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Travel Blogs from Port El Kantaoui
... with an American professor from Cambridge University working on a project related to media after the Arab Spring. Her German assistant had also not realized that Tunisia was going to be closed for at least two days, if not more, so she wasn't happy, but the assistant was interesting in talking about how it sucked to be a single, foreign woman in Tunisia (she had lived there over a year). But, the airport was open to go 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, ...
... There is bargaining going on everywhere.
The next day we went on a caravan trip on dromedaries, because there are no camels in nothern afrika. Camels only live in Asia. we learned something new as well. :-)
The week went by way too fast, but it was really nice and I learned my first word in arabic:
"shokran" which means thank you.
... in a fight. A man thinking it fine to cheat on his wife, Is way beyond me so I gave some advice. He didn't take this too well, he said, 'You *****!' Security intervened, so only a little glitch. I loved the medina, the streets a confusion, But Dani christened it a 'Ghetto' - a very sad delusion. The one time she ventured off the beaten track, I befriended a ...
The north of africa think arabian nights, well with free booze from 8am - 12pm (HUZZAR!)
beautiful place down buy the sea, nice hotel, the booze always going. nice, relaxing, well then you get the scammers, shifty men & we'll as mauch weed as u are willing to be stupid enough to buy. hmmm ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Soviva Resort Port El Kantaoui
Just back from 2 weeks at the Golden Soviva - rooms were basic but kept very clean. Animation Team really made the holiday putting on lots of daytime and evening enterainment (also very handsome). Food was basic but enough to do. Hotle was close to Port el Kantoui.
Disappointed in Reps, they didn't speak hightly of Hotle staff though I found them to bend over bckwards to help us.
I had a fantastic holiday and would return again
1* not 4*
Do not waste your money on this hotel, it was the worst one i have ever stayed in. Rooms were shabby and dangerous with towel rail, hairdryer etc falling off the walls. Very little basic health and safety standards. Food was terrible if you go all inclusive, i had food posioning for 5 out of the 7 days. We were glad to go home.
Stayed at this hotel with a friend in June 04. One week half board during school holiday cost us £380 each - defo not worth this money in fact what a rip off!!! The room was ok but a couple of nights we both heard and saw shadows out on our balcony, whilst we were there lots of refurbishment was going on and we often noticed the work men climbing from one balcony to another. Our room faced unfinshed rooms that were in the process of being painted and due to this we were unable to sit on the balcony without comments from the locals carrying out this work. I understand we were in a country were traditions and customs are very different to the UK but you at least expect to be able to sit on your balcony in a swim suit! The food was ok but I did get very fed up of eating in the same resturant every night and we had to eat early to aviod the ques. The beach area was not nice - very dirty and the waters edge covered in thick seaweed which smelt real bad - only visited once for 10 minutes, however the beach further up the coast was really nice. The main pool was great but we did have trouble gaining sun loungers. Port El Kantaoui centre is man made and lacking culture. At the end of our holiday the travel company forgot to pick us up!! so we just made the flight home by the skin of our teeth after having to wait ages for a taxi. Got to be honest and say that I can not recommend this hotel and I was dissapointed. I was please when I was home!
This hotel was very disapointing, and is not a 4 star. My family of 5 all had upset tummies within 48 hours of arriving. The restaurants were dirty & terribly hot. There was little variation on the food should you have decided to eat it. All the sunbeds were reserved with towels by 7am, and stayed that way until the pool closed at 7pm. We only spent 5 of our 14 days holiday there as we insisted on being moved. The rep was only too aware of all the problems that we complained about, and asked us not to tell anyone we were being moved, as he was "afraid that there might be a mass exodus". The kids enjoyed the cartoon chanel on the TV !.
Hi everyone who is interested in this hotel. Should tell you that i was a bit scared to go there after i read all the reviews in the internet. But everything was already booked and almost packed. Been there with my boyfriend. actually he went only because of me and i would have been the one to be blamed if smth goes wrong. But nothing did.
My family and I stayed at the Golden Soviva in early june 05 and have very mixed feelings about the Hotel and it's surroundings.
2nd time we have stayed at the Golden Soviva. First time was in Jan 2004 when there were less people and it was much quieter and food was reasonable. However 2nd time we ate out every night (at reasonable prices) as food was poor with poor choice. It was much noisier with music whistles blowing and games etc all day long. Can't fault rooms or staff who can be friendly and helpful. If you pay extra for late check out be prepared to be disappointed and change in a toilet....all you are paying for is to be chucked out at 12 instead of 10am. Heard a few guests complain about small rooms and lack of facilities in Soviva complex but Golden Soviva was above average.
Stayed at the Golden Soviva two weeks (27.3.05 - 10.4.05). There is nothing that I would complain about if this was rated a 3 star, it is certainly not a 4 star. Rooms were clean but basic. I must say the food was FANTASTIC, plenty of choice and all home made (desserts were to die for!)
Just returned from a week at this hotel. This was my 4th trip to Tunisia and found this hotel fell far below the usual standards there. In agreeing with the other writer the hotel was very noisy and we did not get a sun lounger all week due to towels etc put on them before sunrise-staff did nothing to prevent this. Food was ok but ate out twice as it was almost identical dishes each night.The hotel was generally run down and the bedroom was disappointing. The buildings are all close together so you could not open your curtains as you looked straight into someone elses room. The air conditioning was a waste of time,we were lucky that we went out of season but i guess in July/August it would be unbearable.
2 adults and 2 children for 2 weeks. Very friendly people (if you dont mind being harrassed). Great for kids of 10 and 11. Good food, but a bit disappointed as beach not as close as we thought, and walk to it not particuarly nice as dirty and smelly. Lots of jelly fish. A bit disappointed with hotel as we thought being 4 star (not equivalent to english 4 star) would be slightly better, just seemed a bit scruffy. We were lucky we were at the quiet end, if you go to the Soviva their is a lot of noise. impossible to get sunbed unless you are up at 5am, germans first to them every morning. Night entertainment awful, but saying all that we met some nice people, kids enjoyed it and we found tunisia good value for money. wouldnt go to the golden soviva again, but would definately go to tunisia, though possible hammemet next time.