This All Inclusive hotel comes with a stash of things to do, and is just footsteps from a sandy beach. There's a big pool, too, and a restaurant that lines up international favourites as well as local dishes.
With its Moorish touches, this beachfront hotel certainly makes a good first impression. Step into the lobby and you’ll be greeted by a big round room edged with white lattice-work walls and arches. Look upwards, and a huge domed ceiling, complete with an epic chandelier, stands above you.
The bedrooms are a little less grand, but they’re comfy nonetheless. They’ve been decorated in a simple cream-and-peach colour scheme, and come with pale-wood furniture and satellite TVs. The patterned blue and terracotta tiles in the bathrooms, meanwhile, give a nod to tradition.
Mature palms tower above landscaped lawns dotted with straw parasols and over on the terrace there’s the pool. It’s a spacious rectangular affair with sunbeds scattered around it.
There’s plenty going on in the way of activities, too. There’s basketball, tennis and archery, plus, a daily programme of sports by the pool. Come evening time, attentions turn towards cabarets and discos.
Lastly there’s the dining scene. It’s a big buffet set-up with a menu of well-known favourites like pizza, pasta and salad. Themed evenings and barbecues on the restaurant's terrace are also on the menu, to keep things interesting.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 visit per stay to the à la carte restaurants.
Selected local-brand alcohol and soft drinks. Afternoon tea and coffee 16.00-17.00.
Snacks at set times. Afternoon cakes 16.00-17.00.
We visited this hotel, abou.sofien from 21 September to1st oct, the room was clean , we found the hotel surprisingly nice, we had never been to Tunisia before and some of the reviews were terrible so I was dressing going, all I can say is the hotel had good food and plenty of it, the layout of the hotel is ideal for most people, a little walk down a path to the beach, the beach was really nice and clean, beach bar was great also doing food , the only complaint I have was the que at the bars at night and lack of glasses ,we met some nice people there to, all in all a nice and relaxing place, we will be visiting again .More
Wonderful hotel with amazing staff , we stayed here for 10 days October 19th to 29th and had a great time , food was plentiful and varied and drinks were too . Animation team are truly a credit to this hotel as are the waiters . Lifeguard and pool/maintenance man were lovely and always got our sun loungers out ready for us , incredible beach which we really enjoyed and loved the watersports on offer , houda the Thomson rep was lovely and very helpful and good at her job , we will be back next year ,, the cook family room 1030 xxMore
A very enjoyable holiday
I travelled with a friend from 18 - 25 October 2014. After reading some of the reviews I was a little dubious of what we would find on arrival, but I need not have worried. The hotel is very clean and there seems to be cleaners sweeping and polishing constantly. The food was plentiful and we could always find something that we liked. The staff was very polite and helpful especially when I asked to change our room to one that was closer to the reception. Our room was cleaned every day to a good standard, the rooms are a bit dated but how long do you spend in the room?! Having said that the beds were very hard and uncomfortable and it was a relief to get out of bed in the mornings! The pool area is nice and there are "proper steps" and a handrail to get into the pool. The pool was quite chilly, but refreshing once over the shock. There is an indoor pool, but I didn't use it so can't comment. The animation team are lovely and always stopped for a chat or to get you involved in activities - it wasn't a problem if you said no though. They had the usual loud music playing most of the day but that didn't bother us although it might some people. Overall we had a lovely holiday, the weather was great and we met some lovely people.More
Great valaue for money hotel
We arrived late at night at the hotel and were immediatley wowed by the hotel foyer. Check in was smooth and the receptionist was very helpful telling us that the restaurant would be open until midnight so we could get something to eat and that the bar was also open in the disco if we wanted a drink. The room was a good size, very clean although a little dated. The bathroom was also a really good size and very clean. Early next morning we went to take a shower but it was only a trickle but this was solved by taking the shower head out of the holder and then we had a brilliant power shower!
We were greeted very warmly in the restaurant for breakfast by a lovely waiter. The amount of choices of food on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner was brilliant and although the food wasn't the best I've eaten there was something on offer for everyone and I don't car how fussy you are you will find something to eat. Once we found the art of tipping a couple of dinard to the waiters we were treated even better with a glass of wine waiting on 'our' table evey lunchtime and dinner time.
The pool was really clean with pleanty of sunbeds and a poolside bar serving pancakes. The beach was also beautiful, again with plenty of sunbeds.
Entertainment at the hotel was a bit hit and miss although the animation team tried their hardest to get things going. The only negative thing I would say about the male members of the team is that they would only pick out the 'younger' females and spend all of their time with them instead of mixing with all the other guests.
The hotel opposite was also part of the Dessole group and you were welcomed to use their pool and bars. This would be brilliant if you had kids as they had about 6 water slides.
The weather throughout our trip was brilliant so all in all this was a very good value for money hotel and we enjoyed our stay there. The only thing that put me off was outside the hotel where they have hassling down to a fine art! A trip to Sousse was also an eye opener and I'm so glad that we listened the the rep as we could have been ripped off big style by the locals!More
Kate G, Halesowen, United Kingdom
Could have been better...
So I just want to stress that I understand this is a 4 star hotel, but I would have personally rated it lower.
In October, myself, my sister and mother came to Abou Sofiane for an all inclusive week. The beach was lovely and clean, the weather was also fantastic but there were a few things that put a dampner on the holiday.
The room was a little small for 3 people, and it wasn't very clean, there were hairs all over the bathroom. There were also 3 beds and 3 of us sleeping in the room, but they were providing only 2 of us with towels for the first couple of days (good job I bought my own with me). There are also no tea making facilities and you could only get a cup of tea when the restaurant opened at around 8.00 which a member of staff working on the bar told us one morning - no good for people that wake up early and want a cuppa. We also only had 1 room key which was also used for the electric - ridiculous considering there were 3 of us on the holiday and it made it very difficult if we wanted to do separate things. When we asked at reception for an extra key, the guy who I believe was managing named Khaled came across as quite rude telling us that we can't have an extra key.
For the first few days of the holiday, myself and my mom were unwell which we believe was down to the food. There was a large selection but there was flies absolutely everywhere you could not avoid them, if you looked away from your plate for a few seconds they would be crawling on your dinner. Now I appreciate this is a warm country, but the flies were off putting. We had to make sure we got to the restaurant as soon as it opened each day. There was a microwave in the restaurant which was good because food was often cold from the buffet. There wasn't a huge selection of drinks and if you had a spirit you hardly got anything - at one point I asked for a vodka and lemonade, I watched the barman fill up the glass with lemonade first and then put a tiny drop in of vodka and he had his thumb over the top of the vodka bottle too. He did it with his back to us so I can assume he has been told to do this.
Also on this holiday, I scolded myself very badly pouring a ladle of hot soup over my hand. I then discovered that nobody had any medical training whatsoever, one member of staff tried to wipe my scolded hand in a table cloth, another wanted to put raw ice over my hand and another suggested putting glass on it? They couldn't get the doctor so we had to travel to the pharmacy - hotel staff behind reception desk were rude when we was asking about them ordering us a taxi.
Other than that, the holiday was a nice get away. The weather was gorgeous with temperatues of mid 30s throughout, and the marina was a short walk away, you do get harrassed a lot but I suppose that is the culture there so it was okay.
You could also (which we didn't realise), go next door into the sister hotel and use their facilities which were much nicer. Avoid the A la carte restaurant, one night we booked it for the italian a la carte, I then discovered what I was eating was food from the usual buffet and it wasn't italian food!
The animation team were fantastic and made this a holiday to remember for us! We loved them and they made us feel so welcome and got us involved in lots of fun - thank you so much Bagera, Mario, Kiko, Speedy, Bobo, Sousou etc - you made the holiday worthwhile and one to remember!
Not sure if we would return, maybe in the future, but there wasn't much to do at the hotel or around Port el Kantaoui that was within reasonable distance, so maybe a different location next time.More
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