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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.
Our final stop of the day is the costal city of Monastir, which is just over 23km south of Sousse and 33 km from Port El Kantaoui.
Monastir - from past to present
Founded on the ruins of the Punic-Roman city of Ruspina, Monastir has since evolved and developed from a fishing village into a major tourist resort - a familiar story along the Mediterranean coast.
Like a number of ...
... houses an outstanding collection of mosaics providing an illustration and insight into life in Roman and Byzantine Tunisia in general and Sousse, modern day Hadrumetum in particular.
There are collections of objects and statues of the Punic, Roman, Christian and Arabe eras. Among the most ...
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 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 !.
Was scared by reviews
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.
Here is my honest impressions. I'm working in hospitality and know how it's important to have an objective opinion. We went with Panorama - everything organized, were not left on our own. Arrived to the hotel, easy check-in. Room on the third floor - no elevator - but it was worth it - no noise from the street or ppl walking under your windows. ROOM - simple (double bed, table, TV, airconditioning - worked perfectly, mini-fridge, shower, bath, WC) everything clean, and been cleaned everyday, towels changed every day.
We had all-inclusive... that means breakfast 6.30-9.30 (more english style, but with pan-cakes, fresh omlette cooked in front of you for your choice of fillings, cereals, tea, cofee.
Lunch - 12.30-2.30 - main restaurant, plenty ppl, but food is nice and different every day... Be lil bit more friendly and persistant with staff and you'll get your drinks faster.
Dinner - 6.30-21.00 - you'll have your personal table all holiday. rule - be nice and leave some tips - they will do more than esxpected.
Bars at lobby, pool, beach open good hours serving officiently local drinks. we enjoyed Bukha with tonic - tasted like G&T... beer was good.
Snacks on the beach and restaurant during day-time.
Problem - have to wake up early to get place under the sun by the pool.... beach was fine.
Entertainment - good, friendly, inventive, diverse, enthusiastic. Children loved the team... so did the others.
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Had brilliant time - wish same to you!!!
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.
The stage for use by the animation team was still under construction and the animation team is ok if your under 9 years old and like to dance to the Birdy Song and Agadoo every night. (ADULTS - WE FOUND IF YOU HAVE OLDER KIDS WHO ARE ABLE TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES, GO NEXT DOOR TO THE ROYAL KENZ ADULTS ONLY HOTEL - HEAVEN).
The entertainment at the hotel is really poor and very outdated.
The food was really good and lots of cakes to die for every day, with a large selection laid on. the omelettes are really good at breakfast and are made to order.
The hotel caters for 20% english, 20% German and millions of Ukrainians all very loud and brash and all over the place.
A must is the massage, steam room and sauna it's really good after a day sat on a Camel or Quad Biking in the desert.
The cheapest way into the Marina/Shops is by Taxi but ask the price first or put it on the metre, no more than 3 Dinar. Whislt there the best shop on the Marina is SAMS or SAMIEs you dont get hasseled and it's got every thing you want , no bother.
One last thing the Hotels maids work really hard and our room was always kept clean, but they only earn about £7 week so don't forget to leave them a couple of Dinar a day. BYE
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.
Entertainment so bad that it's funny, but the kids will love it, not recommended for couples with no children (like us)
Good hotel, but not a four star
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!)
It is linked with the Club Soviva and all of the activity goes on in the Club Soviva which is a small stroll through the gardens. The Golden Soviva only has a small bar. The swimming pool at the Golden Soviva is heated, which is a good job and it doesn't get any sun as the rooms surround the pool - not a good position for a pool. You have to pay for the sun beds around the pool at the Club Soviva unless you are all inclusive which I personally don't agree with. The animacion team who put on the evening entertainment was very amateurish, but there were people there who enjoyed it, so that is personal taste. You are welcome to contact me should you want any questions answering
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.
Requested a later check out and was prepared to pay for it as we didn't fly until midnight but they just would not allow it, i believe all other guests were told the same. The pool area was like a nightclub with really loud music playing from breakfast until late afternoon so no chance of a relax in the sun. We got the impression that families with young children were having a great time as there were activities running all through the day. We got this holiday fairly cheap and used the hotel more as just a base but do not
choose the hotel as a couple looking for a relaxing break.
Good value for money
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.