Advantages The Culture
Disadvantages Being hassled to buy and the weather
+Kairouan, The Great Mosque and a bit of Haggling+
An Anniversary TreatHaving decided to give ourselves a little anniversary treat, myself and my boyfriend, Mark, thought it would be nice to get away for a bit, and go find some warm winter sun. Flicking through the brochures we found a lovely, luxurious looking hotel……in Tunisia. Now Tunisia was not somewhere id ever thought about going. I didn’t really know much about the country, and to be honest had no real wish to go there, but the hotel looked fantastic, as did the beaches, and it was a good price. We booked for a week in mid-November and couldn’t wait.
We had a trouble free journey, with the flight departing on time and even landing a little early. We had booked into the Thalassa Hotel in Skanes, Monastir. It was just like the pictures, every bit as nice as it had looked. Our room had a lovely sea view looking out both ways along the coast, and was a reasonable size with a double bed, sofa, tv and mini fridge (good for keeping bottled water cool).
We arrived to grey skies, wind and (what we were trying to escape) COLD. Not so good. Having discovered that we were only 5 minutes from the airport (aagh!), we also found out that we were not really within walking distance to Monastir (the nearest town). We both started to panic a bit, seeing ourselves stuck inside the hotel for 7 days…..not quite what we had in mind.
Taking a bit of time-out, we decided to find our way around the hotel and its facilities, which included, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, table tennis, pool and a lovely spa treatment centre. We then prepared for dinner. Being half-board, we ate in the buffet restaurant, which served a huge variety of foods. Lots of meat dishes which proved popular with Mark, chicken and vegetarian for me, and of course lots of desserts. After filling up on food and sampling a glass (or two) of Tunisian wine, we began to feel better about our holiday and were looking forward to the next day.
Opening the curtains the following day we were greeted by bright sunshine, and blue skies. Perfect. A quick breckfast and we were off outside to soak up the sun, until about midday when the clouds rolled in and everyone disappeared from around the pool. We took this opportunity to investigate the hotel bar.The next day the clouds made way for a complete day of warm sunshine, which meant more sunbathing. As our hotel was located directly on a stretch of beach, we went off to explore. Skanes has a long stretch of white sand which we could walk along for miles in either direction. The sea was lovely and clear. We spent several sunny afternoons, hand in hand walking along the beach with the waves slowly lapping at our feet. Very romantic. The sea was so clear that at times we even spotted little fish swimming around.
The beach was very quiet (which was nice), probably because of the time of year we went. However, I can not imagine it ever gets busy as its mainly only accessed by the few hotels that line it….
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