I stayed with my boyfriend at the Dar Khayam from 14/6/09 to 21/6/09.
The transfer from the airport took alot longer than expected - around 2 hours 30mins and all the stops at the nice 4 and 5 star hotels along the way made my expectations of how ours would be go down but once we pulled up at the door it looked nice and the reception area was very clean. We were told we couldn't check in until 1.30pm (this was around midday) but were still given our wristbands so we could get food and drinks... I'd had 3 vodkas before we were even given our room!
The room was very basic and looked a bit tatty - orange walls and green wood (see photos) but we knew we wouldn't be spending much time here so it wasn't that much of a problem. We were given a room with bunk beds as well as two singles (pushed together) which I found quite strange seeing as there was only the two of us....
The bathroom was a decent size with a shower over the bath but it could do with some updating.
The pool area gets busy during the day and a lot of people will reserve their beds which is quite annoying when they don't come back for most of the day! Beds are free but you can pay more for a mattress. We didn't bother.
There are two outdoor pools and one indoor pool in the Dar Khayam but you also have use of the slide pool and 3 other pools at the Omar next door but note the one that overlooks the beach is full of almost all French people. These extra pools were a bonus as it gives you a change of scenery if you get bored of just sitting by the same pool all the time. The slides are fun too.
The hotel has its own part of the beach where sunbeds and pedalos and kayaks are free to use. There is also the "beach bar" which is basically a shed where you can get free soft drinks through the day. You will get harassed by men trying to sell you tabs, jewellery, donuts, fruit and watersports though.
I am a very fussy eater so this was a bit of a problem for me as it was mainly foreign food and they cater more for the French but there is always pasta and some form of meat as well as baguette.
Note that if you have kids, chips are not served on the restaurant very often but they are on all day at the snack bar by the pool.
My highlight was the ice cream which is very nice but only served between 12 and 2.30. Mind the flavours are not what you think!!
The main bar used is the pool bar and your drinks will be served in very small plastic cups (even the beer!). There is not much choice (house vodka, gin, whisky and some other foreign spirits and soft drinks are coke, orange, lemonade and tonic water) and through the day drinks will often taste flat - I decided that this was because they were reusing what was left over in the bottles from dinner... but the fact that you haven't paid for it and you can go back as many times as you want makes it better.
The cocktails are a mixture of whatever the bar person decides to put in and are quite nice so I would recommend trying one. For the men (mainly), there is no choice of lager - it is just whatever it is they have on tap.
At night the inside bar is open but as this provides the same drinks as the pool bar it is not used by many people therefore we often used it to save waiting in the queues outside.
There is also tea and coffee available all day and night at the snack bar and in the restaurant.
Things to do
You will get bugged by staff members (Momo and pirate ship guy) to buy camel, quad bike and pirate ship trips. We did all of them and they all lasted half a day so gave us lots to do but they did seem expensive at £20 per person each (£25 for quads). You can also pay for these in £'s rather than Dinar.
The hotel has a gym hidden underneath the dining room but we found we were too hot and tired to use it!
As mentioned previously there the slides and pools.
There is a wellness centre which we didn't look at as we thought it was a church til the second last day!
There are also the excursions from your travel provider (Thomas Cook/Sunset). We went to the zoo but this cost £21 each and when we got there the door charge would have only been around £3.75.
Do not go to the shops that are not part of the hotel as the men there are very overpowering and will do anything the can to get money from you! We just bought everything from the hotel shop. This may not be the case if you go to town centre shops but we were on a low budget and didn't want to get a taxi in (as it is too far to walk).
Daytime entertainment is good if you wish to join in but being a young couple we found the night time entertainment boring but were too tired to stay up very late anyway. It is good for kids as they have the mini disco to keep them entertained and tire them out for bedtime.
Overall, we had a good holiday due to the amount of trips we did and the extra facilities provided by the hotel.
Our hotel rep was very good and gave us answers to all our questions and even a bottle of aftersun as ours had burst in the case.
I think that based on the price we paid it was excellent value due to it being all inclusive therefore you were never hungry of thristy and as you didn't need to buy food or drink, there was more money left over to do trips and excursions.
I would have enjoyed this holiday more if we were nearer to some nightlife as I do like to party but there was a good balance between doing things and relaxing therefore I had an enjoyable time.
The only reason I would not return is that I like to explore different places for new experiences rather than do the same thing again but I would recommend this hotel if you want a lot out of a low budget.
- 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