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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bel Azur Thalassa Hammamet
Just arrived back from Bel Azur 7/09/05.First the not so good,
The Bel Azur is the older of the 3 hotels on the site,so room and bath/shower were all dated and had that really worn look to them,but all kept clean +tidy,air condition+Tv all worked O.k.
We stayed half board,breakfast will not be to most British tastes,there is a good mix of French/german/russian national's so food doe's tend to favour these national's,but i'm not a fussy eater like my wife so you will not starve.
Evening meals were again self service,rather busy at times,but there was an excellent selection of food with waiters to order your drinks from and clear your plate's away etc.
Sea view room with balcony,balcony was approx 1 metre wide and when you sat down at small table and 2 chairs you could berely see over balconey wall,and when standing up trees obscured the sea, but you could hear it,so no romantic nights watching sea breaking on the shore whilst having a drink.
Now the good news,if youve got this far.
Staff very friendly and helpful.all spoke to varing degree's English.
Entertainment good in all 3 hotels,dont expect Las Vegas,but check notice boards to see choice and walk between each hotel.
Royal Azur, Sol Azur + Bel Azur pool areas excellent in that order.
Royal Azur,Bel Azur +Sol Azur private beaches excellent in that order.
so try them all,outdoor restaurant at Bel Azur on the beach looking out to
to sea on a beautiful piece of coast ,lovely.
A glimpse of North Africa!
We flew from a rainy Gatwick Airport to a very sunny Hammamet. We had been to this hotel in 1998 and were eager to return. The Bel Azur is the middle hotel in a complex of three hotels. There is a private beach, a swimming pool and an Ampitheatre. Guests are permitted to use the facilities of all three hotels.
The hotel has rooms and townhouse suites. All are very well furnished with air conditioning in the summer months and satellite t.v. which has at least three stations in English. Most residents are on half-board.
We visited the Royal Azur, and discovered they had a water slide. We were hooked!! Each day we hung out with 6-12 year olds and played Choo Choo train!! It was great fun. In between we managed to go to a cooking class, take part in water aerobics and swam in the Mediterrean Sea. We also took excursions to a very impressive market in Nabeul, to town and a five hour boat trip.
The Tunisian people are very friendly and as their second language is French, we found it relatively easy to communicate with them.
The cuisine at the hotel was excellent with a considerable variety of seafood, meat, fruits and vegetables. Tunisian wine was also very good.
Much of the evening entertainment takes place in the hotels and the Bel Azur was no exception. There was a resident Animation Team who organised activities throughout the day and each evening at the Ampitheatre.
They were excellent, providing an early evening programme for children and later for adults. The fact that it was well attended each night attests to the success of this team.
We were very pleased with our holiday. The hotel was excellent and there was certainly enough to keep us busy for two weeks. We would certainly return.
wicked time entertaienrs brill with kids and with adults also they make sure you have a good night men very very friendly offer to take you out everywhere! anyone stay in the bel azur from the 5th june to the 12th??
A good all rounder
Having never been to Tunisia before it was only by chance that we went due to the dates for other countries not fitting in with the time we needed to go. However, I will defintely be going back!
Booked all on the internet with Thomsons which was so easy and with only 3 weeks to go everything was perfect.
On arrival at the airport, your bags will often get taken by the porters (these are normally pre-paid - but they do expect a tip of £1 normally).
The transfer was 2 hours (with no transfer rep) and was evening time so the temperature was nice. We arrived at the hotel just after evening meal was finished, but they had kept some leftovers for us. They weren't brilliant but they were edible and we still ate them. We had such a warm welcome from the restaurant staff and reception staff.
We were shown to our room by one of the porters - yes it was basic, but had what we needed (three beds between two of us, an adequate bathroom, a hairdryer and plenty of mirror space - what more could 2 girls ask for!?)
we had a balcony with a sea view which was very nice although was blocked and shaded by beautiful palm trees so we didn't spend much time on there.
As the weather was unpredictable the first day, we decided to spend it by the indoor pool. I was lovely, with an outside balcony for when the rays did poke through for half an hour.
The Sol and Royal Azur (the other two hotels) were very welcoming. It doesn't matter where you stay you are welcome anywhere.
The rest of the week was lovely so time was taken up laying in the sun around the pool.
There was only a handful of British people but then again there was hardly anyone else there anyway as we went the week before their summer really started.
Food was all good, plenty to chose from at breakfast and evening meal so can't complain about that.
Entertainment was interesting, and their choice of fun music is about 10 years behind what we are used to with 'Lets Twist Again', 'Mambo Number 5' but thats all about seeing how another country lives.
There is lots of pverty and it was really interesting talking to the entertainment staff who would opening tell you about their livelyhood and way of life. It really brings it home to you how lucky we are and what we take for granted.
All the staff were very friendly and know when to take no for an answer - the locals however don't. Being two young females we were pestered a fair bit when going to Old Town Hammament to do the tourist thing of look at the Medina. Be strong and stick to your word./ A couple tried to get a bit pushy but if you show them you are not having any messing but still be polite they finally leave off.
Nightlife wasn't really experienced by us as thats not what we went for, but we did have a look at the "nightclub" at the hotel - well we got asked for I.D. (all over 25 anyway) and then when we got in it was us 2 and 2 other friends we made!!! The Jimmy's at the Hotel Sol Azur had a few more people in but not for a good night out and Latino's is ok, not an english nightclub and lots of Tunisian men looking for an english lady! But it's all down to experience so you have to try these things out once.
The only downside was that we didn't see our Rep once. Thomsons have this (not so) wonderful 24 hours help line instead of a face to talk to at set times on your holiday. I think it was a very poor way to deal with holiday makers. Apparantly there was a welcome meeting but no one was told about it so therefore no one went (suprisingly).
Other than that - just go there, have fun and enjoy!
Was quite good
shame that the shower was out of the Ark, but the room was clean and tidy.
nice view from the balcony, food not too bad, staff mostly very helpful and friendly. 'Guides' wanting to lead you to carpet shops were a real nuisance around the town, pretended to be a waiter from your hotel - so dont be fooled by their very friendly attitude. Also constant hassle from shop staff trying to get you to buy their goods as you passed by. Fabulous beaches. Was shocked at the poverty in the areas outside the towns.
The Hotel Bel Azur is a good hotel set in magnificent gardens overlooking the sea. The bedrooms are basic but clean.
The food in the restaurant was excellent with a good choice both at breakfast and evening meal.
The bar staff and entertainment team were very friendly but the French tended to take over the Karaoke night.
ACE! Stayed here four times, with seven different people, and all have thought it is fantastic. Just remember, this is a great 3*+ hotel, but on top of that you have the 4* and the 5* facilities available. You can use all the pools, bars, etc., and a great beach. The staff are superb.
Im the friend of the 1 written below ("A lovely holiday") and
> well yes everything she's said is right. i had been there before with my
> dad, little bro and sis and well it was the best holiday weve ever had. The
> hotel isn't amazing, it is standard but that doesnt matter becuase the
> atmosphere within the hotel makes up for everything. it's like the perfect
> world, i couldnt wait to wake up and get down to the pool everyday. we went
> may 04 and the weather was gorgeous. the best part of this holiday is the
> people, its really good 2 go to a place where the people dont have attitudes
> like they do here, the animation staff are great and always there if you
> them, there not annoyin.. they jus look after you and make your holiday
> great. we would wake up, have breakfast (buffey) which for me was chocolate
> pancakes and a cuppa tea, then if i felt healthy, a nice big plate of
> watermelon, we would then go sit by the pool, aerobics would be first (if u
> to) which consists of relaxing music, copying exercise movements which keeps
> fit for the rest of the day, then at lunch time would be the darts
> which was always a laugh, if u win u get a free cocktail. after that we al
> relaxed sunbathing. to be honest we hardly went out of the hotel as we
> the atmosphere so much but theres plently to do outside it. only a cab away
> nebal, tunis, medina, which are always fun, just must be careful as the arab
> people are pretty besotted by the english, especially if you have light hair
> eyes!! going on to the evening, theres plently for everyone. the board by
> restaurant each day would tell you what was on each night, the week consited
> snake charming, belly dancers, bingo, kareoke, dancing (grease etc performed
> the animation staff), would always start with the kids club. After each
> night it
> would end with the hotel dance which consists of about 7 songs you copy off
> staff, on the dancefloor and its jus a great chance 2 let urself go!! so
> this all ends around 11:00. if u wish theres a club underneath the swimming
> u can go in2. or if thats not enough theres a club latino's a 5 min cab
> away, or even next door (sol azur) jimmy's club. woteva u fancy. i have been
> back since then with my 2 friends, my bro n his gf and wel that was even
> of course i was with my friends, n im going bk in 18 days!!! feb 12th just
> and my 2 friends julia and caitlin! we cnt wait. Hello to all our friends
> made there ANIS, COJACK, MOHAMMED, SABI, HALIM, KAMEL, ABDUL, SAMIR.. see
> soon xxx
A lovely Holiday
I went to Tunisia last Septemeber for a week with my three friends. we thought it was fantastic. We stayed in the Bel Azur Hotel which is a basic hotel but i found the facilities fine. There are two hotels either side of Bel Azur which are better standard but the facilities are the basically same.
Bel Azur had a lovely swimming pool which was always kept clean. The restaurant food was ok but u have to except that you are not in England but in another country so you cant expect the food to be the same as in England. I found the waiters were very friendly and catered for our needs.
I thought the rooms were fine, the maids came every day to change the towels and bed sheets. The entertainment in the hotel at night was different everynight, they had a variety of shows such as snake charming, belly dancing, sketch shows and a kids clubs for the little ones.
There is a nightclub in the grounds of the hotel which was good. Normally me and my friends took a taxi into the centre of Hammamet and went to a few nightclubs there which were excellent one was called latinos which is well worth going to.
Hammamet is a great place to go and see i've been there three times myself and never been bored of it. You can go on camel rides which can be uncomfortable but then they are a great Experience. The taxis are really cheap and easy to get. The local people are very friendly, some can be overly friendly but i'm sure everyone no's how to say No.
I would recommend going to Tunisia its fine for children as i first went there when i was seven. I'm going back in february with my three friends cause we loved it there so much!
Not catering for the UK market
This was the first time I've visited Tunisia and will be probably be the last. Stayed HB at the 3* Bel Azur. The room was BASIC and had a sea view with balcony and three single rock hard beds. Our flight arrived in the middle of the night and the hotel provided a plate of decaying fruit since we had missed our evening meal.
The majority of the guests are French with some Germans and Italians with just a handful of British people about.
Be warned the entertainment is a real experience. It is truly dreadful! You can use the facilities of the Royal Azur and Sol hotels which are located adjacent to the Bel Azur. Each hotel has a bar with entertainment but it's not geared up for the Brits. The French seem happy clapping away to Agadoo and seeing the same belly dancer every night. Even the beer is ropey. Taxis are cheap so headed to Hammamet town centre for a night out. It didn't last long as could only find one German bar. There is just NOTHING to do. The hotels are virtually dead at 11pm.
Food is self service buffet style. It was okay and there was always something that was edible. The buffet was varied but it still gets repetitive. It wasn't helped by the strange policy of making people sit at the same "group table" every night. Not much good being sandwiched between the French and Germans! Fortunately at breakfast you can sit anywhere.
We did the three day desert safari by jeep. We never got our early morning alarm call even though the reception wrote it down. But somehow managed to get away on time at 6am. Be warned you cover almost a thousand miles. It is a good trip to do but would have been extremely useful to have had an itinerary.
Good points: Camel ride was fun, Coliseum at El Jem was dramatic.
Bad points: There was not enough time spent at the Coliseum at El Jem. Half a day was spent lazy by the pool the exact opposite of what a trip should be. Dreadful last meal of dodgy turkey which gave me deli belly.
On arrival back to the hotel room there was a cockroach under my pillow, which I chased around the room for a while before exterminating it. This brought the body count up to two. Always looked under my pillow from now on. The hotel cleaner is always going about and could do with a good clean himself. Forever asking for towels which they don't seem to wash but just dry on the balcony, which explains why they are so dirty.
Took a taxi to the new resort of Yasmine Hammamet about ten km away. Which is quite nicely themed and has a port. The hotels are newer here and it looks better. Also taxi to Nebul market exactly the same stuff as the oldtown Hammamet but more of it. It's thirty minute walk by beach or road to Hammamet itself.
Booked thru First Choice who offered a poor service. Airport transfer took ages 2hrs. Rep had extremely limited hours mainly to sell trips. Only go to Hammamet if you are looking for a beach holiday with minimal entertainment, and can put up with the third world poverty. The Bel Azur is a basic hotel the royal and sol are slightly better but no where near 4* & 5* respectively. Will not be going back!