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Saphir Palace & Spa
Ranked #44 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Reviewed November 4, 2011

Another Voyage Prive customer holidaying at Saphir Palace. A very spacious hotel i.e. large reception/seating area, pool and dining room which served an extensive choice of food buffet style. Spacious bedroom as well, large comfortable bed and bathroom. Lovely balcony view of the sea and harbour. Yasmin Hammamet very obviously man made for the tourists with row after row of hotels and medinas, but still a nice place for a relaxing, chill out, holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

My friend and I booked a week half board at the Iberostar Saphir Palace through the travel website Voyage Prive as we got a fantastic deal to go in October. The flight was incredibly quick (only 3 hours) which I thought seemed rather quick to get to Africa and especially with the lack of time difference it really did seem like a good option. The transfer from the airport was quick (around an hour).

Hotel:

The hotel itself has a really gorgeous and impressive lobby when you first walk in. There is also a very nice bar are and outside patio area to sit and eat outside if you like.

Area:

Personally, Hammamet isn't somewhere I would particuarly go for the buzzy area and we expected that it would be a quiet kind of year but because we just wanted to chill and relax for the whole week we did not mind. There are lots of hotels along the strip with lots of shops with Tunisian men trying to entice you in. You can get a good deal on Longchamp's though if you like them. I actually really loved the area around the harbour and the port and absolutely loved walking around there, getting an ice cream and looking at all the very expensive and impressive boats.

Room;

We were upgraded through our travel company to an absolutely gorgeous room which was incredibly spacious with a massive bed, seated sitting area, bathroom with bath and shower and a balcony which had a gorgeous view looking out onto the beach and the harbour in the background. It was cleaned well daily.

Beach:

I was actually really pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous and clean the beach was. it was not crowded at all, just pleasantly busy and the sea was absolutely beautiful and very calm with a very nice blue colour. There were lots of watersports available to do on the beach as well such as waterskiing, banana boating etc.

Spa:

Included in our trip was a free day a the spa. The phrasing of a day in the spa was a bit of a con as all we got was a trip to the Hamman and the spa staff were incredibly rude but it is a very gorgeous area of the hotel that I would reccommend if you were interested in massages etc.

Pool:

There is an indoor and an outdoor pool depending on the season. The pool is nice with a bar too. However, because we loved the beach so much we tended to stay in that area.

Food:

For us, the big dissapointment of the week was the food. Neither of us are fussy eaters but neither of us are fans of buffet food which was obviously the choice. In the Summer they have an a la carte restaurant but this is closed down during the Winter so there was no choice. Luckily because it is so cheap out there we were able to eat out quite a lot in the local town which was nice but just so quiet.

All in all, a good all round trip which was thoroughly enjoyable-just a few tweaks!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

Stayed there a week in October 2011 for vacations
We went for the half pension offer (breakfast & dinner buffet)

Price
very affordable, tips : do not call directly the hotel but book your room through the hotel website, otherwise they will ask 2 twice the price you should pay.

Hotel
Located in Yassmine Hammamet, impressive lobby. beach and sea in front, pool at the back, another one at the spa. a few restaurants. Internet is free in the lobby area, to have it in your room you will have to pay an extra 20 dinar per day.
there are a couple of bars around

Room
Great, we had a room with the beach view, the latter is located just across the street and nothing but the blue sky and water in the horizon. Clean, cleaning lady was very flexibel with our lazy kind of days. big bathroom with shower and bath tub.

Buffet
Breakfast and Dinner were very diverse and anyone could find something to eat.
a slight down is that cooked dishes had way too much oil and salt.

Staff was very helpful and friendly even when you have limited knowledge of French.

Expect to tip portier

Hotel is highly recommended if you want a relaxing week with beach, sun and exotic food.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank einmal75
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

My boyfriend and I booked a week at this hotel through Voyage Prive and stayed for one week, half board, in the first week of October 2011. The hotel boasts 5 stars above the door, although - as expected - this was rather generous if compared to a 5* hotel in the UK. Having said that, there is very little to complain about.

Very clean throughout with friendly, helpful staff (although the majority do not speak English well, and it would have been a lot easier if either of us could speak French), good basic facilities and within spitting distance of a sandy beach.

We were upgraded to a Double Superior Sea View room via the travel company. The room was very spacious with a large balcony (a rack for drying out beach towels and swimwear would have been helpful, but no big deal), a decent sized bathroom with a bath, shower and separate cubicle for the toilet. There was also a hairdryer, although it was all but useless, if this is something that is important to you, I strongly advise you to bring your own! There was a decent sized TV, although a limited range of English speaking channels (BBC World, CNN and a film channel). The bed was comfortable (a big deal to me, being a fussy sleeper), but unfortunately our double bed comprised of two singles pushed up next to each other. There was also a mini fridge, which was extremely useful for chilling drinks and keeping fruit fresh.

The food was fine, although nothing to write home about really. I recommend the made-to-order omeletts at breakfast! As half-board guests, we were surprised at just how expensive it was to join in with the all inclusive buffet lunch, worked out as about £25 each for what was essentially the same as the dinner buffet! So we had lunch at the cafe by the pool. Cheap and cheerful, generous portions. Try the Ojji - the only really Tunisian dish on the basic menu, but delicious! Warm, spicy, tomatoey sauce with onions, peppers, lamb kofte and baked eggs. Lovely with the bread that comes on the side.

I can't really comment on the activities, as we were very lazy and spent all our time by the beach or pool. However, the whole resort, not just our hotel, was extremely quiet. I am not sure if this was to do with it being the end of the season (it rained on a couple of days) or due to the political issues that the country has faced this year. One of the waiters we spoke with said he believed it to be he latter which is a shame as I think the lack of other holiday makers made us feel more conspicuous and therefore less like going out exploring. I also think that there would have been more activities on at the hotel if it had been busier, and many of the local bars etc were shut up due to lack of trade.

In summary, this is a great hotel which I would describe as being basic but high quality. There are a few little things that could be improved upon, but nothing so major as to have any real effect on the overall enjoyment of the holiday. It was the perfect place to have a relaxing break, and I should imagine that the summer months would feel more lively that at the time of year we visited, although the fact that it was quiet was just fine with us!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

just had two weeks in this hotel.the hotel is really really very nice staff very good.the food not really up to the standard of the actual hotel pool area very nice beach area very good . they advertise beach bar food served .not when we were there 17th sep to 1st oct.maybe seasonal.entertainment staff do their best but again i think maybe better in season .i dont really know when season starts and finishes..overall though good holiday .i would go back .arooms are very good walk in shower seperate toilet and a bath .when all incl they keep asking for room no which after 2 wks got abit much

Room Tip: sea view rooms at front pool rooms at rear above entertainmet ara
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

As the title suggests thats the rating I would give. The service is o.k. but they dont go out of the way to please you. Hotel needs a lick of paint as well as the furniture which has seen better days. Rooms are quite spacious and the bathroom of good size.Althought you get a balcony with a sea view, you also get the noise of the main road below.
Food is rubbish for a 5 star, whats left over is served foe breakfast along with eggs etc.
Entertaiment is provided by the guests in the form of games ,bingo,kareoke etc,apart from two nights of local talent.
Prices of alcohol are of 5 star hotel so its better to go elsewhere if not on all inclusive.
Local trader we found not to be that bad a simlpe no thanks does the trick,however the jasmine sellers usually kids are a pain in the ****.
All in all if you pay around £700.00 for two weeks half board it worth it any more and you could do better else where

Room Tip: Away from the main road
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

Overall the hotel was what you would expect for the money you pay and it being in a country that is overall very poor. The decor lacks care and attention and it looks like it's glory days were in the 80's, which was not helpful considering it's 2011! The room we had was clean, spacious and no complaints here but do not think you will get a five star comparision as you would in the UK....Otherwise you will be very dissappointed. We had a quiet environment and slept well apart from my wife waking me up at 2am one night with unpleasant heaving noises from the bathroom. She subsequently then stood over me prodding me in the dark and scared the life out of me , which was not good! Needless to say she had diarrohea and sickness, which must have come from the food as we ate no where else and drunk no where else during our stay. This put a dampner on the whole stay but in fairness the staff were good and the experience was not bad. It was very pricey compared to local bars with 5 dinars for half a pint, which is more expensive than the UK! The local bars were a lot cheaper and very freindly apart from eveyone wanting to sell you something every ten minutes......

Room Tip: Be choosey and stay away from overlooking the pool as it can get noisey at night with the Euro class...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Saphir Palace & Spa

Address: Boulevard 7 Novembre | Yasmine, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia (Formerly Iberostar Saphir Palace)
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#38 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: $47 - $181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Saphir Palace & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 236
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The IBEROSTAR Saphir Palace Hotel offers 5-star hotel accommodations just steps from Yasmine-Hammamet Beach. Our hotel is a perfect spot for travellers in search of a peaceful, enchanting Tunisian holiday. During your stay, enjoy our tasteful and fully-equipped guestrooms, deluxe gastronomic selections, and entertainment options that will exceed your expectations. Enjoy an unforgettable Hammamet experience any time of the year - only at the IBEROSTAR Saphir Palace Hotel. ... more   less 
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Iberostar Saphir Palace Hotel Hammamet
Accor Saphir Palace Hammamet
Sofitel Hammamet
Hammamet Sofitel

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