Before we went away I did my usual thing of reviewing the comments on Tripadvisor and to be honest, I was mortified. There were headings such as “Holding pen for the Jeremy Kyle Show”. I even suggested to my partner that we should try to move hotels.
I think that you need to know who we are first of all. I am a 40 something lady who works in London in a professional capacity. My partner and I have one break a year where we splash out on a top hotel and visit historical places that interest us and one holiday a year where we look for things that will entertain my 9 year old daughter.
I had been to Tunisia twice before, in my younger years and knew that the weather was great so we decided to book a week away in Hammamet at the Dar Khayam.
First impressions of the hotel were that it was rather plush. The reception area is clean and swanky. The rooms are basic but all that you need for a base to leave your possessions and sleep. I have seen the pictures on trip advisor and agree that the grouting in the bathroom isn’t fantastic but when you are away for a family holiday is that really an issue?? The pool was great. There are shops within easy reach. All a family needs.
The food is fine. Yes I agree with other comments that it could be repetitive but if your fill your plate with a bit of everything every night, it will be repetitive! This is mass catering. They are trying to cater for a number of tastes and personally, I think they do a very good job. My fussy daughter managed to find something to eat each day and didn’t seem bothered by the repetitive menu.
The animation team are fantastic! Those young lads work all day long to involve everyone from the youngsters to us older guests in all the hotel activities. The choice is yours if you want to participate or not but you certainly cannot knock them for their efforts.
Yes – people do save the sun beds around the pool at 7am in the morning. However, there are more than enough sunbeds and umbrellas down on the beach to keep everyone happy. And the beach is lovely!
We went on the trip to the Aqua Park and Carthage Land and were disappointed. Not because it was a bad day out. It was good fun but the Thomas Cook rep had told us that it was the same as Alton Towers. It certainly wasn’t. However, it was a good day out and if he had not ”bigged” it up so much our expectations would not have been so high and we would have been perfectly happy. As for the 5D cinema experience, which we were told would be the most amazing experience we would ever have had – well that was a 10 minute 3D film with moving chairs and the occasional spray of water on the face. If you have been to Disneyland, don’t get your hopes up.
Likewise, he suggested a trip to the zoo and a restaurant with a three course meal and Zulu dancing. Yes it was a good day out but not the most amazing zoo we have ever been to nor the best meal we have ever had. However, it was a day out and we would have still gone if the rep had been frank with us and told us what it was really like.
Then to the camel trek. I read reviews that told of trips along the dual carriage way and the horrors of the whole experience. Well – we loved it. Did we laugh? Oh yes we did. We travelled beside a dual carriage way but it was not like a dual carriage way at home. The cars that passed us (one every five minutes) beeped their hooters at seeing the tourists on the camels. The organisersers tried their best to keep everyone happy. The whole experience was fun and just what we, as a family, wanted to do.
People have moaned about the tipping. Yes the locals ask for tips. This makes up a large part of their income. You are in North Africa!
If you are looking for fine dining and a top class hotel, book somewhere else. If you are looking for a real family holiday with dancing, water sports, bingo and family entertainment, look no further. Not for couples but a great holiday for any family who want lots to do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dar Khayam Is located on one of the areas best beaches, we operate a fun and friendly enviroment for our guests enjoyment. The hotel is for families, couples and single guests offering an amazing all inclusive package at a great price. Dar Khayam is centrally positioned between the old town Hammamet and the famous market town of Nabeul. Just outside the hotel entrance within a 300 metre walk are shops, restaurants, English bar, ten pin bowling, water park in summer and atm machines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Khayam Tunisia
- Dar Khayam Hammamet
- Dar Khayam Hotel Tunisia
- Hotel Dar Khayam