Hotel Thalassa Sousse  

Not content with its smart interiors and peachy beachfront location, this place has just knocked up a whopping 13-slide waterpark.

A big, bright waterpark is the star of this place. It’s packed with all the twisters, black holes and hair-raising slides you could want, while smaller children get their own slides. There’s a private beach here too.

The hotel is in a secluded with gardens filled with palm trees and bougainvillea, and terraces that make the most of the views. Shops and restaurants are a 5-minute drive away. And it’s about a 10-minute drive to Sousse.

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Based on 1038 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 469Rooms
  • 2Lifts
  • Buildings: 1 main building, 2 hotel buildings, 269 bungalows
  • Floors: 1 or 3

Food & Drink

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 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. Offering a selection of international dishes are offered including 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

Twin room sleeps up to 3. Air-conditioning is from June to September and heating is from November to March.

twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 or can be sold as a single. Air-conditioning is from June to September and heating is from November to March.

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3 star hotel, 2 star service

We stayed for 10 days at the beginning of October, so it was end of season and it showed. Trying to get a drink at the pool bar was a nightmare as they never stocked it up and this was at 8.00 at night. Although it was brought to the attention of the First Choice reps and they promised to resolve it - this never happened. At the main bar, the staff had a habit of just walking away from the bar, leaving customers just standing there. We were not out to get drunk but to enjoy a drink in the evening after a meal. The lady who cleaned our room was excellent and cannot be faulted. Although air conditioning was included in the price, the hotel decided to turn it off in October and only turned it back on when complaints were made and then it was only on from 6.00pm to 3.00am.More

colin c,

Fantastic hotel, terrible location

Having read a mixed bunch of reviews before our 7 day all inclusive holiday, my wife and I along with our two young children were looking forward to finding out for ourselves the delights and/or horrors of Tunisia. The good bits: 1. The hotel whilst old is immaculate ALL of the time, with the cleaning staff working long hours and always with a smile and greeting. 2. The facilities are excellent, the pools, slides, bars, kids club are all what you would hope for. 3. The evening entertainment is ran by a passionate group who do all they can to keep the young and old smiling throught the week. 4. The restaraunt staff are extremely friendly and helpful, especially with regards to high chairs etc. 5. The rooms are comfortable and adequate in size, considering you are really only in them to shower & change or to sleep they are perfect for their purpose. The bad bits: 1. The amount of touts allowed into the hotel complex calling themselves "staff" and offering items "free" to the hotel guests is annoying and those who are a little less travelled or savvy COULD be lulled into paying a fortune for cheap tat, remember the exchange rate is roughly 1 Dinar = 40 pence ! 2. I write this one carefully, I appreciate they are catering for hundreds of people from all nations weekly but the food in the main restaraunt was very very bland. Yes there are the English and American restaraunts, however they just pick the English and American food from the main restaraunt, fine if you like curry sauce with your roast ! 3. The main down point of the whole holiday is once you are outside the main gate to the complex the place is disgusting. I am not over doing the point for attention here, I have travelled across Africa & Europe many many times and unfortunately the African countries are the same all over. The money and attention has been spent on the Hotels but the main streets and roads are awful. Fine if you intend to stay in the complex but if you are travelling with youngsters you might want to keep them close by ! All in all an absolutely fantastic holiday and a great experience, highly recommended to anyone considering staying here :-)More

RoyMarsh, Devizes, United Kingdom

Fantastic family holiday!!!

My holiday was almost ruined before we'd even got there reading some of the reviews on this site...most of which are unjustified. The ONLY negative of our 2 week stay was on arrival (very early in the morning with 2 young children) we just wanted to get to our room but instead had to fill out arrival cards - they had cards to give us but no pens so please take one in your hand luggage! After a good rest we woke in the morning fresh as daisies after a comfortable night in our family bungalow. We met Katie and Abdi our First Choice reps at the welcome meeting and from that moment through our whole stay they were amazing - very friendly and helpful. The hotel itself I found to be lovely, I don't agree with some comments saying it's shabby and needs updating...area's were generally well maintained and looked after. I saw the pools being cleaned early every morning and we thought the water was lovely - we all enjoyed the water park - great fun for all ages!! The Tsunami ride is sooo scary - it's great hearing grown men scream! lol The lifeguards were very friendly and enjoyed having a laugh with you. The kids splash zone is great for the little ones and again very clean and well maintained. As a family we really enjoyed the food....the main restaurant has a huge selection of freshly cooked foods, if you live of processed foods you may struggle as it is mostly local cuisine but then that's one of the things I enjoy about going on holiday.....there was a large selection of salads, meats, pizza, cakes, pastries etc.... We loved the breakfasts - the eggs are amazing! The waiters are all lovely - especially Fedi! What a star he was - he really looked after us. It is courteous to tip waiters - usually about 3TD - it is part of the culture and if you tip well they go that extra mile for you - we really enjoyed tipping and it was very well appreciated. We won't forget Fedi and if you get him as a waiter your very lucky :). The English restaurant and the Italian restaurant on the beach need to be booked 24 hours in advance but we would also recommend those - lovely food and great service. Our room was cleaned every day and fresh towels given - again we would tip 10TD over the week and we left little presents like sweets and face masks which went down really well and our room would be decorated with lovely flowers everywhere as a thankyou..... if you think, 3TD is only about £1 and yet it means so much to them as their wages are so low. The animation team are great fun and work very hard....you would see them first thing in the morning around the hotel and they would be working hard well into the night - lots of fun for children and adults.....the children loved Sam and Campa - all of them work so hard and are always professional and friendly. We enjoyed 2 trips out, one to El Djem and one to Carthage/ Side bou said - would recommend both - surprisingly didn't get hassled from sellers as much as I thought we would and if you just say NO and don't hesitate they do get the message and leave you - having said that they have some great bargains and if you are confident to haggle you can grab yourself amazing bargains. From that first morning to our last night we enjoyed every single moment of our stay at Thalassa Sousse and will return in the future I'm sure. Please please don't let the bad reviews put you off!!! I sometimes wonder how many are genuine!More

KatieCam17,

Good hotel , poor resort .

Just returned back from thallasa sousse , we got a great price for 10 nights all inclusive ,given this and the bad reviews on here we were not sure what to expect , but we were pleasantly surprised . We were given a room 223 next to the kids pool and it was perfect very clean and spacious . The waterpark and pools were fantastic and the beach was great too , free pedaloes and kayaks all day long . Life guards were great and funny , even got a massage off one of them lol . Food was plentiful with buffet restaurants eat as much as you want and a couple of al a carte restaurants too these were nice too. every night the animation team would take the kids to the mini disco and they were amazing and funny , fantastic with the kids .. Then they would go on and have a show and dances each night . The animation team , waiters and lifeguards were all very nice and friendly , we discovered they don't get paid a lot so they are happy with small tips ... No need to tip lots ... A few dinars and they were over the moon 1 dinar is approx 30 p !!!! Overall the hotel was lovely but a few wee negatives ... Poor lighting round the complex , flies everywhere but this seems to be all over Tunisia ,seats around the complex could have been a little cleaner and reception staff not friendly ,, however this did not spoil our holiday . outside the complex was safe but very dirty and run down few bars and shops but not that great to be honest there was that much to do in complex we didn't venture out much anyway . as Tunisia is a poor country you will constantly get people nagging you to buy stuff from them .. But just say no nicely and they will leave you alone . Make sure you get a taxi to port el kantoui approx £2 in a taxi, there is a beautiful marina and bars restaurants etc and also the Hanibal theme park - this is a great day out for the kids !!!! All in all if you are looking for value for money holiday and don't want to do lots of exploring outside complex and not looking for 5* accommodation this is a perfect holiday .More

Camshy123, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Rooms filthy

I have just returned from here 4 days ago & thought I would share our experience as reviews were very mixed. Water park & life guards were fantastic, Waiters were great too, In fact everyone was really really nice apart from grumpy man at reception who clearly doesn't like woman. Arrived at 2am & was put in to a room 504 I think, beside beach, I was in 2min & our 6yr old daughter started crying because of smell & how dirty bathroom was, it was black with mould, cockroach in room too. I went to reception to ask to be moved to a cleaner room & had a key thrown at me from guy at reception, who told me I was talking rubbish. We got room 334, looked bit cleaner, bath was all stained & mould around bath, grout on floor was disgusting, the place has clearly not been cleaned properly in long time. Very run down. We were in room few times when cleaner came in as we were all ill at some point, ear infection, sick bug. When she came in she threw a dirty wet rag on floor with brush & skimmed over floor, I had to ask for bleach to clean toilet.I could go on all day about bathroom. Bedroom Stripped our bed to find a mattress protector covered in black hair, we are all blonde! Our 3 yr old son wet bed during stay & his mattress was turned on side to dry but not cleaned. Patio area Grass was up to our knees, out of sight out of mind... Mine & my daughters shoes were stolen. Toilets at pool are never cleaned & never had soap, I went to reps about this but soap was never put in outside toilet... Food Food was really poor, we alway go all inc for kids, chips were only on every other day, nuggets are well over cooked, pizza was good, no ice cream at pool only in restaurant. We ended up going to farmers every nite which was really good. I can cope with food being basic as we like to go out for tea but 1st choice really need to look in to how dirty these rooms are. Water park was great but sorry we won't be back, I would rather pay extra for nice clean hotel with water park.More

Lindsey S, Fife, United Kingdom

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