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“Excellent stay at a nice friendly resort” 5 of 5 stars
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The Orangers Beach Resort & Bungalows
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   BP 7 Rue Nevers, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #11 of 126 Hotels in Hammamet
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“Excellent stay at a nice friendly resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We booked this holiday on a recommendation from our local travel agent whom we always use, and who know us well for the kind of holidays we usually go on. Never having been to an all inclusive resort before, we did so with some trepidation, however I am happy to say we had a wonderful time.

We booked one of the bungalows, and were extremely pleased with the cleanliness and standard. The standard kit in the bungalow included a kettle and a Krups nespresso coffee machine - I'm not a massive fan of capsule machines and prefer grinding and making my own, but this was good coffee, and the capsules were replenished on a daily basis. There was also a fridge/minibar which again was restocked daily or via an adhoc request. At the rear of the bungalow there is decking with two sun loungers, a table and four chairs, and a hammock. This, and the massive room combined to make the stay very enjoyable, and it provided an oasis of calm where you could get away from other guests.

I've read some of the other reviews and agree with some parts, but not with others. The food for example was very good, given that it is mass produced. There were always chefs around at breakfast, lunchtime and dinner, who cooked a variety of foods, including whole grilled fish, minced lamb kebabs and even lobster - maybe we were lucky with the timing of our visit, but I can certainly state that the food surpassed our expectations, given you hear some horror stories about all inclusive resorts we were very happy.

The "a la carte" is actually a set menu served in the restaurant closest to the beach. The type of cuisine could be selected, and the choice was Asian, Italian or Tunisian. Over the course of our stay we tried all three, and it was no better than you could get in the buffet restaurant, although it had a nicer ambience.

We tried the moorish cafe, which serves Turkish coffee and the traditional mint tea. This was very nice and relaxing and another oasis of calm - they even have the traditional water pipes for anyone who wishes to partake. All still included in all inclusive.

The hammam was very nice and relaxing, and again was kept in good order.

In summary I would say we had a great time, and the staff were very helpful. We would not rush to come back, as there are many more places which we would wish to visit, rather than as a reflection on our stay. Would we recommend it? Yes, and I would go so far in saying having the bungalow really made the holiday for us, I would recommend anyone to pay the extra for it.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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leyland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Good Points:
Immaculately clean
Excellent staff ( with the exception of animation team). It is untrue to say as has been said that service is better if you tip or are french. Some staff were more familiar with some guests as it appears this hotel sees alot of return visitors. I have never been before and didn't tip till my last day and the service at all times was faultless.
Drinks were above the standard I have experienced at AI previously and not rationed in small glasses in any way, the wine was not something you would wish to buy a 2nd bottle of at home but again better than any AI wine previously experienced. There is however some ridiculous claim that Champagne is included! What is included is a 6.9% by vol peach flavoured fizzy white cocktail base which is a perfectly pleasant drink but a long way from being champagne
Soso:
Room smelt very musty on arrival, didn't complain and either by opening the doors, just living in the room or getting used to it this wasnt noticed by the next morning
Food was quite good in the main and certainly not all fish, or all chicken as has been said, they did dominate, but pork and or beef were available at every meal. Did my partner and I get the runs from the food or the appaling hygiene habits of a certain few of the guests? we'll never know
Poor:
balcony furniture, I read the reviews and couldnt believe anyone would provide seating you couldnt sit on but its true, Its white canvas which has black mold on it and it is almost physically impossible to sit on
Animation staff had to loan out equipment for tennis, ping pong etc, they did this in their own time when and only when their mobile phone conversation had ended (happened to our children on a daily basis). They did tend to leave you if you werent interested but one in particular was very annoying
Evening entertainment, to be fair I only lasted 10 minutes one night and it was abysmal, most of this type of stuff is, but this plumbed new depths
Comments that concerned me before I went:
Flies, yes more than I have experienced elsewhere but not as bad as has been made out and never on the food in the restaurant
smells, you do get the odd whiff of sewage, but it is the odd whiff in certain places
building work next door, yes there is but never heard it or saw any dust and was on the side of hotel nearet to it

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We have recently returned having spent half term week at The Orangers with family. A good time was had overall by the members in our party.

Having arrived at lunchtime, we were pre-warned that we may have to wait for our rooms however they were ready for us which was great service. The standard rooms were fine, the bathroom large and our shower was powerful. I have two niggles with the rooms; the chairs on the balcony unusable and the air conditioning unit was dated therefore noisy (couldn't use at night). The maid service was good everyday and our rooms cleaned within an hour of leaving them.

The pool area was clean and tidy. Having sun bed mattresses brought over was a nice touch. We never had an issue finding a sun-bed, granted if you wanted the sunshine all day (bearing in mind time of year) you probably had to have yours reserved by 10am. I never ventured in the outdoor pool it was freezing, we used the indoor pool and this was a nice option to have particularly on the one rainy day we had. Staff were very attentive at the pool bringing drinks and fresh doughnuts in the afternoon were yummy!
The beach was also peaceful (other than the odd seller but a no thank you works fine).

Meal times in the buffet restaurant could be hectic, we learnt to go a little earlier and there were no problems. Lunch time at the beach restaurant was a nice touch but again busy. We ate at the A la Cartes four out of the seven nights and thought the service was brilliant! Lovely food and wine to add. A member of our party celebrated a birthday and the staff were great. No issues in booking the A la Cartes despite the hotel being quite full.

Drinks were of a good quality especially the champagne and red wine. We spent our evenings in the reception bar area, again service was great your glass is never empty.

Entertainment wasn't really our cup of tea but people watching seemed to enjoy it.

It was our first time to Tunisia and we had decent weather which was a bonus in late October/November. The Orangers is a lovely hotel, but the staff do really make it special giving a high standard of service. A small tip goes a long way to them but this is by no means expected. We are likely to return for a future holiday.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Boy, is this difficult! We chose Les Orangers because our agent recommended it after seeing my other TripAdvisor reviews and remarking that she ‘knew what we were after’. I checked out the reviews of Les Orangers and agreed- it seemed the place for us. Great reviews, a few poor experiences of course, but that is always going to happen.

We have stayed all inclusive in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia before and so we are well prepared for the standard of hotel to expect. So this review is written by someone who really expected something special, wants things to work as promised but is also realistic about staying in mass market all inclusive hotels.

Overall the writers of 5 star reviews for this hotel are simply wrong. I shall try to be fair and justify my rating in detail.

What is so tragic about Les Orangers is that with a few simple steps the whole experience could be so much better.... for example;

1. Figure out a way of allowing guests to have more than one room key. So that one guest could remain in the room with a light on when the other is elsewhere.

2. Install a coffee machine in the beach view block of rooms so that guests did not have to get dressed and walk the entire hotel to the main restaurant first thing in the morning.

3. Have maintenance do their job so that a faulty aircon machine might be working again before the guest leaves a week after reporting it.

4. Provide chairs on the balconies that can actually be used and which provide a view when sitting down. This point has been made for years on Tripadvisor... but no action from the hotel tells you all that you need to know about the management’s care for customer opinions...

5. Ensure that hot food is served hot, at Les Orangers the temperature control is so poor that a microwave is provided for guest use in the main dining room!

The hotel has good points... see below. But the lack of attention to detail and sheer unnecessary nature of others totally lets it down. Guests who have left 5 star reviews must have very limited experience of other tourist hotels.

As examples of not getting even the basics correct;

1. We reported our aircon not working on the Monday. It was still not working when we left a week later- when we actually needed it. It was examined by an engineer who told me that the problem was in the ceiling- not the room.
2. We reported a ceiling lamp as burnt out. The engineer walked into the room, reached up and whacked the fitting with his fist (tall man!) It came on. ‘Fixed!’ he said, and left. It went off. I hit it with a bottle. It came on. And so on all week.
3. One lamp in our room had a foot control. This was smashed open with bare wires and circuit board lying on the floor. It was plugged in when we arrived. It stayed there the entire week, should housekeeping not have reported it? After all, they wet mopped the floor around it every day....
4. There is a sign in the room that wifi is available at the pool and in the `bridge`. I asked several staff where the `bridge` was, including the receptionist in the beach block, but none knew. Eventually it turned out that the `bridge` was the area above the beach block reception but that the hotel had taken away the wifi after discovering guests from other hotels using it. Given that the hotel next door is closed and being demolished it would seem that either they should restore the wifi or take away the notices... there is no wifi at the pool either.
5. Lunch is served in the main restaurant each day says the bedroom info pack. Except that it isn't. It is only served in the beach restaurant- but until 6pm. This might suit some guests who maybe like a late lunch. But at 5pm on Friday there were no puddings left- just empty plates, and very little main courses.
6. The food is not that good anyway. The salads are OK, the puddings pretty good. The main, meat, courses are simply repetitive, not hot and not interesting enough. the bread selection is also the poorest we have had in an all inclusive.

What is good about this hotel?

1. The staff. They are, with the exception of reception, friendly, helpful and fun. The restaurant waiters are the best that we have met in any inclusive hotel.
2. The beach. Plenty of shade and chairs even when the hotel was full- 750 guests. Even with Mr Selfish and family reserving chairs and loungers at both pool and beach all day long- and then spending the day at the beach.
3. The public seating areas. Lots and lots of areas to sit in and simply read or play games.
4. The indoor pool. Yes- it’s a bit basic but it’s clean and the showers are far better than those in the rooms!
5. Tips not expected. This is another indication of how good the staff are- I recommend not tipping until the end of your stay and then being generous. The service will be no different but you will get the chance to build a relationship.
6. Excursions. Thomas Cook have a pretty good range of excursions and we can recommend the half-day ‘Carthage and Sidi Bou Said’. Sidi Bou Said is beautiful.
7. The beds. Totally great.

What else is poor?

1. The entertainment/ stage show. We tried it twice. If you like men dressed as women badly miming to Shirley Bassey tunes, or painting their bellies with a face and pretending to whistle a tune, fine. My wife correctly described it as ‘dire’.
2. ‘Les Grand Bazars’, the hotel gift shop. Totally hopeless. Dirty, poorly organized, covered in dust, poor pricing.
3. The ‘beer tent’ on the beach. Smelly with half the pumps not working. The cola squirted sideways all week, soaking the customers.
4. The Italian ‘Al A Carte’ restaurant. This is actually a third of the beach restaurant. All three Al A Carte restaurants are in the same room, separated by empty tables. It is fixed menu, not A La Carte. First course- sliced cheese and tomato. OK but tastless. Second- Pea soup, quite good. Third- Pasta in tomato sauce. Like something out of a Heinz tin. Fourth- Meatballs. Just that- 2 meatballs on a plate. No garnish, no veg. Pudding- Tiramisu. OK. Very rushed service. A very poor violinist playing a tune for 90 seconds at each table.
5. The sitting room furniture. We had a deluxe room so had a sitting area. Heavy planked wood so uncomfortable that I had to drape it in a duvet.
6. Men’s toilets. Two lots (in the beach room block) with no dryers or towels- all week.
7. Cats. Everywhere. They probably keep the vermin down but we don’t all like them.
8. The bathrooms. Shower half way down the bath facing the room. Screen at the end no where near the shower. Duh?

I feel bad about going against the grain with this review. We spent just short of £700 each to get to this hotel- compared with, say, the Baron in Sharm El Sheik or The Royal Kenz in Port El Kantoui, this hotel just doesn’t come up to scratch.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Just back from a 2wk holiday, first the positives, the hotel and grounds are immaculate including all the toilets in bars and restaurants, the beach is beautiful, lovely and clean with sun loungers taken to you. If you go for a walk along the beach to the old city or Yasmine the beach between each hotel is very unkept and this seems to be the norm outside the hotel. The staff are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble to them. The animation team were especially good with our children and made the holiday for them. Now, for the negatives! The pool is very deep and if your children are not confident swimmers then you will have a problem, but the pool area is lovely. My main negative was the food as has been previously mentioned in other reviews. The lunchtime buffet is slightly better than the evening buffet but not by much! There was a lot of seafood so if that is not your thing you will struggle. I also found all the food very bland, no flavour to it especially the puddings, they all tasted of nothing, except the ice cream which was very nice. One evening a turkey was taken out which looked lovely but when it was cut open it was full of blood! They do not cater for children, I think in the 2 weeks we were there pasta was on twice. All the fruit juices are highly concentrated and full of sugar, i ended up getting bottled water to water it down. I don't think we had a hot meal in the 2 weeks we were there as by the time you have got what you want and sat down the food is cold. There is a beach cafe which serves pizzas and stir frys, again very bland, pizzas need some herbs to give them flavour, at the pool you can have a panini or a burger. I sound very negative but we did have a good holiday but the food played a major part for me.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We have just returned from our holiday in Tunisia.
We have had a great week, the hotel and staff were great, they couldn't have done any more to help you, a credit to the hotel.
The animation team were fantastic, our 5 year old son spent a couple of days with Dina in the kids club, she is absolutely fantastic with the children. The evening entertainment was really varied and genuinely entertaining! There was something for everyone.
I would return in an instant, the hotel is a little run down, but the staff and weather make up for all the minor details!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

Only good thing about our family holiday was the staff!! The staff were amazing , they really could not do enough for you. The hotel however really let them down :(
Family rooms are barely 2 star. Really smelly and very basic. Thomas cook couldn't have cared less. No upgrade available for families as bungalows only for two people :(
Food dire , lots of upset tummies and only rice and salad for vegetarians.
Holiday from hell for us : (

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: BP 7 Rue Nevers, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Hammamet
#6 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
#11 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#13 Family Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orangers Beach Resort & Bungalows 4*
Number of rooms: 381
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orangers Beach Resort & Bungalows 4* ALL IN 24h/24 Certified ISO 9001/ ISO 22000/ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 The hotel is located on a superb immaculate beach of golden sand, guarantees all Safety for children and swimmers, overlooking the picturesque Fort Hammamet. Its beautiful setting of 12 ha of orange trees and jasmin flowers offers big space of relaxation and entertainment for both adults and childrens enjoying together unforgettable holidays. The orangers Beach Resort & Bungalows is situated 4 km away from Hammamet centre and at a 5 mins drive from both championship golf courses. ... more   less 
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