Kanta Hotel

, Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia
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Kanta Hotel

, Port El Kantaoui
Bp 23 - Port El Kantaoui - 4089 - Tunisia 73-348666
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9/10
What a holiday !!!!
Submitted by: Susan & Robert Milligan in 13/08/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Hi just like to say thanks to the staff and everyone who made our holiday so brill what service ! My husband and i have been to the kanta 4 times and love it we have ranted on to so many people they are now going !We are going back this year on 23rd Aug cant wait We have meet some really nice irish people and we have all stayed in contact, My sister and brotherinlaw Ann& Jimmy and nephew Connor usually all go at the same time as us but due to work we are going at different times this year what a bummer !The staff are amazing nothing is too much trouble for them , This year we are staying in the appts we are usually in the hotel as our son Robert & his mate Mark are going with us !!!watch out Tunisia

Best wishes to all at the kanta cant wait to see yer smilling faces this year xx
10/10
brillant
Submitted by: carolyn brown in 28/07/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Cheap Getaway Holiday Maker
this holiday was a real pick me up. my sister & i laughed all the 2 weeks we were at the kanta. the pools,beach, staff all round were friendly & helpful. this was my 3rd visit to the kanta hotel. getting to know the staff & area ( marina ) i am returning alone in march 2010 for 1 week. for a well earned rest due to my stressful job. i know the food, accommdation will be fine for me. keep up the good work & service
10/10
Friendly staff
Submitted by: becky in 18/07/08
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I went with my mum, dad, anty, uncle and another anty. Although I was the youngest out of them all, I still enjoyed this holiday. All the staff are brilliant. The rooms are just what you need and there is a choice of three entertainments for the night. The piano bar, puca irish bar and the terrase. The pools are also good. There is also a kanta beach and this is for the people staying in the kanta hotel. I really enjoyed my holiday and I would love to go back there again...
10/10
Fantastic hotel
Submitted by: lorraine in 11/07/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
Our family of 10 stayed here for 2 weeks - everything about it was excellent. Food, staff and rooms. My father and mother returned last year. My daughter also with her friend and our family of 8 are returning this year in August. I know we will have an excellent time - fantastic 100%.
10/10
Simply the Best!
Submitted by: Gill Slocombe in 21/04/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We are going back this year our fourth time, because we love the Hotel, the place and everything, the staff are so friendly, the food is excellent, the hotel room, pool, gardens are simply the best!
10/10
Chill out time
Submitted by: Angela in 30/12/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
What a brilliant holiday. We went for 2 weeks in November and we are going back in January for 6 weeks. Can't wait, the hotel had such a relaxing atmospere. Enjoyed walking around the grounds and relaxing by the pool,the food is always to the highest standard, the management and all the staff are freindly and helpful, The entertainment is always enjoyable,there is alot of things you can enjoy from relaxing to adventure and you have have to go to the Puca Bar (the irish bar) a good night out.
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10/10
An excellent choice of hotel
Submitted by: James in 05/10/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Set in nice grounds. Swimming pools were excellent, really clean. There were enough sunbeds and shades at no charge. Poolside drinks service and bar reasonably priced with good service.
Private beach, a free regular tuktuk service takes you straight there. A dinar for the driver was well worth the service. Free sunbeds and shades again, great beachside bar with reasonably priced snacks of good quality.
Half board food was excellent, although during the second week it gets a bit samey, that's the time to venture out and explore other restaurants and bars. Didn't find anything which we couldn't eat, and there was plenty of it. Good thing was that if you wanted to go out in the evening, a trip or dine out, you could opt to have lunch instead. This is waiter service and, once again, excellent.
Night entertainment was varied and thouroughly enjoyable. Drag performers, belly dancers, Karaoke, there was something for all tastes. And free to attend.
Staff were by and large courteous and helpful. Apart from the receptionist who tried to tell me that the advertised Internet Corner was private because it was out of commission. He wasn't tipped. Incidentally, the internet here was quite expensive, the cafe at Golf Brau was better (a cheap taxi will take you there so you can find it).
Rooms were excellent, comfortable, spacious and clean.
We had a thunder storm for a couple of days, it didn't dampen our holiday. Though it was curious to go on the desert adventure trip (highly recommended) to get rain in the Sahara.
All in all, this hotel is superb and we will return in the future. We enjoyed our stay immensely and would recommend it to all. Enjoy!
10/10
A lovely honeymoon
Submitted by: Donna in 03/10/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
This holiday was really relaxing. Food, room friendly staff all excellent. We loved it so much were going back next year and taking my daughters with us. Weather was hot the whole time we were there in the high 30s even touched the forties wow. !!!!!!
10/10
Hotel the best
Submitted by: Philip in 11/09/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Having been to Tunisia on 5 occasions staying at different hotels, no complaints about any of them, the Kanta is simply the best service/pool, attendant waiters, location /safety unbeatable, will return 2007 without doubt. Cannot say enough about this hotel. Superb.
10/10
Yes we went again!!
Submitted by: Susan in 03/09/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Following my earlier review, thought people would like to know that a second visit in the same season didn't disappoint!!
My family and I went back last week for a more relaxing holiday.
Even so the kids tried scuba in the hotel pool and paragliding from the beach. All very safe and extremely good value.
The hotel staff genuinely remembered us and treated us to a complimentary bowl of fruit. The weather was very hot but even though the hotel was fully booked it was a very relaxing week and the hotel felt remarkedly quiet.
We opted for an apartment with a B&B extra this time and it was worth it, but cheaper to arrange when you get there.
The evening entertainment was low key (pianist, magic show, strong man show, karoake etc..)sounds a bit cheesey when you are back at home, but perfect fot the holiday and never over crowded somehow. We never felt obliged to watch the clock for fear of not getting a seat.
Once again the locals were great and I actually was made to feel really at home.
What more could I add ?
Except to say that we are considering going back in the future as an extended family, something we have never done.
By the way the hotel just added a new award to the wall, best 4 star hotel in Tunisia !
Hope nothing changes before we get to go back again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Kanta Hotel

Far from the paradise portrayed !!

from Macca068
Having just returned from a weeks stay at the kanta with my girlfriend i am rather disappointed it as we booked it on the back of the wonderful reviews the hotel recieves on this webstie. Some of the really do make me wonder if we went to the same place !!

THE REALITY IS FAR DIFFERENT. The hotel is in dire need of some paintwork and the bars/reception are stuck in a 1980s timewarp. Nothing could emphasis this more than the dour reception that masquerades as a bar which greets you when first arrive !! The food is at best average and extremely repetitive. The service is friendly enough but i would expect that from any 4 star hotel !!

It is very clean and the rooms are more than adequate but the green decor and carpets hardly inspire. The pools are both rectangular and there is plenty of rooms for sunbeds etc but once again they do little for the imagination. The beach is a five min tuk tuk ride away but when you can stay right on the beach it does make you wonder why you would settle for staying here

All in all the hotel is a 3 star at best and i find it hard to believe that it is currently rating as no 1 in the Port El Kantaoi area. It is a lovely resort with so many more appealing hotels in the same price range. I would say go just dont stay here !!

If you want a hotel that is stuck in a early 1980s time warp then this is for you!! However if you like to live in the 21st Century then dont do it !! You will be disappointed !!

A Pleasant Break Away

from sunluvva
My boyfriend and I booked to stay at the Hotel Kanta based on all the fantastic reviews we read. Whilst I can agree with most comments, I was expecting something more exceptional.

Sure, the waiters smile, are extremely approachable and do their job well, but we didn’t receive the warmest welcome when we first arrived or each time we dined, more accurately we were greeted by our room number "26" (I felt like just a number rather than a guest).

The room we were given was undistinguished but a large size and was kept very clean, as was the bathroom. However, I didn’t like the bed arrangement - I don’t know if there are double beds available in the hotel, but twin beds pushed together plus an additional single bed on the side wasn’t ideal for a couple. Unfortunately the view from the shady balcony was uninspiring too as we were on the side of the hotel and all there was to see on the left was the smart but vacant tennis courts (which if you wanted to use, you had to pay 4 Dinars per tennis ball!).

The two outside pools were large and clean though, and there were plenty of sunbeds to use. The beach is about 5 minutes away by tuk-tuk, and there are also ample sunbeds with umbrellas to use there, plus a restaurant to dine for lunch. We had fun with the Paragliding one day, and we hoped to use the Jet Ski, but when we went back on the Tuesday and the Wednesday, there were no watersports available.

The Marina is something worth strolling down the road to see at any time of day or night to gaze at all the boats (disappointingly, the prominent water fountain wasn’t working the week we were there). There are lots of shops and restaurants around, plus offers of cruises on Catamarans. The Albatros was definitely a highlight; sailing for two hours under the hot sun with mellow music. Sadly we didn’t see any dolphins on the trip.

As for the food at the hotel, it was as everyone has said – lots of choice and good quality (but don’t expect posh restaurant standard). The breakfast buffet was boiled eggs, frankfurthers, tomatoes, cheese, ham, bread, yoghurt, fruit and different fruit juices every day. Some days they cooked omelette or pancakes. The 3-course lunch was waiter service in a relaxed atmosphere. In the evening, the buffet starters was an abundance of salad, plus some non-descript hot food (‘guess the grub’). There is a choice of 4 dinners which they put on plates outside the dining room to show you what you are getting (not something I’ve come across before), and there were buffet desserts too. Basically, we didn’t go hungry! I do have to mention the bar area where we received excellent service and nibbles (nuts, popcorn) with our pre-dinner and post-dinner drinks. The cocktail menu is notable too at reasonable prices.

Overall, with the good weather we had (except our last day when it rained), this was an enjoyable holiday. If you are happy with a plain room in a modest hotel that offers average meals and you like lying by the pool or on the beach with some tourist attractions a short distance away, then this is the place for you.

t listen to him!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've never done a review of a hotel before but was spurred into action by the previous reviewer's negative comments about what we both thought was an first class hotel.
My girlfriend and I had our first holiday together in June and chose the Kanta due to it's favourable review in the Panorama brochure. We weren't sure how representative this would be but I have to say that the hotel very much exceeded our expectations in terms of location, the attitude of the staff, cleanliness and all round "feel". The Kanta is a relatively old hotel but is far from showing it's age; the foyer in particular retains some of the old world charm that many of the other hotels seem to have neglected (for example the Marhaba Palace hotel just across the road looks as if it has been transplanted directly from Las Vegas).
The food is excellent and offers a wide variety of dishes from around the world and breakfast in the bright annex was a fine way to start the day. We also found the outside bar was excellent for a drink or two in the evening with very friendly service and entertainment (albeit of varying degrees) almost every night. The Tunisian Night was another highlight, a six course meal complete with local wine (which was surprisingly very good), jugglers and belly dancing. Both the private beach and the poolside area were spotless (as was the entire hotel) and the waiter service again more than satisfactory.
Our holiday as a whole was thoroughly enjoyable (although the souq in Sousse was certainly an experience) and I would thoroughly recommend both the country and the Kanta to anyone, from young families to older couples. In fact we enjoyed it so much we are planning to go back again next year.

HOTEL KANTA

from A TripAdvisor Member
My daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Kanta this year
August for 2 weeks,The Hotel was very comfortable nice,rooms,food was lovely and plenty of it,different
dishes every night,plenty to do for kids very much a
family orientated Hotel,entertainment nightly,disco
for teenagers. I loved the gardens surrounding the Hotel every where was clean 10mins for the main
Port El Kantauoi.
It was my daughters first trip to Tunisia aged 15 years, and my 3rd trip I have booked to go in April
2006.Our holiday was fantastic!
I would truly recommend the KANTA HOTEL is great for
familes the service,accommodation,beach,plenty of
space by the pool area restaurant was lovely.

putting things in context

from Charlie262
I've read the other reviews, and like the latter ones, decided to put a few things in context.

Firstly, remember this is Tunisia, the standard of hotels is not going to be equivalent to those in Dubai or the Far East. Secondly, remember what this holiday will be costing you.

The reason I say this is because whilst to a certain extent I can agree with some of the neagtive comments over the last couple of reviews, what were they expecting? I also agree however that some of the earlier 'rave reviews' are a little extreme and would give the impression that this hotel is more superior than it is. My suggestion would be to put things in context.

We stayed at the Kanta for a week at the end of September. We wanted a cheap week away in the sun to relax and maybe do one or 2 trips. I would say our holiday was exactly what we wanted. We paid 350 quid for a week half board. For this price we didn't expect the Ritz and we didn't expect gourmet food. Its true that generally you get what you pay for. But, I would say that for this price, we got a pretty good deal.

The hotel room was clean, but I agree that it was a little basic and worn around the edges. But, how much time do you actually spend in the room anyway?

The 'restaurant' was a bit like a school dinner hall. It got very busy in the evenings regardless of what time you decided to eat and queing for the starters and dessert was a bit of a 'bunflight'. The food was reasonable, again bearing in mind the price. The comments about always sitting at the same table are true, although what we found that was slightly even worse was that as a couple, our table was close to the couple next to ours that you really had no privacy. On one occasion at the end of our week we chose to eat at lunchtime instead, and I would thoroughly recommend it. It is much quieter, the waiters are more attentive and I think the quality of the food was a little better too. Only those that like to pile up their plates at the buffet would probably prefer the evening option. I wished we had eaten at lunchtime more throughout the week.

The beach was nice and the weather was about 28 degrees and sunny everyday. We spent most of our time either on the beach or by the 'older' pool - we found it a little quieter here than by the main pool. Especially given the twice-daily water polo games in the main pool.

Port El Kantaoui itself is the type of place you'll either love or loathe. Personally we quite enjoyed evening strolls around the harbour, and a drink in the bars / cafes. Compared to Sousse (where we went for a day trip), we felt the port was a much nicer place to stay. By the way, we took the noddy train to Sousse and whilst it wasn't particulalry comfortable, it was an experience!

We did 2 trips. One to El Jem, which if you do nothing else while in Tunisia, do this trip. It was fantastic. The second was a catamaran trip on the Albatros. I think this is quite popular, and be aware that they do pack the boat quite densely. Get there early and take a beach towel to sit on - after 2 hours you'll be glad of a bit of padding!

Just one other thing, in case you are perhaps considering the Iberostar Sahara beach resort in Skanes. We spent 5 ghastly hours there because our flight was delayed for 8 hours and it was near the airport. This hotel was like a 'butlins' for lager louts and chain smokers. The meal we had was revolting and we both suffered stomach problems afterwards. We struggled to find any areas in this vast complex that were even only slightly smoky as even the so-called smoke-free childrens areas were densely fogged. This hotel was apparently a 3 star, yet was a world apart from the Kanta. Having experienced this hotel, it really helped to put things at the Kanta into context!

If you can get a good deal, I would recommend this hotel and resort for a relaxing week away in the sun.

The whole truth and nothing but..........

from Jo_novark
We have just returned from a fantastic two weeks at the Hotel Kanta. I'll try to be honest in this review, like most hotels the Kanta has it's good and bad facets and its far easier to you recall the bad a lot easier than the good.

Our Room :

The room was a comfortable double situated at the front of the hotel. The view (excepting the hotel entrance canopy) was beautiful, often brightly lit by the morning sun with stunning views of the sunset in the evenings. The balcony became a sun trap late afternoon, too hot for us to enjoy a pre-dinner drink on most days, but perfect for a quiet romantic aperitif later on. The room decor was old but satisfactory. Our room was in need of a new carpet and some paint, but generally the fixtures and fittings were in good condition, with plenty of storage. The bedding was excellent and clean. A maid cleaned the room (vacuumed, made beds, tidied up) daily. Despite our carelessness at leaving semi-valuables and money lying around in the room, nothing went missing - a fitting testament to the honesty of the staff!

The TV was old but serviceable, with UK entertainment in the form of BBC World and BBC Prime. The minibar was little more than a warm lockable cupboard, although it did make noises that imitated that of a fridge! It was a fine hiding place to store larger expensive items such as the videocamera, which were too large to fit in the safe box, situated in the hotel lobby. The bathroom was in good order, the shower was fine - plenty of hot water all day and night.

Similar to most hotels in Tunisia, the hotel assumes total control over your holiday within your room and you are not permitted to bring your own food or drink into the hotel. Similarly you may not iron your own clothes or make your own tea. The hotel assumes that pretty much everything you do within their premises will involve their own services, for which you will pay a handsome price! Needless to say, this is not my idea of a holiday, and I would like to plead guilty your Honour, to the charge of hiding cheap booze and food bought in town, smuggling it in through the back door of the hotel and up the fire escape!! If you have this in mind, be careful to smuggle your rubbish (bottles / packaging) back out the same way or you may find items added to your minibar bill at hotel prices!

Restaurant :

We stayed on a half board basis, with a choice of breakfast and lunch / dinner. The restaurant is large, consisting of three rooms, the buffet area, the main dining room and a conservatory annex. The restaurant is very clean, and not too overcrowded although it can get a little busy at peak times. My main complaint of the restaurant is the management, in particular the head waiter. He uses a 'system' whereby he will allocate you a table on arrival and you will sit there for your evening meal for the rest of your holiday - or else!! When we arrived we sat on a different table to one he had in mind and after a good 'telling off' he picked up our food and carried it to another table. Still chewing, we followed dutifully wondering what in God's name the man was trying to achieve. Throughout our holiday we witnessed similar altercations and misdemeanours with the same man.

Food :

The food in most holiday hotels can become a little boring over 2 weeks, and the Kanta is no exception to the norm, with leftovers from Monday making a grand re-appearance in a different set of clothes on Tuesday! But, having said that, the quality of the food was definitely the best I have ever had on a package holiday. The soup is to die for and the meal selection is very good. The desserts all taste like you expect them to and the ice-cream is superb. If I was looking for fault here it would be that the menu was on a one week rotation, so for a two week stay you got the same menu twice. In addition, the 'Tunisian Buffet' offered to us on a Friday was uninspiring and if you were wanting to try lunch instead (which incidentally is a pleasant waiter service experience) do it then.

Half board does not include drinks with lunch or evening meal, not even still water! However, the hotel is pleased to provide water at £1 for a small bottle so don't forget your purse.

The pool bar serves snacks at lunchtime. A small selection can be provide (via the waiter) to eat around the pool. The food here is also of a very high quality. The burgers put McDonald's to shame, the chips are gorgeous and the pizzas and sandwiches are similarly delicious.

Bars :

The Hotel lobby bar offers a relaxed setting in well kept surroundings. The pool bar spotlessly clean and brightly lit in the evenings. It services the hotel evening entertainment. Both bars have waiter service. Wine is the equivalent of the bargain basement stuff in Tesco's for 13.500TD (£7) and a quite palatable lager is 4.800TD (£2.50) - not including tips, expected to be at least 10%.

A further bar is located in the disco area. Only bottled beer in available here. Lowenbrau or Celita, the former being just OK, the latter I wouldn't even use to wash muck off my boots! Think half Kaliber, half tonic water and you won't be far away.

Pools :

The hotel has two outdoor pool areas, seperated by gardens and the pool bar. One area (what appears to be the original hotel pool) is used for games and pool aerobics. The other area (seemingly newer) consists of the toddler pool and adults pool (3ft - 7ft depth). The latter is generally quieter but unfortunately the hotel does not enforce a no kids policy on this pool (as I have enjoyed in many other hotels) so if you are looking for a holiday where you can relax quietly in a serene pool environment, you can not expect it at the Kanta - no matter how pleasant they make it look in the brochure!

The water quality in the pools is excellent, the build quality of the pools is more than satisfactory and in September, despite the pools being outside, the water was very warm. The pools have waiter service and they will happily provide you with food and drink from the pool bar. Strangely, you can have a burger or sandwich but not chips(!). Cold bottled water at the pool is 2.000TD (£1) per 1.5l bottle but is available for just 0.400TD (20p), same make but almost frozen, from the nearest Supermarket. We consumed a mixture of both, buying two or three bottles from the shop when we passed (see my note on ‘contraband’ food and drink above).

Sunbeds were in abundance during our stay and they also have cushions. These beds are free to use; some hotels in the resort charge £1 a day for them.

Entertainment :

It is my experience that 'Entertainment' is a word that Tunisian's use to describe a group of people standing on a stage doing the most unremarkable things. Live music at the pool bar was passable as a background music (if you like Neil Sedaka sang with an Arabic twang), Bingo! was - well - bingo! and the shows in the disco bar (yet another man who lies on a bed of nails - a reoccurring theme in Tunisia) were uninspiring and this 'entertainment', like the food was rotated on a weekly basis.

Port El-Kantaoui :

The resort is 40mins transfer from the airport. Its based around a beautiful marina which is just 5 minutes walk from the Hotel Kanta. Most bars/cafes serve only non-alcoholic drinks (lager is called SA - sans alcohol). Alcoholic lager is available at the 'Bar du Quai' and is very similar to Stella. Very nice indeed!

There are two supermarkets close to the hotel that sell alcohol. They are situated just past the marina entrance on the left. Wine and beer are available here at prices similar or cheaper than the UK. The best white wine we found was 'Ugni Blanc' @ 4.4TD (£2.20), this is also served in the Hotel Kanta @ 13.500TD (£7).

There are no shortage of cash machines in the resort. There is a 'private' cash machine in the hotel lobby, but I am not sure what extra charges can be expected here.

Beach :

The beach is reasonably clean and the Kanta provides a 'tuk-tuk' to transport you there and back again, free of charge. A 'tuk-tuk' is an amalgamation of motor bike and bus shelter, seating about 8 people. Very reminiscent of the transport found in computer games such as 'Medal of Honor' and I couldn't help thinking as we sped down the street that there should be a pedestal gun situated on the back for us to 'take out' the enemy as we went!!

The sunbeds on the beach are free, with cushions. The beach is home to plentiful water sports such as jet-skis, motorboats, parasailing, and banana boats. Safety is not a priority and motorised vehicles frequently invade swimming space along most of the beach. Whilst we were on a Catamaran trip (the Albatross from the Marina - as used by Air Tours / Panorama) we witnessed the Banana boat repeatedly cross within inches of the front of us in a dare-devil manner. No regard whatsoever to the safety of the children on board and I would think it only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

Trips :

See an earlier posting of mine regarding our trips.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297952-i9165-k271545-What_trips-Port_El_Kantaoui.html

I would add a couple of points

1) The taxi quality is a hit and miss affair. None seem to have seat belts, most are poorly maintained by UK standards. The ones we occupied had clocked well over 300,000 kilometres. You will get beeped by almost every taxi that passes you, they will slow down to pick you up, you’ve no need to hail one. Try to catch one that looks new!

2) The roads don’t seem to have any rules! This makes them a dangerous place to be, especially if you are travelling in a ‘tuk-tuk’. I would avoid the ‘tuk-tuk’ to Sousse at all costs!

Time to qualify all these rave reviews

from Beet7hoven
Let's not get carried away! The Kanta is an older-style four star (just) and showing its age. The food is at best average and at worst (often) dreadful. The dining room is institutional and the main room is gloomy and unbearably stuffy. The new add-on annexe is lighter and airier, but reminiscent of an aiport lounge. Yes, the garden areas are attractive and shady, but often full up; yes, the pools are clean and large, but boringly old-fashioned rectangles; yes, MOST of the staff are friendly, helpful and polite -- but that's what they are paid to be and, (sorry to be cynical) they are buttering you up in the hope of tips. One waiter was downright rude to a young Danish couple next to our table, not offering them the menu and, when they asked what was available, just snapped: "Chicken, beef or fish". And don't dare to want to eat late - they make it very clear they want you out as quickly as possible. The pool bar area is too brightly lit at night, but the Reception Bar is comfrotable and subtly lit and OK for a drink before or after dinner.
The private beach - and its bar/cafe - is the hotel's best asset (we spent most of our time there) but the elderly and people with young children should be warned that the shuttle "bus" is little more than two benches on three wheels with a steel roof and a sewing machine engine.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, but the ridiculous raised plinth for the beds is a hazard for any gentleman of a certain age who needs to visit the loo during the night. If you can live without a sea view, the rooms at the front of the hotel are quieter, with pleasant views over the surrounding countryside. Sousse Airport is a shambles - takes forever for luggage to come through (and to clear passport control on the return), and on a Saturday night in peak season it takes MUCH longer than the 40 minutes transfer time, as claimed in the Panorama brochure. Opt to pay for a taxi, if your budget will stretch.
Despite all these negative points, overall we enjoyed our stay (mainly thanks to the beach). Don't want to put anybody off, but just thought it was time to put this hotel into persective with a a more balanced and objective view. So if you read this in the context of all the 'raves', you won't be disappointed.

Wonderful Last Minute choice!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked the Hotel Kanta in Port El Kantaoui at a weeks notice and were really pleased and happy with our choice. The staff at the hotel, chambermaids, bar staff etc. were all very helpful and polite and we particularly recommend Mohammed in the pool bar and restaurant...who after one evening out remembered what we drank and we never waited with an empty glass! The food was good...although a little "samey" however you could always find something to suit your tastes and the freshly cooked to order breakfast items were great. The rooms were clean and beds and towels changed daily, a lick of fresh paint might benefit some of them....but the view from our balconey over the pools and sea, were wonderful to wake up to on our first morning after arriving in the dead of night. We decided to eat out on the Marina for a couple of evenings and would highly recommend Restaurant l'Escale, its tucked away in the corner..and not immediately obvious, but worth finding. The food and service were superb...very friendly staff and owner, who sent us complimentry deserts and liquers to end our evening...we went back twice! The hotel was pretty busy but never a problem to find sunbeds or seats in the bars...and we met the lovely McBrides from Crumlin...who shared my husbands "near death experience" on a taxi journey home from Sousse after watching the football in the Rose and Crown..The "Happy Clappy Driver"..was an experience never to be wished upon anyone...so take heed if you're getting in a taxi!!

1st class hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
hi just arrived back from 2 weeks spent at Hotel Kanta what can i say the service at this hotel is excellent your bedding and towells are changed daily and your chambermaid is so friendly in fact all the staff in the hotel are Muckdo in the resturant is especially helpfull if you dont like what is on the menu he will make available what ever you ask for thier desserts are to die for (the chocolate cake is divine ) also the entertainment staff Tarrick in particular is very nice and great fun thay have regular entertainment all day for kids and adults although the evening entertainment is a little low key the private beach is easily reached by bus just outside the door of the hotel it picks you up every 20 mins and brings you back the beach itself and the little cafe is lovely there are also a host of water sports available. it was our first time in tunisia but not our last we would really recomment the Kanta Hotel we couldnt fault it . we cant wait untill next year to return the tunisian people are so friendly and the hotel is so central for the marinia the musical fountain the zoo and the fairground are just a 5-10 miniute stroll away. if you smoke you cant buy english ciggeretts in the resorts only at the airport (good tunisian ones are called MARS about 70p a pkt ) and for you drinkers its cheaper at the airport

Loving the atmosphere

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel is amazing! I went with my boyfriend for the first time, and being students, we weren't expecting much, but it was such a nice surprise! It is hidden away from the main road with no building works. It has it's own part of the beach, which a little tram-like-thing will take you to for free. The water in the minibar is so cheap, over 7 days it only cost 1 dinar!! There are 2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool, which are all lovely! The cleaners do their job well and don't come barging in.

It's a short walk to the Marina, which comes alive at night, but is also worth experiencing during the day as well. Children are perfectly safe, and there is no need for women to cover up in the slightest! Be wary of drivers though, they will not slow down if you are corssing the road, and don't stop at pedestrian crossings.

The shopping is fine, yes the people try and urge you to look at their shops, but just be firm and say "no thanks", it's all in good fun and can be quite a laugh, especially when they try and say "lovely jubbly", "have a butchers" etc!

The only problem we had was with undercooked meat, it happened quite a lot and gave us a stomach bug for a few days.

Overall, it was a lovely experience, and I would definately go again!

Top Local Tips for Port El Kantaoui

tourists if your just a tourist eg backpacker i wouldnt recommend it as tunisia is just full of luxury hotels

Tuna Develop a fondness for tuna before you travel - you will see why when you get there and read menus - it would seem to be the main ingredient of nearly every dish!

zulu dancers Grab the oportunity to visit Frigua Park to see the Zulu Dancers or see them at Kanta hotel - they are fantastic from the singing to dancing but the music sold if for me. Fab.

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  • Address: Bp 23 - Port El Kantaoui - 4089 - Tunisia
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