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August 23rd. My 11th Birthday. I had a bit of a lye-in. At 8:30 I put on my swimming trunks and went down to breakfast. Breakfast that morning was a usual boring breakfast of eggs, beans and bacon (AHEM!). After we had our breakfast we went down to the pool. We put on suncream and the splashed around in the pool. My sister and the Grocott girls …
We have just arrived in Monastir, Tunisia. The flight was only for 2 hours and there was no turbulance. As soon as we were outside the airport about to get onto our coach loads of locals were asking to take our bags. There were a bit dodgy so we didn't hand over just in case they did something. We then got on the coach. It's air condoitioning was …
... day caught me by surprise. I had to go back to Sousse to catch the train back to Tunis, so I arose early to have the day in Sousse to explore it's rabat and medina. However, the streets of Monastir were oddly empty, and then the streets of Sousse were deserted, Everything was closed like it was a Sunday in Italy. I finally found an open cafe and learned that it was an Islamic holiday - Aid al Adha. Double oops! Its a four-day ****er to ...
... He seems to be almost venerated by the people & his times are seen as a kind of golden age. We wandered in the medina with narrow passages between the houses & enjoyed seeing the range of products available.
After lunch, back in Sousse, we went to the ribat to see the recently re-opened museum of 2nd century AD mosaics & artefacts taken from villas in the area, in its courtyard. These were truly stunning, in size, ...
... got a little teint. They had many cats living on the property and one little cat really liked our room, therefore she spent the night a couple times, She just came through the window at night, when we were sleeping.
One day we went to the next big city Sousse. The medina (historic city center) was amazing, all those little alleyways and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sahara Beach Monastir
We are the Coopers and our ages range from 61 down to 4 yrs.
We have just returned from a week at the Sahara beach, 7-14 November and we loved it. I was a little apprehensive as there is some bad feedback about the hotel, and until we had kids (now ages 2&4) we only stayed in 5* hotels, so a 3* was a new experience for us. But it turned out well. The reasons we chose this hotel were that Tunisia is only a two and a half hour flight from London. The hotel is 5 minutes from the airport (but not on the flight path). Its on the beach, it has interconnecting rooms for no extra cost, an indoor pool, a kids club and its very cheap for all inclusive. For a family, its brilliant. Just bear in mind the value for money. If you pay for 3* - don't expect 5*.
Me and my partner went there 26 sept 04 for 1 week and were both really looking forward to it as the majority of reviews were positive.............. but on arrival we were shunted like cattle to our rooms. The rooms were basic but clean and pleasant. From there on in it was downhill, my partner got poisoned from the fly infested food, which they forgot to cover, the food was re-engineered between sittings to look like something difffrent which it never managed. Eating from the snack bars is a case of taking your life in your hands. Pay for your food in the Pizzeria, at least you know its cooked. The reps were even worse stating that the poisoning was due to the weather.... hmmmm . The rep forgot to tell us that over half of the hotel was down with the same type of food poisoning! I think it was best summed up when every one cheered when the plane took off for Manchester. I would never ever return to this pit and would advise anyone thinking of Tunisia to head to the Port or Monastir, actually anywhere except Skanes sahara Beach Hotel.
Great hol shame about the whingeing brits
The hotel itself is good, comfortable and great amenities, most of the staff are friendly and helpful and the one or two who are not change their attitude when a tip comes their way. The worst part for us was the food which was poor but when you go to a 3 star hotel that holds 3000 people you can't expect gourmet food (especially at AI prices)
by far the most annoying thing was the amount of whingeing brits who did nothing but moan, why don't they stay in england,also we purposely went when the schools were back but this didn't stop people from taking their kids away with them be warned. I think its a shame that this hotel which was once the best in the area has been spoiled by offering the AI option
My wife and I (who are both in our mid fifties) have just returned from our first holiday in Tunisia. Before setting off we checked out the reviews of the hotel and spirits fell slightly, but never the less we set off with an open mind.
My holiday to Sahara beach hotel in Tunisia is by far the best holiday i have ever been on. The hotel is out of this world, and the weather is beautiful.
Great for children
this was our second time staying at this hotel. It is fab for children as there is so much for them to do, from early morning to late evening. I would go back again and again. It is a hotel for all the family to enjoy.
The Sahara beach is a nice three star all inclusive hotel. THe rooms are standard and have a bathroom and 2 twin beds. They also have a balcony where you can sit and watch every thing go by. I thought it is quite a big hotel with plenty to do or you could just relax. The food is good with plenty of choice at lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. Breakfast is ok but consists of mainly dry croissants and frankfurts mainly catered for europeans. When sunbathing you did not have to go far for something to eat as a few of the outdoor bars do chips or sandwiches. I loved the crepes ate them all the time. There are three out door swimming pools and a small child pool. One tradition of being on holiday is making sure one person gets up early to reserve your sunbeds or you miss the good spots and end up being cooked. The entertainment is great there was always something to do such as aqua aerobics or water polo. The staff really worked hard. There are plenty of tennis courts a small mini golf and a small zoo. You can also get some free water sports with the all inclusive deal. Night time is fun as the outdoor shows are greatly mimed which makes it entertaining such as the musical grease. One night this really good magician was there and my boyfriend got to participate he was so embarrased. Out waiter was good and we tipped him as he was so attentive and pleasant. If you want a holiday that is hotel based but with places to visit on the odd day i would reccomend tunisia to anyone. Beware of the sellers in Tunisia can put pressure on you to buy something that you don't want and always haggle never accept the price on the lable. Happy holidays
My husband and I stayed at Sahara Beach July 2003. Room on 5th floor but no problem getting into one of the many lifts. Staff friendly, especially our waiter in dining room. Food was good, always something that we would eat - we don't expect to find English food when we travel abroad, the hotel catered for many nationalities, not just English and German. Tables were allocated and we shared with another couple - becoming good friends and spending many evenings drinking together into the early hours. Evening outdoor shows were excellent, all performed by animation staff. There were three bars open near entertainment, sometimes queues were long. Inside hotel there were several bars, one stayed open 24hours (pay for drinks after 1am). Three outside snack bars and creperie. Pools and grounds were excellent, unfortunately it was impossible to get sun bed near pool after 8.30am. Although, you were not supposed to reserve them before 7.30am many guests (mainly British!!!) either got up very early (5 - 6 am) to put towel on bed or paid security guard to reserve bed for them. Beds were always available on beach with plenty of shade. You were not hassled by beach sellers as they were not allowed on hotel beach. Camel rides could be taken from next hotel beach. We didn't leave hotel, but that was our choice, although many guests took bus to nearby resorts to shop. We enjoyed stay at this hotel.
We stayed at the Sahara Beach (unable to use) hotel over Christmas last year. We had high hopes for a great xmas in the sun, we could not have been so wrong. We arrived on our first evening and were made to sit in a foyer and complete forms and have photos taken for our all inclusive cards (why)? We went and walked round the grounds and all looked great (they have 3 great big free form pools) we were really looking forward to using them the next day..... The next day we woke to really bad rain and wind which meant that everyone has to sit in the hotel (which meant that there was a very smokey atmosphere). They have one bar and a room where they put on shows which also has a small bar as well. All inclusive drinks consisted of one beer one wine and spirits that did not taste right. Also all food is buffet and as we went there as a couple we were told that we had to share our table with two others, that made it quite uncomfortable when choosing when to eat. The food was disgusting as loads of germans go there. For breakfast they have german style breakfast so we just stuck to bread. The other meal times werent to bad but be prepared for no english food its lucky that we dont really mind currys etc. Anyway I would recommend this hotel if you are a famaily but not to couples. Also dont go there in the winter as Tunisia is not as hot as they make out in December at all. Ps the room walls are paper thin so make sure you dont get put in a room next to noisy neighbours.