Transfer approx 1hr 30mins from Airport. Rooms clean and tidy but very basic, Swimming Pools good and waterpark excellent, all lifeguarded. Pool Bars open for drinks from 10am snacks from 12, but we did steer well clear of beach bar as the flies were out in force!! loads of flies on food even in ice cream freezer.
If you want sun lounger round pool you have to get one at around 6:30am - mattresses free but you have to give a small tip for them every day. Hotel is situated in the middle of nowhere, so you have to stay there unless you get a taxi to Sousse, there is nowhere to walk and you are told that it is not safe to do so anyway. Beach ok but not clean - If you walk 100m left or right on beach the rubbish is unbelievable similar to a rubbish tip. There are lots of sellers on the beach but all you have to do is say no if you don't want to buy anything. Beach watersports very cheap and good value.
We were here for a week which was long enough . The hotels main restaurant ok but food very limited for english people, we lived on pizza, pasta and bread, there was always something to eat but not what we would of chosen. We think that the free ala carte restaurant was a scam as they told everyone it was fully booked but it was funny as we never saw anyone eating in there!!. We had an excellent waiter though called Freddy who couldn't do enough for us - he was simply excellent and we rewarded him on the last night for all of his services.
On a more serious note with all the recent attempted child abduction reviews we made sure we kept our kids in view all the time, however we did encounter a serious scare!!. On our 5th evening at hotel we were watching entertainment in show bar when my husband nipped out for a wee, he went to the toilets near the lifts and straight away noticed a man near the urinals fiddling with himself!! he was around 55 years old and French, he was in the toilets for sometime watching other people go to the toilet and rubbing himself (He was watching children and adults). My husband alerted the animation and security who removed him, however he just sat in reception and 10mins later returned to the toilets - by this time we had alerted other parents who in turn also viewed his actions. We reported it to the hotel manager who had him removed from toilets by security and spoke to him for some 20 minutes - the outcome was that he had told them ha had a prostate problem (yeah right) and that they were going to watch him and had sent him to his room, however 5 minutes later he was in reception AGAIN.... we demanded that the police were called as no way were we happy staying there with our children with someone like this lurking about.. we fought hard and finally the police were called and the man moved to another hotel and apparently on flight home the next day as by this time everyone had agreed he was a sick man. Whilst I am well aware that the hotel has no control of knowing what kind of people enter the hotel and that his behaviour was not down to them, it was very alarming to realise that even when they saw what he was doing and knew that he was a sicko, they were prepared to let him stay in a family hotel and try and brush it aside....If we had not of made a fuss he would of been doing it again that night or even something worse.......The reps spoke to the police but didn't really make a fuss either, they took a statement from my husband but that was it really, we think they were more interested in booking trips than peoples safety....
Overall a relaxing holiday with very good weather - but would I return - No - and would I recommend - No - I would say 2 star max.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near to Monastir and approx 12 km from Sousse (Skanes - Tunisia). Broad, fine sandy beach. 22.000 sq m of gardens. A childrens paradise. Short transfer. Plenty of action and entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sahara Beach Hotel Monastir
- Iberostar Hotel Sahara Beach
- Iberostar Hotel Monastir
- Sahara Beach Hotel Tunisia
- Sahara Beach Aquapark Resort Tunisia/Monastir