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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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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar Khayam Hotel Hammamet
Best hotel ever
the dar khayam is the best hotel we have ever stayed in the staff are very friendly they include nagi,chagie,murrad,sam,macram,midou,insaf,rio,tomy,hassian and jojo they are all the animation team who work very hard all day and all night never complian and allways have a smile on there face even when they are ill.the rooms were cleaned daily and fresh flowers on our beds the pool was also cleaned daily.we would recomend the camel ride it was great fun dressing up and dancing and it only works out about £15 in english money for 2 hours.the food was great something for everyone,kids are very welcome at the dar khayam they are looked after by sam he is great with them. we loved this hotel that much that we have already booked to go back august next year, so if you are thinking of going to the dar khayam book now before you miss out.
Wouldn't go back again
We came back from the Dar Khayam yesterday and never been so glad to get back home. There was 5 of us that went 3 being teenagers who found it very boring with nothing to do. To old for the kinder disco and to young to join in the activities which was advertised for children 12 - 16. When some of the games went on the children were made to get out of the pool, which wasn't very fair. Food was very much the same day in day out, if you have a fussy eater they'll go hungry. When waiters tried to be friendly they were shouted at by the head waiter, theres one rule for some and not for others i.e when we took a bottle of drink to the table we were told to take it back, but when you looked around other people were allowed to have bottles on their tables. It wasn't just us that felt this way we spoke to numerous other english people who said the same, and they also wouldn't be returning. The only good part of the holiday was meeting Latif (The camal man) he was absolutely fantastic, he always came over to us to say hello. We certainly would NEVER return to this hotel again and would't recommend it, especially if you have children.
Another Great Stay at the Dar Khayam
Just got back from another great stay at the Dar Khayam. Was on my own but made very welcome by all the staff, they were always making sure i was ok.
I would say the only thing that spoiled it was the fact that i had to get to the beach by 7am to get a Sunbed, unfortunately guests from another country didnt appreciate that a solo guest was as much entitiled to a sunbed!!!
But will definately be back! But maybe will need to find a travelling companion!!
Had a lovely time but please dont expect the Ritz.
Arived on time thanks to Thomas Cook Airlines. Hotel room a little basic but clean and well serviced by our Chambermaid. Tunisia is wall to wall sunshine and smiling faces. Food plentiful with lots of tasty vegetables all local grown and very fresh, dont expect lobster and filet steak you wont have paid for that in the low price you paid for the holiday (well I paid very little anyway), thanks to Thomas Cook T.V. travel shop. The pool area gets busy but 'Hey', walk 50 yards you are on a lovely clean safe beach with warm water and uncrowded and a 'soft drinks bar' what more do you want?. Get to know the beach vendors, talk to them; some are great characters who sit down and talk with you even though they know you are not buying. All the staff work so very hard there and not once was I treated with less than perfect civility, mind you one gets out of life what you put in so there is a small lesson for us all. Bar service was a little slow at times but when you got to the top of the queue a smiling face and drinks to go! Went on a couple of trips, the Zoo was the best for me, took some great photo's of the Tigers. All the time I was in Tunisia I felt 100% safe with no fear of crime at all, plenty of police around, there is no litter, no graffiti and no dogs mess either, the streets are swept by hand with regularity. Pop acroos the road from the Hotel to the 'Orangina' Restaurant, try a 'bric', and sample the little date cakes you get served with coffee; superb. To sum up the holiday, fantastic value for money, if you want "less for more", go back to Spain and pay what is to my mind, extortionate prices for lacklustre service. Oh I forgot, they are in the EU now are they not, another lesson for us all perhaps?.
Nice Hotel, Bad location...
Generally a nice hotel with a lovely beach a couple of hundred yards down a scenic path. Clean beach with small all inclusive bar. It has various beach loungers and a volleyball and beach football "pitch".
You do get hassled on the beach though, people selling palm tree's, cigarettes, offering henna tattoes, quad bike rides, camel rides, papers, etc etc...
Anyway, the room was clean and had the best air conditioning ever. It was almost 40 outside but very pleasantly cooled in the room. The maids made pattens out of the sheets and placed flowers on the beds. Lack of TV and any appliances was a disappointment.
If you were not interested in the evening entertainment there is little to do and it is impossible to sleep before 1 am due to the very load music and P.A system. The shows included cabaret with an excellent rendition of Greece, Dirty Dancing and several others. There were games with guest participation and lots of dancing!! Also a daily bingo game. Teh entertainment/animation team were brilliant. There are multi lingual and VERY enthusiastic. *** The bingo caller is a double for the Arsenal footballer Ashley Cole and one of the other team members is a double for the Chelsea player Tiago.
Daytime entertainment was excellent and included belly dancing, archary, football, volleyball, tennis, water polo and more. There is a small games room with 2 pool tables, air hockey and pinball machine.
The bar is busy with limited choice and the soft drinks were never fizzy. The restaurant staff were great although there is no chance of privacy as up to 4 different parties could be sat at one table of 8. This is a vary international hotel. The week I visited there were 75% German, 15% British and 10% French and Italian.
The food was the down point. I had several days of stomach pain and the lunch menu was the same as the dinner menu. The meat is left on the bones and the food is often cold and undercooked. All the food is very greasy and unless you stick to a melon diet you'll pile on the pounds!!!
The location is great for the beach but you won't need to take much spending money as there is not any real shops. There are several gift shops and one bank very close to the hotel. The owners will really hassle you to buy something and its difficult to get away. You have to be very abrupt! if you see something you are interested in don't pay too much. They will generally try to charge you about 100 dinar for any unpriced item. If you haggle well you can usually get it for around 30. We went on a shopping trip to Suisse and Port El Kantoui organised buy the travel company and this was a waste of a sunbathing day. Were were taken to the Soula Centre which is one of the biggest shopping centres. This was a 4 story shop simular to Debenhams selling rugs, wooden calvings, leather and a few clothes. It took 2 and a half hours to get here and we were left for 2 hours to shop. we could manage 20 mins and then needed to waste the rest of the time. The port is nice at El Kantoui and when the lack of shops hits you the zoo is a nice experience.
The hotel is pleasant but the reception staff are not the most patient. The lack of anything to do in the area is a disappointment and the centre of Hammamet is at least a 30 min drive away.
First Time Family Holiday Abroad
We arrived in the early hours of the morning and found the all inclusive bar had stayed open past its normal time so a chance for a drink before bed.
During the holiday we found the Tunisian people extremely friendly, from the immediate staff of the hotel to the Tunisian Guides coming in offering alternatives to the Package Holiday Rep' offers. Kids were kept entertained although we did not see much of the childrens animation team during the day. There was a chance for a Childrens Cabaret Show which our son participated in and enjoyed very much - as did a lot of the guests. all of the children are treated like stars, they were all made to feel great by all members of staff.
The reception staff are friendly and helpful. The cleaners were very good and discrete with flowers on beds and patterns with towels. The bar staff were always helpful and quick to smile, especially the two serving on the indoor bar! The animation team worked in the best tradition of a Redcoat back in the UK. Ali was always quick to get people to join in with all the fun and games around the pool as was Naji, they were also very quick to be thrown in the pool after a game.
The rooms were basic but kept clean and there was always people around the hotel for cleaning and maintenance.
The food was great with a good choice for everyone. The chefs and table staff were excellent, my wife was very quick to tip Moncef at the end of the holiday for his attention and quiet efficiency.
We enjoyed both our trips during our stay. The half day camel trek booked through the local guide and nopt the Rep' was great, they do leave you a little stiff though, they were a good price to about £15 each but we did get half the children free. The only warning I would give is to book for the morning trek where possible especially if new to the country as it is amazing how hot the afternoon sun can get.
The pirate ship was a fun experience, another half day trip once again booked through a local guide and not the Rep'. The boat was a small with two masts, compared to a larger galleon that was also on the sea that day. We found the weather perfect on the way out and with a chance for everyone to be "ondeck" all had a chance to top up their tans. We got to see a dolphin on the trip as well as the chance to dive/leap from the boat into the sea for a swim. Then it was back on board for a quick meal (included in the price) and back to the harbour which was timed just right as the sea was starting to get s little "choppy".
The only issue we had during our visit was the water quality of the sea, but the beach, pool and all Tunisians encountered more than made up for it!
What a great holiday, the best ever
Fantastic, people are great from the porters to the animation team. Kids were entertained from early morning until late in the evening. We stayed here with children aged from 5 up to the age of 14, all of them are treated like stars, they were all made to feel great by all members of staff.
The reception staff are friendly and helpful. The cleaners were amazing, they would put flowers on our beds, they made animals with our towels really lovley people. The bar staff were always helpful and always had a smile to brighten your day. The animation team are the best set of entertainers I have ever seen. Rio was always keeping you on your guard but in a happy sort of way. Ali would always get people to join in with all the fun and games, Salwa looked after the children from 8 in the morning. Alex was just entertaing from start to finish. Naji was a bit energetic always on the go, but he was good fun. But my favourite has to be Mackram and Murrad both fantastic dancers and really friendly.
The rooms were very clean, the hotel was very clean. The food was great with a good choice for everyone. The chefs were fantastic, we have been home for a week and the chefs are texting us to make sure we are all home and had a good flight.
I highly recomend this hotel and the country, I have never had such a fantastic holiday in all my life, We are returning next year as we enjoyed it so much.
We enjoyed some great trips, the camels are great, they do leave you a little stiff though, they were a good price to about £15 each but we did get half the children free. The pirate ship was not such a good experiance, it was very overcrowded, it was a cold day, the sea was rough, but all in all i am please we did it.
Excellent , dar khayam
Just back from a week here. It was one of the most friendly run hotels we have ever stayed at. The staff make everyone, young and old feel really welcome and can't do enough for you. We didn't like the room we were allocated but a word to reception and we were given a great sea view without any problems.
The rooms are basic but clean. We found the food to be very good, with enough selection to keep us interested all week - the tuna cooked fresh in front of you is just melt in your mouth, and the little cakes/sweets served with lunch and dinner are to die for! We noticed all the kids had big platefulls of food at every sitting so no probs there. If you are all inc there is enough food on offer throughout the day to ensure a few added pounds round the waist on departure.
The entertainment staff did a great job round the pool during the day keeping everyone amused and running different games. They seemed really good with the children, keeping them occupied all day and well into the evening. In fact all the staff from the cleaners to the manager made a real fuss of children from babies on up to teenagers - i think it is a Tunisian thing because we saw it everywhere, really child friendly place.
The beach is just a two minute stroll through the hotel grounds, and you get to enjoy the perfume of the flowers along the borders, which is a very nice way to start the morning. The beach itself is clean and stretches miles. Sun loungers are free and they have a waiter in hut to provide free soft drinks - much needed as it was pretty hot last week. You can do the usual watersports there too. Do expect beach vendors flogging toy camels, drums, cartons of cigarettes ect. but a firm "non merci" sees them off when needed!
The hotel is a taxi ride from the main resort but they come cheap and plentiful so don't worry on that score. The hotel does it's own shows every night, which although not our thing, were packed, and judging by the sound being made by punters, went down really well.
Do take up the offer of going on the camel ride - the guy comes into the hotel to sign people up at about £15pp - as it is very well done. We did one last year in Port Al Kantoui on horses and they were really mangy, skinny looking things. The camels and horses here are really well kept and in proper stables which they take you to half way through - yes it is an opportunity to get another photo at about £1.50 each, but worth it as they dress you up in local gear and stand you next to a camel! A really good afternoon, with some great veiws down over the resort rom up in the hills, so take your camera.
Don't do the pirate ship though as it is a complete rip off - no room to sunbathe on the ship, no alcohol served and yes another pcture opportunity with the so called pirate in perhaps the worst pirate costume seen!
All in all we would definitely go back to this hotel.
I have just came back from a fortnight in Dar Khayam and can honestly say it is one of the best holidays I have ever had. The rooms were clean, the food was great and the animation team were very friendly and helpful. There was a loot for the kids to do through the day and momo, who worked at the kids club, was great with them. The entertainment was spot on, especially the michael jackson night...on which Coco looked rather fine! Overall, a great holiday.
watch out for bugs!!!!