Hotel Thalassa Sousse  

This smart-looking hotel has a handful of pools, plus a beach on the doorstep.

This hotel is surrounded by acres of greenery, dotted with whitewashed buildings. Inside things are just as smart, with a minimalist vibe. In the lobby squared-off slate grey armchairs nuzzle floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The bedrooms also looks the part, dressed in candy stripes and splashes of fuchsia.

The best thing about this place, though, are the pools. There are four of them scattered throughout the grounds. The main pool is so big it could be mistaken for a lagoon, especially with its palm tree island. Next to it you have a waterslide and two twisty chutes. Smaller children have their own pool, and there’s an adults-only number down by the beach.

On the food front, the main restaurant has a sleek monochrome look, with high-back chairs and funky spot-lighting. It offers up an international buffet, but during the summer you can also try one of the à la carte restaurants.

As for where you’ll find it, the hotel fronts a great stretch of sand. The centre of Sousse is only five minutes away by taxi, but you’ve also got restaurants and bars closer to home.

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

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  All local drinks in restaurants and lounge - time restrictions will apply.  Snacks at set times.

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Onsite waterpark May to Oct

There are plenty of slides here, with fast-paced Kamikaze drops to inflatable-ring rides. Kids over 5 years get their own fun-filled area, too.

Just so you know the waterpark 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, head to the buffet restaurant where you'll find a selection of international dishes, plus local dishes, pizzas, grilled meat, fish, pasta and salads.

Elyssa spa*

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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twin room

These twin rooms with their neutral backdrop and colourful soft furnishings sleep up to three. There's air-conditioning from June to September and heating from November to March for your comfort.

family room

These family rooms with their neutral backdrop and colourful soft furnishings sleep up to four with twin beds and extra beds. There's air-conditioning from June to September and heating from November to March for your comfort.

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Fantastic Holiday, Unfortunately Cut Short

First off I would like to say that we were unfortunate to be on holiday during the time of the terrorist attack. It was an absolutely horrific day, and we were very lucky to just be away from the attack (7km). We only spent 3 days there, as we flew home on the emergency flights. Before the attack on Friday, we were having an absolutely fantastic time. Hotel staff could not do enough for us, and the room was fantastic. The shower was a little rubbish, but you get what you pay for, and it wasn't anything you couldn't cope with. I have a back condition and are very apprehensive about sleeping abroad, as mattresses aren't as good as back home. However this was not the case, I slept wonderfully. No towels were in our room when we arrived, went to report this to reception, and on returning 30 mins later there were plenty. Couldn't ask for more. The only downside was the excursion guys round the pool, the same man came up to us 8 times in 2 days, and he wouldn't take no for an answer. I felt a little threatened, but was aware that they are NOT part of the hotel, just pay 'commission' to be there. On Friday, the day of the attack, we were on a pirate boat excursion which was fantastic for families with young children, but not so good for young couples like ourselves. The hotel staff did their utmost to comfort and reassure panicked guests. Brilliant service from staff carried on as normal, in particular the animation team. I would like to point out that although the majority of hotel residents are Thomson customers, the hotel itself is NOT Thomson run. During the attack, very little information was available. The hotel staff and the Thomson rep, Jaimye, had no more information than we did. We began to worry as other nationalities were being sent home, but at 11:20pm Jaimye said there was a coach on it's way to pick up those who wanted to go home, and emergency flights were available if we wanted them. With the hotel water park, being open to the Tunisian public, we decided to be safe and get on the flight home. Thomson had arranged for a big long haul flight plane with complimentary drinks and food onboard. The crew were very sensitive and were all volunteers. On arriving, more Thomson staff were on hand to assist with anything you needed, and issued letters with information for after care, if we needed it. We were home within 18 hours of the attack. I can't praise Thomson enough and will be writing a letter to thank them. Lots of Tunisian's included the hotel staff, apologised many times for what had happened and apologised for their country. In a time when I feared for my life, the Tunisians and Thomson were giving the best service they could. It is important to remember that it was NOT Tunisia or it's people who carried out the attack. It was also not representative of Islam. I think it's a great shame as this will affect the economy and tourism of Tunisia, and the livelihood of these hard-working and friendly people. We were just caught up in a terrible incident but I would visit Tunisia again, as it is a beautiful country with wonderful people.More

Katie B, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Holladay in Sousse

Hotel says it's **** no it is not Room is clean but outdated Staff are very friendly and very hard-working. Or holiday was going brilliantly until 39 people died in a nearby hotel it seems to me at the time that the British people where targeted. Thomsons not bothered about getting people home not listening to their customers Only interested in money they are losing every other tour operators pulled there people out would never book with them again More

Gerry B, Wigan

Just amazing!

People need to get a grip! Pretty sure the go away to deliberately find fault.......travelled with 4 other people 1 being a teenage boy. Here's an open,honest and frank review. On arrival at hotel at 9.30 at night we were met by the manager who took our bags and ushered us into the restaurant to have dinner and a drink before checking in. We found our room adequate enough,clean tidy with plenty storage space,3 beds and a bathroom,what else do you really need? How much time are you actually going to spend in the room? After exploring the grounds in the morning and finding our bearings we were extremely happy with our choice of hotel,gorgeous pools,plenty water slides (no hefty ques) private beach,2 shops and plenty bars and restaurants. The food was ok. Exactly what you expect from any hotel. Your not going to get a 5 course banquet but travelling with 2 fussy eaters we always found something. There are 5 or 6 world cuisine restaurants that you have to book 24hours in advance,we tried English breakfast,English dinner and Italian lunch. Again very good! Snacks are a bit poor but 15 year old enjoyed them (crepes and donuts) Drinks were great as well,yes glasses are smaller but we drank little and often and a majority of time a waiter would come round with them. Staff in the hotel were courteous and would always stop for a chat. We went for 2 2 hour spas at start and end of holiday which was absolutely Devine! I highly recommend it. Turkish bath,full body scrub,hydro therapy (OMG!!!!!) and a full body massage for 115 dinar (approx £35) DO IT!!!!! Excursions-our party went to the safari park and Zulu meal. Safari park AWSUM!!! Get quite up close and personal with the animals (we were feeding the giraffes) not so keen on the Zulu meal but was part of the package with the safari. We done the pirate adventure which was great,dolphin spotting,swimming in the med and plenty entertainment on board. A few of the party done quad biking also which they all really enjoyed. We booked our excursions through travel company no not independently. The independent company's are quite rude and pushy, slightly cheaper but you can't put a price on safety! Ok,so the animation team.....what can I say? FANTASTIC!!!! Plenty going on for EVERYBODY from kids to great grannies! Always getting people involved and working round the clock organising various activities day and night.....big shout out Luca,Mr Jamaica (swoon) and Sam...also MEOW!!! Some of the party went paragliding which I highly recommend! Only thing I would say is if travelling with kids in buggies or disabled folk there is a lack of lifts (none) so would advise a bungalow! All in all a fantastic,enjoyable holiday. A million percent recomend. XxxxMore

1981lr, Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

best holiday we have had by far!! Animation team made our holiday amazing

After booking our holiday we read the reviews on here. We found alot of mixed reviews and became a little worried..i can safely say you have nothing to be worried about. i want to start by applauding the EXCELLENT animation team...without them our holiday wouldnt of been the same.Ninja, bebo, lilou, larry, sam, samo, astrix there are just too many to name. i think all in all around 25 people every day there to entertain. the mini club was great. Our 3 kids went most days, out of there own choice. they made us feel like part of a big family. They work very hard all day, activities start around 10am and they dont stop till 1am. The evening entertainment was great, very funny which accommodated all nationalities (they even have there very own spiderman and micheal jackson). All of the animation team are highly trained, with a great choreographer Jamaika. We became great friends with them all. On our last day they all came to wave us off. We were all very sad to leave...my 4yr old son cried all the way to the airport!! (i even shed a tear or two). They were all AMAZING. Now ...if you want a place that people only speak english and you only want to eat english food then go to butlins!!! Your holiday is what you make it so embrace it.. ive read people complaining about food and to be honest there was a great variety of food...if you dont like the tunisian food there is plenty of pizza, chicken nuggets, chips and pasta.me personally loved all the tuniaisn food and the fresh fish. Its the same as any all inclusive holiday buffets there will be food you like and food you dont like. All the restaurant staff worked extremely hard to keep evryone happy. When we first arrived (1am) we were taken to our room we realised that the back door didnt lock. in the morning we went to reception and they changed our room straight away...our room was spacious and the cleaners came in daily. I found if you piled the towels on the floor they replaced them all, every day. There were a few people selling day trips..camels,guads and the pirate ship...we did all three. They were all great days out...they do hassle you a little but they are only try to earn a living if your polite to them and just say no they will be polite back. The only person we found too pushy was one of the onsite photographers. We also had the full spa treatment which was also great. My son became ill whilst there and the on-site doctor was extremely helpful. My son had an ear and throat infection...he prescribed antibiotics, ear drops and nasel spray and we payed 50 dinar (£17) that also included the consultation.. he also got the medication delivered within 20 mins to the hotel....brilliant service!!!. The pool was spacious with plenty of different pools depending on what holiday your after. we had a fantastic holiday and we are already looking to book next year!!!More

kayleigh88660, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Amazing

Well after reading the reviews me and my partner decided to take a chance on this hotel first impressions were good although no Thomas on rep was there to meet us the hotel staff immediately assisted with luggage and took us to our room (after tipping 1 dinar to the porter ) approx 33p getting dinar at the airport isn't as easy as it seemed but luckily this hotels a two minute walk to a bank. The room was nice with a balcony and leaving 2 dinar a night for the maid approx 66p gives you that little extra touch the flowers on the bed etc lovely touch worth the 2 dinar a day. The first day we were there we were hassled by people trying to make us go on there trips please say no and use the reps provided u get a much better experience the glads private ship the quads the sousse market trip and wine tasting Thomas on made a brilliant experience. The food was lovely although a tad cold occasionally with such a high turn over and such hot weather that's not a bad thing was completely different from what we normally eat and enjoyed trying all the new tastes all inclusive is a must. The pool bar staff and animation team are brilliant really friendly . The water slides are brilliant and the life guards r really on the ball ready to assist even for a scraped toe. There's henna tattoo artist good prices and free touch ups before you leave. The hotel itself I couldn't fault will go again for defiant the only change I'd make is the constant pestering from outside teams trying to force u to use there services be firm never tell them ure room number or they will charge services to your room. Outside the hotel tips camel rides never pay more then 3 dinar and never let them take your phone for photos, and don't do a tale of 3 cities alot of traveling not much time exploring and be careful taking photos alot of the people will charge u a dinar for the privallage another tip if you run out of water u get a token for a bottle a day just ask reception they will happily give u more and watch out for the coke Fanta and it is very sweet contains full e numbers unlike England. The beach is lovely cheap deals to power glide and use banana boats and always get your airport stamp 30 dinar a few days before you leave xxxMore

Yvonne W,

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Hotel Thalassa Sousse
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