Looking for a beach resort in Tunisia which overlooks the sea and sandy beach, a hotel which offers comfortable accommodation, great food, superb service and different varieties of nightlife? Then look no further than the TUI Sensimar Scheherazade which is owned by the TUI group (one of Europe’s biggest tour operators) which is located in the resort of Sousse.
Also known as Couples Sousse in English, this hotel can be booked up via booking with them directly if just after a room and want a few nights here but otherwise most visitors like myself went through the TUI group. Booking via TUI meant (depending on which option you take at the time of booking but for this review I booked the all-inclusive), that I got airport transfers to and from the hotel which is about a fifty minute journey, a comfortable room for seven nights, all the meals included, insurances and on-call service from TUI staff members.
It was late at night when I arrived but was greeted with staff holding cold drinks (which was very much needed). The check in procedure was quick and swift and before I knew it, I was in my room already sleeping, with the windows wide open so I could see the twinkling stars over the sea. The next morning I attended a welcome meeting hosted by the TUI holiday representative, telling everyone what can be done on the resort, what not to do in the town and also details of tours which can be purchased for an extra fee.
Hotel facade and appearances inside
The hotel rating provided by TUI is 4.5 stars which is really high but compare this to European hotels, I would say it’s a 3 star. But hey, that’s hotel rating systems which likes to confuse people’s mind but I don’t care. Looking at other hotels along the Boulevard du 14 janvier, this is definitely one of the better hotels. The hotel has had a major refurbishment, a good paint job and clean up, from outside appearances, this hotel is much more appealing to the eye. Walking inside, the marble floors are clean, there is no mess and there is no wear and tear in the furniture. There are a few more hotels nearer to the medina on this stretch of road which are suppose to be five star but look like they need a major repair as soon as possible.
Here I would say the rooms are pretty average size but still plenty of room to sing, dance and jump around in. First thing noticeable has to be the bed. For me, the mattresses was hard and thought to myself, how on earth am I going to get some sleep? Believe me, I slept perfectly for those seven nights and my back was fine. No problems with the bed. There was plenty of storage space for clothes and luggage, a modern television with a variety of English, French, German, Spanish and Italian channels to watch from as well as the local television network.
In the washroom, had no problem with the plumbing. The water taps were working and providing clean water as well as the toilet flusher was working and there was nothing blocking the system. Around the sink area, the worktop is huge and plenty of space to put the toiletries.
As I had an all inclusive package, I had three meals a day provided and it was all buffet style. After seven days I found this a little bit boring but the standard of the food, the way it was cooked and presented was fantastic. The range of different food cuisines are there, from Chinese, Indian, African, European….there is something here to suit everyone. My favourite food here has to be the after-dinner ice cream. Reminds me of ice cream in Italy, smooth texture and so very lickable.
The Swimming Pool
There are two swimming pools here in the resort, one in the main courtyard near the front of house which I never got to use. It is less used by visitors but for those who really want to relax and want some piece of quiet whilst laying in the sun, then this is the place to be. The larger pool between the hotel building and the beach, is shaped in a sidewards ‘T’ and is ideal for all ages with it’s easy access. There are plenty of lounges on the huge patio next to the pool to chill out on.
The private beach is of a safe standard, a very clean standard and is just simply perfect. With lifeguards nearby, plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas and the sea right in from me, it was a perfect place to relax and take the stress away.
I felt safe whilst enjoying my stay at the hotel and saying that, there was security at the car park entrance to the hotel and another person on sight. On the beach from time to time, security and police will pass by to keep an eye on things. However things have slightly changed since the events of Sousse beach back in June 2015 when one guy shot thirty eight people in a resort near here. Security has been stronger since then and I wouldn’t be put off from another trip to the beautiful beaches of Sousse.
This was a splendid and charming stay at the TUI Sensimar Scheherazadeand, a great place to get away from it all. I really did enjoy myself, I felt safe, I was made to feel like home by the staff and I came away with many good memories and a big smile on my face. If visiting Sousse, then consider the Scheherazade Hotel. Bookings can be made here (if booking from the UK).
My time at the Scheherazade Hotel was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in any way by the company. The opinions in this post are my own.