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Enfidha airport is gleaming in the hot sun when we arrive for our flight home. Check in effortless and security, despite the recent troubles, is light touch.
It's a modern day oasis, which is somewhat souless and seeming ...
So after the final supper, the final breakfast. We are treated to exceptional service from the waiters this morning. Breakfast like lunch and dinner is self-service so all the waiters have to do is clear away and lay the tables.
Without being harsh, service at breakfast isn't slow it's nearly non-existent with waiters more intent on chatting with each other than clearing the tables. But this morning we seem to have captured their full attention and coffee ...
... 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 Royal Azur Thalasso Golf Hammamet
We have just returned from our second stay at the Royal Azur Hotel in Hammamet, having spent a week there last year. This time we went for a fortnight, which probably tells you that we like this hotel!
On arrival to the hotel the entrance seemed quite impressive although being a 5***** I would have expected our luggage to be taken from the taxi into the reception for us!! I was aware from reading trip advisor and seeing pictures of the accommodation that the room wasn't modern however, I did expect the bathroom to be clean. This was definitely not the case (as you can see from the photos). Neither, the inside of the toilet or the bath were cleaned once during our stay, it was quite disgusting. One evening towards the end of our short and unpleasant stay I had an upset stomach. As you do I chose to clean the toilet bowl after and heaved at what I saw inside the toilet brush bowl!! This is not what I expect from a 1***** property never mind a 5****. The bathroom stank of damp because there was no extractor fan or window and the extremely long and dirty shower curtain got soaking wet during showering and was covered in mould. The toilet was situated so close to the B Day you couldn't even sit on the toilet seat (although looking inside the bowl you wouldn't have wanted to anyway). The actual room was only hovered once during our stay and I don't believe the bed throw, which was stained had ever been changed!
We stayed at the Royal Azur last summer Half board for two weeks, and were slightly worried as to what the holiday and hotel itsef would be like as we don't usually stay in hotels preferring villas. The hotel welcomes you with a beautiful entrance and the rooms are great too. We had two rooms for 5 of us which were ajoining with a sea view which were spacious and clean. Maid service regular and thorough. We had a slight problem with the air conditioning and it was repaired almost instantly.
We stayed at the Royal Azur for one week at the beginning of May and were not impressed. Be warned! Whatever the holiday brochures say - this hotel is not of 5 star standard. The lobby is large and must have one time been impressive but is now tired and worn. The reception staff are rude and unhelpful. A large screen TV is constantly on in the reception bar. Rooms are kept clean with efficient housekeeping - one of the good points - but rooms are tired and dated. The food in the restaurant is plentiful and good with a wide choice for every taste . Service is buffet style but table clearing between courses was very inefficient. Most mealtimes were chaotic. Often it was impossible to find clean cutlery or dessert dishes. On one occasion a 'manager' saw fit to berate a young waiter very loudly and publicly in the dining room. Not a very professional way to deal with staff and certainly not a nice experience for clients. The pool area was OK but the pool was absolutely freezing - maybe it was too early in the season. The beach is scruffy! All in all not to be recommended if you are expecting a smart, relaxing 5 star hotel.
We have just returned from a super week at the Royal Azur in Hammamet. Everything about the hotel was first class. We arrived quite late and very tired but our reception by the hotel staff was warm and extremely helpful. A meal was sent up to our room as we had missed our evening meal. Our room itself was great, loads of space, quiet with a good view over the pool and sea. The room, bathroom and seperate WC were kept clean and fresh throughout the week with regular changes of linen and towels. There was masses of storage space with a safe (no charge). The mini bar was large enough to keep our ownwater and other drinks cold. The air con worked brilliantly.
As soon as we got to tunisia we realised the place wasnt for us, if u are looking for a peaceful holiday destiniation do not go here. At the airport we were immediatly hassled by tunisian men for english money, after a while this got extremely irritating. When we got to the hotel we found the staff extremely rude. We also found that although the pool and beach are nice, you cannot relax without the staff or locals pestering you for money or to try out the tourist attractions. The staff were extremely rude when you were on their premises, I was barked at by a waitor who kept trying to touch me. I felt that although this may be their culture, you do not expect it when you are by the pool or in the hotel. To make it worse one of the staff tried to break into our hotel room in the evening. They were unsucessful as we were having a nap in our room at about 8.3-pm which is when the staff thought we would be having dinner. We knew it was a member of staff as they tried to get in using a swipe card, however we put the chain across the door which meant they couldn't get in. In the end we got a flight home the next morning, this place is not the kind of place for a relaxing holiday.
The first impression is one of luxury, with an impressive marble lobby. The rooms are clean and spacious and cleaned daily although the towels would often not be replaced until the evening. A television is in every room but unless you are multi lingual you can only watch CNN The food was excellent and a good variety offered. The pool was pleasant although freezing, but the heated indoor pool was excellent. If you are looking for a hotel that offers an exciting night life, do not go here as your evening entertainment is restricted to the hotel and it becomes a bit boring.
We visited this hotel last yr and are looking forward to visiting again later this yr. We went with our 5 year old son and even though there was very limited facilities at the hotel for him, there were ample at the other hotels in the complex. This gave us the best of both worlds. A few quiet nights around the bar playing cards (and able to get a good nights sleep without the noise of a disco) and also mini club disco and entertainment at the other hotels. This meant that when he had had enough and needed to catch up on some well needed sleep it wasn't a problem. The staff were very friendly with us all and didn't in any way make us feel that a young child should not be there.
Good hotel but not 5*
We visited this hotel as a last minute deal. when you first arrive it looks magnificent and from its facilities alone it does earn its 5 star rating. however, as pointed out below the (half board) food is not what you would expect from a 5* hotel (we only stayed 5 nights including New Year's eve).
the Azur is multi national so if you wish to have an english speaking environment, you may struggle here, so I dusted down my school girl french and managed to make myself understood.
I think its position is Ok however, the Yasmine area of Hammamet is new and has been designed to meet tourists needs.