My wife and I spent a wonderfully relaxing week at this hotel at the beggining of November. From the mixed Trip Advisor reviews we expected a clean, quiet but not too opulent hotel. We were well pleased with the general cleanliness, modest but perfectly satisfactory range of food, delightful clean swimming pools and genuine attentiveness of the staff. This is NOT a hotel for the wild night lifers and it does not take children under 16 years old which from our point of view was absolutely terrific. We found exactly the same mixed views about the place from our fellow travellers and believe that most of the dissatisfied folk had simply arrived with unrealistically high expectations of the hotel and the resort, - READ TRIP ADVISOR BEFORE YOU GO !.
The little private beach with snack bar and free loungers/parasols was raked clean each day and as a water pollution scientist I could tell that this bit of the sea was deliciously clean, despite some reviews referring to nearby open sewers ( surface water drains only !). Something that concerned a lot of beach users was the large amount of what appeared to be dung balls on the strand line (there was a camel on the shoreline). I've brought one of these fascinating light brown fibrous balls back with me ( ah well, it takes all sorts !) and can confirm that these balls are a very special seaweed that only grow in clean parts of the Mediterranean Sea. For you academics out there, these balls which range from the size of Maltesers to tennis balls, are Posidonia oceanica, also called Neptune Grass or Mediterranean Tapeweed and have been recorded as far back in history by guys like Aristotle and Teophrastus as the ancient Greeks used this amazing fireproof and rotproof stuff to caulk their ships.
I slipped up a bit on this holiday and forgot to use enough insect repellent on myself and in the hotel room and collected a few mosquito bites, as did several other guests but it didn't prevent me from having a wonderful time at the hotel pool and at the beach. At over 2.5 Dinars to the GB Pound this is a great country to get value for your dosh but don't forget Tunisia has a tipping culture, which is essential in order to boost what are desperately low wages. I'll definitely be going back to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among Vincci hotels in Hamammet Tunisia, Vincci Flora Park-Adult Only 4* is very well-situated with a private beach and close to Hamammet, Tunisia. This is a charming building built in the Arabic-Moorish style, blending simplicity with intimacy. It has its beach only 400 metres away from the hotel, in the heart of the new South Hammamet beach resort, 8 km from Hammamet town centre, 65 km from Tunis airport and 100 km from Monastir airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vincci Flora Park Hotel Hammamet