Occidental Grand Monastir Hotel

, Skanes, Tunisia
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Occidental Grand Monastir Hotel

, Skanes
Hotel Website | 73-520555
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9/10
Great staff, service, hotel....
Submitted by: sarah in 19/05/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Tunisia
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
The hotel and scenery is beautiful! The staff are all friendly, out going and so funny, the hotel is clean, the pool is gorgeous, the beach is a bit of paradise! We will defintly be going back, miss the whole holiday so much. And i must say that the entertainment is the best ever, i never stopped laughing in the evenings, and during the day I played things like darts and volley ball that i have never done before, and loved it!
7/10
Relaxing Holiday
Submitted by: Will in 14/08/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
Definitely not a 4 star but comfortable, clean and situated on the beach( which is nice and clean and the water is warm). No shops or anything nearby but a cheap taxi ride will take you to bigger places. All inclusive drinks are local produce but acceptable and no long queues.
The pool is lovely and generally not crowded and there is a small pool for the kiddies but you need to get up early to get a good place.
Evening entertainment was ok but starts at about 2030 for the kids and 2130ish for the adults, bit too late for us as we were knackered by then.
Staff were generally good and try to please, a 10 dinar tip at the start of the holiday will get you extra service, well worth it. We tipped the pool barman and my drink was on the bar waiting for me if he seen me walking over. The man who does the sunbeds and the waiter in the resturant are also worth tipping.
The animation team worked really hard and although can be a pain at times pestering you to take part in activities when you want to relax, a firm and polite no will get the message across. That said, do take part if you can because we made some good friends getting involved in some of the group activities.
The massage in the fitness centre in well worth a try and reasonably priced, my wife and I made 5 visits.
The food wasn't very good and we all had upset stomachs for most of the holiday although not that bad that it ruined our holiday.

Things not to do or watch out for.

One of the guys at the reception that changes money tried to rip us off several times with incorrect change, so count it carefully in his presence.
The hotels free trip to Sousse to look at the medina(market) is a rip off. The man concerned will take you to the shops where he has contacts and they try to pressurise you into buying carpets, leather jackets and so forth, they really make you feel guilty if you don't so I would advise to give this a miss.
Give the quad bikes a miss, its rubbish.
Warn your kids off not to let the hairdresser paint their faces, she does it without asking you and trys to charge you over the top.
Remember to haggle with anything you buy especially in the local markets, start off with at least half the advertised price, everything is marked up. If you really want it walk out the shop and go back later. As we were walking out of one shop a 40 dinar pair of shoes was reduced to 8.

Trips we tried and enjoyed.

Camel ride booked through guy in hotel, bit sore on the bum but if you want to ride a camel hey.
Taxi ride (20 dinar remember to haggle) to Port el kantouie, great for shopping and a lovely marina.

Overall not a bad holiday as all we wanted to do was to relax and we achieved that.
2/10
Never Again
Submitted by: DocPaul in 06/06/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
This hotel is described as 4 star and 15 mins from the airport. At best it is 2 star and 15 mins hopping backward blindfolded (its across the road). The food is acceptable but there are very few decent drinks for an all inclusive, the entertainment staff whilst working hard can be a real pain not giving poolside rest seekers a minutes peace and on occasion rude and offensive. If someone had said this was 2 star buget I would be fine but 4 star etc no way Never agin
 
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