I went on an 11 day holiday to Riu Bellevue starting on Aug 4th. I was previously warned of the probable delay at monistir airport but didn’t expect the 2 hr queue to actually get into the country. I understand it is the summer holidays but when desks went unmanned and the general rudeness of the staff really put me off! As there was also a wait of at least an hour until all the coach was full before actually travelling to the Bellevue , I was getting a little fed up. But don’t let this put you off! The hotel is situated at the far north of port el kantaoui and took about 40 minutes from the airport after drop offs.
The reception area was clean airy and welcoming. They sorted a room to be near to my parents that did take some time, but the staff were very helpful throughout. The porter looked after our luggage and took it to our room. The décor consisted of marble flooring, cane furniture with generous cushions with swaths of fabric cascading from the ceiling. The centre piece was a magnificent chandelier.
We were in room 1233 and is an adequate size to fit 2 adults and my 10 yr old daughter on a single bed. There is plenty of room to fit 3 suitcases with wardrobe to empty them if you wish. There is a separate bathroom and toilet, free fridge and safe. There is also a tv which only showed the english channels euronews, bbc world news and an ‘action’ channel (bones, top gear) – if you were lucky. We were on level 2 of 3 and as we didn’t look over the pool , it was quiet in the evening. There was also very efficient air conditioning – too much so as we had to turn it down! You receive a bottle of water on arrival and request more at reception when needed. We did have a problem with ants so make sure you wash any cups you use, and don’t drop crumbs. We did receive a spray from the maid after a few days which worked well.
Breakfast meals consisted of fry up – bacon, occasionally but this was very fatty, sausages, fried and scrambled eggs, tomatoes, fried bread, pancakes, waffles, and massive baked beans! The usual hams, cheeses, bread, jams etc – plenty to suit everyone. A pot of coffee was brought to your table as soon as you sat down, but you could go and get yourself a tea if required. Fruit juice (squash) is served from a dispenser. The restaurant did need higher air conditioning in the morning as I found it a little un bearable at times. This main restaurant was also open for lunch, serving similar meals to the evening. There is hot meat, fish, veg and salads, fruit, pasta. There was beer , wine, soft drinks and water on tap.
The evening meals were fantastic. There were 2 sittings of 6.30 and 8.30. of which you choose on your first night but just turning up. The staff were on hand to meet and greet us and there was a set waiter for every few tables who was very efficient at clearing up. The meals were cooked behind a stations which we could witness.. There were all sorts of meats – rabbit, chicken,pork, beef steaks, rice, pasta, veg, salads. Paella and cous-cous cooked on special stations. There were also special Tunisian nights – fab food.
Exceptional!..... they simply couldn’t do enough for us. The reception staff were on hand to sort out any problems and change money (Tunisian dinar is a closed currency which you have to buy out there. It is roughly £1 – 2 dinar. The rate is fixed by the government and doesn’t differ but beware that you have to exchange you dinar back to your own currency before you get the airport, as not only will you get stung heavily there, but it is also illegal to take dinar out of Tunisia!)
The bar manager – Mohammed was fantastic at remembering your drinks order and made polite conversation continuously. The pool staff were available at 5 in the morning to lay your towels out, and even dig through the holiday makers at 1pm to find beds for you – all with a smile on their faces. The beach bar staff – Ben Ali Salem, and the other older man were lovely and constantly fetched us drinks (all for a few dinar) the pancake boys were very good with children and made them Mickey mouse shaped pancakes – look out for Dhabi Yasmin. The restaurant staff were rotated every week , we had a very helpful man Marc Sabour, who looked after us at breakfast time, and in the evening Sofiene Daly was the main man with Hayder Balti – look out for them!! Hayder latched onto us after a few days and made ‘napkin ladies’ to entertain my 10 yr old daughter.
ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS
The animation team also worked tirelessly throughout the day providing games in and out of the pool. There was also a kids club if necessary, as well as gym, spa, indoor pool. There are a number of water sports available on the beach a few metres away, such as parasailing (20 dinar - £10 pp), jet ski, banana boat, and others. The hotel has its own section of beach with sun beds and parasols included. There is a photographer on the beach who takes photos of you and sells them on a cd disk, which you can check first, and costs 20 dinar. The sea is generally calm with white sand. There is fair amount of seaweed a little way in the water, and unfortunately jelly fish. This only became a problem after a week where we were all stung at least once by 3-4cm jellyfish.
We went on a half day trip to the roman coliseum in El Jem (through Thomson’s). the cost was approx £25 pp, and I would highly recommend!.
I would recommend getting up to witness the sunrise at around 5.30am. it is simply stunning. The hotel has a professional photographer and will come down to take photos of this with you in. A visit to the port is a necessity too. There is various shops within the hotel, and a few hundred metres away. I recommend a shop called ‘souvenir – Ali Baba’ that sells wood products, tiles and ‘designer bags and clothing’.
The hotel also had a nightly entertainment programme if you wish.
Overall this hotel thoroughly deserves its 4 star rating and i will be visiting again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * 3 Km from Port El Kantaoui* Located on the beach* Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach* 4-storey building surrounded by a 24,000 garden* 14 km from the center of Sousse* 200 m from various shops* 23 km from Monastir airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Clubhotel Bellevue Park Hotel
- Bellevue Park Tunisia/Port El Kantaoui