447 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
butlins meets faulty towers
"the weather was amazing &the waiters,bar staff,lifeguard&most staff were lovley but that is all i can say positive about this place.
we traveled with 3 adults &3 children.
ALL of us ended up with the runs,sickness&earaches.
the food was plentyful but awful kids lived on pizza n soggy chips or pancakes for the 2 wks
Rooms were basic to say the least grubby walls brick hard berd &pillows.
there was ciggarete ash on the floor when we 1st arrived in room and still there when we left but the room was ment to be cleaned every day!!!
the dining room was like feeding time at the zoo we were given a table on our 1st night and that was our table for the 2 wks which was good but there was coco pops under our table the whole time so obviously it never got swept or cleaned.
reported it to reception but was told to come back later when we did we were told the same again ,so spoke to rep who said "a bit o dirt never hurt anyone"
having spoken to other families we were not the only ones ill.
Shame as the resort was lovley but heigene &health &saftey is none excistant. "
- Travel date: Wed 11th of July 2012
Great family holiday !
"First visit to tunisia and will definately be going back .The hotel was clean tidy and everyone was really friendly.Staff could not do enough for us even without a tip! Went with two young children who had great fun for the whole two weeks, pools were lovely ,beach was lovely especially watching the camels and horses on the sand .Excursions are loads of fun and not that expensive. Go with an open mind and friendly attitude as tunisia is very different to home and u will find it hard not to be impressed with the place."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of June 2012
Take care of your children at this hotel
"Stayed here 1wk 13 may 2012.
Beach couldn't get into sea for rubbish & seaweed piled high. ( reps said management wouldn't do anything)
Poo in pool resulting my family having Doctor in !
3 men taking pictures of children in pool & mini disco ( police were called after 45 mins) after parents causing a scene)
Tips tips & more tips.
Glad to be home.
- Travel date: Thu 24th of May 2012
"what a great holiday.my mate and i had ten days there. I am 53 and my mate is 60. we stayed at sahara beach hotel . the food was good. and the drinks were great. one of the best hotels i have ever stayed at, and deffo going again, cant wait. the staff are very friendley and do all they can to make your stay very wellcome. the pools and gardens outside are lovely. nighttime shows are brill. something diffrent everyday.we stayed in feb, it was a bit cold but that didnt stop us having a great time, good time and great laughs, what could be better. its only 3 star but better than four star we have stayed before on other hols. overall fantastic holiday for all ages. very clean. and proper drinks for kids."
- Travel date: Sat 19th of May 2012
something for everyone
"The Sahara Beach was fantastic,the pools were clean and beautiful,the snackbars amazing with pasta,burgers,salads and sandwiches,no need to go to the restaurant for lunch. There is a zoo on site which we found charming and well looked after. near to the entrance at the end of the drive are stables with the most beautiful horses, for a reasonable fee you can be taken out for a ride on one, hat provided,my daughter loved it.In the hotel itself there is a complete street with shops,a disco and a piano bar.The hotel has its own private beach and there is also a childrens play area.The evening entertainment is the best I have come across with a very large area outside with bars and a huge stage,we are hoping to return late this summer."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of April 2012
Excellant value for money
"We have just returned from fourteen nights at the Sahara Beach and had an excellent value for money holiday.
This hotel is the second largest in Africa comprising three separate interlinked buildings with most of the rooms having a side sea view. Although the hotel was not too busy whilst we were there in February, T don't think I would like to experience it during the peak of the season.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the rooms are basic and compact but that wasn't a problem as we had hot sunny weather for 12 out of our fourteen days and we therefore only needed the room for showering and sleeping.
I would also mention that all of the hotel staff, from the receptionists to the gardeners are very polite and friendly. Obviously, they are after their tips but, if you do look after them you will get excellent service. The hotel caters for all nationalities with the result that there is always a good selection of food available with a slightly varying menu. It might not be home cooking, but it is completley edible!!
The hotel has a lot of outdoor pools within pleasent and well maintained gardens. They also have a small aqua park which was not open in February.
A special mention must go to the Animation Team who work hard during the day to keep everyone amused, and harder during the night when thery present their cabaret shows - don't miss the ' Michael Jackson' and 'Moulin Rouge shows' !!!
Don't let any bad reviews deter you - you will enjoy this hotel!"
- Travel date: Thu 8th of March 2012
How things have changed!!!
"Having stayed at this hotel 6 times before (over the last 15 years) I cannot believe how much the standard has dropped, since our last stay 2 years ago.
Obviously, since flights have altered from Monastir to the new airport, the coach transfer took over an hour compared to the 15 minutes previously.
Check in at the hotel was a shambles & gave the impression they really couldn't be bothered how long they took to check you in, even though there were only 8 people to see to.
Our biggest disappointment was the food.
Whilst the variety was still pretty good, the quality was extremely poor. Nothing looked appetising, in fact everything looked either pre-cooked earlier & re-heated or terribly dried up & over-cooked & burnt.
The fresh fruit even left a lot to be desired. Peaches like cricket balls (yes, that hard) Plums, pears & apples not ripe enough to eat & not an orange or date in sight, even though they grow them in abundance.
The daytime entertainment was reasonable but the evening was absolute rubbish compared to previous years, & as you are confined to the hotel after dark, most clients went back to their rooms after dinner.
No wonder this hotel has been down-graded from 4* to 3*
Although this won't deter us from going back to Tunisia, next year, we'll be heading from Port El Kantoui again as firstly, it's nearer to the airport & also there are some much better hotels there & something to do outside the hotels in the evenings.
I just feel sorry for anyone staying at The Sahara Beach if it's their first time in Tunisia as it would put them off going again, I'm sure.
No wonder, Thomson gave up their allocation (they'd had it for years) in favour of Thomas Cook.
You have been warned what to expect all you new-comers to Tunisia
- Travel date: Wed 19th of October 2011
"I have just returned from Saharah beach hotel where I stayed with my husband 2 children and mother in law. We had the best holiday ever, the rooms were clean and made everyday, the people were very friendly and went out of their way to help us, the food was delicious and there was plenty of it. The amount of pools meant they werent full and were cleaned daily, there was no problem getting sunbeds around the pool and we didnt have to get up early to get a sunbed. This was a value for money holiday and I would definatley go there again."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of October 2011
"Myself and a friend have just returned from Sahara Beach.
Lovely hotel clean and rooms are very basic and small. only drawback no T.V in the rooms and just two plug sockets which one was in the bathroom. The food is very basic iam a fussy eater but everyone was complaining of the food, so i lived on salad and chips...
And the hotel brings food in from a catering company ( which seems very strange ) the food gets delivered in big lorries at the side of the hotel. All swimming pools are really nice, staff are friendly you do need to tip certain staff but 1 dinar is only 50p so that's nothing... It was a cheap holiday for me and my friend most people there paid a lot more than we did. We also met some lovely people there. i would return to Tunisia but not to Sahara beach but another hotel.... Happy holidays.."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of September 2011
Awful Awful Awful
"I agree with the 157 awful reviews on here! I went with my husband in 2006 and it was disgusting! Both very ill and on medication for the rest of my life and had numerous treatments done. I really don't know how anyone can recommend this place. We booked with a very reputable travel company who since then we have not booked with since and have won the case on this terrible experience. We don't travel to exotic places and are far from being stuck up - but since this we have only stuck to what we are used to - 4* spain were we know we are safe. Please if you are thinking are going don't! Stick to what you know!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of September 2011
Good Value holiday if your not fussy
"Just arrived back from 11 nights at the Sahara Beach and would like to post a fair review of the place.
Firstly we paid to go to a 3 star hotel and for the money we paid we got fantastic value.
The hotel rooms where small (especially for three)and both the room and bathroom were a little tired. However the rooms were cleaned daily and all had a see view!
The beach pool and gardens were definately 5 star standard but the fight for a sunbed in the morning which did frustrate me at times. Why do people go on holiday and get up at 6am to reserve a sunbed (sad people!)
Food was plentiful, varied and always avialable but after a week of it we were all looking forward to a bacon buttie. The quality was Ok but if being honest was nothing special.
Alcohol was again plentiful, the beer was ok but some of the spirits were very good and served in very large measures.
The staff were great once we got accustomed to the tipping culture. For 40p here and there we did receive some great service and we didn't mind tipping if the service is good but that didn't mean you have to tip thats really down to you and sometimes we didn't especially around the pool bars.
The Hotels animation team tried hard to entertain their guests around the pools especially the kids and also at the nightly show at the outside theartre area.
Overall we had a great holiday, stress free and oh the joys of cloudless skies day after day!
- Travel date: Wed 31st of August 2011
Don't listen to grumpy holidaymakers!!
"I went to Sahara beach in 2008 with my daughter, she is a fussy eater, and found plenty to please, i went again last year with my partner, who loved the setting and the food, we are going again in 2 weeks and i cannot wait, a mate i work with is also going independantly for one week of my holiday and i had NO PROBLEM in reccomending it to her, there is nothing to complain about. The cleaners work long hours in the public areas, room is spotless, food is hot and plentiful, to try the beach snack bar and the one at the top pool, all 3 pools are superb, the gardens are breathtaking, the beach is wonderful, there are some grumpy staff, but sometimes when you see how some holidaymakers speak to them you can begin to understand why. Jimmy the waiter and Mr Happy, bar man have been there the 2 times i have been, and they DO remember you, hoping they are both there this visit. Horseriding on the beach is great and cheap, and give the photographer a chance, he's very good. Go to the Sahara beach, you wont be dissapointed. If you are...then maybe you should stay at home!!"
- Travel date: Tue 30th of August 2011