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Member Reviews (2)
- Sahara BeachFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Sure, the hotel rooms aren't penthouse suites, but if your spending your entire holiday in a hotel room then why are you even bothering to go abroad!? We had relatively comfy beds, a reasonable sized bathroom with a bath and shower and a cleaners attendance every single day, who for a few diner (about £1) provided us with extra towels and a cheery hello the whole time we were there. Only negative was the room air cons gets switched off in September with no option to purchase if wanted, and for us Londoners - 27oc is still a bit uncomfy to sleep in without the facility to cool the room, but this wasnt a major problem & me & my partner both slept well (apart from the mozzie attacks which are to be expected so take plenty of repellent!). Those moaning about lack of TV and fridge - please get a life!! There are 7 bars in the complex, all a stones throw from every room so obtaining drinks, water or your ritual morning cup of PG tips was a doddle. If you go abroad with the intention of wanting to watch BBC News 24 in your room with the curtains shut all day, then I suggest you stay away from the lovely Sahara Beach Hotel. The hotel food was outstanding - one of the best AI restaurants for choice Ive stayed in. For the unadventurous you have the monotony of chips (which were lush!!) and freshly made to order pizza on tap every lunch and dinner - which is great for the kids, but there is also a massive selection of freshly cooked meats, carved joints, kebabs, fish, tunisian cuisine, cous cous, salads and potato cooked in every way imaginable. We had the same table in the restaurant the week we were there, which was great as we built up a rapport with the waiter, who couldn't do enough for us. He even remember the drinks we ordered and have our next glass ready on the table as our previous was finished. Amazing attention to detail considering the hotel does cater for around 3000 people.
It's not openly advertised, and its only because my boyfriend was nosing on the notice boards that those AI guests can eat once during their stay in the al a carte restaurant which is bookable via main reception. I'd recommend going just for the wine! Much nicer than the AI bars offering! We were a little disappointed that the reps didnt point this out and it was only by chance we found out we could eat here for free - so theres a great tip!
There were three amazing pools on the resort and the hotel is based directly on a private beach - where we spent most of our time cooking ourselves in attempt to colour our pasty complexion! Beach is clean and tended to beautifully, the sand is gorgeous and the sea so clear you could see the fishes darting around your feet! Mattresses are given to you for the plastic loungers, and a tip is expected but if you do any excursions you'll see where these people live during your commute and understand why your 50p is appreciated. Like most hotels you get the selfish rising at the crack of dawn to dump their towels down and not return until 1pm, but hey its like that everywhere isn't it!? Loungers were readily available, but your towel on the sand would be just as comfy! Hotel pool was a little more lively with the animation team entertaining all with poolside dances, water polo and aerobics...which you were not obligated to join in but could if you wanted to. Massive hats off to the Animation team who work so bloomin' hard from 9am-12pm every day. Completely recommend the MJ tribute the team put on - what a talented, friendly and hard working group of people they are. Thomas Cook reps Liz & Marina were also not to be faulted, extremely helpful. My partner was unwell the last few days (due to an op before departure-nothing to do with hotel) and we had an excursion booked & assumed it would be a battle cancelling and getting a refund but they were fantastic and completely understanding. I was very impressed with their approachability & comprehensive knowledge of Tunisia. Their welcome meeting was also beneficial for great general hints and tips so I suggest you attend. I had previous poor experience with Thomas Cook, but Liz & Marina have resorted my faith. In fact First Choice (who I previously regularly used, and were a lot more expensive for this hotel) reps were never around!! Ok so here's the negatives... The sellers dragging you in the shops on route to the restaurant every time you go to eat gets a bit annoying, and being followed around the shops if you enter - I think the hotel could do more to control this. We would have spent much more time looking around and probably buying should we have been left to browse freely. You can barter to get some good bargains though if thats your thing, but being accosted 4 times a day does wear thin very quickly. The newsagents on site charge 5 diner for a box of 20 ciggys (which is still great at £2.50 in GBP) but if you travel to Monistar or Sousse to a Tobacca shop you can get a box of 200 for £15! Another disappointment was the reps cabaret which was in a beautiful Casio setting in Sousse, drag acts were great but the reps efforts (well the majority aside Liz, Marina and a cheerful cockney guy who did a good rendition of George Formby) But the rest was a bit like watching your overweight 6 year old cousins do an half bothered dance routine at a family wedding that your aunt has made them do to show you how talented they are. Miming to songs is not entertaining, particularly when there's not much dancing involved. The reps looks uncomfortable and embarrassed...I was expecting a bit more Butlins or "stage school-esq" style entertainment but it was even worse. The drag acts were good (the guys had better legs than me!!) and it was only the equivalent of £20 each (with two drinks included) so was nothing to grumble about and was a night out, but in hindsight I probably wouldnt have wasted my money as it was promoted to be something it wasn't. Even the usually easy pleased older dears seated on our table looked a bit bewildered at the performances - or lack of them.
Another moan not really associated with the hotel's review but worth a mention is aimed at the British parents. Yes I know your on holiday and want to relax, but the way some of your unruley children behave is diabolical. Im a girl in my early 20s, and I was ashamed at how some parents let their kids behave. Playing with toys in the middle of walk ways in the main entertainment bar, where waiters are walking up and down with trays of drinks and glasses, flashing lazer pens towards the stage annoying the heck out of everybody trying to watch the shows whilst the gormless parents watch on, little Chesney screaming "MUMMMMMMMM" aggressively at the top of he's lungs across the room, parents (in inverted comma's!!) letting their offspring turn the circular seats on the sides and rock in them like demented apes. God knows what the international guests & staff thought of us Brits but I was appalled and ashamed to be tarred with that same brush of probably just an unavoidable chavtastic minority...there was a new born/3 month old wearing no hat, clothing or protection around the pool all week as well but that a whole different rant! I could see other holiday makers looking at the oblivious mother in disgust. What is wrong with some people!?! To even things out a bit - the other European guests do not understand the concept of queuing and will think its ok to dart in front of you in the food line or up the bar which started to grate. Overall a fantastic holiday, was sad to come home and would definitely go back. Perhaps armed with a fly swat...but not for the mozzie - just for the British kids!! All in all a fab hotel for all ages, please dont let the negative reviews on here deter you from choosing hotel Sahara Beach.