would depend on each individuals tolerance levels, towards the end of the week the pool was being emptied possibly to be enlarged, but this shouldn,t be a great hardship as it was far too cold to swim in, and should anyone fancy a swim there is a lovely warm inside pool. The hotel is right on the beach, camel rides, horse rides available, and it is also possible to hire fishing rods. We had a lovely relaxing holiday, and may return again but feel that a week would be ample time to recharge our batteries.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Partially renovated in winter 2007/8 * 3 km from Port El Kantaoui * Located on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach * 5-story building * 14 km from the center of Sousse * 200 m from various shops * 23 km from Monastir airport * 200 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Amex ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Imperial Marhaba