Hammamet Garden Resort & Spa
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The one thing I don't think travelers ever get used to is the long days of travelling. This is particularly true of flying, especially as living in Cornwall, airports are so far away. I have almost exhausted all the destinations which leave from Exeter Airport. Today's flight is from Bristol.
We arrived at the airport at around 2am, another disadvantage of air travel is the times of the flight. Also the ...
... it, instead we took a touristic train which went around the city for an hour. To be honest, i wouldn't say the city is beautiful, the city is almost made by many high class hotels with high walls eracted around it and inside it is like a paradise with swimming pools, restaurants and troupical trees facing the beach.. So unless you are rich enough to rent a place in those hotel, then Hammamet would suddenly become a heaven to you. ...
... etc etc etc etc. Purely Tunisian people prior to tourists arrival local families on there way to work/school. The fish photos were surreal in the sense that i helped them unload and push to local market.
I go back/side streets off the beaten track sometimes scary but needless to say it adds to the photos! The ones with the cuddly lambs in i hated because after i took them, they were slaughtered, obviously i didn't ...
... then we walked round the Port, dad said it was like Southend.. Weather was nice though, sorts and T-shirt in October at night - swell.
Bed relatively early as we had sightseing to do next day.
Up at 7.30, to catch taxi (29DN) at 8.30 to Monastir, place where Monty Python was filmed. Spent a few hours here, looking round medina, masoleum of former president, beach paddling and mainly at Ribat. This took ...
... local cheeses for a dessert. Enjoyed every bite and actually started to feel sorry for ourselves having to leave the next day.
All in all a perfect relaxing day. I could really love that type of Tunisia - with loads of sun, relaxing atmosphere and with amazing food and drinks. Such a pity the beginning of our stay was so unfortunate (weather-wise), it would be a fabulous holiday if it wasn't for the bad weather we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hammamet Garden Resort & Spa
Well what can I say....the holiday was amazing. The hotel was really nice and the food was great (plenty of choice), room was cleaned every day and flowers were left on are bed. We had gone All Inclusive and booked are holiday through lastminute where we got a really good deal. The staff were really friendly at the hotel, and the swimming pools were really clean overall the hotel I give 8/10 but the only thing that did annoy me and it wasn't that bad was every time you placed an order for a drink they took a while and you had to sign a receipt every time! by this time you got the drinks you were dying of thirst lol. The actual resort was really nice and the beach was lovely and clean though you do get the odd person trying to sell you stuff i.e (donuts, nuts and jewellery) though I would recommend a trip on a paracute thats attached to a speed boat. Also in the hotel you will get people coming up to you when you catching the rays by the pool trying to sell you trips and days out.... though, we didn't mind it and we ended up going on the Pirate Ship, Quad Bikes and Camel Trek all, were really amazing experiences. So overall I would really recommend this hotel and resort but stay away from the medinas and try a session out in the hotels relaxing spa a fantasic experience.
We went to this hotel on an All Inclusive basis. We being myself and my boyfriend. We had read some bad reviews of this hotel and only a few good ones, so we were really anxious before we went. However, once we had been in the hotel for a day we realised our worries were completely unnecessary. The hotel staff were all really friendly and chatty, and really keen for you to have a good time, especially the animation staff. If you got bored lazing by the pool, there was always something for you to do, be it archery, mini golf, boules or tennis. The beach was really nice too. I was a bit too adventurous swimming in the sea on one occasion and got bitten by something (not dangerous, but it stung a little), I went up to the man tending the beach and he explained what it was and soothed my bite with a local remedy, it stopped stinging straight away. This is just an example of how friendly we found the local people to be. One thing you do need to realise is that the people depend on their work in a more crucial way to in England, so they may be a little pushy trying to sell things. If you say no firmly though, they do listen. Also, tipping is important. The people who wrote reviews describing long queues probably didn't tip. If they had tipped well, like we did, they would have found they received excellent personal service. I was really impressed with this hotel for the money we paid and would happily go again, and recommend it to a friend.
My wife and I booked this as a late deal and were not sure what to expect, as we did not have time to get a travel guide for Tunisia. We booked through one of the smaller travel outfits and this showed when we arrived at Monastir airport. The transfers were by a slightly ramshakle bus compared to the plush coaches of the bg operators and the organisation side was poor.
After reading some mixed reviews, we weren't sure what to expect, and this is going to be somewhere in between.
We stayed at the Hammamet Gardens, 6/03/05 to 13/03/05, the staff are very friendly. The weather was sunny/cloudy, with a cold wind we had about 8 hours of warm sun in 7 days, but that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves. We travelled everywhere by an arranged local taxi company, we travelled in style, you can take your time, your driver waits for you, you say approx how long you will be and he says ok, sooner or later it doesn't matter, the reception will book it for you, always a "good price". We went for a Hammam "a local scrub" that was interesting, a camel ride I was not keen but a 3 year old and a 6 year old were made up, that cost 15 dinars.
We were moved to this hotel by Thomas cook after booking to stay at the Fourati. After reading some of the reviews we were terrified at what to expect. We really didnt know what we were being sent to.
Me and my boyfriend are both 23, we went to Tunisia and stayed at the Hammamet Gardens in October 2004.
I cannot believe the bad reports of what we found to be a fantastic resort. The rooms are ok, they have air conditioning and a t.v, you only sleep in your room so it doesn't need to be super duper. Your room gets cleaned every day and we always had flowers left on our bed or rose petals sprinkled on the floor, it was brill. The food was great with a wide variety, its a large restaurant with lots of waiters. The staff we're all exceptionally friendly especially the life guards. There are two pools, during the day in the large pool there is a variety of activities and games to take part it, put on by the animation team, the smaller pool (but still large) is a nice relaxing area, with big urns flowing water into the pool. There are staff around to bring you drinks if you want one instead of queing up at the bar. The evening entertainment was a laugh a minute, with bingo in 6 different languages, be careful you don't shout bingo to early or give the wrong answer, you get thrown in the pool fully clothed!!!! very amusing. The beach is just a short walk away or you can go on the free horse and cart which is put on by the hotel, on the beach is a bar, sunbeds etc, sammy who works there is fantastic and extremely helpful, he organised for us to go paragliding and out on a pedelo. We went on 2 fantastic trips, camel riding and a day on a pirate ship. The camel ride is amazing, its a must if you go to Tunisia. We would definetly recommed Hammamet gardens and would go there again ourselves. The best holiday we've ever had.
They said this was a 4 star hotel ,we think that may be a star too far (3 star max).
If you like loud music, loud Italians, loud animateurs and even louder restaurants. This is the place for you. The animateurs turn up the music(to deafen you) three times a day starting at 10am. It's not exactly relaxing trying to read to Eminem or similar pumping out at 1000watts. The restaurant was OK. We were fully inclusive, which seemed to mean you had everything smaller (drinks wise) than anybody else who was paying for it. Don't get a room on the ground floor facing the Pool, we had no view and the table tennis tables as close that you could almost touch them. Also there is a small games area with one of those air hockey machines which drove us mad every night.