Tour Khalef Marhaba Thalasso & Spa
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... perfect women.
-----He was a direct descendant of Fatima's son, Husseim, who was killed by Saudi Arabia's King Yazid. King Yazid was worried Mohammed's descendants would try to seize control of the country. Husseim's children fled to Morocco. More recently, some of this family moved from Morocco to Kerouan.
-----Mr. Idriss explained all this to me, in his car. He added that he frequently saw the prophets Mohammed, Jesus, and Moses in his dreams.
... of the day will be on things Punic at Carthage. The Phoenicians ruled Carthage from 814 to 146 BC.
Our first stop was the Punic Sanctuary, a necropolis. The Romans suggested the Carthaginians engaged in child sacrifice. More likely is any such practices involved stillborns or babies born with birth defects [such an approach would be similar to Sparta]. Noubi pointed out the emblem of Baal Hammon, the god of the moon. The tanit symbol represented the god ...
... in relative quiet, Hassan decided to regale me with the history of olive oil in Tunisia and to point out every olive grove we passed. (And with olive orchards doting the entire 70 km distance – 40% of all trees in the area were olive trees - it just never ended....) I will give credit where credit is due, though. The “chat” wasn't without some good points. I did learn for instance that there are two types of olives: table (edible) olives and small non-edible ...
... We pulled up to the Great Mosque (which I was permitted to enter) and I immediately asked Hassan if I would need my head scarf. He informed me it was not necessary. I asked him if he was sure since I have generally needed a headscarf in the past to enter a mosque. Hassan said he was sure so we walked into the entrance. (Now let me tell you I was highly skeptical of his answer. I have been inside many mosques and except for Turkey, I needed to have my head covered by a scarf in ...
... as we drive back to Port El Kantaoui how in the 9th century astute Phonecians thought that the site they named Hadrumetum, now modern day Sousse, would benefit from being developed as a port, to the modern day astute Tunisians who developed the site of Port El Kantaoui for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tour Khalef Marhaba Thalasso & Spa Sousse
Fab hotel, fab food, fab people, highly recommend!
We arrived in Monastir Sousse on 3 July 2005!! WOW! Straight away off the plane, the temperatures were unreal. We have 2 children 6 and 4, they couldn't believe how warm it was!
Amazing to travel from the airport to the hotel, complete transformation, original impression of 3rd world africa then to enter the resorts, amazing!!
The tour operators from the airport were very informative and friendly. We arrived at out hotel approx 40 mins from landing, first impression of hotel was fab! Looked quite luxurious. Be prepared to fill in forms for entry to the country, there are 2 or 3 per person to fill out. We were then taken to our room (also be prepared to tip, they live off it, but lovely with it).
Beware of Thomsons Tour reps underhand selling, we were done regarding the end of week show. They try to sell to you the 'all-inclusive' one which does NOT include spirits atall, it's slight of speech in sales technique!
Highly recommend the Catamaran at Port El Kantoui and many other family trips inc the camel rides, we all loved it! CRACKING HOL, would def return. Food in hotel top notch b prepared to put on few ús.
just got back from the only holiday I didn't want to return from, we wern't expecting to go on holiday and went on the spur of the moment (24 hours ).
the flight from teesside was shorter than we expected and the hotel was spectacular even at stupidoclock in the morning, the room was clean and well furnished on the sixth floor with a sea view down towards monistir .
the hotel reception was enormous and airconditioned as is the room , the gardens are excellent with plenty of shade the pool is clean and well tended polite and helpful staff made for an enjoyable break , the local area is safe and we weren't hassled a lot when we went out , there was a tunisian wedding in the hotel which was quite a event locally.
the food was quite foreign to our tastes but there was much choice and always something to try and was always excellent , the costs of drink and food was really low even after tips etc there does not seem to be the fleece the tourists mentality here everyone seems to be wanting the tourists to come and enjoy this paradise. the country is greener than we expected and they can grow anything here , the trips were good fun , all in all I would live there forever as long as i could have a pet camel ( what a pleasant laidback animal)
Good hotel, set in pretty gardens, near the beach
Arrived at 3am, very weary after a 6hour delay at Gatwick. Disappointing room, overlooking the road, but after explaining that we had paid for a sea view, was moved, without too much fuss, to a better room overlooking the grounds and sea. Had booked the 'All Inclusive' option, and issued with a wrist band. Over-complicated system, whereby each drink, snack etc had to be bleeped. Always seemed to be queueing, especially in the dining room. Have been all inc before, never had this much hassle. Beware- ice creams only available between 3-5pm. Woe betide anyone asking for one at 5.05. Our children found out you've got no chance!! Most staff are friendly and helpful, but being constantly badgered round the pool, to go on trips, buy tattoos etc can become tiresome. Some daytime entertainment, but evening entertainment virtually non-existent. This was a shame as it let the hotel down. You would expect more from a hotel of this size. Having said that, we had a pleasant stay, but would not return.
Great Hotel and Great Holiday
Arrived at Monastir on the 6 April 05, met tripadvisor member from kent in the passport control queue. On arrivel at the hotel had a shock because of the referbishment of the reception area, but no trouble booking in as the tour reps and hotel staff very helpful. The room was good over looking the sister hotel, restaurent was large and not to full with people. Booked a few trips during the first week of the holiday, these were Walk on the wild side, Showstoppers, Bedouin feast, Zule Experience and the best trip of the hloiday two day Sahara trip. Found the hotel very clean, rooms were cleaned everyday by a helpful young cleaning lady. The pool has just been referbished and looked great, the beach was just a short walk from the pool, this was nice and empty not to many traders but you still got some trying to sell you cigs and trinkets just a straght No worked. Evening entertainment was Ok the entertainment team did their best to keep things ticking over. overall this is a great hotel to stay at and we will be going back.
Great Family Break
Never been to Tunisia until now. Book via Portland Direct and got a good deal, for a family of four, full board, the holiday was worth every penny. The hotel is large, lots of lovely marble, it was clean and you always saw the lovely cleaning staff everywhere. Hotel staff were helpful and friendly. The Thomson holiday reps were very good, we was also very impressed with the children's club. One of our sons was in the TOTS (under 5 group) and the other was in TEAM (6-8 years). Both of them had 2hours per day of fun, and it was very well organised.
Food was good, lovely salads and the desserts..... well be prepared to come back home a good few pounds heavier. The outside pool was cold but the kids loved it, and the areas around the pool were very clean. We used next door's indoor pool a lot, which was very handy especially as we did have a couple of rainy days. Went to a market one day and you do get jumped on every few seconds, they especially liked to put items on the children and then try to get you to buy it. Just keep say "no thank you", I found myself saying that every few seconds.... it did put us off going to the Medina (with children). We went to the government run gift shop just opposite, which I found much better, and the prices were average. There is not much to do outside the hotel, most of the shops sold exactly the same items, but we found that there was no need to go outstide the hotel during the day, when the weather was good, and in the evening.
We had a family room on a low level, and it was lovely.
We would go back again (oh, watch out the "Smiley Miley" a great character who wonders around the hotel selling his camel, boat and bike trips. Apparently the trips are fine but he is rather persistant, and even catches you whilst your sunbathing!). We didn't take up any of his trips, we did however go on two trips organised by Thomson which were good, the zoo/market one and the Zulu evening with meal which was a great way to end our holiday.
Number 1 Hotel
have been here 3 times now and all i can say is excellent we are a family with 2 teenagers and we all enjoy our holidays there .the staff are a1 well done tour khalef
Tour Khalef Hotel
Really enjoyed my stay. Went with 2 sixteen year old girls and had a blast. The food was quite good (put on 4 lbs) - but got a bit repetitive after a few days. The hotel staff were really nice, even got a few smiles off the beautiful money exchange man! I brought chocolates and shortbread and gave to the maids and waiting staff. We had very nice ones who always had a smile. The Disco in the grounds was a little daunting as it was mostly men, some who wouldn't let you dance alone and were quite forward. I had to be quite rude on a couple of occasions, but then again, I am a bit thick skinned and can take it, if you are easily intimidated, don't go in without your man. The Medina was quite scary at first, but soon got used to ignoring them until we saw something we wanted to look at. DON'T be pressurised into buying something or believing sob stories. Look around in the Soula Centre and get an idea of prices before going into the medina. Would definately go back to the Tour Khalef and am planning to go again one day. Just one thing that didn't sit well with me was that you had to buy your beverages at lunch and dinner, even on full board - all inclusive may have been different,.
A real disappointment
We have had some great holidays with Thomson but this was poor and we let them know after. It is a shame that they really didn't seem intersted in our complaints. Our problems with the hotel were 1. Late night deafening music until 1AM. 2. An outdoor nightclub next door. 3. Extremely rude staff who were agressive. We spoke to them in both English and French. 4. Cockroaches the size of golballs on the fourth floor. 5. Loud entertainment around the pool non stop in the day (not relaxing) 6. Damaged and dangerous swimming pool area. 7. Dining area very very cramped. No privacy and shared tables with other couples every night. 8. No protection from the traders on the beach by the security guards. 9.Very quiet around the hotel with little to do at night.10.Along way to sousse and hotel bars sell alcohol
My advice: Go to port el kantoui where the hotels are really good and its nice to walk around at night. We visited during August and the hotel was overun with agressive russians. The waiting staff were nice and the rooms clean. Food was acceptable but not up to the standard of similar thomson hotels
Brillant could not do enough for you
We arrived at 23.30 on 06/02/05 we were greated by happy smileing staff and asked to fill in some forms we were also asked if we required any local currency
The restrant was closed as we were held up at the airport for 3.hours we were told of the local best value restrants
We had good day monday but tuesday/wednesday we had 150mph winds and monsoon rain but the staff where fantastic looking after us all
Sams entertainment team were sorting everbody out playing games and keeping everbody occipied
The food was buffet style but was all ways hot with a good choice and a desert selection to die for
The thompsons reps were fantasic as where the staff and the entertainment team and we will be going back in july as the dragoon was that impressed by the hotel and service
THE BEST ALL ROUND HOTEL IN SOUSSE
The Jewel in The Crown, may be not.
As we approached our hotel the Tour Kalef in Sousse, the Thomson rep called it the jewel in the crown, well as far as we are connerned it wasn't, it was more the baseball cap. The enterance to the hotel was like a Butlins games room , the first sight was a pool table in the middle of the floor and the smell of accrid smoke , hung in the air. The reception staff were ok but the foreign currency cashier was rude and bad mannered. The rooms were fine, quite large and spacious and there was constant hot water, a blessing as the hotel was booked to bursting point. The food was typical buffet and we enjoyed the variety of the food availacble, we were there foer one week so it was fine. The dining room was set out with long tables seating up to 12 people, we were there as a couple and have usually found in 4 star hotels ( this was the rating for this hotel) that the tables are set maximum 4 people, bgut usually wee have had a table for just the two of us. The tables were not set as is the usual standard. There were only glasses if you bought wine or water, very ralely did you manage to find a dessert spoon on the table and at breakfast small plastic spoons were on the table so to try and I must say try to eat boiled eggs with, not very easy to crack shells . The dress code for this dining room was nil, baseball caps were the the norm and dressing for dinner was almost non existant, for some people, dressed in tracksuits and shell suits.