We arrived at Le Zenith 10pm on 8th September as a party of 6, two couples with a teenager (17 and 18) each. First impressions were not good as the resturant was closed there was no bottled water or pop available although we did manage to get a drink at the bar before the all inclusive ended at 11pm.
We had a very spacious and clean, if basic room overlooking the volleyball court which had a larger balcony than most and a sea view. It was everything you need from a hotel room as it is only some where to sleep and shower, However we were it the older part of the hotel and the corridor still had a dirty carpet which needed updating.
We also booked trips through the man at the hotel and on the second day we went on the pirate ship which was an absolutely amazing experience! Having been on something similar in Tenerife I thought I knew what to expect but the on board entertainment was fantastic and they worked really hard to get everyone involved and make sure that everyone had a good time. We did not book the camel trip as i was concerned that i would be distressed if the animals were not well looked after and having read other reviews and seen stray dogs wandering on the beach Iam pleased we did not go. Unfortunately although we booked and paid for the quad bikes when it came to the Friday and the day of the trip i was unable to go because of severe diarrhoea. However the rest of our party went and by all accounts they really enjoyed it, particularly the teenagers.
The animation team were really second to none and really made our holiday. They work so hard and the kind of hours nobody in England would agree to! Yet they were never grumpy and really worked hard to involve those that wanted to be involved and created a fantastic holiday atmosphere. They put on a fabulous show every night and the Irish dancing was amazing! We went to the disco after the all inclusive closed most nights, with members of the entertainment team, who are all fabulous dancers. We certainly had alot of fun with them and the lovely English people we met there and would return purely for the holiday that they created for us!
The real negatives of this holiday can be sumed up in two words FOOD and DRINK! Luckily I took duty free vodka from Newcastle Airpport but a few days into the holiday we were going to the supermarket to buy supplies, which was a bit of a trauma and felt a bit like you were doing something wrong. Alot of the all inclusive drinks you could of drunk all day and passed a breath test and my friends do not believe that I refused free wine but it really was that bad! Breakfast was the best meal of the day as you could get omlettes etc but it was downhill from there as the English are really not catered for. We would often just get something from the snack bar in the afternoon until I saw the chef serve chips with the same tongs he was turning the raw chicken with! Three out of the six of us had really upset tummys while we were there, which continued for at least a week after our return home. However after reading other reviews I thought I had better get checked out for amoebic dysentery but thankfully i have'nt got it.
Overall the Tunisia people we met were very hard working, friendly decent people and Moni down at the local shop was really lovely and told us what to ask for at the local chemist when we were sunburnt and Bibo from the animation team went on his break to get it for us! The haggling in some of the shops did begin to grate on my nerves after a week and some will desperately try to get you to buy things you dont want and overcharge you for them. Also be aware that it you get in a taxi you need to agree how much the journey will cost before you set off. We had one really lovely taxi driver who waited for my daughter and her dad when they went for alcohol as he said it would not be safe for our 17 year old daughter who is a blue eyed blonde who was touched up in the supermarket! However another taxi driver clearly really overcharged us and went the long way round.
Would I go back? Definetely! But with friends in a largeish group and I would take lots of duty free alcohol and snacks and week of work afterwards to recover!
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