I would like to say so much about our stay but Im afraid it would take me all night to write everything I would like to share.
We were a group of 4, 3 poeple age between 20-26 and a mum of one of us. We spent a week in Paradis, 17-24 of May. Arrived at the hotel late in the evening. We were greeted with a smile and offered a dinner before it closes at 10pm. The room we have been given was supposed to have a sea view. Unfortunately we were first located on the 1st floor in the main building and all we could see was just a huge palm, right in front of our balcony. I asked to change the room immediately as we paid extra to be able to have a good view. We then got another room on the same floor, right at the end of the corridor, we faced the pool but since we didnt move any higher, our sea view wasn't that great but I couldnt be bothered to move again as it got very late.
The room was of a good size, clean, with nice bathroom and comfortable enough beds. Everything seemed a little tired but that wasn't an issue.
Pool area - was the greatest I ever had a chance to experience. They have 3 (?) big and beautiful pools with a pool bar in the middle that for some reason wasn't open ? I believe we were too early to benefit from this.
The water was cold at the time but the temperature outside did not stop us from having a refreshing dip in. If you tip waiters, You can get drinks served to your sunbed by the pool which was amazing.
Food - that was absolutely the best part of our stay. The food served at breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant and outside in the open bar for lunch was to die! Plenty of choices, for those who love meat, vegetarians and the most picky ones. The hotel offers a wide selection of pasta, salads, meats, fruits, vegetables and everything else you could possibly think of, but the range of cakes made our eyes blur! A big plus was the BBQ outside with fresh chicken, fish, etc, as well as burgers, kebabs and pizza in the other garden bar.
The cuisine changed everyday. They had an italian night, seafood, oriental, tunisian... etc, all delicious!!
Animation - we actually made friends with all animation staff from the very first day. Ajman, Walid, Dido, Ary - you guys deserve a huge bonus for your hard work. You could not put more heart into the entertainment. We usually go on holiday to lay down on the sunbed and forget about the world. This time we did not have enough time to do that as you all kept us busy at all times, with your water activities, aerobic, volleyball, dart, table tennis and nights out in the local clubs! thank you for making our stay unforgettable. Thank you for a great laugh and your support at all times.
There's a lovely cafe that opens in the evening and remains open until the last guest. They have shisha which was our main attraction at night. The guy working there is extremely friendly and smiling at all times.
Night life wise - yes there are plenty of clubs around, if that's what you're looking for, you are in the best spot! there's one club just opposite the hotel that was pretty crappy but if you go down the road you'll find a number of different clubs. We went out 4 nights out of 7 and had fun every single night :-)
Apart from all the good experiences and fun we have had, I need to mention the unpleasant things. We weren't happy with the people at the hotel offering extra activities, trips and days out. They kept bothering us from the very first moment to the point that we were so annoyed that we decided to go for some of them otherwise they wouldn't leave us alone.
We did the camel ride. We felt so sorry for the way the camels were treated, They looked sad and not taken care of, a line of camels tied up together so close and tight that they couldn't even walk. That was really sad!
Our second trip was a quad bike ride were one of our friends had an accident. She turned and fell on the ground together with a bike. She has been seriously injured and none of the guys offered her help. I had to take her on my bike back to the base that took another 30 mins. She bled a lot and was in a lot of pain for the rest of the trip.The bikes are in a really bad condition. They need repairs or replacement parts. One of them stopped working on the way. I wouldn't recommend any of the trips that are being offered by those people to anybody as they are offered by local people who do not have any license to sell them. Please be aware. Ideally I would wish the hotel could stop them from selling them as one day a serious incident may happen that they will be responsible for.
there are other people who bother a lot on the beach, they let you try some fruits or let you take a picture with a turtle and then wont let you go until you pay them. There are also people who are so annoying trying to sell you a camel ride. Simply ignore them!
Another downside was the wireless connection. Yes it is free at the lobby but its terribly slow and because of the number of people sitting at the reception and use it, there's no way you can carry a conversation on skype, browse or upload pics on FB :-) etc...
In general I have to say that we did have an amazing time, and all the nice bits made the trip our best holiday ever. We were planning to go back there at the end of September but being unable to get a sea view room we are forced to look for something else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Please note that contrary to the description, our hotel is accessible for whelchairs, we have a business center consisting of 4 rooms equipped with the necessary basic material, we have breakfast, internet (free WIFI), abr/lounge and suites.Our hotel has 503 rooms, 303 situated in the bungalow area, all with garden view, within a wonderfull garden with flowers and a lot of palm trees and 200 room in the block beach and the main house. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Paradis Palace Hammamet
- Le Paradis Palace Hotel Hammamet