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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 ...
... refilling drinks, but it is sporadic and seems to happen when the fancy takes them or when guests are about to depart.
Finally the time comes, our meal is over and it's time for the tip. We give some notes to Gracie to give to the waiter. He seems to appreciate the gesture. Slipping the notes into his pocket he disappears into the kitchen and presumably home for the evening.
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 Sol Azur Beach Hotel Hammamet
I stayed in the Sol Azur for two weeks with my girlfriend in June 2006 on a half board basis. We had an absolute fantastic holiday. The hotel is lovely, clean rooms, great food, and the staff are brilliant. I would reccommend the Sol Azur very highly.
I stayed in the Sol Azur with my friend in August Septenmer 2005. When we booked we payed extra through Panorama for a room with a sea view but when we arrived we discovered we were in a ground floor room, behind some trees along a dark corridor from the toilets off the lobby.
As we'd been travelling all night we were exhausted and just wanted some sleep but we had to keep calling back to reception to try and get moved but each time we had to "wait for the manager".
Eventually we were moved to a room that hadn't been cleaned after its previous occupants moved out.
While the staff in the hotel were very nice, they were so laid back and (kinda) unprofessional about their duties. Its just as well you're on holidays because don't expect anyone in this hotel to do anything quickly. Be prepared to wait 45 minutes for even just your bread for lunch at the poolside restaurant.
As we went to the pool early each morning (you need to to get a sunbed) we'd often be back in our room wanting a shower by 3, but the problem then was that the room more often than not was not cleaned until 5. Most days you had nothing but the previous days wet towels to dry yourself.
The buffet food in the restaurant is good and most people, even the very picky, will find something to suit them.
Finally on Hammamet, we visited the town itself once, the shop keepers are very agressive (I thought it would be like Turkey) and determined to defraud you in one way or another. My advice would be to be aware of your exchange rate if you go into the medina shopping because they will tell you what might seem like a good price in your currency but when they convert it to their money for you to pay they price will tend to be higher (and not such a bargain).
I like to shop on holidays and I can say that there wasn't anything there worth buying.
The small market across the street from the Royal Azur gate has most things you need in the way of bottled water or souvineers and they are all priced so no need to haggle if you're not into it.
I would only recommend Hammamet to those who want terminal boredom from their holiday. There is nothing to do and if there is you've probably been to the same thing only better near another resort on another better holiday you had.
Absolutely fabulous darlings
Just returned after spending Christmas and New Year at this fabulously located beach hotel. Beautiful pool area, brilliant food, lovely staff and altogether a wonderful place to stay. Perhaps the rooms are a little tired, but plenty big enough and perfectly acceptable. You can use the facilities of the 5* Royal Azur next door and the hamman and therapy pool are highly recommended. Pure bliss. Just be a little careful to ensure you only pay for what you actually want as they really want you to buy a multi-day package and then charge you extra for a medical assessment, which is compulsory - what for? A massage? A sweat in the hamman? Hammamet itself is just wonderful. Behind the city walls in the centre is the most wonderful seafront cafe with Moorish area at the back too where you can partake of the hubble bubbles. Breathtaking views and great service. Little bit of hassling in Medina, but not nearly as bad as other parts of North Africa. Would also highly recommend you take the Noddy train (2.5 TD one way) to the Jasmine Beach area for jaw droppingly gorgeous, over the top hotels. Wonderful. Cross between the Hollywood Hills and Monaco with great marina, cafes and beachfront. We've been to other parts of Tunisia before - but never again! It's Hammamet every time from now on. Loved it, loved it, loved it. And can't wait to go back. Funniest thing to see? The haggard, ancient and most ugly Western women walking around with the most beautiful Tunisian BOYS - an absolute scream! Sign me up! Lindsey. January 2006.
Having just returned from The Sol Azur I would recommend this proerty very highly indeed. The standard of accommodation is very high.Very clean rooms, well appointed and serviced daily.
The staff are very helpful. Particular mention for the Dining Room staff at the Chichkan Restaurant,which is the Main Dining room, who are attentive and welcoming. The Evening meal is an experience..a huge choice of dishes, with something for everyone. After dinner drinks at the Apero Bar, before the evening's entertainment in the Memphis bar. The entertainment is varied and enjoyable.The main entertainment compere "Nino" who also entertains the kiddies at the "Mini Disco", and at the pool during the days is a "Jack of all trades and master of all of them", is a professional who does an extremely difficult job very well indeed!!
Just a couple of other things.. taxis are available outside the hotel..and at a couple of Dinars to the town centre, very cheap! The "medina(market) at Hammamet town has some very aggressive stallholders! You'll need a sense of humour!!
From the Sol Azur you can also walk to the centre of town in about 20 minutes!
For basic grocery needs..drinks etc are available in a small supermarket opposite the main entrance to the Royal Azur. Souvenirs can be bought here too.
A visit to Hammamet Yasmine is also enjoyable. Carthageland, which is a small theme park is there as well as a market. From the Hotel it's about 10 dinars in a taxi!
So in a nutshell..the hotel is great..the pool area is very nice and well run... and the stretch of beach is really nice too! Paragliding/jetskis etc..payable locally!
We Will be back at the Sol Azur very soon!!! ;-)
9 out of 10
What a lovely resort, perfectly located right on the beach, amid well tended gardens, away from the hassle and bustle of Hammamet and yet within walking distance from the old town. Good service and friendly staff, always willing to greet you with a bonjour, and a smile.
Our room was spacious, bright and airy, simply but nicely decorated, with a decently sized balcony overlooking the gardens and a wide view of the Mediterranean in the background. We could have not asked for more.
At the time of our stay, in late September, most guests seemed to be either young couples on a romantic break, which was our case, or middle age people, also in couples or small groups. Perfect, as it was peace and quiet we were looking for. Other resorts further down the beach seemed to cater for a younger, noisier clientele.
We were on a half board basis, and food was simply fabulous, especially the buffet dinner served in a grand, almost palatial dining room. Our eyes could not believe the amount of food on offer, different every night of the week.
All guests are welcome to use the facilities of all three hotels within the complex (The Sol, The Bel and The Royal), as well as the excellent Spa and Health Club Bio Azur. We loved it. However we decided to give the evening entertainment a miss, which we found a bit lame. But who needs animators, when you can have a lovely walk around the gardens, or sit back by the beach and watch the stars?
Great hotel & holiday!
we stayed here last month and it was great! the first impression of the reception was a little alarming, as the decor is outstanding, but the rooms are clean, with a tv (be warned if you don't like sky news.)
the pool is lovely, the bar is good and the staff are friendly & always ready to help. the food (particulaly in the evening) was absolutely fabulous!
you can use the royal and bel facilities, however i didn't as the sol was good enough! the hotel is litterally right on the beach, and only a short walk from the medina. although the shop keepers can be pushy, if you just say 'no hastle!' they'll leave you alone. there's a shop direcly opposite from the bel azur that you should avoid, as they trick you into buying the most rediculous things!
there are cats all over the place, and the gardens of the hotel are beautiful.
night time entertainment is a little cheesy, but not bad.
before i booked my holiday to tunisia i spoke to alot of people who advised me not to go, but i couldn't understand why.
Would deffinately go back
My partner and myself had a 2 week winter break at the sol azur hotel last year and we found it a relaxing enjoyable experience.
You could use the facilities of the Royal Azur and Bel Azur all within the same complex. A must is the fresh salt water spa in the Royal Azur.
If however you go at this time of year do take some ward clothing for the evenings as it can be chilly. temperatures through the day ranged between 16 - 22oC.
We found all the staff very friendly, the breakfast was nice and fresh and the evening meal was located in a stunning dining room with great waiter service.
Rooms were clean and spacious.
At this time of year however the beach was quiet and not much going on at night.
Across the road is a couple of convenience shops and a couple of little resturants but the main town is approx 20 minutes walk.
If nothing else try the black olives, yum.
A good choice
My wife and I had a weeks break here on half board.
The staff tried very hard to make this a pleasant experience. the food was very good with plenty of variety.
The Pool was too cold, except to lay next to! The Pool guy was superb always ensuring you had a mattress and towels.
Hammamet is old and typically got that 'run-down' look to it, but the Medina is interesting being old and not a modern version. Shopkeepers are fine if you keep a sense of humour. Polite "no thanks" were enough.
The three hotels in the same grounds is good. We used the indoor pool. The beach is excellent, you can walk along it to the Medina and Hammamet centre, about 20 mins slow walk.
The cafes dotted along the way are really cheap, and very tasty food too.
Shame the weather was poor for a couple of days.
Blue Sky ?
The Sol Azur is one of 3 hotels located next to each other on the outskirts of Hammamet. All hotels are owned by the same group. The staff are friendly, especially the young events organisers, who work very long days. The male members of staff are not perhaps as respectful as they should be to females travelling without their other halfs. My mother (87) and myself (well over 21) found this somewhat trying. The hotel operates on a half-board basis and there is always something amongst the large variety of meals on offer that one will enjoy. The desserts are particularly good, if you are a dessert type of person.
Hammamet is the worst place I have ever been to and I have travelled widely. I have stayed in Sousse further down the coast, which I found most enjoyable. There is absolutely nothing to do in Hammamet, once you have visited the three sites of interest. The medina is dreadful as the shop keepers harrass you continually. To the extent of following you down the road. The taxi drivers rip you off. We were even overcharged for coffee in a 'cafe'. Definately not somewhere I would recommend to anyone!