102 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
do not go you will be sorry
"staff were very friendly and couldnt do enough for you tips were not expected but were appreciated room was tidy but very tired thats were it ends food awful alcohol watered and not much choice pool beds were mostly damaged quiet pool was in very poor condition and surrounds were not cleaned in the two weeks we were there if towels were put on beds to reserve before nine am the uk rep removed them causing no end of arguments"
- Travel date: 26th June 2012
Superb Holiday & Value
"I have travelled to many places before, and this place was very good especially for the money. I have thrown a video together on youtube of the hotel grounds/beach that you can take a look at here: [---] Some people writing poor reviews are either not very well travelled and dont know what to expect or are not willing to accept that Tunisia wont be the same standards as England or Europe, it is a relatively poor African country so lets not get too picky! We had a fantastic holiday here and would return, except we like to go to different places. The value was fantastic, there is plenty of food to choose from, again you have to remember your not at home, having said that plenty of choice and the snack bar did nice hot dogs, chicken nuggets and pizzas. For breakfast they freshly cooked pancakes and omelettes but be prepared to wait. The alcohol is watered down, but this is the Tunisian Government, dont forget Tunisa is a Muslim country where drinking is usually not accepted, so if your expecting it to be a p*ss up with your mates then my advice go to Ibiza or somewhere similar instead. I had no problem with the drinks. There were plenty of activities to get involved with, and free kayaks and peddle boats was a bonus. Plenty of sun loungers, lovely grounds and pools. Beach was nice however shame that seaweed washed up to shore. Jellyfish season is August. A holiday is what you make of it...."
- Travel date: 7th June 2012
complete and utter waste of money
"It was a holiday to forget. on arrival i found a dried dead cockroach on the side of the bath which i flushed down the toilet. The dried marks left by the dead cockroach was left uncleaned all week although the maid did come in every day to make the bed? The food was basically the same all week cold,very bland and tasteless, but great if you love veal stew,because thats all they seem to serve and chips off course if you wanted anything that was hot you had to queue for pizzas and pasta. The snacks during the day consisted off pancakes that was all we could find these were cooked between 3.30 and 4.30 in the afternoon. Our party consisted of 6 adults and 3 children under the age of 5yrs and the only food the children lived on was pasta, pizza and chips because they wouldn't eat anything else and they are not fussy kids. None of the high chairs that we were given to use had straps in and were of poor quality We especially booked this hotel as it was supposed to be for families and cater for children that is just not the case. There was no pool bar as it was shut all week, there were 2 bars in the main area and one by the beach but even then we had to queue sometimes for 15-20 mins to get a drink due to the fact that there was only ever 1 or 2 barmen serving the drinks during the day / evening and even then the lager was flat. All the mixers ie cola, fanta and sprite were all flat, it was just like drinking very sweet flavoured water, try mixing that with the second rate spirits and wine that they served us not bad for all inclusive? There was an area for the little ones to queue up to get a drink but they were completely ignored by the bar staff until the queues had died down. We ended up buying our drinks from the shop. There is a plus side though the 2 pool areas are kept clean and tidy and the water was always clean and the complex as a whole is very clean and tidy with some nice seating areas out off the sun, but the sunbeds where very dirty and very worn some where even dangerous as the backs were broken and sharp plastic edges were exposed. The beach is very clean but there is a lot of seaweed that gets washed up on to the front edge so the water is hardly crystal clear. The animation team tried their best to entertain you but they are having to work from a very worn out ampitheatre were the stage is very tatty and worn. The only music the so called DJ seemed to play was rave / dance music better suited to Ibiza or Ayia Napa with an annoucer who would be better off working as a keep fit instructor. I had to leave a deposit for the safe key, pool towel and the air conditioning remote controls which was 65 Dinars about Â£32.00 and only got Â£20.00 back when i handed them in at the reception apparently the rest was for charges for the key and remote. I really couldn't be bothered to argue with the receptionist as he didnot understand me or was very good at playing dumb? It was a week i would rather forget and would never go back even if it was free to this hotel it was suppossed to be a 4 star rating. I would struggle to give it a 2. I wish now that i had believed some of the reviews i had read before hand and never booked this holiday."
- Travel date: 31st July 2011
Do not go
"If you wish to spend much money getting there, like watered down whiskey, enjoy having air-con that will not cool your room below 25 degrees, and enjoy cold or cool food even when you are first to get into food area, then Thallassa village is for you, this was our third visit here within 4 years and by far the worst, oh and as for kirsti the first choice rep, you may as well complain to any of the many cats that will join you around your tables."
- Travel date: 18th July 2011
Don't believe everything you read.
"After booking this holiday in January with my boyfriend, what with the troubles that were going off and some of the reviews we were reading. Needless to say we were not looking forward to it. After arriving we were pleasantly surprised. We were greeted in reception and had a cold glass of orange juice and lemon juice brought to us whilst we filled paper work out. We were then given our keys and a ported took our cases and shown us our rooms. The room was spacious, to single beds put together as a double, a good en-suite room and a little outside area with chairs, a table and a rack to dry wet towels and swimwear. You have a Television in the room, operational without a remote and an Air-Conditioning unit, which a remote can be had with a 10TDN deposit. We arrived mid-day, after unpacking and a much needed nap, it was mid-afternoon and we still managed to find sun-beds both at the pool area and at the beach. There are people walking up and down the beach trying to sell you little nic-nacs, as well as people within the resort trying to sell you the same trips as the Travel agencies doing excursions, if you just stick with saying âNoâ, they get the message and leave you alone. The place is set out like a little village, but you get a map in your room and places are sign-posted, so you learn your way around quickly. The food area was nice. I am an extremely fussy eater, but there was things everyday that I found appealed to me, my boyfriend tried the Tunisian speciality everyday, some he liked others he didnât, but that is what you expect. As soon as you sit at a table, waiters will come over to take your drink order and get them for you. There was a main bar area, which you could get cold drinks from, they did on the odd occasion at night, run out of Coke or Sprit, but other soft drinks and beers were available. From some of the views, yes the British are the minority at this resort, most of the other guests were German, Russians and French, as well as other Europeans. Get rid of your prejudices and prejudgements against German people and French people, I found no-one at this resort rude and pushy. The one person I did find rude and an embarrassment however, was a Scottish man, who thought it was ok to shout at the staff and act like an imbecile. Luckily, my boyfriend can speak German, so he was able to converse quite easily with the staff, although, it did confuse them as to whether they should speak German or English to us. We were meant to go on a trip on the Friday we were there, but it got cancelled due to a lack of interest from people, instead we went on the âNoddyâ Train, or âHappyâ Train, which was 10TDN for a return into Monistir, a rep goes with you, ours was good at keeping people from hassling you on the streets and even went into shops with you to stop you getting hassled. This hotel is set away from shopping areaâs, so if you are looking for an active holiday, look elsewhere. But if you enjoy relaxing, this is a perfect holiday, there is a small shop within the resort, the staff in there are relaxed and are more than happy to let you browse. There is a main âactiveâ pool, two children pools and a quieter pool, we used this pool. There are plenty or sun-beds around the pool at any given time and plenty of sun-beds on the beach with Umbrellaâs. We figured out that there must be two maids, one that collects dirty towels and replaces them and one that cleans and makes the beds. I would advise people going to take mosquito spray, I got bit twice on the first night there, and had an allergic reaction to a bite, the area went red and swollen, but the rep reassured me that she had seen many before and it was nothing to worry about. I brought some mosquito spray from the little shop and never got bit for the rest of the holiday. The holiday overall was fantastic. We had fun trying to find some of the things other people were complaining about, we didnât find many. Donât believe everything you read, some people expect more or too much from a holiday, a holiday is what you make it, you make the holiday. :) "
- Travel date: 24th June 2011
first and last holiday in this place
"Just come back from tunisia and except from the lovely wheather it was a dissapointing holiday. Soon that we walk into the room the spots on the walls and the dust and dirty lenjerie made us think that it will be horrible. Than despite the fact that the resort was all inclusive the restaurant was closed between certain hours so if you wound't go in time you will not get any food. The room to be cleaned, the towels to be changed,to have decent drinks from the bar and not dilution with water, for all this you need to tip everybody with 1-2 dinars every day. The food is not been done properly so many people had upset stomach and sickness, and the cookers were doing pizza in front of you touching the ingredients with their hands without gloves. The animation team was ok but was to short. The beach was dirty, and the kids pool as well. Hannah, the rep, was finding excuses for every complaint we made and encouraging people to tip the staff for everything. so who want to try this can go ahead, for us was enough."
- Travel date: 21st October 2010
tunisia ok but...............
"ok we just got back from the thallassa village skanes today,and have to say what a dissapointment this hotel was !!! the food was the same all week for lunch and tea if you like veal stew or turkey every meal time then this could be for you !! all the entertainment was in french or german,even the kids disco was mainly french and german. and there is a lot of french and german people there,be prepared to be in a minority.wifi you have to pay for even if you have a mobile device i.e. iphone or similar.that is if you can get it to work,saftey deposit box,t.v. remote fridge for room,air con remote these all cost money !! as for the staff they are all very friendly especially one member of the animation team called hassen i.e. spongebob !! our rep hannah was really helpful with some of our complaints the main one being the food,like the chicken not being cooked throughly her reply was " well mine was fine last night".we had several pieces that still had blood in them not very safe if you ask me.there wasn't much verity in drinks when you could get to the bar,sprite,coke,orange,vodka,whiskey and rum,and there were local wines available.waiting staff the maids all do a brilliant job and very friendly and clean just make sure you tip your waiter 1 dinar and you'll have a table every night.all in all tunisia was ok and enjoyable when away from the hotel,if your going try port el kantoui or sousse,do your home work and try to avoid the hotel that cater towards the french and german"
- Travel date: 19th September 2010
An okay Tunisian experience
"My sister had ben to this hotel the year before and recommended it. It was more or less as she described it, bar for the food. THe food was very average, and changed very little during the two weeks we were there. We are foody's, but I must say that there were times when I was walking around the restuarant looking for something exciting to eat!! The flies made that experience even worse!There is not much the hotel can do about them, but it was quite terrible, and if anything, they put me off the holiday the most. The service was okay, but you are expected to tip. A rule of thumb is about 3 Dinars for every 3-4 days, and only tip your regular waiters and maids. We were tipping indescriminately and think we had built up a bit a of a rep as 'generous tippers'. There are quite a few bars and the queues if any were minimal, most of the time the waiters brought the drinks over to you and sometimes when you did not ask! Once your favourite tipple was learnt, they just brought it over for you...Great! The entertainment was okay, but as I did not really get involved, I cannot really comment. The gym does not work, which is sad, but the full body massage i had was lovely. Now for the taxis... despite being warned, we still managed to get ripped off! Aviod ant taxi that wants to take you to Sahadine, before the required destination.. they take to to the most expensive shop in Tunisia. Please note that the cheapest shop is in the Fulla centre in Monistair, and you do not have to tip there either!!! There is a supermarket in Port Katourie which is also cheap. If you go to the madinas, be prepared to haggle, start at a very low price. A rule of thumb is if you would not pay the price here then do NOT pay it there...my husband learnt the very hard way!!! All in all, the holiday was great, we had a relaxing time and the amenities are superb. "
- Travel date: 5th September 2010
Watch out for the thieves
"Just returned from this hotel, weather was amazing, so was beach, hotel was ok, food a bit repeative, BUT the most worrying part is that money went missing from my suitcase, another person we spoke to had their mobile phone taken, another had make up and jewellery taken and another towels from outside her room, and this was just within a space of 3 days. The hotel management did not seem too bothered just took people to report the incidents to the police.So if u are going please please look after your possessions has there are a lot of items gone missing here"
- Travel date: 1st July 2010
1st trip Tunisia
"We have just returned from 1 week and have to say the accommodation was excellent, the rooms are like small bungalows and very spacious. The complex is quite large and very well maintained, there is always someone weeding/raking/pruning the gardens and cleaning the grounds. The beach was lovely and clean. The food was excellent. I have Coeliac's Disease and must say i ate very well, there was lots of variety and choice. There was always 2 soups, salads, different meats/fish an excellent choice of cakes, pastries etc,which i was unable to eat, but there was always, melon slices, apples, figs,oranges.At breakfast there various cereals, hard boiled/fried eggs, rarely saw any bacon or sausage, there was also and cheese and hams, yoghurts etc. Outside the complex is very remote, but there are taxi's there waiting to take you wherever you want to visit. Every mealtime there were a few chefs cooking fresh pizza, omlette's pancake/crepes. there was even a table just from bread, bagettes, rolls etc."
- Travel date: 1st June 2010
"Just got back from a 2 week break at the Thalassa hotel,Skanes.All i can really say is that it was one of the best holidays i have ever had,Apbsoloutely superb.You couldn't have asked for nicer people and they made me and my husband feel really very welcome.I have to give a special mention to the bar staff who were all lovely and went out of they're way to make our holiday special.I would recommend this hotel 100%. "
- Travel date: 21st May 2010
"We have just got back from the thalassa hotel in skanes, originally booked for 1 week but with ash cloud ended up there 12 nights, absolutely fantastic place we have been to tunisia 10 times over the last 10 years and this hotel was one of the best we have stayed at. Food good always Hot and quite a lot of variety enough for us anyway. Staff and Reception excellent rooms although they are old and a bit antiquated they were clean and clean bedding every day, The hotel is old and could do with some modernising but hey its a holiday enjoy it no problems there at all. The Pier which everyone goes on about well ok so it is in need of repair but i am sure it will be done eventually if you dont like it dont look at it thats my motto. We had a great time and will go back again to the same hotel."
- Travel date: 29th April 2010
Top traveller tips for Club Calimera Thalassa Village
"complex main restaurant had something for everyone, im a fussy vegetarian and I was always full."
"didnt leave the complex, didnt feel we needed to."
"figruea animal park a must do. the girls hand fed elephants"
"it is a poor country so have an open mind and have fun"
"paragliding wow great"
"I LOVED THE MORSALEOM IN MONASTIR, it is the presidents burial site and it is amazing worth going x"
"Head for sousse or monastir, nothing in skanes"
"Go and see for yourselves it will be worth it"
"avoid this hotel and probably all thallassa hotels !!"
Club Calimera Thalassa Village is also called
- Thlassa Village
- Thalassa Hotel
- calimera thalassa village skanes monastir