SENTIDO Aziza Beach Golf & Spa
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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!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews SENTIDO Aziza Beach Golf & Spa Hammamet
Gutes Hotel, saubere Zimmer, hilfsbereite Angestellte und eine tolle Atmosphäre. Die vegetarische Auswahl war nicht sehr gut, dafür ließ sich aber immer etwas finden, auch wenn es nur Pommes waren. Der Strand war fantastisch, herrlicher Sand und ideal zum Schnorcheln. Das Hotel liegt etwa 30-40 Minuten zu fuß von der Stadt entfernt, ist dafür aber schön ruhig und erholsam.
Great pool and waiters
We went for a week of sun and relaxation - which is what we got! I was dissapointed with our room, 3 times I asked for a sea view room and they just kept telling me to ask again in the morning. Not that helpful when it comes to a room change. Also the reception staff never told you where anything is such as teh tunisian dining or the Italian! A lot of guess work goes on in teh hotel.The waiters at meal times were very nice and polite, though they could do with a third more staff and meal times, it seemed to be quite usual to forget yoru drinks from all members of staff when you order them. I also was expected to sign for doubles when we had never got them, this is very strange and they must be doining this for a reason - but what I dont know? The Breakfast was ok, normally something for everyone (I am a vegi and got by on bread, tomato and pancakes). The lunch was normally the nicest food but watch carefully beacause it seems that what wasnt eaten the night before is made into another dish the next day! Dinner was guess work a lot of the time and me and my partner both had a terrible tummy for the whole week. Was never sure what caused it as food was hardly hot and glasses at the pool bar are only rinsed and not actually washed properly. The pool bar tender was nice enough but he again needed another person to help him as service was quite often 20 minutes just to get a drink (same at night in the lounge bar - dont expect to get tipsy even as it takes so long). The beach bar was not open while we were staying and we were not told how to get equipment for the beach such as windsurfing boards.If you give the pool man a few dinars on your first day that will help you through your week (rather than giving at the end of your stay - same for the waiters. If you try and stick to eating in the same areas you get the same waiters and they will look after you. Nothing to do at nighht and the entertainment the hotel supply isnt great except for the Zulu Dancers, they were brilliant. The wellness spa is ok but very over priced. We did have two good all over body massages. Generaly a 3.5 star - get a sea view if you can. Staff very nice and great pool and good beach. Go for a relaxing holiday and that is what you will get, but dont go for nightlife or too much drinking you will be disapointed. Overall nice enough.
Good time and nice hotel
I enjoyed my stay there and found the staff helpful. This was my first visit to Tunisia and found there was not a culture shock. The rooms and buffet was great. There was internet and ATM available. The currency exchange was a fare rate. The only problem was the rule of not allowing any food or drink from outside the hotel. Of course they want to sell there own, but they should lower their prices or everyone will continue to sneak in their bottles.
A BIT OF R&R BUT NOTHING MORE
I just returned from my holiday where i had stayed at the azziza for a week.
It was a very relaxing week but there is not much to do of an evening. they have
their own entertainment a few nights a week in the hotel lobby and a guy that plays piano
every night. there is nothing to do for the younger generation as there is no pubs
or bars near the hotel so you are stuck to the hotel which does get quite boring.
during the day its fine if you want to catch the sun and lay by the pool or the beach
(both very nice) plenty of sun loungers and a pool boy that would get the brollys and
things out for you. if you prefer to go to the beach which is right behind you, be aware that you will get the tunisian guys trying to sell you cigarettes and fruit.
i found the waiters and hotel male staff abit forward. they really like their blonde young
girls. if you get the chance i would recommend being a travel agent going to the medina in hammamet and yasmine hammamet. the one at yasmine was much better as it was bigger and the sellers wernt as pushy as the ones in hammemet. again they were very forward and was offering my mum 3000 camels for me. it was quite funny and they say everything they sell is as cheap as asdas! the food at the hotel was very much the same everyday but i didnt taste that bad. their chips are lovely!
the transfer does take about 2 hrs but if its daylight the sceneries quite nice to look at.
overall i would recommend this for the older generation, the hotel was nice but i probably wouldnt go again.
Rest and Relaxation at the Aziza
We have just returned from a very relaxing week at the Aziza Hotel. As usual there were some really good things about the Hotel and some things which weren't quite so good!.
First the GOOD ....
Lovely big spacious room overlooking the pool and with superb sea views (No.209). It was kept really clean and had a separate toilet and bathroom. It was great to have the balcony door open and hear the waves gently lap against the shore. It certainly led to a great nights' sleep. The beds were a bit on the firm side though!
On the whole the food was good, the breakfasts were pretty much the same every day and mostly continental. No good if you like a good old british fry-up, at best all you could get was an omelette or boiled egg - there wasn't a rasher of bacon in sight!
The Pool area was lovely with a really big walk-in pool. There were plenty of sunbeds and shades (it is worth giving the guy who sorts out the sunbeds a couple of dinars on your first day as he will make sure you are looked after from then on). There was no loud music playing or games in the pool so you could truly just relax and unwind - sheer bliss.
Now, for the NOT so good ....
It is quite a distance from the airport and the transfer time was slightly over 2 hours, with several stop-offs at different hotels enroute - it might be worth investing in a taxi transfer as I think you could probably halve this time.
The Hotel is situated on the north side of Hammamet and is quite a distance from the centre, about a 50 minute walk. However, a taxi in only costs 2 dinar which is less than £1. There is only one supermarket close by and the hotel does seem a bit out on a limb.
The restaurant could be chaotic at times. There were never enough cups and saucers and these were moved around from table to table. The waiters also weren't terribly efficient at clearing the tables in between courses so you could get your plates piling up if you didn't ask for them to be cleared. The food could have been hotter and if kebabs are on the menu, check they have been cooked thoroughly. Also, hardly anything was labelled so most of the time it was guesswork. They also have two separate restaurants, an Italian and Tunisian. We didn't try the Tunisian as we couldn't find it but did try the Italian. My advice - don't bother! By day, the restaurant is the beach restaurant and they make no effort to change it at all for the evening. We couldn't decide where 'Italian' came from as there was nothing Italian about it. The service was so slow, the food barely warm and there was no atmosphere whatsoever, even a bit of italian music might have helped.
There also appears to be some scam happening at the bar. This hotel is all inclusive but you do have to sign for everything you have which seems a bit strange when everyone proudly sports their bright pink wrist bands. The problem is that every drink you have ends up being billed as a double or treble. I did feel very uncomfortable signing for something I wasn't getting and when I queried it I was told that it wasn't a problem as I wasn't paying but evenso I felt it dishonest. This could result in the all inclusive being removed as it would appear that everyone is drinking too much!
There was a little bit of entertainment most nights but it wasn't terribly exciting. However, guests did tend to stay in as obviously all drinks were included.
This isn't really a good hotel for children (well, not in May anyway) as apart from the swimming pool and beach, there isn't a lot here for them to do.
On the whole, we had a great time, the weather was ideal and gave us the rest and relaxation we were looking for.
Best Holiday Ever
Having read the comments from this website before we went and looked at the Hotel's own website, my friend and I knew vaguely what to expect. However, the service we got when we arrived was lovely and I think this holiday has to be about the best I've ever been on.
Whilst we were checking into the hotel our bags were taken from the transfer bus and brought to our room shortly after we arrived. We had booked a sea view and hopefully the photo of the sunrise we saw will say loads about the place and more than made up for the night flight and 3 hour transfer from the airport whilst we dropped various people off at at least 8 hotels, the Aziza being the last but one in North Hammamet.
The room was clean, the sheets too. We had a lovely man who looked after our room.
The dining room is a bit disorganised. They seem to have enough sunbeds for everyone, but not enough teapots or cups and saucers. Our first morning also coincided with the end of high season so we were able to have breakfast in the lovely airy dining room which looked out over the beach. Next day we were in the dining room inside the hotel.
It took a little while to get used to not having to do anything too much for ourselves and that's what's made it a lovely restful holiday and set us up for the dark winter evenings. Can't wait to get there again and will be brushing up the French so I can converse with the staff a bit better as they speak English, but most of the clientele were German or Eastern Europe. At the time of writing 1 Tunisian Dinar is equal to about £2.3 sterling and is one of those currencies that cannot be taken out of the country. The travel reps will tell you that you can only exchange notes at the airport on your departure, but the man we saw asked if we had any coins and took them as commission and we just got sterling back on our notes.
The brochures say the transfer time is 1 hour 30 mins, that's not taking into account that we had 8 picks on the way home and were on the bus for nearly 3 hours!! The hotel Aziza is the last but one hotel on the North of Hammamet.
Although there is only one plug in the room we had no problems, although I am thinking of taking a two way adaptor with me next time.
Now where's the Direct Holidays website, have they any offers on Tunisia ...
My boyfriend and I (19yrs & 22yrs) arrived in the early hours to be greeted by very friendly reception staff - bags whisked away to our rooms for us. Very clean, good sized room with tv, fridge, hairdryer etc and definatly worth paying for a sea view. Food was quite similar night to night but very nice all the same - waiting staff all very friendly. Would recommend trip to local market (get a taxi, it is an experience!!) loads of bargains to be had. The locals are lovely so friendly and can't do enough for you. The beach (which is on the doorstep) and pool were gorgeous, always kept clean and very peaceful as no children allowed at the hotel. Mixed age ranges at this hotel, offers something for everyone - can do as much or as little as you like, and everything is good value for money. I have been to Tunisia before - love it! and would definatly return!
Good hotel, clean rooms, helpful staff, good atmosphere.
Vegetarian food choice wasn't very good, but there was always something even if it was chips.
The Beach was fantastic, lovely sand and great for snorkling.
Hotel is a bit out of town, takes about 30 - 40 mins to walk in, but it's nice a quite for a relaxing holiday.
Well run and recommended
*** Hotel ***
Room was spacious and clean. We did find one cockroach on first night but after remembering to plug the bath and sink after each use we were not bothered again. Room had one plug socket excluding the one for the TV. The bed consisted of two separate beds pushed together. The toilet was separate from the bathroom but the shower was fine and powerful. Room had four large mirrors and a dressing table.
My girlfriend used the cleaning service offered asking for a skirt and top to be ironed only. It came backed washed and ironed but the top was folded and not on a hanger. Washing this top ruined the material and folding it rendered the ironing pointless.
We came back to the hotel one night to see an entourage of flashy cars and a red carpet out. I asked the porter what the fuss was about and he said Louis Vitton was visiting. I never saw him but then I wouldn't have known if I did, as I don't know what he looks like.
*** Hotel Food and Entertainment ***
I found the food very good but my vegetarian girlfriend would have preferred more hot food choice other than soup, pancakes and chips. There was plenty of vegetarian cold meals such as different salads but be wary as the spring rolls as they were not vegetarian and nothing is labelled.
*** Overall ***
I would give the hotel an excellent rating but my girlfriend said the lack of choice of vegetarian food and having a top ruined said she would give it a good to very good rating.
Adored the Aziza
We have just come back from our stay at the Hotel Aziza in Tunisia. It was the most decadent experience ever! We did nothing for ourselves for two weeks. Our every wish was catered for and moving from the environs of the hotel even for excursions was an effort. If a lazy vacation with loads of sun and pampering is your idea of heaven I highly recommend the Hotel Aziza for you. The place was immaculate, the staff very helpful and the air-conditioning vital.