Royal Thalassa Monastir
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Enfidha airport is gleaming in the hot sun when we arrive for our flight home. Check in effortless and security, despite the recent troubles, is light touch.
It's a modern day oasis, which is somewhat souless and seeming ...
... refilling drinks, but it is sporadic and seems to happen when the fancy takes them or when guests are about to depart.
Finally the time comes, our meal is over and it's time for the tip. We give some notes to Gracie to give to the waiter. He seems to appreciate the gesture. Slipping the notes into his pocket he disappears into the kitchen and presumably home for the evening.
... in Tunisia and North Africa the city boasts a ribat and mosque. The mosque, unlike mosques in other cities, is located outside of the medina. As the birthplace of the deceased ex-President, Habib Bourguiba, Monastir also has the impressive Habib Bourguiba Mausoleum.
There wasn't time to explore the inside of any of the monuments so I had to be content with walking around the oustide ...
Our taxi driver drops us outside the Sousse Archaeology Museum on Boulevard Maréchal Tito, where we spend a good part of the morning. Housed in the southern end of the Kasbah, the setting for the museum is as stunning as the treasures it houses.
Sousse Archaeology Museum
Founded in 1951, ...
Arriving back at the hotel I head for the water dispenser adjacent to the bar and quench my thirst.
It sure was hot out there and unfortunetly I was without money so couldn't stop off for a drink on the road from Sousse.
So after a shower and change of clothes, I was actually dripping wet, I feel a lot better and can genuinely put my feet up!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Thalassa Monastir
Myself and my boyfriend took a 10 night break at the Thalassa Monastir in May 2004. Arriving late at night menat that it took until morning for us to realise that we could actually see the planes at the airport from our balcony. I don't beleive that any of the brochures acurately described how close the airport was to the hotel, but the noise was minimal.
Loved the hotel thought it was very clean and the maids work very hard in keeping the hotel spotless!
We have just spent a lovely week at the Thalassa, myself, husband and 14 year old son. The hotel was spotlessly clean throughout and the staff smiling and helpful. We had wall to wall sunshine and spent most days on the the lovely beach no hassle from vendors unlike Hammamet last year.
I have just returned from a Ten day trip to the Thalassa Hotel. There were aspects of this Hotel that I found very disappointing and definatley not what you would expect from a 4 plus Star Platinum Hotel. However some aspects where up to standard. The rooms were only up to a 3* standard with a few trips to reception required to have some problems corrected, at times the room service would not clean the rooms untill four thirty in the afternoon. The TV had 2 engilsh channels, CNN and BBC world. Part of the reason we opted for this Hotel was its number of restaurants,3 it states in the brochure, what it does not highlight however is that two of these restaurants have exactly the same Menu the Barbecue Beach Restaurant and the A La Carte. How a beach and A La Carte can have the same I am still not sure.You have to pay for the use of both Restaurants, an dont believe the rep when they say the A La Carte is subsidised, this is simply not true. One of these closes at six so when booking half board you only have the Buffet available
We used this site to accept our holiday booking based on the fact that we have lived overseas and have travelled quite a lot. These are our comments:
Arrived at 10 O'Clock at night so bit of a rush to get an evening meal. Food was OK but repetative after a week. Hotel staff were polite but when we arrived the outdoor pool was freezing! Just able to swim in it when we left 2nd May. Indoor pool is warm. Hotel quite clean overall & the rooms adequate & quite large. Room with view over the pool quite good but rooms at the back of the hotel do not have a good view. Short walk to the beach (expect to get hassled by vendors) but it is safe & as we left they had begun to clean the beach up. Price of drink at the hotel is quite expensive (7.3 TD for a pint (approx £3.00) and the price of spirits is very very expensive to take in duty free at your airport of departure! The train station is about 10 minutes walk & costs about £1.00 return to either Sousse or Monastir and take approx 20 mins. Taxis are quite cheap but you need to agree a price B4 you depart. Port El Kantoui is very nice, clean & about £8.00 in a taxi. No night life near the hotel and if you go from May onwards expect it to be hot although we had a couple of cloudy days which can be a relief! Overall quite good if you wish to relax & you will get anything done from the staff if you slip them a Dinar (50p)!
We spent one week at the Thallasa in October 2004. We fell in love with the hotel straight away, the free drinks on arrival helped! The room was clean, comfortable and well presented with good air conditioning (which was needed!). Although of resonable quality, we found the evening meal repetitve and would strongly recommend "Tunisian Night" for variation. Excellent facilities in the hotel, including spa, sauna and beauty treatments, three bars, immediate beach access and indoor and outdoor pools, which helped considering the hotel was "in the middle of nowhere"!!!
I have just returned from a two week holiday at the Thalassa hotel in Monastir. It is not far from the airport in fact you can walk there in just 10 minutes. This is handy if you wish to find a cash machine to withdraw money. The hotel staff are very friendly and the entertainment (animation) team even more so!! Expect to get hassled by them to join in the daytime and evening activities. If you do join in, you will find you enjoy yourself much more. There are shows on every night of the week. Some of which are excellent especially the "Changing Ladies". Beware though, after the show they get you up on the stage dancing, not so good if you're not the energetic type. The food was a bit hit and miss. At breakfast they will make you an omelette but it is a bit tastleless as they don't put salt in it. The crepes are good if they are fresh and there is always cereal and boiled eggs, lots of nice fresh bread as well. BUT you have to pay extra if you want fresh orange juice. (2TND about a quid!!). The one big complaint I had about breakfast is the water for the tea is always lukewarm and the coffee disgusting. So my advice would be take your own kettle and tea bags. Water can be obtained from the local shops very cheaply, as can bottles of pop (which are cheaper than at home). The food at dinner is very varied to accomodate all different nationalities. BUT there is always a plain roast somewhere you just need to search for it. Desserts are excellent if you have a sweet tooth. There is always a decent soup and lots of fresh bread. Wine at dinner is good price around £6-7 a bottle. However, the beer and spirits at the hotel are expensive. A pint of beer costs about £2.50 and a can of coke about 90p. You are expected to tip the waiters every time and for this you will get excellent service. As the hotel is situated very near the airport you can get the train there to take you into Monastir, Sousse or Madhir. The fares are incredibly cheap, 44p return to monastir, 65p return to Sousse or £2 return to Madhir. The journey to Madhir takes about 1 1/2 hours, so start early. Expect to get a lot of hassle at the local markets (Medinas) be prepared to haggle they will hike the price up to at least 5-6 times its worth. To get an idea before you buy go to the airport and look at the prices there which are fixed and very very reasonable. I bought a leather duffle bag for under £13. There are also fixed price shops around which you can use if you don't care to haggle. WARNING be sure to check the item you are buying as they will try to fob you off with goods which are not perfect!!. If you stop for a coffee at a cafe ask the price before you sit down. The word for "how much" is "Kadish". like radish but with a "K". You should not pay more than about 1 dinar for a milky coffee. I enjoyed myself and wouldn't have missed the experience but would not return in winter. The weather is only mild not hot and the outside pool absolutely freezing, it took my breathe away. But inside pool nice and warm although often crowded.
I stayed in this hotel in October, It is very near the airport, but noise is minimal, a bonus is that it is within walking distance of a train station, with a regular and cheap service.
The grounds were well kept and the rooms were spacious, but the bathrooms were in dire need of attention and refurbishment, as there was black mould around the bath and the shower curtain.
Poor service and poor food in the buffet restaurant , although you could eat in the a la carte restaurant for around € 20 per head
I would rate this as a 3* hotel and definitely not a Thomson PLATINUM hotel. a very disappointing holiday
I have recently comeback from a 1 week stay at the Thalassa, Monastir. The staff were extremely helpful, friendly and really made us feel welcome. There is a dive school on the hotels private beach or if you care to just sunbathe there are comfy cushioned sunloungers to read a book on!
Beware though, the pool is absolutely freezing and there are some irritating entertainment staff that come pestering you to participate in activities like archery and aqua aerobics whilst your sunbathing - this can be annoying!
The hotel is situated across the road from the airport but we really didnt notice the planes as we were having such a lovely time.
I'd recommend this hotel to anyone and would certainly consider returning in the near future.