The Thalassa Sousse laughs in the face of the ‘less is more’ theory. At this place, more is more. Especially when it comes to waterslides. Its rainbow-coloured waterpark – brand new for 2013 – counts black holes, twisters, freefalls and a couple of 100-metre-long hair-raisers among its army of slides. That’s not to mention the dinky chutes designed for younger kids that twist around the pirate-themed splash zone.
It goes all out on pools, too. A big lagoon-style pool is the main attraction, but the one next door to it – complete with a waterslide and two twisty chutes – is hot on its heels. There’s a big stretch of beach right on the doorstep, too, that’s armed with tons of loungers, a sea-view restaurant and a bar.
International chefs head up the kitchens in the hotel’s buffet and à la carte restaurants. And post-dinner entertainment is laid on in the 1000-seat amphitheatre, the flatscreen TV-equipped mojito bar, and the African-themed nightclub.
Based on 745 reviews
- Official Rating
- Buidings: 2, plus bungalows
- Floors: 1 or 3
Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. All local drinks in restaurants and lounge - time restrictions will apply. Snacks at set times.
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Our SplashWorld hotels offer up a break from the norm, in that each one grants you free entry to a first-rate waterpark. Better yet, you can ride the slides as often as you like. Some parks are within the grounds, others are an easy drive away. And while each one is different, the kind of rides you can expect include slides, Lazy Rivers, Wave Pools, and Surf Simulators.
Just so you know the waterpark here is open from May-October and kids need to be at least 110cm tall to use the slides. The Aqua Tower is for little ones over 5 years, who must be supervised be an adult. Soft drinks are included in your all inclusive package at the snack bar here.
Cleopatra buffet restaurant
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering a selection of international dishes are offered including local dishes, pizzas, grilled meat, fish, pasta and salads.
Relax and indulge in one of the treatments offered at the spa, you can pick from a massage and a range of spa treatments. Whether it's a special occasion or you'd just like to treat yourself and there's a hairdresser too.
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Can not say one bad thing about this hotel. all the bar staff, maids etc were more than helpful. gave a small tip and they did everything for us all week like we was royalty! chloe the Thomson rep was really good and the trips they had to offer were perfect :) they were cheap and did what they described. the hotel manager marc vine was lovely, knowing that there is someone there on holiday along with the reps incase you need anything is a massive help and just made our holiday even better as they always make the effort to come and chat to you. the hotel rooms were basic, but you don't go on holiday to sit in your room!! the complex itself was amazing, we have never been to somewhere as nice as here. there are loads of different places you can snack and a couple of different restaurants you can dine in within this resort. the new waterpark on the resort was perfect too and the lifeguards are very friendly and the beach is literally on your doorstep. there were a couple of different pools, the main one is absolutely massive, one thing I noticed was that there was also more than enough sunbeds for everyone too, so you don't have to get up at 6am to reserve yourself one!! the rooms were clean as the maid came in everyday to tidy up and add little touches like rose petals on our bed. the entertainment may not be much to some people if they want to come in groups of young males/females. but for us in our early 20's it was a perfect chill out holiday with plenty to see and do and your holiday is what you make it :) the food was quite good too, after seeing the reviews we panicked a bit, but there is plenty of variety and choice. BUT if you are typically English and expect a fry up for breakfast; pie chips and beans for tea then prepare to be disappointed :) there are people from many different countries, so it has to cater for them too. but the food was good all in all :) perfect holiday and will definitely be returning in the near future. (hopefully the prices wont go up too much with it being such a good hotel). Adam & Kayleigh xMore
Lovely hotel, excellent service although rooms would benifit with a refurb
I travelled to Tunisia for the first time with my partner and our two daughters age 4 july 2013 staying at the Thalassa Sousse. We arrived in Tunisia and after waiting in a long ue for our visas we got on the transfer coach to hotel. Upon arrival we were told our room wasn't react and wouldn't be until half two, meaning we had to hang about waiting for almost 3 hours. Not ideal after the flight. I would have liked to get a quick shower to freshen up before exploring he hotel. The redemption did look after our cases while we had something to eat and drink. We then sat at the tables outside until our room was ready. We were called after waiting a few hours to be checked in. You have to fill in a card with your details and are given some vouchers for free bottled water (one a day) the porter then too us to our room with our cases. We had a bungalow, inside is massive. There was a double bed and two single beds and the bathroom is very spacious too. With a really deep bath and a shower on wall. There was plenty of storage space although only one socket although I read this before and took an extension with three sockets :) the rooms are a big dated although clean The maids came daily with fresh towels made beds and swept floors. If you have a bungalow you have a garden like part and later if kids where tired they could have a sleep and we could still lie outside. Also a couple of days we had a lie in and then stayed in our garden and the kids played with a ball ect. Food was average, usually find something to eat ie pizza, pasta, chips, salads. I usually find all inclusive is much the same standard. The slides and pools are brilliant. My oldest loved it. If you want a bed near pool you have to be up early. Although can alway get one on grass if your a late riser. We decided to venture out near the beginning of our holiday which we found to be a mistake. After getting out the taxi we were approached by a man who seemed to recognise us from the hotel said he was a waiter a the Thalassa. He said it was his day off and he would show us down the the main shopping area BIG MISTAKE TO TRUST HIM!!! He took us to a shop selling jewellery they locked the doors and refused to let us out until we bought something. They told us to sit and proceeded to put necklaces bracelets ect on us when we said NO they got angry. Having two kids with us I decided to buy something and get out. After leaving the same thing happened again, an elderly man saying he worked at hotel. We realised they must know the all inclusive bands and pretend they work at the hotel to get you to their or their families shops. We decided to go back to hotel and only went out once again after that to eat out and got taxi there and back. We ate out at The Saloon stake house which was nice although they don't have kids menu so my 4 year old had to order an large adult meal. The entertainment was ok not the best ive had. I didn't use kids clubs, so can't comment on that. All the staff were amazing and couldn't do enough for us, they even squeezed fresh orange for our drinks lol which was nice. We did tip the bar and waiting staff every few drinks and they wouldn't let us get up for our own alway brought them before we were done. We had our own waiter at meal times and we tipped him daily too. Maids we tipped at the end of each week and porters we tipped at the beginning and end. Overall we had an nice holiday. Hotel is nice and clean (as I said before rooms could be doing with refurbishing) Staff where amazing. Although I dint think i will be returning to Tunisia again. I've tried to be as honest as possible as I read some really bad reviews before I went. I didn't know what to expect. Hope this helped. More
Decent hotel as base to explore Tunisia - a few niggles
We went to Tunisia for my 30th birthday, the main reason being a stunning two-day desert trek through the Sahara. It is a MUST-DO experience and if you are visiting Tunisia you will not get the full benefit without this. It's grueling - early starts, loads of walking, but is absolutely brilliant. So, the hotel was rather supplementary to our plans. We took a punt on Thalassa as it had ok reviews and was reasonably priced. Overall the stay was good. The pool area is lovely, the hotel is clean and well maintained, facilities not bad, the staff - particularly a bar lad called Slim - were incredibly friendly and helpful. However, our chalet room - which was nice and clean, basic but perfectly pleasant had a few issues. There was a bit of an ant infestation, the TV only had foreign channels (no English - but great if you are a German speaker) and our air con didn't work. Over the course of our stay we reported this to our Thompson holiday rep, our cleaners, the check in staff and hotel manager and were only moved to an air conditioned room after kicking up a stink on the very final night. It was a shame because we highlighted it repeatedly and Tunisia in August is HOT! Tip for you: avoid Ramadan month. The staff and locals are fasting and get a little tetchy. Food and bar facilities at this hotel are a disappointment. There are three bookable restaurants but these were booked out on every occasion, no matter how early we tried. So we were forced to eat in the English restaurant. The cook, Dave, is a great guy, good stories, and tries his best with limited ingredients but Im afraid to report the meals were not fantastic. Free food - but dubiously cooked eggs, tiny red sausages and broad beans in tomato sauce were pretty much the staple. The pools have a bar and there is a bar inside but, despite being all inclusive, and the brilliant bar lads milling around the pool area bringing you new drinks, I felt let down by the small selection, tiny drinks in tiny plastic cups and no cocktails. The pool is fantastic for families But be warned. The sun loungers are all "reserved" with towels before 8am. There is an entertainment team, called Animation, who break into dance routines and encourage you to play various sports throughout day. This can niggle if you are trying to read or just relax. This is not a hotel for solitude. But if you have kids, don't mind a bit of a buzz or are that way inclined (one of those sociable types) then you'll enjoy it. There is a lovely private beach as well with free sun loungers and amazing views. But you will get the odd salesman trying to flog you merch or boat trips while you sun bathe. There is also a big water park with scary flumes and rides. This is set back away from main hotel complex but you get free reign of it. Me and my girlfriend had a lot of fun taking on some of the terrifying drops in rubber rings. Tunisia is not a rich country but there are gems to be found if you look. We got cheap cabs easily to and from the hotel to the beautiful port el kantaoui with its rich boats, restaurants and bars. Again, be prepared to bat away a few street salesmen and kids flogging posies. But good place to get a cheap straw hat and fake Ray Bans. Overall, Tunisia - specifically the Sahara Experience - was incredible. Hotel Thalassa was ok. Good value, nice place to stay - just don't expect all the trimmings, beautiful food and endless flowing alcohol - because you won't find it here. What you get is a good value, clean, friendly hotel with loads of swimming pool activities, beautiful weather and a lovely private beach. Good location too.More
James C, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Some very good bits and some bad bits - but overall great relaxing Holiday :)
Most of the flights into Tunisia are morning which poses a problem straight away when you arrive at the hotel as check in is 2pm - this is not noted anywhere and when you have had a 2 hour airport queue to have your passport and visa checked you do not want to then wait around for 2 hours just to get into your room ! We travelled in October and it was still very busy and very hot - YET no air con ! this only runs between june and september ?????? As a result we had the room doors open and were eaten alive by mosquitos - easily solved with some spray but annoying more than anything as it was still very warm and we struggled some nights with no air con The flies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And then more flies - there were hundreds on everything and although the bars and restuarants were cleaned daily by the end of your sitting or the afternoon the flies were abundent and the bars outside in particular very sticky ! Apart from the above and the odd bad day with the all inclusive the staff were great and the rooms very nicely done out and cleaned daily The different restuarants is a good idea but the food wasnt that much better or different to that in the main all inclusive and I would say that breakfast was the worst meal.......... Very modern hotel with some areas needing attention but not overly noticeable The best bit for us was the beach which is private and beautiful topped off with the beach front cabana and restaurant/bar where the waiters after one day rememebred you and your drinks :) Tipping is a big must and the staff deserve it as they do really look after you We relaxed totally and there were plenty of children around but they tended to stay by the pools and the water park which looked fantastic and very good to keep the children entertained Overall it was a short transfer with great weather and location along with it being a large resort so you didnt feel like you were doing the same every day/night :) I would recommend and the price of £400 pp ai for a week was good value :)More
Amanda K, Bristol, United Kingdom
2nd time loved it
This is the second year we've Been here great the first time but now with the new water parks its greater even The food sometimes is not the best but if you buy a mini don't expect a rolls royce plenty of choice. We had a bungalow down near the beach which was kept nice and clean and all the staff were very helpful and curtious. Wish the air conditioning had been on rather hot at night Booking again for next October bringing more family members along one thing that was lacking was some decent evening entertainment except when the ruskies got drunk entertainment. In itself can't wait for next timeMore
Jill M, Gloucester, United Kingdom
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