Designed for 3 to 11 year olds, Thomson Kids’ Club offers 2 hours of activities, 5 or 6 days a week. And that includes at least 3 evenings. It’s split into sections, with Tots for 3 to 5 year olds, Team for 6 to 8s, and Tribe for 9 to 11s. Best of all, most kids’ clubs activities are completely free. And outside of peak season, there are parent and toddler sessions 3 days a week, too. For your peace of mind, all Thomson Kids’ Club staff have advance DBS checks and hold NVQ Level 2 childcare qualifications. They’re First Aid trained, and there’ll be at least 2 of them on duty at all times. From May to October.
We have just arrived home from 10 days at the tour khalef, whilst there was nothing wrong about this hotel it's not a holiday I will be shouting about for years to come.
Firstly arrival at the hotel was fine 35 -50 min transfer, but be warned your always last off but first on so lots of visits to other hotels with transfers and excursions. We got to our room lovely a spacious, very dated bathroom and very solid beds (I was looking forward to getting back into mine from the first night) the shower water ended up all over the floor however you put the shower curtain! If you have children be wary as the hotel rooms were so noisy we were normally woken up by russians coming from the night club being loud down the corridor and you can also hear the music from the other hotels as well as ours. We did like sitting on the balcony listening to the jazz band they had on the sun terrace.
The restaurant was again clean, occasionally at breakfast the waiters hadn't cleared tables and don't get me wrong i don't mind pushing some ones plates aside but not when the table cloths haven't been changed its not so nice to sit at, we had are mix of lunches at the pool bar and main restaurant depends what you want. Dinner we had our own table at a certain time, we didn't have any problems but other couples would turn up to have some one sitting in there place, a bit frustrating however at the end of our stay there was a high amount of managers about making sure everything was running smoothly, which did help but you could see the staff looked very stressed out and had to work 100 times harder, we left something little most dinner times. We were also given feedback forms at dinner - not something I wanted to do whilst eating, food overall was okay, though all I wanted when I came home was some vegatables not covered in oil or butter, salads nearly always had something over them, meat was nearly always mostly bone and fat, and what was labeled beef was liver fine if you like liver but a shock if you don't, they did label it better at the end of the week. But the meat at the carvery was yummy as they were joints of meat. Don't get me wrong I didn't go hungry.
The meal the Al a carte restaurant was amazing however highly recommend!
Entertainment was great in the day with loads of pool activities the animation team work hard as they all do in this part of the world, however even though they work hard doesn't mean the evening entertainment was any good, in fact it was pretty shocking even with my sense of humour, it always started about 10.30 after they did some club dancing with he guests, if you've had a 6.15 dinner slot this is a long wait with nothing to do.
We had a few bad days weather during our stay this is when you realise there is nothing to do in the hotel. And the stage is outside so no entertainment if it rains
The hotel is strongly ruled but russians you think it's going to be bad reading the reviews well it was they were so rude and had to make the entertainment about them some evenings they have no concept of personal space and even the animation team and the staff looked shocked how rude they were to them. You've been warned :)
Malcolm the rep was very helpful and very approachable even on his day off we booked quads and the zulu trip both were fun my only thing was we saved or selves for our meal at the zulu but with 4 hungry lads at our table there wasn't much food to go around. The animal park was great save some coins the keepers let you go close to some of he animals and feed them. The zulu entertainment was good I think we would have enjoyed it more if we didn't spend 1 hours waiting outside in possibly the hotest day of our stay so take lots of water as we were pretty exhausted at the end of it all.
Overall we had a nice trip but I wouldn't come back to this hotel or sousse. We stayed in hammamet previously and found it much more clean and pleasent to walk around, we didn't feel unsafe at all in sousse just personal choice. If you want a simple hotel with no thrills it's fine, if we new what the evening entertainment was like we probably would have only done 7 days as it did get repetitive.
myself and my husband stayed at the tour khalef from the 11-18th sept, we had an AMAZING week, firstly the animation boys are fantastic both day and night, they made our holiday! The food in the resturant was also good and what you would expect from an all inclusive, our room was cleaned daily, the cleaners were very friendly esp if you tip them.
We had a brilliant half a day trip on the pirate ship which we booked thru the excursions man at the hotel he is located near the swimming pool, if you haggle you can get a good deal, the trip takes you on a coach to catch the boat, you can swim in the sea, lunch is provided then entertainment on the way back which was fantastic and highly recommended. We also went on the zulu trip which was from 1:30pm until 9pm, we were picked up at the hotel and taken to Friguia park (zoo) where we stayed for around 2hrs, for 10 dinars you can have your picture taken and meet a sealion which was brillaint, afterwards we had a 4 course meal whilst watching zulu dancers from a local tribe we really enjoyed this evening. Malcolm was our Thomsons rep, he was very friendly and available daily from 5pm til 8pm for any queries, you can also book tours with him. The private beach is 2mins from the hotel complex towards the back of the pool area with plenty of sunbeds and the bar also provides free drinks on an all inclusive basis. Every afternoon at the pool bar they make homemade fresh pancakes with chocolate sauce which are lovely. In the evening at the pool bar the amimation team have a show around 9:30, before this they have a mini disco for the kids. We also met Lotfi who is based at the pool bar, we had a watermelon shisha for 10 dinars (around £4.00) he is also very friendly and a good laugh. My husband played water polo every afternoon along with a group from the hotel, there is plenty to do if you wish to keep entertained or if you wish you can just sunbathe and have a dip in the pool. I would definatley return to this hotel, we had an amazing week and met some lovely people. I hope this review helps other people to pick this hotel. Emma & Jon (Rambo) xxMore
Fabulous week away
My friend and I have just come back from a week at Tour Khalef in Tunisia and wish we were still there! The hotel is lovely and clean, the staff are very attentive and the animation team (Marrow, Billy, Steve, Max and Teto) made the holiday full of wonderful funny memories. Malcolm the holiday rep was friendly and very helpful! There was plenty of food to choose from, the pool was a great place to hangout and the beach is within easy walking distance. We shall return again next year for sure!More
Michelle B, Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
Lovely week away
We have just returned from the Tour Khalef staying 4-11th September. Whilst we expected hundreds of Russians and lots of children, we were pleasantly surprised. The Thomson rep Malcolm informed us that 3 weeks ago it was a different story but at this time in September, the Russians have gone back home and the English kiddies are back at school.
I shall break this report into sections and although it may seem a bit long, it will give full and frank experiences that we found during our stay. Some includes the trip to the hotel itself so does not reflect on the hotel but may help you with planning your own holiday.
Flight and Arrival
The flight from Norwich was only 2.50 hours and the transfer was only 30mins so this was nice and short. Have fun watching how other road users over there drive. Although it appears that everyone is a nutty driver and has no road sense at all, we failed to see one accident all of the time that we were there.
You have to complete an immigration form on the plane, which you then have to complete at the hotel too. Ensure that you keep the second part of this form as you will need it when you return through customs in Tunisia on your way home.
The queues at customs at Enfidha airport was huge. It is quite a new airport but the organisation of the visitors is dreadful. Be prepared for a long wait before you reach your coach!
Upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted with a cocktail and another form to fill in but this was not a big issue. After a few minutes, we were told that our room was ready and the porter showed us to our room and took our cases for us. He also showed us how to work the tv and showed us the fridge etc before leaving with a small tip.
We were on the 4th floor at the end of the lower part of the building (room 2216) and we had the most amazing view ever. We looked out onto the ocean with the pool area to our right and another smaller hotel to our left. We watched the sunrise from laying in our beds in the morning, listening to the crickets!
The room was spacious with plenty of hangers, a free fridge complete with 2 bottles of water and ice tray, comfy beds (although some may say they were too hard but you cant please everyone!) complete with sheets and a duvet and 2 pillows each, one soft and one hard. The bathroom, although abit dated was large and spacious. The room was cleaned every day with water left out every day. Small touches like making your bed clothes into pretty shapes and fresh flowers meant alot. We left 2 dinars tip every day for the maid.
Be warned that although the view was stunning, there was alot of noise from the hotel to the left. Man speaking/shouting on a loud speaker system every night but it had all finished by midnight every night.
Hotel and facilities
The hotel is spacious and cleaned every day all day. The lobby is large enough to be cosy with large sofas and comfy chairs and with the high ornate ceilings it is very light and airy. The lobby bar is usually only manned by one member of staff so you could queue sometimes bu they are always polite and well mannered. All staff on the front desk were helpful and friendly. There are cold soft drinks machines dotted around aswell as tea/coffee making facilities. Try the latte coffee, it is delicious!
The pool area was never crowded and we never had an issue getting sunbeds. Although I think it could be different during busier periods. The pool man bought cushions for the loungers every day and was given a small tip in return. The pool was quite clean but always seemed to be very sandy at the bottom. The areas around the pool were clean as was the pool bar and restaurant.
You could have a late continental breakfast in the pool restaurant and lunch in their too. It opened at 10 and stayed open til midnight.
The beach was a minutes walk away and although we didnt use the beach, it looked clean and good to see the security guards keeping the sellers at bay. The beach offers paragliding, jetskis and banana boats for the more active holiday makers! Very reasonably priced at £14 for one of you or £24 for two of you. Highly recommend the paragliding with such an amazing view from so high up. So quiet up there too!
There is an on site photography team that take photos throughout the day at the pool, beach and in the hotel itself. You then log onto the computer kiosk in the hotel lobby to view the pictures and purchase should you wish (again very reasonably priced)
We had a photo shoot done together and as we were leaving early the next day, we had ours put onto a disk.
Wifi is available in the lobby and rooms close to the lobby but as they do not have the equivalent to Broadband when alot of people are using the wifi then it is difficult to get access. One tip if you are an early bird is to go to the lobby or terrace first thing in the morning and you should have no problems.
Thomson Rep (Malcolm)
Very helpful and friendly at all times. We needed some money changing up but the hotel bank in the lobby was closed at the time so he gave us some dinars from his wallet using the same exchange rate as the hotel. Over and above what is expected. Not at all pushy during the welcome meeting and very informative. His wife was visiting for a couple of weeks but he was always approachable, even on his day off.
We booked the Zulu and Friguia Park trip. The safari park was good and nice to see so many animals in large spaces. The Zulu part of the trip is obviously very popular but we had to queue for nearly an hour before the doors opened. There were approx 400 in the event and the service was second to none once we were all seated. Zulu dancers and warriors and belly dancers but the food is not to everyones tastes and it was very dark inside so you couldnt actually see what you were eating!!!!
As we went at the beginning of September we expected the weather to be a bit cooler which it was but it was also very cloudy an 3 days. 2 of the days it actually rained, very heavily on a couple of occasions and this was when you realised that there is actually nothing to do inside the hotel if the weather does turn. The lobby was not large enough to accommodate all of the residents so many had to resort to going back to their rooms.
The hotel is situated close to the beach but outside of the hotel there is one small kiosk and a small shop and that is all. Nowhere to have a walk to in the evenings. (not where you felt very safe anyway!)
Food and drink
We always found something different to eat every day at dinner time (evening) Breakfasts were the same but so much choice, cereals, fruit, fresh breads and pastries, doughnuts and pancakes, smoothies and full cooked breakfasts. Lunch in the pool bar was a smaller selection than in the restaurant but always enough to fill you up plus deserts and ice creams.
Dinner was plentiful from salads to soups, bread and pastries, fresh fruit and pasta dishes and pies. Soft drinks, water and beer on tap and red or white wine available from the bar. You have a set table sitting and your own designated table when you arrive but this is only for your evening meal. Table was decorated on our last night which was a nice touch.
Overall we has a lovely stay here despite mixed weather.
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Kate E, Norwich, United Kingdom
Just returned from my 10 days in Tunisia, staying at tour khalef, first of the boys (animation team) are amazing with the entrainment day and night, they really do make your holiday.
the night club in the hotel is wicked and Steve is a good little DJ, the beach is 1 minute walk from the pool with all the jets and boats amazing and good for the money you pay.
the food same old same old, but nice. the rooms are standard. the shops outside are good and the market and quads are a MUST.
I loved it so much here I begged my mother to stay another 10 days, I think my reasons are defo because of the staff and the sun. *and holiday romance ;-)*
BEWARE of the jelly fish. The photographers in the hotel are wicked, loved us as we got around 70 photos, the little side restaurant is lovely the lamb is better then the chicken, it was my step fathers birthday and they made it really special with a cake, candles and flowers etc. The clubs outside are good to and safe, you have bora bora and living.
I seriously cant wait to go back again, just hope the same animation team are there.More
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