So Karl and myself finally got a chance to go away together. We decided on a last minute get away and after much internet searching (I could become a travel agent after all the hours I've spent looking for holidays!) we booked with Thomas Cook, to Djerbra, Tunisia for 4 nights - all Inclusive.
I was a little bit apprehensive if I am honest as I booked on the Friday and we went on the Wednesday. I also rushed through the booking to ensure I got the deal as the flight places were selling out. But I have to praise Thomas Cook on they're online assistance. I didn't have such a nice experience when I rang Teletext Holidays the week before, with a very pushy, verging on aggressive, phone operator. Which really put me off actually speaking to someone so I wanted to book fully online to avoid this. I used the online chat service whilst I booked with a very pleasant customer operative. He guided me through the booking and made sure I had everything I needed before I booked. I was very impressed with this service.
We had great fight times (especially as last minute deals often result in not so great flight times) that enabled us to enjoy 3 and a half days in the resort.
The transfers both ways were easy and very quick, 30 minutes. I hate long transfers when your travelling.
The resort we booked was the Sentido Djerba Beach. I didn't do too much research before we went as once we had booked I didn't purposely look on Trip Advisor as I wanted to make my own mind up when we arrived.
The hotel was a 4 star resort. I don't think it would live up to a UK 4 star but it was really nice and we were more than happy with our choice. The staff were very pleasant and accommodating, checked in quickly and efficiently with a welcome drink.
Our room was fantastic. It was right on the beach front, away from the main area of the hotel, meaning it was lovely and quiet. With fabulous sea views and it was a family room which meant it was HUGE! 2 rooms, a living area as well as a spacious bathroom. We were very happy right from the start.
The resort was small, but had everything you could need, it wasn't overly busy as it was the week before half term, but there were still a good number of guests. However, we never had to queue more than one person in front of us and they were very efficient. The drinks were not named spirits but I didn't mind this as I'm not a big drinker anyway. Karl said the beer was ok. Plus they always had diet coke which is something I've found resorts run out of with all inclusive in the past - good for me being diabetic. The staff were all lovely and so pleasant, nothing was too much for them. The service was better than some hotels and restaurants here in the UK!
The food was good, not Michelin starred but still good quality and lots of choice for an all inclusive. I always found something to eat, and even managed to stick to my slimming world diet for the most part (although I did indulge in a few ice creams and puddings, he he).
The pool area was lovely and clean and it was fab to be right on the beach, something I always enjoy on holidays, especially as you get a nice sea breeze.
The WiFi was also brilliant throughout the resort, not something that bothered me but Karl was able to keep up to date with work easily. Plus it meant I could tweet and Facebook to my hearts content :-)
The island of Djerba is not huge and there is not much around to do outside the hotel, so if your looking for nightlife this probably isn't the best for you. We didn't get much chance to explore as we were more interested in relaxing. However, the hotel itself provided good entertainment in the evenings, for those inclined to go and watch.
Overall we were both really impressed with the price we paid and the service and quality we received. I'd recommend this resort and Thomas Cook in general as a tour operator. We had a lovely relaxing few days, which is exactly what we needed. Thanks Thomas Cook and Sentido Djerba Beach for a relaxing and much needed holiday.