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... that sells refreshing mint tea, so we are forced to quench our thirst from a can.
We're flying back to London Gatwick on a charter flight TOM 353 which is scheduled to depart at 12:05 and arrive at 15:10. Insha'Allah.
... to our table and dishes cleared away with a flourish.
There must be some sign that marks us out as departing guests and an expectation that we'll leave a tip. Unlike the dining room, where tables are reserved and looked after by a specific waiter, guests sit at any table in the breakfast room and tables are cleared by whichever waiter appears to fancy a break from talking! Unfortunately their performance is in vain and we leave without dropping the tip they ...
... ve not had bad service, it's just that the reaturant is self-service, with guests helping themselves from the buffet and waiters relegated to clearing away. It can't give them much job satisfaction, just clearing away dirty dishes, no opportunity to tell people about what is on the menu and what they'd recommend.
Occasionally there is a florusih of activity, helping people to carry ...
Arriving back at the hotel I head for the water dispenser adjacent to the bar and quench my thirst.
It sure was hot out there and unfortunetly I was without money so couldn't stop off for a drink on the road from Sousse.
So after a shower and change of clothes, I was actually dripping wet, I feel a lot better and can genuinely put my feet up!
This morning Sue, Josh and Grace are going cruising on a catamaran out of Port El Kantaoui.
Three hours sailing in the Med is a nice way to relax, especially when the captain drops anchor which means that it's time to go for a dip in the azure sea to cool off. After a refreshing swim the cruise continues and the catamaran head back to port!
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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.
Really good atmosphere
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.
However, we were very happy with the Hammamet Garden Resort. The staff were usually polite and friendly. The food selection was good enouh as were the all inc local drinks.
On the down-side anything you have to buy in the hotel is pricey compared to when bought outside the hotel. For example the "boutique" shop prices were 30-50% higher than the local shops and medinas.
The grounds and pool are very well maintained. Didn't like the health-suite though. Found it to be over-priced and customer service once they had my money was non-existent. The beach is wonderful, but prices at Jamaican bar (which is not part of AI deals) are steep. Pick up stuff from the local supermarkets on the way at a fraction of the cost.
Overall, we found it is a great place to go for a week on a budget. Be careful at the medina in Tunis though, as I nearly fell foul of a pick-pocket. Don't wear ruck sacks on your back!!!
After reading some mixed reviews, we weren't sure what to expect, and this is going to be somewhere in between.
The hotel in general was very clean, and the rooms were excellent, much larger than the usual European holiday resorts. The food was ok. It did not vary much over the week, and often whatever was for lunch was also for dinner, but you could always find something to each. Pizza's and Sandwiches are available from the bars. We were all inclusive, and this did not really give you very much, considering the price difference over the cost of going Half Board. Many of the activities/facilities that we believed were inclusive, were not, including the gym, sauna. All inclusive simply gets you lunch, and free drinks (not including diet coke), and beer/wine/locally produced alcohol which was fig/date liquor, which were not very nice. Anything like Vodka/Rum etc.. costs you £3 a shot (25ml) baileys in about £4.50 so grabbing a bottle of something at the duty free shop in the UK is a good idea. The hotel entertainment was quite poor. There are 3 bar areas, 1 very relaxed, 2 livlier, but there isn't a great deal of choice. It's certainly worth booking a couple of evening excursions.
The resort itself is quite nice, the beach has beautiful sand, very clean, and the water is clear and warm. There is a Jamaica Beach bar, which is supposedly just for the use of the hammamet garden holiday makers, but nothing is part of the all inclusive scheme. They have a great range of water sports also. Its within walking distance of Hammamet which is a bit more traditional, and has a Medina, where you must haggle for everything. And the other direction you have Jasmine Hammamet, which is a much newer resort, and based around hotels, rather than an actual town. There are less shops here, but the shop keepers are far less intrusive than those at Hammamet, where on a first visit it can be a bit intimidating. Do not worry though, they all just want you to look in their shop, and you can pick up some real bargins. They start very high, you start very low. The Yellow taxi's are very cheap, a 5-10 minute ride is only about £1
There are lots of good trips run from the hotel, we chose to go to Tunis which was wonderful in the city, far nicer than expected, this takes you onto Carthage, a large finding of Roman remains. We visited the frigia animal park, and enjoyed a camel ride while we were there. We also went to a Tunisian theme night, which was very enjoyable. There was a 3 day trip to the sahara, but during a 1 week trip with other excursions to go on, we didn't have enough time for this.
So if you are considering this hotel, I would suggest going half board. I would not pay for all inclusive again when it included so little compared to resorts in spain/greece etc... However, when the sun shined, it was a lovely place, we had a very nice time and it's definately worth a visit.
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.
The food in the hotel was VERY GOOD, fresh salads, pasta cooked to order "in the corner" along with grilled fish, and sausages, the main dishes of fresh spinach the potatoes the way they do them are to die for, rest assured you will not go hungry.
We were all inclusive (mum and I), their local drink lager, wine and two shorts were enough to make you happy, the diet coke we had to pay for
the ordinary was inc in the AI.
The local transport does not come close to the hotel, although I was told the train station was not "far away" how far I do not know, but the "yellow" taxis are cheap and you can always sort a price out with the driver.
But you have to go looking for these things book trips etc, the first lady we met was very doom and gloom, and we thought "oh no what have we come too". We had a great time despite the weather.We also made some friends Angie and Robbie who live 10 minutes away from us and Rob who works in London, but comes from South Africa, he was there for 2 weeks, we had to leave him, sad I know.
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.
My advice to anyone is to ignore the bad reviews - this was just one of the lovliest places we have stayed.
The grounds were lovely and really clean - there is a constant stream of cleaners running round. Your room is cleaned every day with the added bonus of flowers on your pillow each day.
The pools were kept lovely and clean by the lifegurard and the animation staff were always on hand to entertain those who wanted to be entertained.
The staff at the hotel were SO friendly - we fell in love with the waiter who worked the lobby bar in the evenings - he used to bring us all sorts of little presents and gave us so much entertainment with his little stories. We were truly sad to say goodbye to him.
We sayed half board and the food was always fresh with a good choice. I must admit that we did eat out a few times in the second week but only as we like to sample local cuisine.
We didnt really use the beach as they were still clearing up from a recent storm but we did walk on it a few times to local towns.
In conclusion - Tunisia is one of the nicest countries I have visited and the people just cant be any friendlier. We will definately be going back to this hotel again.
Me and my boyfriend are both 23, we went to Tunisia and stayed at the Hammamet Gardens in October 2004.
To be honest we booked here because we got a really good deal, but after booking it i was a bit scared after reading some of the reviews i had seen.
DONT BE, The hotel is lovely, the staff are really friendly, especially a guy called Jador, who works on the pool bar outside.
The rooms were clean and big, all have really big balconys and air con and tv, got cleaned everyday, and got fresh flowers on your bed too.
The service was good, for all inclusive, the food was nice, maybe sometimes a bit strange but always something you like! and there is always a man on the grill cooking fresh kababs, chicken or whatever they choose. The snacks between meals are served at the bar opposited the restraunt, they are nice, pizza is good!
Over all i was impressed about the hotel and the people who put bad reviews must be snobs or expecting a 8* hotel for £250. One more thing, the entertainment! Not much really! There was kareoke " nights of the 7 that we were there but other than that not much. During the day the was much more entertainment for the kids and adults.
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.
Pay the little extra for 5 star?
They said this was a 4 star hotel ,we think that may be a star too far (3 star max).
a very nice reception area and lobby,but behind the sceens its a little shabby,worn carpets, toilets not working,lack or toilet paper,problems with some cockroaches in the basement levels,and dont know if this is a tunisian problem ( didnt have any probs out side hotel )but the flies were a pest around the grounds? The food although plentifull was very bland and samey!be sure the chefs cook your meat orders well,because when there was a bit of a queue they rushed it a little ,with the results of half cooked food?Talking of queues ,the ones for your drink orders were a joke (again takes the shine off of a so called 4 star hotel???)The hotel staff around the bars and dinning rooms where really uninterested in you if your all inclusive, but must say a word or praise for the animation staff (kids club) who where outstanding with very limited resouces.
We strongly advise you to see as much as you can outside the hotel ,not because its not ok inside but that theres a very interesting country outside ,plenty of history and sites, the people are charming ,(not the sales people around the MADINAS,just be firm with them,and be aware off some very clever conmen?)The best tip for getting around town is the yellow taxis,(just flag them down outside front of hotel)there unbelievebly cheap.For taxis further afield come too an agreed price (off meter) befor you get going.
Report Card: Could do better
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.
Get out on some of the organised trips especially the two day Sahara Explorer. Gets you away from the loud music and into the real Tunisia. Opportunity to see more than just the swimming pool and get awawy from the loud music.
If you want a relaxing holiday don't pick this Hotel, if you want loud it's ideal.