Located just a few hundred metres from Port El Kantanoui is the Hotel Hasdrubal – one of several large hotels in the area. The first impressions were positive as the light aroma of jasmine and citrus pervades throughout the reception. After the reception manager explained the procedures for breakfast and dinner, I then asked for the possibility to get wireless access for my laptop. This service was free and within minutes I had a secure access to the Internet.
With half board, the drinks are not provided at dinner but are reasonably priced. A good bottle of red wine costs 13 Euros, with cheaper ones around 11 Euros and the most expensive being 17.5 Euros. Diners may choose from around 7 different main dishes and a very wide variety of starters that are available at the buffet. Vegetarians are also well catered for. Friday evening dinner should not be missed as there is an excellent Tunisian buffet with many traditional dishes such as couscous and roasted lamb (mechoui). This is accompanied by traditional Tunisian music and a belly-dancer…
The waiters are well trained and very friendly. The room was very good and quiet. It helps that we were located on the side facing the pool and beach. The other side might be noisy at times due to the water-treatment facilities but maybe they are turned off at nights.
A small golf practicing course is available as well as several tennis courts, a volley-ball court and table-tennis facilities. The outside pool was very clean with a sizeable children’s pool annexed to it. A covered heated pool, filled with sea water (31° C) with bubble bath is also available. The hotel also has a Thalassa centre, but we did not use any of the facilities.
Our stay was during the first week of September and the last week of Ramadan and this might explain why the clientele seemed more of the mature type. It is quite possible that during other periods there are more lively activities, but during our stay it was very calm – but exactly what we were looking for. Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel and although it is only a 4 star hotel, it is better than some others advertised as 5 stars.
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