We have just come back from our fantastic all- inclusive week (not long enough!) in Tunisia, at the lovely Les Oranges Beach resort.
Our first impressions of the hotel were not impressive at all as we arrived in the night, when we got to our hotel room none of the electrics worked. However the matter was dealt with swiftly and efficiently, and all was fixed within 30 minutes! Our view by the end of the first day had completely changed and we had fallen in love with the hotel, entertainment team and the waiters, as they could not do enough for you!
Location: At first arriving at nighttime the impressions of the area were overcast and we were a bit dubious! However in the daylight we soon found out that venturing out of our resort was perfectly fine, you may get a few shopkeepers asking you to "look at their shop" but if you just reply with a "no thank you" they leave you alone. NO HASSLE! Very friendly locals and felt very safe venturing out near the hotel and further afield at the Old and New medina (worth a look even for 1/2 hours).
Bedroom&Bathroom: Our room was cleaned daily to a high standard by a very friendly cleaner, the bed although at a first glance looked uncomfortable, was the complete opposite (with extra pillows in the wardrobe for those who are picky like me!). We had a beautiful view of the gardens from our balcony which was hidden enough from other hotel guests so that you still get your privacy, would recommend a balcony if it is possible. The bathroom was lovely and clean with bath robes, slippers, towels (including beach towels) along with miniature shampoo and conditioners. A hair dryer was supplied which was fairly powerful. The only thing i could say about the rooms as an improvement would be to add a safe as there was no where to put valuable belongings that were not needed throughout the holiday.
Beach&pool area: Waking up everyday knowing you don't have to travel to get to a beach was heaven, considering you literally walked onto the beach from your doorstep! Very clean beach with plenty of sun loungers available throughout the full day, which you don't have to pay extra for as well as shade and the cushions. Not many strangers walking around the private beach which you can sometimes get (i have found) in other countries, other than the odd person selling something, however they do not come and hassle you. More than enough activities supplied on the beach such as parachutes, banana boat and the donut ride. Provided on the beach are soft drinks and alcoholic beverages in a small tent, as well as toilets and showers, which are all clean. Near the pool area was difficult to find a sun lounger unless you got there bright and early, however the pool was kept very clean, with plenty seating areas around the pool just not along the poolside.
24 hr food & drink: Breakfast- wide variety at breakfast, crepes and waffles are devine! served until 11:30 for those who like a lie in!
Lunch - The buffet restaurant on the beach supplies food, with a wide variety as well as the wok which makes stirfries to your liking, and pizzas of your choice, all VERY tasty! Another little snack bar serving sandwiches, paninis, burgers also provided at the pool area.
Dinner - Another buffet style, with a large variety to cater for everyone, even for those picky eaters. I managed to find something every night to eat so never went hungry!
The 24hr bar was a bonus and selling factor, as many other resorts only provide 12hr not even being able to get a bottle of water late on! You could drink as early as you liked to as late as you liked! An A la Carte menu is also provided if you fancy a change which is situated down by the beach.
Waiter/bar service: FANTASTIC! The staff on this department could not do enough for you and were very friendly! Trying to make conversation with you every night to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Almost every night in the dining area and outside in the seating area we had the same waiters who knew who we were, which makes you feel relaxed and at ease.
OUTSTANDING Entertainment Team: The entertainment team made our holiday for us! Extremely friendly and making an effort with every guest at the hotel even the couples without children, as they ran a kids club daily. Providing enough activities around the pool and down by the beach everyday with a variety for different interests. Every night they would put on an entertainment for the children (8:30pm) and then from 9:30pm an adults show, which alternated from an ABBA tribute, to comedy shows, to a professional bellydancer, and shows getting the guests involved. Although their shows were not performed by professionals this made it all the more entertaining, as they enjoyed themselves as well as the audience. ALL OF THE TEAM ARE A CREDIT TO THE HOTEL!
Our Thomas Cook Rep was very helpful in telling us about organised activities with themselves and the local transport (yellow taxis, VERY cheap and reliable!) and the local traditions.
Activities: We did the quad biking provided by the man on the beach, very reliable and good fun! 2hrs riding the bikes seeing the views of the local area of the hotel. only 70 Dinar pp (around £28) well worth the money!
Also from the beach, to the right of the water sports, were camel rides, which were very good, friendly supervisor and well worth the experience, thoroughly enjoyed it!
Reception staff could have been a little more helpful and warm, as they seemed like they didn't really put in as much effort as the other staff employed here.
Have a small guide in the hotel rooms to tell guests where they can change their beach towels (JUST PAST THE POOL AT THE ANIMATION TEAMS BUILDING IS WHERE YOU CAN CHANGE THEM, AT ALLOCATED TIMES) and also the times of breakfast and dinner.
We had a late flight on the way home (midnight), although ONE room was provided for all late leaving guests to get a shower etc, it would have been more helpful if you could request a room at the beginning of your holiday for a late checkout. We used the ONE room, however there were 4 of us attempting to get showered, changed and fully sorted and we had 2 phone calls telling us to hurry up, we had only been in the room for 45 minutes max. as it was also located at the opposite end of the resort!
Overall we had a fantastic time and it is one of the many holidays/resorts where we would love to go back! It is a fantastic holiday to be had by all, couples, families and even a girls/boys holiday. I would recommend this resort over and over!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Orangers Beach Resort And Bungalows
- The Orangers Beach Resort & Bungalows Hotel Hammamet
- Orangers Beach Hotel
- Orangers Beach Resort All Inclusive