Hotel Dessole Abou Sofiane  

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.

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  • 380Rooms
  • 2Lifts


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

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.

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Outdoor pool

Surrounded by attractive gardens, sunbeds with parasols this pool makes an ideal spot to relax and if you need pool towels the hotel would be happy to lend you some.

Le Doyen buffet restaurant

There's an open buffet with hot and cold foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Themed evenings are held here once a week.

Daily activity programme

You'll find a variety of daily activities on offer by the pool and on the beach.

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twin room

These contemporary styled twin rooms sleep up to three. They come with air-conditioning in high season, satellite TV with some English channels, plus a minibar restocked with a bottle of water daily.

single room

These contemporary styled single rooms sleep one. They come with air-conditioning in high season, satellite TV with some English channels, plus a minibar restocked with a bottle of water daily.

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very friendly and couldnt ask for more from the resort

My mum and dad have been to this hotel before a number of times. This time myself and my daughter (aged 5) went with them. Tunisia, a new country for me and my daughters first time on a plane and first holiday abroad, so i was a little apprehensive. Upon arrival i felt at ease straight away, the staff where welcoming, very friendly and made a fuss of the little one. We checked in asked if we'd like lunch and shown to the restaurant. After eating we headed to unpack, nice room, clean and tidy, a little dated perhaps but no problem. We looked around and first impressions where good. I can not fault any of the staff, all very friendly and fab with my little one. I ate loads without fault, my daughter did too. Plenty of fresh salad everyday in restaurant and beach bar, as well as pastas, rice, meat vegetables. lots of choice for mains and desserts. Little one never went hungry!! The animation team were the highlight of our week, funny friendly with lots of energy, kids party dances and i joined in too. Pool was about right and a refreshing temperature, indoor pool was lovely and warm. pool attendants again great, The bar staff, waiting on staff, i couldn't fault anyone. Beach was great and a stone throw away from the amenities. There was free wifi in the lobby and bar area and in certain areas by the pool but not in all rooms. I'll be going back!More

Matthew P, Rhosllanerchrugog, United Kingdom

Already booked our return!

From the second we arrived we were treated like family, all staff are friendly and will go out of their way to help you. We were greeted with drinks on arrival whilst we completed the check in process. The animation team are a fantastic laugh, as are the lifeguards, and will go out of their way to get you involved in activities by the pool during the day. They are also on hand in the evening chatting to guests and then performing in a show at night. Do not high expectations of the show, it is pure organised chaos!! The rooms may be dated but they are clean, tidy and spacious and the maids ensure your room is made to perfection. Any reviewer that states that there room was not made up everyday obviously has a low IQ and hasn't worked out that they need to put out there housekeeping sign every morning (common sense). The food and drink may not be exactly gourmet but what do you expect for this price?? I did not starve nor did I dehydrate during the week so I would class this as a good sign. Fantastic location, walking distance to the Kantaoui marina and various other amenities. We totally agree that its odd that the hotel doesn't sell the Tunisian exit stamp like most other hotels however we got the impression from staff that this was to encourage guests to visit the marina area and spend some money. The area surrounding the marina has recently made all its hotels all inclusive and it has had a negative impact on the marina - one visit for a stamp, spend a few dinar and you are keeping the locals in business, not a lot to ask really. Beach area is absolutely immaculate and someone is always there to get you set up with a sun bed and an umbrella. Shared many photos with friends when we got home and they all said they looked like they were straight out of the brochure. We visited in April and are returning in September...already counting down the days!!More

ET92, Peterhead, United Kingdom

Good Value for Money!

We had a cheap 11 nights here from 25th April – 6th May. Myself, husband and little girl aged three. For what we paid for the three of us, the hotel met our expectations. The room although basic, was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Your opinion of the food here will differ according to how open you are about trying new things. Breakfast was pretty standard – fresh eggs cooked to order/fresh pastries/fruit/cereal etc – there is even someone making panini to order. if you are expecting an English Breakfast you will be disappointed, if you aren’t you will find it perfectly adequate! The food here is very ‘Tunisian’ lots of lamb, chicken, couscous and rice dishes. The salad bar was fantastic – I’m not sure what else they could have included in that area. There is a chef every night cooking pasta to order and pizza if you are not tempted to try any of the other dishes available. Dishes were replenished frequently and I always found the food to be hot and cooked thoroughly. I am prone to holiday tummy and this is the only hotel I’ve been to in Tunisia where I didn’t have any issues. The beer is ok although only served in small glasses, the cocktails are weak but nice enough. We went to the Italian A La Carte – food very nice although there was only one waiter and he was rushed off his feet resulting in a wait for tables to be cleared between courses, drinks to be served etc. We found the outdoor pool area to be too noisy for our tastes. The entertainment around the pool area seemed to be pretty constant to me, music blaring out, club style dancing etc – not for me personally but we spoke to many people who loved this aspect of the hotel and said it made their holiday. We found the beach area to be far more relaxing. Plenty of sunbeds (and shade if required). The beach for me is what made our stay – the proximity of the hotel building to the beach is fantastic. Great when you have a small child. ' The Animation team were of high 'Tunisian standard', always friendly, smiling and willing to help, best I’ve seen in Tunisia. The kids club needs some money spending on it. The playground needs resurfacing, there are too many nettles, a drain that’s a clear trip hazard, equipment that has seen better days. The playground would not pass European Health & Safety standards. I pointed these issues out to the animation staff. I hope these points will be addressed. Echoing other reviews – I agree with the smoke being an issue within the foyer area. There are signs to indicate smoking and non smoking areas but these are widely ignored, indeed if there is an ashtray placed on every table it inevitably leads to confusion and hotel staff don’t have time to police this (and probably don’t want to be involved in a conflict. Smoking is allowed in the bedrooms as well which results in smoke fumes filling the corridors. Not pleasant if you are a non - smoker. I would recommend that the hotel puts an end to smoking in the foyer. If people can smoke in their bedrooms and there is plenty of outdoor ‘covered’ seating which there is – it isn’t necessary to have the foyer as a smoking area. It does not create a good first impression arriving to a smog filled reception area. In summary – I think this is a great value hotel. If you are looking for luxury you won’t find it here. You get what you pay for and for what we paid, we had a great holiday. A short flight, good food, clean room, lovely beach. People need to take note that a 5 star review on TA does not mean that people think it’s a 5 star hotel – it isn’t nor does it claim to be. I have given this hotel a 4* Trip Advisor rating as the children’s playground wasn’t great and I found the smoke irritating. I found everything else to be more than acceptable and I would return here for a decent price.More

LeedsLucy, Leeds

second time here and will be last time

We have just returned on sunday night the hotel has gone back the food is bland and not much selection the alacarte restaraunt is fab only one waiter due to cut backs the room we were dated and had no toilet rolls the rooms were'nt cleaned everyday the beds were made the pool staff Eammon very friendly and helpful the drinks at the bar are a disgrace all spirits are watered down we bought our own drink in the airport and sat on the balacony was'nt worth going to the bar to queue for pop if you need the exit stamp the hotel across the road sea bel sell them we were there 2 years ago and cant believe the changes.More

Tracy K, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

Birthday and wedding anniversary disaster

On arriving to the Hotel it was quite intriguing, the grand entrance looked quite luxurious and to four star standard. This was soon shot to pieces when we were given our room key after being route marched through the hotel by the steward we entered in to a quite first floor room that wreaked of stale smoke, being non smokers you must agree how uncomfortable this felt. The cracks in the tile floor, dated interior and holes in the bed sheet added to the dismay. So we went back to reception and lodged a complaint. This repeated around four times until we caught up with the "Guest service" receptionist that day, who could do very little and said we should have complained earlier, which we had already done. Just what you don't want to be doing on your wedding anniversary. It wasn't till the following day we caught up with our Thomson rep who actually managed to get something done!! So yes our room was changed to the second floor overlooking the pool and sea- next to the owners suite!! Be Careful when booking before June - you may have aircon but it doesn't work till they turn it on in June !! So you either suffer the heat or the noise from the entertainment hall with window open. If you go all inclusive be prepared to join a queue for drinks in the evening when there is only one bar staff on the main lounge bar and the queue can be out the door! The food is very continental, breakfast consists of an array of foods from scrambled egg to yogurt and fruit. The toaster takes for ever to toast your bread and the fruit juice dispenser is hit and miss - with either too much or to little juice dispensed. Food is bland but the comi chef can do a good omelette!! - eggs "sunny side up " is still proving problems though. Lunch and Dinner is very repetitive again colourful but bland in taste! And I must stress repetitive. So if you like the sun and just want to chill out on the beach or by the pool this hotel is good for that, there is beach activities such as parascending, jet ski, power boat rides, inflatable banana boat and pedallo's but that's all extra cost of course! As for the hotel it self it is very dated and in need of an refit! This was endorsed by another holiday maker that had been coming for many a year and had not noticed any upgrades except for the lift! The carpets are worn and decoration dated. This hotel is not in our eyes worthy of a four star rating and we have visited many. More

Chris S,

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Hotel Dessole Abou Sofiane
Rated: 4.0 /5 based on 1626 customer reviews
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