I am writing this review whilst in resort and I hope it helps any future visitor. Firstly there will be negative comments but likewise there are positives.
Left Gatwick for a pleasant 2 hour 25 minute flight. Arrived in very humid conditions. Be aware the moment you get of the plane you are harassed at every opportunity by the Airport Porters who do not Understand NO. They will insist to the point of annoyance to carry your bags. We gave in at the end as its easier than having a bun fight with them. Give them £1 English money - no more !
Arrived at the hotel after a very long transfer as we were last stop. At first glance everything looked fine and then we went to our room which was ok with a really good view of the pool and sea. In the room there was a TV which is a complete waste of time as only one English Channel (Bbc World News) which incidentally gives no news whatsoever. Don't even bother with the Air Con as all it does is make a lot of noise with no effect at all. I would advise anyone who is greater than average weight to stay well clear of the balcony as you will struggle to fit on it and I would recommend no more than two dwarfs at a time on the balcony as its so small. There are two chairs and a very small table on the balcony but its impossible to close the patio door with one person and the chairs. It is also worth bearing in mind NEVER open the patio door during sleeping hours as it screeches in a very loud audible manner. Bedroom athletics are not recommended as you will wake everyone up !
Now, for information, you get 2.4 Dinar to the pound everywhere...it's pointless looking around as everywhere offers the same rate. First Tip : keep plenty of 1 Dinar handy as believe me you will not drink the all inclusive crap that is on offer. ! Second Tip : do not book the all inclusive option if you can get Half Board as you will regret it as its simply not worth the extra money. Tip three : leave your kids at home as they will go home malnourished and the moment they set foot in England they will demand McDonalds ( come to think of it so will the adults). Tip 4 : there is no such thing as a Steak anywhere in Tunisia - even the outside restaurants struggle to offer any and believe me there are not many open. Tip 5 : if you don't like black nasty flies crawling in a relentless rage on your body all day long near the pool, then stay away from the pool as there is epidemic proportions EVERYWHERE ! Tip 6 : Chips are a rarity and only appear if you are lucky in the afternoon buffet, the pizza on offer is meat free ( no negotiation ) and bacon or beans are as rare as German politeness.
Tip Seven : take a large baseball bat of pepper spray with you if you venture out near a shop as the owners will follow you all over the resort until you buy something.
This hotel does not cater at all for the English, in fact they get excited when they see anyone from England ! They Speak mainly French, German or Russian with the odd bit of English thrown in for good measure.
The hotel itself is very clean and the staff very friendly.
The animation team are also very friendly albeit sometimes annoying but I give them ten out of ten for effort.
I recommend using the hotel safety deposit boxes, not because anything is unsafe, it's just cheap @ 2 dinar per day.
There is a good indoor pool but the massage a bit pricey at 60 dinar.
Keep away from the speciality Tunisian restaurant (unless you like that sort of thing) as its worse than the buffet.
One really good feature of the hotel is the WI FI area, however it is not reliable and seems to go off on a frequent basis.
If you want to buy a genuine fake bag or sunglasses, we recommend the guy at the entrance to the hotel as he is cheaper and his genuinely fake stock seem better then elsewhere.
I feel it's very important in this review to let everyone know just how bad the drinks are as I wish someone had informed me.
Remember that dodgy pop your mum used to buy or every time you went to a vending machine and choose the cheap pop option ?
Well, the drinks here are 10 times worse !
It really is the cheapest of the cheap and leaves a nasty after taste !
Alcohol is limited to 3 drinks ! (Free that is).
The Voka @ 36% proof is NOT vodka, it's a hideous foul tasting cheap something or another.
The Brandy is nearly ok but as soon as you put the cheap pop in it it's ruined.
The lager is terrible. I could easily drink 4 pints an hour and still pass any European Breath Test.
The only way I can describe the taste is by putting a rusty 2 pence piece in the bottom, letting it settle then drinking it.
Then there is the creme de la creme, the saviour.....Absolute Vodka !
Now for those in the know will appreciate that in England, Absolute Vodka is the poor mans Vodka that you see most tramps swigging as its so cheap, yet out here its 5 dinar a shot !
My biggest advice to anyone coming here is that the hotel itself is fine and enjoyable.
The food is never hot and very poor quality.
The drinks in whatever form are just simply a no go area.
Happy holidays !
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