February 2nd, 2009
My husband and I took our last holiday to Tunisia, residing at the Royal Kenz Hotel in Port El Kantaoui for a fortnight. We flew with First Choice from Newcastle Airport, which was a pleasure, though it did take 3 and a half hours and I was wary of taking off in what seemed like a hurricane. Landing in Tunisia was a rather pleasant 26oC and was such a welcome relief from the chill of Northern England. We felt slightly hassled by people trying to help with our luggage. Men just tried to just take our cases from our hands, but all expect a large tip, which I wasn’t comfortable with. A polite and firm “no” did the trick though, and they left us for some other poor traveller.
We are both in our 70s and really needed somewhere peaceful to stay. We chose the Royal Kenz Hotel as we had heard that it was exclusive to adults so would be suitably quiet. We selected a superior room that had air-conditioning, a hairdryer, a mini fridge, soft bathrobes and tea and coffee making facilities, lovely for afternoon tea on the balcony.
the pool with lovely gardens
Our room was cleaned daily and towels and linen were replaced twice weekly. The pool area was lovely and clean. We stayed half board and the food was ever so nice. We didn’t do any excursions – we are a bit long in the tooth for desert safaris but spoke to people who did and if you can handle a night camping in the wilderness under the stars then it definitely sounded worth it. We spent a couple of days meandering around Port El Kantaoui and found it fascinating and very picturesque, the local traders love to barter and although I understand some people are not fond of this, it is the way of life in Tunisia. Every trader will barter, so if you do not like this, I wouldn’t recommend Tunisia for you.
The marina is beautiful and we spent many hours watching the boats come and go. We quite enjoyed the evening entertainment though we had read some reports deeming it boring. Perhaps then, we are boring but it doesn’t matter to us. We enjoyed a good game of bingo and as my husband and I attend regular dances, we particularly liked line dancing, though after a day of walking I must say it quite strenuous on our poor legs. The live music was perhaps a little repetitive, but still so enjoyable. The staff were very pleasant and friendly and overall we had an especially nice holiday. This hotel is great for those seeking somewhere quiet.
Doreen and Ken Turner