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Family’s Holiday to Tunisia Ruined

The travel law team here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors were recently instructed by a client after her family holiday was ruined by holiday illness.

Sahara Beach Hotel

Miss Hunter booked a fourteen night stay at the Sahara Beach Resort Hotel, in Skanes, Tunisia along with five others, including her partner and children. The trip was booked as an all-inclusive package holiday, through tour operator Thomas Cook.

Around three days into her stay at the Sahara Beach Resort, Miss Hunter began to feel unwell. She suffered with holiday illness symptoms including severe diarrhoea, headaches and stomach cramps. Our client avers that her illness, which lasted a total of six days, occurred as a result of eating the food at the restaurant within the hotel.

Poor food & hygiene standards

According to Miss Hunter food appeared under-cooked, reheated and was left uncovered for long periods of time. Miss Hunter also claims that the buffet style salad available appeared to have been washed with tap water.

Our client was disappointed with the overall quality of the food, and noted that a large number of birds and insects could be seen around the eating areas of the hotel.

Miss Hunter expressed her concerns regarding the food & hygiene standards within the hotel to a representative. However, according to our client they did not seem too concerned and after attempting to sell Miss Hunter an excursion, told her to speak with hotel management.

Loss of enjoyment

Due to her holiday illness, Miss Hunter was unable to enjoy her two week stay in Tunisia with her family and even had to cancel her place on a pre-booked safari excursion.

Thomas Cook admitted liability in this case.

Our expert Travel Law team secured a total of £1,700 holiday illness compensation for Miss Hunter.

Shiamli Mehta-Cronie, who heads up our holiday illness department, said with regards to the outcome:

“Holiday sickness is distressing but unfortunately not uncommon. I am acting for hundreds of holidaymakers who have also experienced illness abroad.

“Legal action can be taken if you feel more could have been done to prevent your becoming ill. The Package Travel Regulations protect holidaymakers who book package holidays through reputable tour operators such as Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook.

“If this applies to you then we’d encourage you to get in touch. Suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting as a result of poor hygiene whilst on holiday is simply unacceptable and action can be taken.”

Holiday illness claims – expert advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday illness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to and call our expert team of holiday illness solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation, so call 0800 888 6 888 or email

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