Thomas Cook - Soviva Resort, Port Kantaoui, Tunisia 7 nights, All inclusive, 11-18th July flying from Manchester £320 pp includes flights, taxes, hotel and all the local food and alcohol you can eat and drink Whoooooop Whoop - HotUKDeals
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Quote Ref: DHL-7DF7AB

Date 11 Jul 10
Airline Thomas Cook Airlines
From Manchester
To Tunisia
Departs 06:00
Arrives 09:10
Date 18 Jul 10
Airline Thomas Cook Airlines
From Tunisia
To Manchester
Departs 10:25
Arrives 13:50

Price doesn't include transfers but these are available for £20 pp. But I'd get a taxi or a donkey and save a bit of money.

Introduction
Good accommodation near to the beach. With extensive facilities and close to the beach the Soviva Resort is ideal for families and younger couples alike. The hotel offers many varied activities and entertainment.
Location
The complex is near to the beach and 2.5km away from Port El Kantaoui's marina, shops, restaurants and cafes.
Facilities
Outdoor swimming pool with giant slide (open at Managers discretion and weather permitting for children over 10yrs); sunloungers; mattresses; indoor pool (closed July and Aug); lounge; Barocco bar; pool bar serving snacks; tennis courts; pool table; table tennis; fitness room; Balneotherapy centre; daytime activities; evening entertainment; nightclub.
Rooms
Rooms have twin beds, air conditioning (available 15 June-15 September), TV, full bathroom and a balcony or terrace. Board basis: All Inclusive.
Children
Separate section of pool, playground. Child age limit 12.
All Inclusive
Restaurant featuring theme nights, snacks, pool bar, lounge bar, water polo, football, basketball, archery, tennis, water aerobics, use of fitness room, (one per stay), daily activity programme, nightly entertainment programme.
Official Rating
3 star
Bedrooms
525 rooms, 3 floors, 2 lifts in main building
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#1
seems a good deal.

i will never take a coach from airport again due to you not knowing what number hotel your drop off will be. id rather pay 20 and go straight to the hotel and save a hour or two
#2
Havince
seems a good deal.

i will never take a coach from airport again due to you not knowing what number hotel your drop off will be. id rather pay 20 and go straight to the hotel and save a hour or two


Me too. I hate having to wait around at the airport for everyone to get their luggage and then get a mystery tour of the country whilst you inevitably are the last drop off on a smelly coach whilst the rep drones on about mozzies and drinking water. Much rather get the local mad taxi driver and get straight to the hotel. And by the time the others on your flight arrive at the hotel you have unpacked and are already on the cocktails by the pool. The look on their faces is priceless as they clearly are thinking "I'm sure they were on our flight" :w00t:
#3
Tunisia...just a bit of advice. I know opinions vary but we had a nightmare. The hotel beach was not private and we were mithered constantly by rude and disgusting people-one man traveling alone was offered sex and for the seller to come to spend the night in his room. It was in the daytime and a family hotel.
One of the people off our flight was mugged as we awaited the return coach-on the main street as she went to buy a few gifts to take home. I was in the port and held in a shop by a shop keeper who theatened me-he didnt have what i wanted to buy but wanted me to buy an alternative i didnt want. I had my daughter with me who was small and she an outside fo my partner and he let me go. I was told this is common and that the government have told them to calm it...but when i was there it wasnt a nice place to be.
My friend went the same year but in February and said although mithered a bit she didnt see any trouble, so it may differ in area to area or time of year.
#4
plumberman01
Tunisia...just a bit of advice. I know opinions vary but we had a nightmare. The hotel beach was not private and we were mithered constantly by rude and disgusting people-one man traveling alone was offered sex and for the seller to come to spend the night in his room. It was in the daytime and a family hotel.
One of the people off our flight was mugged as we awaited the return coach-on the main street as she went to buy a few gifts to take home. I was in the port and held in a shop by a shop keeper who theatened me-he didnt have what i wanted to buy but wanted me to buy an alternative i didnt want. I had my daughter with me who was small and she an outside fo my partner and he let me go. I was told this is common and that the government have told them to calm it...but when i was there it wasnt a nice place to be.
My friend went the same year but in February and said although mithered a bit she didnt see any trouble, so it may differ in area to area or time of year.


kudos for the info, i think for any family cosidering tunisia they need to hear things like this, it may very well end up saving them from a horrid holiday
#5
Went to Tunisia a few years ago withThomas Cook & would never consider going back. Remember feeling unsafe when out of the hotel grounds, there seems to be lots of scary looking people about & the hassle you get with people trying to sell you things is unbelieveable & doesn't make for a relaxing holiday. I know the locals need to make money from tourists but they will go to any lengths to get you to part with your money. In my opinion I think you could find a much nicer place to go on holiday in a similar standard hotel AI for the same price if you shopped around.
#6
We visited Tunisia in 2006 and had a great time, The beaches and golf courses are very good and Sousse Medina is well worth a look - If you don't want to haggle with the locals go to the government ran shop just outside the medina (which from memory is a five storey department store) that has fixed prices for local produce - all good if you ask me. Yes the locals hassle you a bit but don't be intimidated, it's a cultural thing and just their way, they don't mean any harm and will always back down if you give them the look - hehe

There are some real leather bargains to be had in Tunisia and if you want to save yourself a few quid stock up on duty free ahead of your visit and haggle back with the store owners - They are very keen on a bit of Jack Daniels or good single malt...:whistling:

We had a great time and I would go back anytime. Lots of very poor but VERY friendly people trying to make a living. Perhaps if you did a bit of reading about their culture before you went abroad you wouldn't have been so distressed? Just a thought? Bargain this - H&R added. :thumbsup:

BTW: If you want proof of that last comment check out the crime statistics for Tunisia before you go. Very reassuring compared to some of the more popular places.
#7
imiskeen
We visited Tunisia in 2006 and had a great time, The beaches and golf courses are very good and Sousse Medina is well worth a look - If you don't want to haggle with the locals go to the government ran shop just outside the medina (which from memory is a five storey department store) that has fixed prices for local produce - all good if you ask me. Yes the locals hassle you a bit but don't be intimidated, it's a cultural thing and just their way, they don't mean any harm and will always back down if you give them the look - hehe

There are some real leather bargains to be had in Tunisia and if you want to save yourself a few quid stock up on duty free ahead of your visit and haggle back with the store owners - They are very keen on a bit of Jack Daniels or good single malt...:whistling:

We had a great time and I would go back anytime. Lots of very poor but VERY friendly people trying to make a living. Perhaps if you did a bit of reading about their culture before you went abroad you wouldn't have been so distressed? Just a thought? Bargain this - H&R added. :thumbsup:

BTW: If you want proof of that last comment check out the crime statistics for Tunisia before you go. Very reassuring compared to some of the more popular places.


i have been to many places where haggling is commonplace -Turkey, Egypt etc...but never experienced the like of Tunisia...and im sure crime statistics are very low:whistling:
#8
Totally agree, people should always read about the culture before going to someone. I love Tunisia I am a solo traveller female and feel much safer there than in the large towns & cities in the UK. But I also respect the culture and the people, I don't expect our standards and our culture and thats why I go there. However I haven't beeen to Port El Kantaoui which is just a tourist resort so can't comment on that area.

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imiskeen
We visited Tunisia in 2006 and had a great time, The beaches and golf courses are very good and Sousse Medina is well worth a look - If you don't want to haggle with the locals go to the government ran shop just outside the medina (which from memory is a five storey department store) that has fixed prices for local produce - all good if you ask me. Yes the locals hassle you a bit but don't be intimidated, it's a cultural thing and just their way, they don't mean any harm and will always back down if you give them the look - hehe

There are some real leather bargains to be had in Tunisia and if you want to save yourself a few quid stock up on duty free ahead of your visit and haggle back with the store owners - They are very keen on a bit of Jack Daniels or good single malt...:whistling:

We had a great time and I would go back anytime. Lots of very poor but VERY friendly people trying to make a living. Perhaps if you did a bit of reading about their culture before you went abroad you wouldn't have been so distressed? Just a thought? Bargain this - H&R added. :thumbsup:

BTW: If you want proof of that last comment check out the crime statistics for Tunisia before you go. Very reassuring compared to some of the more popular places.
#9
kat926 i dont expect our standards either-but a man was propositioned for sex on the beach in the daytime where my kids played...a fruit-seller was soo rude he came to the beach several times a day and i said politely no thanks-the last time i was alone videoing my partner and kids in the sea and he put his basket down and stood between us so i had to stop...the beach was almost empty-and i have the flippin proof on the video. We couldnt use the beautiful beach as even if you was asleep or busy with your kids they mithered..they put the hair things on my daughter on the beach and i was saying no thanks but they continued. I was so fed up with them we didnt use the beach.
The mugging happened right outside our hotel. My partner went to a local shop and he came back said he was intimidated by youths...we are not stupid yung kids we are experienced and DO understand they are poor and the culture. Oh and i have neve 'lost' so many things as we did in that hotel!
If you like Tunisia then good for you but i would spend my £ elsewhere. Wild horses wouldnt drag me back.
#10
plumberman01
i have been to many places where haggling is commonplace -Turkey, Egypt etc...but never experienced the like of Tunisia...and im sure crime statistics are very low:whistling:


Actually, as I mentioned in my post, compared to many places, Tunisian crime rates are very low. I believe it's classed as only a medium risk country to visit, along with Spain...!!! etc etc..

http://www.nationmaster.com/country/ts-tunisia/cri-crime

Run the figures next time you travel at the above link if this sort of thing worries you. I personally wouldn't let it bother me, hassle on the beach is no different to any popular tourist destination.

Don't let one persons bad experience put you off Tunisia. The only way you will ever avoid tourism crime is by NOT travelling at all.
#11
plumberman01
i have been to many places where haggling is commonplace -Turkey, Egypt etc...but never experienced the like of Tunisia...and im sure crime statistics are very low:whistling:


I'm with you there! I've also been to lots of countries and read up on Tunisia before we went but have never experienced the aggression that we did there. For example, when we politely turned down the offer of a boat trip we were told we were sh*ts and he hoped we would die!!! This wasn't a one off comment either! As as resort Port El Kantaoui is lovely, it's just a shame the people spoil it! We'd never go back.
#12
Sorry you had such bad experience and took my comments rather to heart, I was only voicing my opinion and agreement to someone elses response. But as I also said I have never been to that particular area, it was purpose built for tourists, maybe that is one the the reasons why people seem to have bad experiences there. As I expressed I have only ever had a very welcoming time and have made lifelong friendships. We all have different experiences and Tunisia seems to be one of the Countries that have a split opinion on the good and bad. I went to Turkey the other week which people rave about but it was not my cup of tea way too commercial. Again every ones experience is different

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plumberman01
kat926 i dont expect our standards either-but a man was propositioned for sex on the beach in the daytime where my kids played...a fruit-seller was soo rude he came to the beach several times a day and i said politely no thanks-the last time i was alone videoing my partner and kids in the sea and he put his basket down and stood between us so i had to stop...the beach was almost empty-and i have the flippin proof on the video. We couldnt use the beautiful beach as even if you was asleep or busy with your kids they mithered..they put the hair things on my daughter on the beach and i was saying no thanks but they continued. I was so fed up with them we didnt use the beach.
The mugging happened right outside our hotel. My partner went to a local shop and he came back said he was intimidated by youths...we are not stupid yung kids we are experienced and DO understand they are poor and the culture. Oh and i have neve 'lost' so many things as we did in that hotel!
If you like Tunisia then good for you but i would spend my £ elsewhere. Wild horses wouldnt drag me back.
#13
LJC79
I'm with you there! I've also been to lots of countries and read up on Tunisia before we went but have never experienced the aggression that we did there. For example, when we politely turned down the offer of a boat trip we were told we were sh*ts and he hoped we would die!!! This wasn't a one off comment either! As as resort Port El Kantaoui is lovely, it's just a shame the people spoil it! We'd never go back.


yep we were offered flowers in the street 'hey beautiful lady' etc...ok-gave them some loose change..and they turned wild as they wanted big money...and this was kids:?
#14
kat926 i accept you had a different experience and you go to another location maybe not on a family hol...all im saying is we had a bad time and i would never go back...which is a shame as its a lovely country i could have enjoyed but instead felt unhappy...which should never be the case on hols.

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