We've just returned from an all inclusive week and, all in all, had a good time. However, there are shortfalls in relation to the hotel and I wouldn't return to Tunisia again.
The hotel decor was lovely with lots of pleasant areas to sit. Our room was clean, comfortable and we had a view over the pool and mountains but were not disturbed in the evenings at all. We don't do the kind of entertainment on offer but it didn't intrude as the bingo type stuff was in a cellar at the other end of the hotel. We weren't disturbed by noise in the evenings at all as there was none outside or in the main bar area. For about five minutes you have to tolerate the Animation Team gathering the kids for the 'mini disco' making 'whooping' noises and shouting at everyone but they soon disappear. The indoor bar, and downstairs coffee bar, were lovely and the staff very friendly and helpful. However, I hope never to hear Celine Dion singing that Titanic theme again. One CD - all week. I asked them to change it, which they couldn't do, but they did turn it down.
We are unfussy vegetarians and there was plenty for us to eat but not one vegetarian main course during the whole week unless you count pizza. We were hoping for some veggie couscous but everything contained meat/fish and it was quite difficult to communicate with the staff about what was in the food - even in French. The alternative menues - Mexican, Asian, Italian - were similarly void of anything vegetarian. We ate well, but the options were limited - eggs, salads and bread. No cheese to speak of really.
The pool side isn't our thing but we gave it a go. Towels badly need replacing. Too noisy, too crowded and not enough sun beds. The pool was too cold to venture into. We tended to go to the beach which wasn't crowded and where the water was warmer. A shame you couldn't get coffee or tea - or even beer - at the beach though. It would also have been nice if the beach could have been cleaned up a bit each day. Not everybody puts their fag ends and cups in the bin at the end of the day. The beach vendors were a pain in the neck but you soon get used to pretending to be asleep or telling them to leave you alone if they are too persistent.
Glad we didn't go on the pirate ship - the music could be heard from the beach and, worryingly, was Gloria Gaynor's 'I will survive'. We were warned that the safety standards on the boats will not be what we would expect.
Don't bother with Carthage. If you like ruins and monuments and the like, it will seriously disappoint you. Read about it instead. As art lovers, we thought Sidi Bou Said might be interesting. It is quite quaint but if you wander to the top of the village to look at the view across the Med you will come to a steep fall to the sea where the rubbish is dumped.
Our room was very clean and comfortable. The sheets and towels were changed as often as you wanted them to be. Would have welcomed a safe in the room rather than having to pay for use of one and then having to see the reception staff every time you wanted the master key.
No holiday will be perfect or suit everyone. On the whole we were comfortable, served well and fed and watered to a satisfactory extent. No sickness, slept well, enjoyed the sunshine, and the sea, whilst rough, was nicer than anything you'd ever get here. Wouldn't go back though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Approx 200 m from the hotel's own beach sector. In the centre of Yasmine, Hammamet (Tunisia). Built in Moorish style. Family–friendly complex. Elegant atmosphere. Lively entertainment program. Facilities for incentive-groups. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Chich Khan Hotel Hammamet
- Iberostar Hotel Hammamet