This is a tricky hotel to assess and really work out whether it is good value for money. We booked knowing it was a "5 star" hotel, but for 500 euro each for a week incl flights, we knew that something would have to give. I have to say the clientele certainly don't help by comparing star ratings against European standards. What you are left with is a simple 3 or 4 star hotel that just works.
Our first evening, celebrating French National Day, was more like watching an army of hungry peasants feast on their first meal for 6 months. I felt somewhat ashamed to watch them devour food at an incredible rate, leaving mere scraps within 30 mins. And then I overhear some people complain that the food was no good - strange mix of feelings.
Accommodation on the whole was good, a bit tired in places (eg, toilet seat a bit wobbly, the air con not super cold), but it was clean and attended to daily. I guess we were lucky to get a sea view, but then we only tended to be in the room to sleep. (I'm still at a loss when some people complain about facing the wrong way, the TV doesn't work and so on - surely you're not staying in your room all day??)
Food in general was somewhat tainted (IMHO) by the general attitude that it must be international standard food. The Tunisians take that to mean meat, pasta, pizza, salads etc. That was certainly where most of the "mob" would congregate, but at the expense of some excellent local dishes - you must try these, the flavours are amazing. And for breakfasts you can request a fresh omelette, crepes etc. All good food and no tummy troubles that others will no-doubt have complained about. The bar staff were a little robot-like, but I was happy with their service when I considered the effects of Ramadan and a 17-hour shift! The choice of drinks may be limited, but it's all inclusive and more than sufficient.
The pool is a real plus for the hotel and allows those that are interested to do aqua-gym and water polo during the day. The entertainment staff were a little easy going (infers lazy, more interested in chatting up the ladies) and not as well organised as a Maxi-Club. It left the evening entertainment a bit dull and not as professional as others, but then it isn't obligatory to watch. Some may get a room close to the entertainment area, which will be noisy to 11pm, but otherwise no complaints about "late nights". Word of caution - you'll have to put up with music playing most of the day from the hotel DJ and he couldn't mix to save his life.
Finally, the beach. There is plenty of space and free seating/parasols. The only downside is some seaweed/algae that grows close to the edge because the water is so hot and shallow. They are working on the problem and do have a pontoon that will take you out to cleaner water and a guy that is scraping the beach to keep it clean. Just don't expect golden sands....
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