Thanda Safari Lodge (South Africa)
I have stayed all over the world in many exclusive hotels, but I can assure you that nothing comes close to Thanda Safari Lodge just outside Hluhluwe in KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa. This luxury lodge took my breath away and is, without doubt, the most beautiful, luxurious and outstanding property that I have experienced, and I believe, ... am ever likely to experience. It has recently won the title of the World's Leading Luxury Lodge at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year - and I believe this is more than worthy of this accolade.
***Where is it?***
Its situated in Hluhluwe in KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa - which is north of Durban and South East of Johannesberg. You can drive from Johannesberg or Durban - either self-drive or Thanda will arrange for a driver to pick you up from either airport. From the airports its about a 3 hour drive over mostly decent road, although the last 30 minutes or do is along a dirt track. On my first trip, we had a driver pick us up from Durban and it went without a hitch. On our second trip, we took a chartered aircraft from Richards Bay airport which is just about 30 minutes from Thanda - although the flights are more expensive but do go directly to Johannesberg. I believe this is the better option.
***So what's so special about it?***
Everything! The accommodation, the food, the staff, the surroundings, the wildlife, the experience......everything! It is a special place which will truly leave you feeling refreshed, alive, exhilirated, enamored and pampered - and ultimately it will make you upset to leave and eager to revisit again. I stayed for the first time in January 2008 and for the second time in September 2009 - and I wouldn't be adverse to visiting again sometime soon.
There are two main areas that guests stay - the tented camp and the safari lodge. I have stayed at both areas and they each have something to offer that is unique and highly recommended. For anyone who is planning to stay, I would suggest staying for a period of time at the tented camp and then moving up to the safari lodge afterwards. I would say that 2 days in each would be ideal.
---The Tented Camp---
This is an area that is away from the main lodge but which is within 15 minutes drive (by landrover) to the main lodge area. It truly is in the middle of the African bush, without fences, buildings, tourists - and electricity! There are four tents in this area but they are spread out and separate and so you are unable to see another tent from your tent.
Now, don't worry. Just because you are in the middle of the African bush, miles from civilization, does not mean that you have to do without luxury. The tents are stunning and are colonial in style. They really give the impression of being transported back to the bygone age when travel was glamorous. The tents are huge, comprising of a four poster bed, beautiful wooden closets, an en-suite canvas bathroom with shower - and a decked area that allows you to sit out on it and watch the sunset and the game area. There is no electricity at the tented area, but there are battery operated lights for the tent at night - and lanterns light the public areas. Away from the tented area but within a few minutes walk, there is a shared thai sala area with a plunge pool, a outdoor boma area, and a small dining tent which can fit a maximum of eight guests.
What is amazing about staying at the tented area is the fact that you really are in the thick of it. The first night in the tent was a little bit scary as we were lying awake listening to the wildlife walking around outside the tent - and our anxiety was not made any easier by the fact that we were handed a whistle to use if we needed help! However, it was an exhiliarating experience and one I couldn't wait to repeat the second night! It was also wonderful walking around near the tents and being greeted by impala, warthogs and porcupine to name but a few.
The tented area is less expensive than the lodge area, but actually by the end of the two nights we didn't want to move up to the lodge area.....that is until we got there!
---The Lodge Bush Villas---
Wow. Wow. Wow! The bush villas are absolutely stunning, and while the tents were an amazing experience, the villas themselves were luxury in its purest form. There are just nine villas which can have two people in each - and so the maximum number of people staying at the lodge at any one time is 18 (although the number was lower than this when I was there).
Each villa is detached and completely separate from the other villas. They are huge....and I mean huge. When I walked into the villa for the first time, I vowed never to leave it again! Each villa boasts a spacious lounge area complete with log burning fire. The bedroom has a four poster bed which looks out onto the private decked areas outside the villa. The bathroom has a huge bath where you can open the windows completely so that you are literally sat outside, an indoor walk-in shower and a private outside shower so that you can shower under the stars.
While the inside of the villa is stunning, the outside area of the villa is even more stunning. You walk out onto a private decked area which is raised above the game area below. When you are on your decked area, you are not able to see the villa next to you and so you are in complete privacy, with no one being able to see you, except for the odd passing elephant! Each villa has a small (bit deep) plunge pool which you can relax in and sip drinks while overlooking the bush area. There is also a private thai sala area which you can lounge on - and even sleep on if you so wish. There is a private boma area where staff will sometimes serve you a private dinner around....and yes, you will have your own private waiting staff!
Sitting on the decked area was completely amazing - and you really can see wildlife up-close and personal. Imagine my surprise while skinny dipping in my plunge pool having an elephant walk by and dip his trunk in for a drink! Another day I was sat on the thai sala and watched two cheetahs stalk and hunt a small impala - literally within 30 metres of my outside bed!
***The Main Lodge***
There is a main lodge which is in the area where the bush villas are located. The lodge is equally beautiful and is the communal area which is an extension from your private retreat. Most meals are taken in the dining area here or at the shared boma area just outside. There is also a lounge bar area, a library, a small (very small) business centre - and the Wellness Centre. There is a small waterhole at the lodge where animals frequent.....often the smaller animals such as warthog, African dogs, cheetah and antelope.
The Wellness Centre is probably the only area of the lodge that I would suggest needs a little bit of development. While the spa areas are beautifully decorated - and the treatments offered are varied and professionally carried out, I do think the swimming pool area needs a little work as its not terribly comfortable as its all stone - with some sharp areas. Having said that, because everyone has a plunge pool, hardly anyone uses the swimming pool area anyway. The treatments at the spa were reasonably priced and really helped us to relax even more than we already were.
The lodge works on an all-inclusive basis as far as food is concerned - and it is varied and delicious. For breakfast, you have the options of a full english, fish, fruit, cereals, breads, pancakes etc - or all of them if you wish. Lunch is usually fairly light but also really good - like a salad or sandwich. Whereas dinner is a full three course affair and even takes place in the dining room, in the shared boma area or in your private lodge. At the tented area you tend to eat in the tented dining room or around the boma. You often don't know from one day to the next what your evening dining experience is going to be - but actually that adds to the experience.
The food is fantastic - and usually has 3 or 4 options, catering for the adventurous and the not so adventurous. Memorable meals for me included Kudu (a large and very yummy antelope) and crocodile. One of the more memorable nights was when we have a exquisite BBQ around the communal boma area where you could try some of the more unusual dishes should you so wish. Another night, we were served dinner around the boma in our private villa grounds - and we had our own waiting staff (and felt like royalty!).
***The Safari Experience***
Lets face it, most of us come to a safari lodge in order to see wildlife - and Thanda doesn't disappoint. The lodge is situated in a private game reserve within Hluhluwe National Park and it does have the big five. I had been on safari in Kenya previously and so, for me, my focus was not so much seeing all the animals so that I could tick them off a list, but more so that I could watch these animals in their natural environment and get to know and understand them a little better. The trackers and safari guides here are definitely more into quality rather than satisfying quantity - and this suited me well.
We did see the big five when we were here and actually saw some animals that we hadn't seen in a four week safari in Kenya (such as the African dog, porcupine, black rhina, civet etc). We also saw lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, white rhino, baboon, giraffe, antelope, elephant, warthog etc. However, the area is not so heavily packed with animals that it gives the impression of being in a safari park or zoo - as I have found in other places in South Africa! As I said, the guides are very much about watching the animals while providing you with plenty of information. During my stays there I have been in the jeep as we were chased by a hormonal elephant, sat in the jeep next to two lions who were roaring their heads off (wow....so powerful), had a cheetah run in front of me on the path as I was walking to dinner, had an elephant drink from my plunge pool and watched a warthog give birth.
While you are at Thanda, there are at least two games drives a day. The one in the morning starts at about 5.30am and the one in the evening starts at about 4.30 (although it varies according to the time of year) and each game drive lasts about 3 hours. You are in a open air jeep and every guest is sat next to a "window" (even though there are no windows as its open air - but you know what I mean!). On each drive you also stop and have a sundowner or a sunriser - depending of the time of day. I made a point of making sure I went on every game drive because each drive is different and you never know what you're going to see (sometimes nothing......but sometimes everything!).
There are various additional activities you can undertake if you wish for a nominal fee. I did the croc and hippo safari which was okay but not run by Thanda and not up to the standards of Thanda and so I personally wouldn't bother doing this again.
***The bottom line***
And now for the bad news! Thanda is expensive. Very expensive! I actually can't believe that I paid this amount....and never regretted it. Infact, I stayed an extra night the first time I went - and then I went back again a year later. But there is no way to soften the blow......this type of luxury costs a lot of money.
To stay in the tented area, in the peak season (November - March), you're looking at spending about £550 per tent per night. To stay in the villa at the same time of year, you're looking at spending about £1100 per villa per night. I know....GULP! This does include the accommodation, all food, local drinks, and 2 safari drives a day.
I know its expensive - I really do get that. But if you can afford it, this is somewhere you really should stay at least once during your lifetime.
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Chefchaouen (pronounced shef-shaow-en) is one of the rare places in the world which is both very touristy and very enjoyable. Based in the Rif mountains in the north of Morocco, the city is on the edge of the area which produces more than 40% of the world's marijuana which probably accounts for something of its laid back air. The green ... mountain scenery and blue and white painted houses also give the area more of an Andalusian feel than a Moroccan one, especially for those whose heads are filled with sand dunes and nomadic berbers. However, this can be a welcome respite for those coming from the heat and chaos of much of the rest of Morocco whilst maintaining an exotic edge for those visiting from Europe.
The main thing to do in Chaouen is to wander around the ancient medina where most tourists will be based. This area is packed with tourist shops selling much of the usual souvenirs and gifts of the rest of the country along with a bunch of hippy style clothing. The downsides are that I didn't see many of the spice stores you get in almost all Moroccan cities and prices can be on the high side given the excess of tourists willing to pay over the odds all contained within a small area. The bright colours of all the wares do make a fun backdrop to the ancient blue walls of the buildings. The medina itself is a maze of little picturesque alleys but is also small enough that getting lost is not a major concern as you will soon reach the edge or a major landmark and be able to reorient yourself.
The main square has a pretty mosque with an unusual eight sided minaret but, as is normal in Morocco, thie interior is shut to non-Muslims. There is also the old Kasbah with a small art gallery. It isn't particularly spectacular but as entry is 10 dirham (about 1 euro) it can be a nice way to while away an hour or so.
It is also possible to wander to the outskirts of the town (a couple of minutes outside the medina, maps being provided at every guesthouse) and visit a run down mosque and a small waterfall. Mainly though it is just nice to find a quiet spot to relax and enjoy the scenery which is quite spectacular.
Hashish is available everywhere in Chaouen, largely from touts who circle all the tourist areas offering their goods. Many tourists partake in more than the odd toke but it is worth bearing in mind that although there is a decriminalised air surrounding its sale and use, hash is illegal everywhere in Morocco and can result in harsh penalties. As a Westerner the risks of extortion and entrapment are also present.
Chefchaouen is firmly on the tourist trail and well connected by bus to major cities in the north (such as Tangier and Tetoun) as well as further afield such as Fes and Marrakesh. Cheap taxis are available for local trips but the old city and surroundings are small enough to navigate on foot.
Accommodation and Food
The old centre of Chaouen is full of hostels, pensions and hotels with a wide price range. I stay in the cheap end of the spectrum and found that Chaouen was well above average in terms of cleanliness and value for money. The main square is filled with cafes and restaurants which offer the same range and prices as tourist places in other Moroccan cities-tagines, couscous, breakfasts and omelettes. To get local fare you need to head out of the old medina.
Overall, Chaouen comes highly recommended from me for giving an alternative side of Morocco from the desert and being completely laid back. Perfect place to chill out, do very little and enjoy beautiful surroundings.
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Hotel Dar Khayam (Tunisia)
I would guess that since you are reading this review, you may be planning on a visit to Tunisia. Hotel Dar Khayam is a Three Star hotel located in Hammamet, Tunisia. It is actually one of two that are situated on the same grounds, Dar Omar and Dar Khayham, both with access to a private beach. I am basing this review ... on my recent holiday where we stayed at this hotel. For those who might want to check, we stayed the the Dar Khayham 1st September-7th September 2010 in Rooms 1013 and 1007. We travelled with Thomas Cook and went all inclusive at £420 each. Was it worth it? Would we go again? One word, yes! Okay, it wasn't all perfect and you do get what you pay for but I can say that there were more positives than negatives, though I will detail them a bit better in the review.
Transfer and Check In
When visiting Tunisia, likelihood is that you will fly into Monastir Aeroport. From there, you are herded into the passport control area. The problem here was that there was so many people trying to get into the same place, it can get confusing. You will usually then be put into groups of three and go up to the passport desk together. This was actually a quick procedure and were were through to security within minutes. Security was just as quick so after the long wait in the queue, it's soon all over.
On reaching the other side of the airport, we were met by the Thomas Cook rep, Mikey who showed us which coach we were on. Dar Khayam is the last stop, so it took almost two and a half hours to get there after each hotel stop.
On arriving at the hotel itself, we were shown into the rather spacious lobby reception area where the desk managers were handing out check in cards for everyone to fill in. Not too much bother there either and we were soon issued with our keys. As stated before, we stayed in sets of two, thus two rooms. Also, on checking in, you will be given a wrist band to wear during your holiday. This is simply to identify you as a guest of the hotel, though it also identifies you as a tourist to the sellers outside. I will detail this further later.
I and a gal pal stayed in Room 1013 and the others in Room 1007.
Our room was suprisingly spacey. It was a large room with two single beds, a good sized bathroom and a balcony which faced towards the main road outside the gates, with a view of the mountains in the distance. Generally cleanliness of the room was good, so no problems there as such. Each day, fresh towels are brought in providing you have put the used towels in the bath so they know to replace them. We had the bonus that the balcony, although small, led to a large part of the roof, with no other hotel windows coming onto it, so we simply took our balcony chairs over and sat on that instead. Wardrober space is good as well, though the absence of a safe was noticeable. However, this is not a problem since the hotel does provide safety deposit boxes which are located next to the main desk.
My friends room, 1013, was smaller than ours, though seemed to be for a family. In this room are two single beds and a bunk bed. Again, there is a bathroom, not as big but perfectly fine, and also a balcony, which overlooks the pool area.
Overall, I thought the rooms were good and there was no problem in that respect. The keys are attached to heavy gold number plates. We found the best thing to do with these was to hand them in at the desk each time we left the room to do something. The desk is manned 24/7 so you will always be able to access your key(s).
Considering that this is a 3 star hotel, it is suprisingly good value for money. Why do I say considering? Well, towards the end of the week, we went on a two day Sahara Explorer trip and stayed in a 4 star hotel for the night, and found we prefered our own hotel.
The lobby area, as before, is a rather spacious place, with a bar to the right hand side which is open in the evenings. There is a large amount of seating to be found here as well so have no worries about finding somewhere to sit and chat if that's what you want to to. One notable character here is a chap who sits and draws pictures. He will take a photo of you and then draw it. We posed as a group of 4 and he spent two days doing our picture. I have it here and happy to put on profile for people to see if wanted. The cost was £50 English money. Well worth the £12.50 each.
Others areas of the hotel include a massage parlour called Five Senses. I paid 45 Dinar for a full body massage and my friends paid 15 Dinar for a Turkish bash ( steam room and scrubs) Good news was my back ache was gone afterwards and I tipped the lady afterwards. I highly reccommend you visit this place at least once during your visit.
There is also a games room for the kids which has a few pool tables, air hockey tables, pinball machines and arcade games. A few of these were broken and I can't say we found these very interesting so we only went in there once.
Since we went with Thomas Cook, there would obviously be excursions available. We found that the hotel also did its own trips, thus why I meantion it here. One excursion is the Pirate Galleon. You pay at the hotel and on the day head to Yasmine Harbour. This is a simply taxi ride away, usually about 10 dinars between you all. We got met by a guy dressed up as a pirate and shown aboard the ship. There was four of these ships in total. Very entertaining morning this was. The ships crew all dance for you, play a few games and do daring stunts on the ships masts while the galleon itself takes you out to sea and up the coastline. Dolphins are pointed out if spotted and food is served halfway during the voyage. Lots of photo opportunies can be had as well, though expect a proper photographer to take pics of you too though no pressure to buy... we did. Well come on, it's not eveyday you have a falcon on your shoulder (think it was anyway!)
So do that trip! It made our week to be fair!
The other thing we did via our hotel rep was a Two Day trip out into the Saraha. I won't go into too much detail here, but expect to ride camels, take horse and cart trips through oasis's, journey through mountains to view higher oases, visit the Berber people in their own homes, visit Star Wars sets and so much more!
We all like a decent swimming pool, even those of us who can't swim. Sunbeds can be found around the pool areas. It tends to get busy during the height of the morning, so make sure to get down there at a sensible time. I must say that we never had a problem getting a sunbed so don't panic.
The hotels have two pool areas. The one I am now describing is directly off the reception area. There are two pools here, one shallow kiddie's pool and the other, a standard pool with a deep end. A good point to note about this pool is that it never felt too overcrowded. There is also a lifeguard on duty during the day, though not at night, since it is forbidden to use the pools then.
Next to the pool is a drinks bar and a snack bar area. I will discuss these in the food section.
The other pool area is located next to Omar Khayam, this is the more fun pool area. Again, there are two pool areas here, one, a standard type of pool, shallow/deep end, and then, the other, which has water slides. That's right! Get excited now, there are four different types of slide here. What makes this fun is watching people using mats/rings to go down them. The lifeguards can also be fun, encouraging people to use the slides and race each other while they act as judges and using their whistles to start the race. Again, this pool has a drinks bar and a snack bar.
The hotel does employ an entertainment team, called the Animation team. They work hard to set daily activites for people and there is always a huge selection to do. I must admit, we didn't participate in these as we were doing other things but we could see the effort being made.Next to the Restaurant is a large board with all the times of the actvities and where it is happening. Night times, they also entertain by putting on shows. Even our Thomas Cook Reps put on a cabaret show. There was many activities for kids as well. We noticed a childrens club met up each day to play games, being led by one of the cheerful animation crew.
What you need to remember here is the fact you are not at home. You are in North Africa. There are no Macdonalds in sight here so forget it. It's all too easy to judge the food on first appearences so try not to when first arriving for a meal. When you eat in there for the first time, you will be assigned a table. This is where you will eat for every meal during your stay, unless of course, you eat out. Remember as well that you are most likely all inclusive so you can each as much as you like. Meals are served three times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually, you are given a guide as to what time you can go into the restuarant. We generally ignored that rule while we were there and went in when we felt like it. Just try not to go in toward the end of the service, otherwise you'll get leftovers.
So what food is on offer? Well, there is a good choice of healthy vegs. Main dishes can include rice, stews, fish (heads included), chicken ( in various forms all week) pancakes, naan bread, all freshly made, and some in front of you. The main row of cookers hold the main dishes, repeated from left to right to avaoid huge queues. The chefs can be really friendly and one was even singing to us while he cooked pancakes for us while we stood there. Freshly cooked bagettes are also on offer and you can slice as much as you want. Butter is located next to the salad areas. A good selection of deserts and fruits are available too. Sponge cream cake is something you will see everyday. There is also an ice cream stand where you can get little tubs of ice cream. The Green is supposed to be mint but tasted more of pistaccio nuts than anything else. The Lemon sorbet is refreshing and the strawberry is suprisingly good.
When you go all inclusive, you will of course be told you can drink anything you want for free. This is true. Don't expect glasses as they don't use them here other than for wine which you can get for free at your table on request. Many a bottle of Rose we drank that week. They only serve one kind of beer but it is good enough for you to go back. The wine is simply white, red or rose and the same brand all over the complex. Soft drinks available are coke/coke light (diet) fanta ( a darker orange than you'll be used to) and their own brand of juice fizzy drinks. These include cola, strawberry, lemon though they are a little overpowering at times. Taste a little of a serbet drink. These you usually get for yourself unless you are at a bar, where you simply ask for them. Don't expect large glasses either, they tend to be quite slim, probably to stop drinks getting wasted. Other alcoholic drinks include Vodka/Whiskey ect, though we wondered whether these might have been watered down at times to make them last longer.
Overall, you'll like some of the food, and some you won't. I was not happy for the first day but they change the selection each day so was happier the next day. Breakfast is also mixture, lots of croissants, butter or chocolate ones are available, pancakes, omelettes, fried eggs are there too usually, if you want toast, you have to do that yourself but that's a simple task too.
Four all inclusive, you can't really complain and if you really don't want to eat there, there are a few restaurants out on the main street, though expect to pay anything as much as 20 dinar for a meal.
The pool areas both have snack bars. The main pool next to the lobby does feature a good selection and are available during meal times. The drinks bar is always available so have no worries there. The Slide pool area also has a bar and a snack bar, though this was only really cooking pizza during our week. These are cooked fresh and to order but don't expect toppings other than cheese and tomato.
Tunisia is one of the few places in the world where the currency is restricted. This means that because it is only used in Tunisia, it is worthless outside the country. The exchange rate is mantained by the government itself and therefore should be constant anywhere you go. During our week, it was 2.26 Dinar to 1GBP. So each time we exchanged £100, we got 226 Dinars.
Their money can get a little complicated and take a few days to get used to. Notes come in denominations of 5DR 10DR 30DR 50DR 100DR (easy) the coins came in 0.5DR, 1DR, 5DN and then the more complicated coins, the millmes. There are 1000 millmes in 1 Dinar. These coins are as low as 1 millmes so imagine trying to save for 1 Dinar! 100 millmes seems to be the common coin to be handed out less than a dinar.
The hotel has a bank on site next to the general store. There are opening times so take note of these. The thing we found odd here was lack of security for the guy changing the money. He sits behind a simple desk, no bars, no guard, nothing, just changing money. It's a wonder he hasn't be robbed to be honest. If, in the event you find him closed, there is another bank located on the street outside the gates. Be very wary of this place. The lady here seemed to either not understand the exchange rate or was trying to be crafty. She underchanged a friend of mine 30 dinars which she gave, without question the moment we complained. With me, it was different, she knew I was being eagle eyed and was checking the rates so don't get cuaght out. They also don't give reciepts for the exchange, though the hotel does.
Thus, try and use the hotel bank, not the street one.
This will be an important factor in your holiday I have no doubt at all. Everyone loves a sandy beach with wonderful blue seas.
You won't be disappointed here. The Beach has a few stone patches right into the wet part of the sand, otherwise the rest is beautiful smooth sand. Sunbeds are readily available, either already on the beach or stacked up near the little drinks bar. You can rent out sunbed mats for 2 Dinar for the day so well worth the money. It can get pretty hot here so make sure you have your sun cream. Yes, you want a tan but you can overkill here. I used factor 15 cream and I went red. The sun went straight through, not helped by the sea, even though my cream was supposed to be water proof. My red has now gone brown but put me in enough agony for a few days. So be careful! And don't fall alsleep like I did and forget to turn over! Ow!
There are two things I didn't like about the beach. Firstly, cigarette butts. There are plenty of bins around. People should learn to use them. Not too much of a problem admittedly but still not pleasant. The other, is the sellers which I will discuss next.
As for the beach, there are various activites available, some free, some independent with a cost. Kayaks are availble free charge. Chargable activites included powergliding, mattress riding, banana boats, water skiing.
You will need to neogiate with the vendors on the price of the activities. Two of my friends did the gliding for 20 dinars each which lasted about 15 minutes from ground to air to ground. We did the mattress surfing as a foursome. Cost 10 dinars each. This is simply a large airbed and headrest you sit on, two straps each to hold onto and a speedboat drags you behind at high speed. Since I, and the two girls couldn't swim, it was kinda scary, for me anyway. Don't worry, its mandatory to wear a life jacket though that strap you hold onto is the only thing between you and Neptune's home.
So there is plenty to do on the beach too. Football posts, volleyball net, the lot.
This was the thing I hated most about Tunisia. Everyone is entitled to try and make money, without it, we can't live. One of our travel guides told us that up to 80% of the working population is involved in Tourism. The average wage is 260 Dinars (about £140). Ouch. You couldn't even rent anywhere in the Uk for that money.
The problem here, everyone is out to sell you something, everywhere! Even walking down a street becomes a task with the shopkeepers trying to pull you in. And they like to hunt on the beaches too. Cigarettes, cuddly camel toys, baby tortoises (live ones) donuts (strange but tasty) bracelots, fruit and nuts are all for sale. I wouldn't like to count how many times on the beach we were asked to buy something. It gets annoying but we found a simple Firm but Friendly No thank you did the trick... or pretend to be asleep.
It was nothing personal against the sellers but we didn like our own space.
Don't let this put you off, some learn not to bother you after a while and you get left alone.
So now, would I visit this hotel again? Yes. Perhaps not on my next visit to Tunisia as I like to try new places but if I went back to this area again, I would have to problem with staying at this hotel again. Look at the main fact again; you get what you pay for. I think the week was value for money. Don't forget that the £420 we spent each included the flight returns as well. So cheap is the word.
Staff Friendliness 9/10
So 9/10 for the trip
I have to say that we did so much more than described here. If you choose to visit Tunisia, start here. It's up to you if you want to take my word for it. I've read bad and good reviews about this place, even before I went but I'm making this review based on my own opinions after the trip. If you want more info, feel free to email me
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Africa Hotel International
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