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This hotel is set in a complex of three other hotels which you are free to visit, via the grounds,you do not have to step outside on to the street at all. There is excellent entertainment on all of the hotels, which include snake charmers, etc. So if you don't like one particular act, (like me) you can always visit the other hotels,for the evening. This hotel is all in marble, and very grand The staff are very efficient and friendly, very clean and the food is excellent. We stayed half board, and you have your own table which you sit at every meal time. You are attended to by your own waiter, and of course order your requirements. The sunbeds are situated around the hotel gardens, so you can choose where to lie in the sun, be it shade or whatever. The gardens are attended to constantly, and you will see leaves and litter etc, removed almost immediately. The beach consists of white sand with straw sun shelters truly a sunseekers paradise. Camels parade to take you on to the saraha safari, we did not go so cannot comment! The market is great and you can name your own price virtually, if you walk away the stall-holder will follow shouting what will you give me. Do not give in to so called guides, you will no doubt be accosted by young lads asking to be your guide, you can get a bus to the market from the hotel, and the market consists of very narrow lanes, cobbled, and quite scary in parts, but after your first visit, you will feel more secure. This is a must for shopping as you will pick up wooden carvings, marbled items, etc, for coppers, but do remember, these people do have to make a living, so don't be too mean. I bought a wooden camel for the equivelant of 11p but bought some other items much more expensive just to make up the money, as I felt really mean to be so stingy! There are some really nice buildings in sousse, statues etc, although I never really looked into them, we were only there for a week, not long enough really to find out properly about their culture,etc. They are a friendly people as like everywhere, there are good and bad in every country and district. Just keep your wits about you, and you will love Sousse, and the hotel Tour Khalef,really good value and Thompsons did us proud there. When you are due to leave, your dining table will have rose petals scattered all over. Anyway, enjoy, and I hope I have been of some help in filling you in about this place. Please do leave a review for others to read and enjoy, as I hope you have enjoyed mine. Happy hols.
Just got back on Monday from a brilliant week at the Tour Khalef. If you're going here in the near future, then look forward to it, you'll be made very welcome! Just keep an open and realistic mind however - this isn't a 5-star International Business Hotel, nor does it attempt to be. It's a spacious, clean and welcoming tourist hotel with fantastic staff. There is a slight downside though in the form of Russians, who since being let out of their box in recent years seem to be taken over the Med. Don't get me wrong, they are ok, but they just have little or no social awareness. The hotel used to put on fantasic buffets in the evening, which were spoilt by the Russians loading their plates (and tables) up with so much food that the hotel struggled to keep up with demand. There's approximately 1200 guests when the hotel is full, I would suggest that 80 of these are Russian, but hey, that's why we go abroad isn't it? To sample these things! You may just need to use some good old Anglo-Saxon persursian techniques if they push in, or try and nick your sun lounger.
On the subject of tipping... It is a way of life in the Middle East, Africa, India and really anywhere other than the UK. The hotel staff get tiny wages, approximately #150.00 a month, therefore try and make up this amount by giving good service and looking after you - for which, they quite rightly expect a tip. It doesn't have to be a fortune. Our typical round of drinks by the pool where about 7.8 Dinars - so I just gave them a 10 dinar note and called it quits. With the exchange rate at 2.5 dinars to the pound, you can see we are only talking about peanuts. The pool guy got 5 dinars a day to reserve our 4 sunbeds, 2 umbrellas and cushions, and for that made sure we were set up ever single day, which is quite funny when you are watching Russians struggle around the pool with piles of sunbed cushions. What I am trying to say, is look after the staff and they will look after you! There's no need to be a high roller, or splash huge amounts of cash about - just keep in mind that a 2-dinar tip (about 80p) will make all the difference. The staff love the British, hate the Russians...
All in all, its a great place. I've rated it good (and not excellent) as we didnt pay for excellence and didn't expect it. Everything is clean, the food is immaculate (although a bit repetitive), the pool is clean, the beach bar is wonderful, and the staff are cracking. You'll have a fantastic time!!!
This hotel was fab, we stayed for 7 days and those 7 days were so good. Its really good fun its so good for the kids too. It's a great laugh. We loved it.
I have been to tunisia about 5 times have to go for 2 weeks as I hate it when I have to come back home, I have booked to go back again at xmas. Been on some trips, walk on the wild side is good for kids and you have to do the reps night it is brill the dream girls are fantastic. Hotel is excellent staff couldn't be anymore friendly. Medina is good but you get hasselled a lot, met alot of friendly people there. The entertainment staff are really good espeically with the kids and they try to do things for all ages. The food is good with lots of choice. Hotel and rooms are spotless and the reps are really good espeically mark, mandy, anita. Weather can be cold at xmas but summer it is to hot. Merina is beautiful, especially night time, the fountain is georgous. Tunisia is the best holiday I've had cant wait to go back, would recommend it to anyone.
Well where do you start. If it is your first time in tunisia you have to fill a form in as soon as you get there so take a pen with you. Shut your eyes when going to the resort as you will be put off. We stayed in sousse at the tour khalef hotel. This hotel is really nice clean rooms are very comfortable and the people are fantastic. If you have children then I can recommend the kids club as the reps kate and claire are so good with the children. The resturant is very clean but the menu was the same nearly every nite which got a bit much if your there for a fortnight. Only complaint I have is there was to much pushing and shoving but there was plenty of food . Just beware that some of the guests can be very greedy and fill their tables full of food then leave most of it and also they will take all the fruit so you have to quick. Over all we had a really good holiday and would go back.
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