The first thing to bear in mind is 'this is Africa' and Tunisia is a Muslim country, so if you are looking for pubs (apart from your hotel) and clubs forget it. You are not going to get British style 4 star accommodation or food. What you will get is warm welcome from the very friendly Tunisian people. The Sol Azur is a very nice hotel on the outskirts of Hammamet. We couldn't fault the place. Flowers are all round the spacious reception area. The staff are friendly and polite. Rooms are very comfortable with bath/shower and separate toilet, mini bar and TV. Several English speaking channels available The bath is a bit high off the floor so some people may have difficulty.
Don't drink the water - it is heavily chlorinated and contains sulphur. Note that the hot water can be extremely hot. Rooms cleaned daily along with fresh towels.
Entertainment available in the evening and the animation team are very good with children.
When you check in you will be given a card for the door entry, a key for the safety deposit box (use of this is free) and a green card for use in the restaurant.
Breakfast (continental style) is in the restaurant on the lower ground floor. Dinner (buffet style) is in the restaurant on the 3rd floor. The food is very good, well cooked and plenty of it. Their soups, sauces, cakes and pastries are first class as are their fruit and vegetables. Nothing like the tasteless rubbish you see in the UK.
The pool area is very clean with nice gardens leading down to the beach. Sun bed mattresses are free of charge. Soft drinks etc available at the bar beside the pool. You will get people walking around offering tours or a day out on a pirate ship, quad biking, ride on 'nice' camel, paragliding but bear in mind many of these will not have liability insurance whereas the tour agencies used by your travel company must have it although their tours may seem a bit pricey.
Currency is the Tunisian Dinar which is a closed currency (£1 = c2.2 TD). You can change notes/travellers cheques at reception. Any Dinars you have left at the end of your stay must be changed at the airport after you've checked in.
Hammamet centre is a 25 minute walk - turn left outside the hotel or take a taxi (yellow cars and fare about 3TD). Turning right outside the hotel will take you to a few supermarkets where you can get bottled water etc. About ¼ mile.
Haggling in Hammamet's Medina can be intimidating. If you want to haggle cut the price quoted by at least ¾ and start from there, alternatively try the fixed price shops. There are always some nice locally made handicrafts for sale.
Only downside is Monastir airport, it is a small airport and simply cannot handle the number of incoming and outgoing flights. There is a new airport at Enfidha but why they don't use it I don't know.
On your outbound flight from the UK you should be given an immigration card. Fill in all sections.
You will be given the bottom half at passport control which you must hand back when leaving Tunisia.
Tunisia is a lovely country. If you like history you will be spoilt for choice. If you are planning to go there its a good idea to read one of the many travel books beforehand.
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Azur Beach Hammamet
- Hotel Sol Azur Beach
- Sol Azur Hammamet