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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hotel 7/10 cannot complain to much except the staff are very.. let me say disturbing around children and pretty girls/ladies.. i didnt enjoy holiday for 1 minute because my girlfriend is mixed race and the locals assume im with a arabic girl so i get some really bad looks.. even though its for kids dont let them near the bar staff, also absolutely nothing to do outside the hotel except a few shops. DO NOT BUY ANY TOBACCO except at the airport as they are fake.. im not usually fussy but i didnt enjoy the holiday even our plane was delayed then our train was delayed wont ever visit tunisia again..More


Absolutely wonderful experience

My family and I visited the thalasa souse from 29.03.15 to 05.04.15 staying 7 nights. We all had a wonderful time made special by the the very talented entertainment team and their director Anis. Staff at the hotel were so very welcoming and helpful from the onset. There was not a single thing I would have changed. The food was amazing and there was a huge variety 3 times daily and freshly cooked pancakes outdoors at 3.00pm daily. I can honestly say I would go back in a heartbeat, well done to hotel thalasa for making our stay so memorable 😘.More

akhir k, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Amazing complex, everything we could wish for!

I booked this holiday for myself and my 16 year old son 3 weeks before we travelled as a last minute Easter break. We are very experienced travellers and this was my 20th (my sons 16th) holiday abroad. I have been to countless countries and continents and never go to the same hotel twice as we like to experience different places. We stayed from Sunday 29th March until Sunday 5th April. The hotel was absolutely great. We had a bungalow room near the main reception and main pool and was in a lovely location with the sun on our patio from 7am until 6.30pm. The gardens and grounds were all kept spotlessly clean at all times and the maids came and did a good job every day. We had 2 single beds and a sofa bed to choose from and all were very comfy with extra blankets and pillows available. Bathroom was very spacious and our bath/showers were always hot water at all times of the day. The only restaurant open for the first few days was the main buffet restaurant but the food was always hot (they do 2 sittings for each meal time where more fresh hot food would be put out) and we never went hungry as there was always something nice to eat. Not sure the English kids would be too happy if not use to foreign All Inclusive food but there was always plenty of tasty chips, freshly made pizza, lasagne, rice, cous cous, pasta, noodles, etc. Quite a lot of meat and fish dishes always on offer too (most cooked freshly in front of you) and lost of delicious deserts and icecream. Also a bread and salad bar too with lots of different sauces to choose from, oh and a different soup every day. We don't usually eat breakfast so only went down 3 times but there was toast, cereals, fresh pancakes as well as cheese/ham, omelettes, eggs, beans, tomatoes, etc. It seemed the more the week went on the better the food got each day. Half way through the week they opened the a la carte English restaurant which served 4 course meals (Im guessing the Finnish family who reviewed underneath didn't obviously notice this) and we had a lovely meal served to us in there. I believe the other restaurants are opening maybe end of April to May if not sooner? The reception always had at least 2 or 3 men in suits to look after your needs and there was always managers walking around at all times asking if everything is ok. I've never been to a hotel before where they have so many to help. The second day after we arrived we noticed the waterpark still wasn't open so asked why at the reception - one of the reception men immediately rang a manager and said we will get it open in the next hour - which they did! Must point out though that the slides weren't all open (i think only 7 were) and only opened for roughly 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours late afternoon. They will exchange money at reception and on the last day they will exchange back any unused Dinars too (30 Dinars for £10). Wi-fi is free and you get 14,000 hours free to use. The signal is fab and we got a signal from our bungalow, round the pool and even at the top of the slides near the beach! The small shop in the hotel is good for bits and bobs. Cigarettes, etc cheap but i think his shoes and clothes can be bought cheaper from PEK or Sousse. Inside the reception area is immaculate and lots of seating always. This is where the main (and only at the moment) bar is. It closed at midnight which is ok for some people i guess but quite a few were disappointed we couldn't get drinks after this time. The animation team are a new team from last and previous years but they truly were the most fantastic people you will ever meet! I think we counted about 27 of them at the moment but i believe in summer they hire up to 39! The shows were very funny and they all work so hard. 7 days a week they work from 9am till midnight and they put in so much effort. During the day they have yoga classes, darts games, ball games, dancing lessons, including lots more all throughout the day and people of all ages join in and they are always so much fun......P.S. if any animation team are reading this just want say big thank you from Malita & Keegan - we see you all again soon hopefully :) I don't think i would come at Easter time again or so early in the season because of the waterpark not fully open, nobody at all around the relaxing ppol all week, the snack beach bar/restaurants not all open and the bars closing way too early. The beach was empty and there were no watersports available. Also very surprisingly there were hardly any English families at our hotel (maybe 10 if that) the hotel was packed full of Algerians and Tunisians and it did feel like they took over the place even though they all seemed very friendly enough. Also after going into Port El Kantoui and Sousse for the day i must admit we didn't really like Tunisia itself at all (probably ok for some but we are so well travelled we have a lot to compare to).....although must say the port/marina at PEK was pretty and the small fairground looked nice. Also the beach at Sousse looked quite nice and clean even if there wasn't anyone sunbathing on it yet. Shops were dissappointing compared to other countries but we did get cheap converse (£5), Nike air Max (£35) cheap cigarettes (£1 a pack of 20). Also the beaches around our hotel were all deserted even though the weather was fabulous all week. Hopefully in the proper summertime everything will be open and i can only imagine when it all is the hotel will be awesome!! Like i said we never go back to the same place twice......BUT because we thought Thalassa Sousse was such a GREAT hotel we are already looking into going back for 2 weeks in July - which in all our years of travel is something we have never ever done before and always said we'd never this must say something about how good the Thalassa Sousse is! Hoping to see you all again soon - Malita and Keegan from Boston, UK.More

bostonbadgirl, Boston, United Kingdom

Enjoyed every minute - great staff, very clean, good food and fantastic pool

We booked this hotel as an all-inclusive Easter break just before the awful museum massacre in Tunis. We were obviously a little apprehensive about going to Tunisia but the staff at the hotel and the people of Sousse could not have been more welcoming. There was very little of the hassle of Morocco and people were so grateful that tourists were still supporting them and their country. My children were blown away by the hotel and the pools - kids paradise. We knew that the slides would not be open (after reading the small, small print) but the hotel opened them anyway (perhaps better and more prominently notes on the First Choice website would have avoided this confusion for many guests but the hotel staff handled it very well and opened them anyway for us). We enjoyed the food and we ate everyday at the hotel and had no upset tummies! In fact I was very impressed by the attention to cleanliness at the hotel and the managers were constantly in attendance keeping up standards. Our room was spotless and was cleaned really well every day. The great animation (entertainment) team worked really hard day and night to keep the kids and adults entertained - my 13-year-old son may have appreciated a few more teenage activities, but was just as happy joining in with my younger children and the activities changed daily. The team were very engaging and friendly and really tried hard with my not very friendly 10-year-old and even got him joining in - top marks!!! All in all the whole staff team were great - friendly, efficient (especially when my daughter went 'missing') and we were very impressed. First time to Tunisia and I though the quality of the hotel for the price was above and beyond what I expected. It's a shame that the authorities don't crack down on the amount of litter in a tourist resort but the hotel was spotless and they even clean the beach by the hotel every day. To sum up - wish we had booked two weeks instead of a week.More

PLSandO, Bristol, United Kingdom

Disappointing and not a 4* hotel!

We stayed here for a week through Detur (a Finnish travel agency) in March-April 2015. The tourist season is just starting in Tunisia so a lot of the hotel's facilities were still closed, which was expected but still disappointing. All of our meals were served in the same buffet restaurant and none of the three a la carte restaurants or cafés were open. The water slides opened during our stay and they also started cleaning the beach. The hotel was relatively inexpensive so we didn't expect too much, but were still disappointed for several reasons, which I will list below: -Service was slow (too few waiters), the waiters in the restaurant were rude and didn't e.g. give space when carrying food. -The hotel room was very basic and didn't contain such basic things you would expect to find in all decent hotel rooms such as a hotel file with basic information about the hotel (amenities, phone number to the reception etc), a TV with more than 1 channel working (that's right, the TV only had one channel and it was in French) or a working A/C / heating system (when we arrived the room was FREEZING) -The staff didn't really understand English, but this seemed to be common in Tunisia -Water in the pools was really cold, but this was also expected -Wifi very old fashioned: it only worked in public areas (somewhat poorly), you had to get a personal code from the reception and log in again every time you had left the public area -Animation team was irritating, but perhaps this is just a personal opinion. I must say, however, that it seemed to us that the animation team was large compared to e.g. the team of bartenders/waiters (as mentioned above, there were too few waiters and we had to wait for our drinks a long time) -The food was very average and everything was deep fried. If you have bad allergies I wouldn't dare eating here since you couldn't really know what you were eating and as mentioned, the staff didn't speak proper English so I wouldn't trust what they say... Then the issue that irritated us the most was the WATER BOTTLES. We read in advance from Tripadvisor that you only get one bottle of water per day. That's not a lot but doable, right? Well, no one instructed us on where to get the water bottle (as mentioned, there was no hotel folder/file in the room) so naturally we asked the bar. They told us that you need a ticket from the reception so we asked the reception for the ticket. They said you don't need one and came to the bar to explain this. After some discussion in Arabic we finally go the water bottle. The same routine happened EVERY SINGLE DAY! We asked the bar for the water bottle, then asked the reception for the ticket, then there was a lot of discussion before we got the bottle. On day 4, I think, the reception told us that the water bottle would be delivered to our room every day and we mentioned that it had never happened so far, but they promised to fix it. Naturally the water bottle was never delivered so the same routine continued. Oh and one day we brought an empty water bottle with us to the bar and they refilled it - no questions asked! We thought we found a solution but then, of course, the next the cleaner had taken our empty bottle from the room so we had to start the charade again... In an all inclusive hotel where they bring you beer and vodka all the time, you'd think that it would be a bit easier to get a freaking bottle of water! Anyway, we did enjoy a few elements of the hotel. The pools were large and the watersides were a lot of fun (ok the water was freezing but still), we're sure the hotel has more potential during the actual tourist season when all the amenities are opened (maybe mid-April onwards?) and it seems to be a good hotel if you're travelling with children. Oh and the spa was nice and reasonably priced (e.g. pedicure around 15e, massage 30min starting from 20e, 2 hour hamam package with massage, jacuzzi and treatments around 50e per person) One last word of advice: be sure to visit when the locals are not on holiday! When we arrived it was a public holiday in Tunisia and the hotel was packed with screaming children and local families. We don't have anything against local people in general, but it really affected the whole atmosphere: the food in the buffet was local and didn't have any labels on it, the restaurant was really really really full (seriously, during breakfast there were no free tables in the whole restaurant and the whole place looked like a dump and the waiters had to concentrate all of their time on cleaning the table so even during dinner they didn't have time to serve drinks so we had to stand in line for a long time even to get a glass of water. And naturally there was no extra staff even though this clearly was a busy weekend for them. All in all, I would personally stay in another hotel next time. And as mentioned in the headline, this is not a four star hotel, but a maximum three star hotel. I would suggest some serious improvements.More

Marjukka V, Espoo, Finland

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