Royal Thalassa Monastir
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Thalassa Monastir
Fabulous Moorish Cafe!
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.
The hotel is very comfortable and well maintained, we were half board and for a buffet we thought that the quality of the food was very good, especially the traditional tunisian dishes which were different almost every night. Breakfast was also very good. Downside was local wine is very poor quality and there was none imported. A suggestion is to try the local sweet orange scented muscat which is served in the bar. Evenings are very quiet and going to Monastir means a taxi ride. One of the best ways to while away an evening is in the Moorish cafe where you can smoke a Shisha pipe with apple tobacco, drink sweet mint tea and eat Baclava.
The hotel is very close to the station and trips to Monastir and especially Sousse are advisable. You can always take a taxi from sousse to Port El Kantoui but it is a purpose built resort and not really worth seeing. If you can make it to El Jem and to Douz then that is thorougly recommended.
Very clean and food very traditonal!!
Loved the hotel thought it was very clean and the maids work very hard in keeping the hotel spotless!
The food was always good and the waiters always friendly and polite.
The evening entertainment was average and also average in the day, the animation team (entertainment staff) were good and always tried to get you to join in activities but i found some of them a bit rude, one did push me in the pool as i was walking back to my room (which is freezing!!) and i was'nt best pleased!!
For me the hotel was to quiet as their is not alot to do in the day and could not of spent the week without doing some day excursions (highly recommend the saraha explora brilliant two day trip worth every penny and more!!!)
Over all a good holiday with some lovely memories and would definatly return!!!
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.
Plenty of activities for kids & teens around the pool & on Beach.
Thoroughly recomend beach restaurant for lunch, sea bass excellent. Plenty of variety in buffet restaurant for a weeks stay, desserts plentiful and delicious.
The 3 tennis courts & minni golf could do with a little attention but still playable.
Monastir is a pretty town with a small Medina well worth a visit.
So pleased we gave Tunisia a second look as we would definately have missed out.
Do not be put off by close proximity to airport (opposite) no real noise and no long journey to hotel is a bonus.
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
The food in the Buffet was good but became a bit mundane towards the end of the trip. Alcohol, soft drinks and water especially were quite expensive so we opted for the trip to the local(40 mins walk) supermarket. However when we returned we were informed that we were not allowed to bring anything into the Hotel with the managment threatening to confiscate the water we had already purchased!!!
At times I found some of the Hotel Staff very rude, and only really intrested in taking money from you. The animation ( entertainment) staff were good fun and even though we didnot join in did not find them a problem, also the waiters eventually became freindly after recieving a few tips
The pool facility is excellent and the high quality beach only a couple of steps away
7 days was not long enough!
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:
* Hotel is great all the comments were fairly acurate, this is the lower end of 4* for the UK. Very clean and well maintained, the pool and beach area were very clean and no hassles from the staff as reported in some reviews, apart from the photographer who was very keen to capture your evening/dinner antics!
*Food - we had half board. Breakfast a bit samey after a while, but dinner very good and varied, the optional Tunisian night was very good, the local food is very tasty and despite trying most local foods no upset tummies! (we only drank bottled water - £1 per 1.5 litre). Local wines and beer very good.
*Entertainment - daytime, always something happening the animation team very friendly, kids could do stuff all day, our boys (17 and 11) happy with the beach volleyball, football etc.) Evening - a bit hit and miss some great shows, The local strongman was incredible and the Tunisian night was excellent but some shows a bit dodgey!!
*Location - Plus point - secure, safe, paces from the beach, walk from the airport (nearest ATM and not that noisy) airport souvenir shops comparable to local markets without the hassle!!! Minus point - taxi/train ride to nearest resorts if you want to dine out/visit attractions, but transport is fairly cheap.
*Recommendations - The Thomson Sahara Explorer - 2 days of long coach journeys but well worth the effort to see more of the real Tunisia. A camel ride across the desert at sunset was an experience to remember forever.
The Aqua Palace in Port El Kantoui was not Florida's Wet N Wild but good fun and was not busy in May, this is also close to the Quad Bike explorer - great fun! (Taxi 15 TD each way from the hotel). You will need your own towels (yours or hotels!)
* Summary - If you want a cheap hassle free holiday in good surroundings this is the place, if you want a dynamic night life with loads of restaurants you will need to look elsewhere - 10 days for us would have been better - hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Thalassa Hotel Monastir (Skanes)
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)!
Fantastic hotel, shame about location
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"!!!
Very close and extremly cheap taxi rank and train station which helped during the day but at night, as this is a muslim country there was very little to do. We would not recommend this hotel and area if you want lively night life. However, the hotel provides nightly entertainment although this varied from very bad to very good.
We took our holiday with the aim to relax, and this hotel provided us with that. We would recommend to anyone but be prepared for quiet evenings.
Yes the pool was cold(!!) but the pool side entertainment were far funnier than they were annoying.
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.
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Travel Blogs from Monastir
... Couscous - most famous dish served with meat or fish and tomato sauce, Grilled Fish - a wide variety of seafood in Tunisia
Traditional Dress Descriptions: A Jebba for men (a sleeveless tunic worn over a shirt) or trousers and a shirt for simple days, A Sefsari for women (a white veil covering head) with a blouse and flowy pants
Famous Sites of Country: El Djem ...
... that sells refreshing mint tea, so we are forced to quench our thirst from a can.
We're flying back to London Gatwick on a charter flight TOM 353 which is scheduled to depart at 12:05 and arrive at 15:10. Insha'Allah.
... 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 ...
... which makes it all the more pleasant for us.
After enjoying the treasures inside the museum we walk around the courtyard or garden terrace oustide. It's good to feel the sun and enjoy the views from the elevated position of the Kasbah. We look over the port, the medina and other parts ...