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... looked out to sea. Lastly we visited the grounds of the national museum which is housed in what was once a French cathedral and has magnificent views over Tunis and to the sea and has the remains of Punic houses destroyed by the Romans. And all this in one day!! We were very glad to get back to the ship and sip a cold beer as we listened to the sunset call to prayer. To the conservatory for tandoori night meal as we sailed past the lights of the gulf of ...
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... And then, we danced to celebrate their marriage. We danced to whistling flutes, screeching violins, and thumping darbukas.
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Best "not so expensive" Hotel in Hammamet, recommed it!!!
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Cet excellent hôtel mérite vraiment ses 4 étoiles. Le service est exceptionnel et les chambres sont très propres. On mange très bien. Il y a des activités pour les enfants même en basse saison. Excellent pour le prix.
Excellent 4 star hotel that really desserve them
the service was so great and the rooms are very clean. Food was very good. There were activities for kids even if it was the low season
Nachdem ich so viele schlechte Kritiken über das Essen in Tunesien gelesen hatten, waren wir von dem Essen in diesem Hotel angenehm überrascht. Es war wirklich für jeden etwas dabei. Dieses Hotel war viel besser als wir erwartet hatten, da wir vorher auch noch nie in Tunesien waren. Wir hatten ein Zimmer im Erdgeschoss mit zwei Doppelbeten. Das Bad war auch sehr gut ausgestattet, der Fön war exzellent. Und bei meinen Haaren bin ich sehr eigen!! Wenn Sie wieder nach Hause kommen, dann werden Sie die Duschen von dort vermissen. Unser Zimmer war nur ein paar Schritte vom ruhigeren Pool entfernt. Nächstes Jahr soll dort aber ein Bar aufmachen. Die andere Bar war aber schnell zu erreichen. Der recht schöne Strand befindet sich hinter dem Hotel, ca. 5 Minuten entfernt. Das Personal war freundlich und die Auswahl an Getränken war sehr gut. Es konnte immer eine Kleinigkeit essen, auch wenn das Büfett auf war. Die Geschäfte waren zu Fuß ca. 10 Minuten, der recht schicke Yachthafen 35 Minuten entfernt. Es lohnt sich mit einem der Bimmelbähnchen nach Hammamet zu fahren, dort kann man sich wunderbar das normale Leben in der Medina ansehen oder in Geschäfte gehen usw. Wir werden definitiv wieder in diesem Hotel Urlaub machen. Wir kamen am 12. Oktober zurück und das Wetter war bis auf einen bewölkten Tag exzellent. Ich hoffe, dass die Leute, die dort auch Urlaub machen, so viel Spaß haben werden wie wir. Wir sind keine Partyleute, sonder relaxen am liebsten. Die Gäste waren vor allem aus Deutschland und daher war das Essen wohl auch ein wenig besser.
Really a 3* but clean and OK
The hotel was very clean and had 2 pools. There were 2 indoor bars and an outside one which seemed to have very odd opening hours and we only managed to find it open twice. As this is a hotel which caters for b&b, half board and all inclusive there seem to be some odd arrangements/rules. If like us you are used to all inclusive with mini bars and optics and free towels etc, you too may be as surprised as us to find we had to pay a deposit on the towels, and the mini bar in the room was empty and you had to pay to get it filled and restocked, hardly all inclusive. We were also told specifically not to take any drinks back to our room! Needless to say we ignored that. We also had to pay for the mini safe, which again we are not used to. I should also point out my comparisons are against the Riu chain in the Caribbean. This hotel was in no way comparible to them. It definately feels more 3* than official 4*. Keep this in mind and you wont be disappointed. Tips to the staff certainly improve how you get treated. Don't wait until the end of your holiday to tip, do it along the way and you get treated much better, we learded this after 2 days. 2 dinar is all it takes (approx 80p in UK). I can say if you go to the Shark Bar, Mohamed was a very pleasant bar tender, who didn't need tips to be friendly. We did tip him at the end for which he was very appreciative. The variety of food in the standard restaurant is a bit limited, and the "nice" restaurant upstairs only serves fish, so if like me you are not a fish lover, give it a miss! Look out for the man in the hotel jewelry shop, he can be a bit persistant to get you in and buy his items.
The hotel is not on the beach, but it's easily reached via the hotels back gate, (by the big pool) and about 200 yds down the road behind the hotel. It's all on the flat too, so no steps to contend with. We didn't use this, as there were plenty of sun loungers around the pool.
My 8 year old daughter found the kids club a little on the boring side and only went once, they didn't play games, just drew pictures for a couple of hours.
There is a small mini crazy golf course in the front of the hotel, which my daughter loved.
Outside the resort I can recommend a wander down to the local medina, and a horse and carriage ride around the resort was good too. If you can, visit the amphitheatre at El Jem, it's about 90 mins away on a coach, but well worth it. We did this with the trip to Port El Kantoui, which is more cosmopolitan with it's marina, shops and restaurants.
after hearing many bad reviews of food in tunisia we were pleasantly surprised by this hotels food selection . Even the pickiest eater would be catered for. This hotel was much better than we had anticipated having never been to tunisia before. We had a ground floor room, two double beds if my husband and i decided we wanted one each, bathroom facilities really good, hairdryers excellent . and i am fussy over my hair!! you will miss their showers when you come home. Our room was 20 footsteps from the quieter pool, although the bar there was opening next year, the other bar was near enough. The beach was 5mins out the back of the hotel, quite a nice one. Staff were friendly, plenty drinks to choose from. Snacks available even when buffet open. The shops are about 10mins if that to the left out the back way, the quite plush marina is a good 35mins walk. It is worth catching the noddy train to hammamet there is plenty of local life to see in the medina, and surrounding shops, etc. We would definately go back to this hotel. We came back on the 12th october and the weather apart from one overcast day was excellent. Hope those of you that do stay there enjoy it as much as we did. We are not really evening entertainment people just mostly R&R .By the way there are mostly germans, etc, maybe this is why the food was a bit better as they are usually catered for better than us.
Bien, pero no genial
Parece que no hay muchas opiniones sobre este hotel en Internet. Antes era un Holiday Inn y reabrió como hotel Iberostar en mayo del 2005. El hotel está en Yasmine Hammamet, una nueva ciudad conformada exclusivamente de hoteles, a unos 20 minutos al sur de Hammamet. A nosotros nos pareció la mejor situación, porque en la ciudad de Hammamet hay mucho ajetreo y los hoteles que hay entre ambas se veían un poco aislados. Al menos en Yasmine Hammamet hay algunas tiendas, bares y restaurantes a un paso (sobre todo en la nueva Median, que es una versión orientada a los turistas y con servicios sanitarios del mercado magrebí). El Belisaire está a una calle de la playa, no hay que andar mucho, pero eso significa que no tiene vistas al mar (la mayoría de las habitaciones no tienen unas vistas muy bonitas) y hay que elegir entre sentarse en la piscina o en la playa, en lugar de disfrutar de ambas. Aunque la arena de la playa está bien y el Belisaire dispone de sombrillas y hamacas, el mar no es decepcionante. En 2 o 3 días de la semana, había algas, que se combinaban con las olas para no dejarte nadar. En el bar de la playa tiene un buen menú al mediodía. No parece que haya muchos empleados que hablen inglés y me imagino que si no hablas francés ni español, será difícil comunicarse. Sin embargo, hay una gran mezcla de nacionalidades, por lo que sería de esperar que el personal estuviese acostumbrado. En la mayoría de hoteles de esta zona, incluido el Belisaire, sólo hay un restaurante tipo bufé, que no me pareció muy relajante, me parecía estar en un comedor universitario. Aunque la selección y la calidad de la comida eran más que decentes, en vacaciones no apetece mucho hacer cola en un entorno ruidoso y tuvimos algún problema digestivo. Nuestra habitación estaba bastante limpia, aunque no era nada especial y nos robaron unos shorts del patio, donde los habíamos dejado a secar. Os recomiendo llevaros toallas de playa. La piscina está bien, pero no era nada especial. Por lo que vimos en el Iberostar Averroes parecía bastante mejor: está en la playa, la piscina es mucho mejor y está mucho más cerca de las tiendas y los restaurantes de Yasmine Hammamet. Dicho esto, no recomendaríamos demasiado Túnez. No es caro y no está lejos, pero en nuestra opinión no asombra. Creo que el año que viene ahorraremos para ir al Caribe.
Un gran hotel familiar
Paramos por allí en mayo del 2006, con nuestros 3 hijos y los padres de mi mujer. Nos costó mucho encontrar opiniones sobre este hotel, pero las que encontramos eran casi todas positivas. En general, nuestras dos semanas de vacaciones en este hotel fueron muy buenas. Lo que marcó la diferencia para nosotros fue que el hotel estaba impecable, el personal era muy amable, el quipo de animación, muy entusiasta y por la noche no había mucho ruido. A los chavales les encantaban las dos piscinas exteriores y la piscina climatizada de agua salada, a la que sólo se podía acceder entre las 12 y las 2 del mediodía. He mencionado al equipo de animación, porque también eran excelentes con los chicos, sobre todo con nuestro hijo más pequeños, que tiene sólo 6 años y va en silla de ruedas, pero aún así participó activamente en todas las actividades. Nuestros dos hijos de 12 años juraron antes de ir que no pisarían el club infantil, pero cuando lo probaron, no había manera de sacarlos de allí. Este hotel es excelente para personas con discapacidad, con todas las zonas del hotel al mismo nivel y rampas poco empinadas en la parte exterior, que llevaban a la parte baja del jardín. Incluso nos enteramos de que tenían habitaciones especiales para personas discapacitadas, que estaban en el mismo nivel que las zonas principales del hotel. El Yasmine Hammamet es un precioso complejo, muy desarrollado para Túnez. Tiene un largo pantalán, con puerto deportivo y el paseo marítimo está lleno de restaurantes, tiendas y cafés. Había un parque temático grande y con buena pinta, pero no abría hasta junio. Aunque estábamos en régimen de todo incluido y la comida era muy buena, les dejamos a los niños atacarle a la pizza y los refrescos durante las vacaciones. Salía por unos 3 € por una pizza de 25 cm y 1,20 € por una cerveza pequeña. Si buscas ambiente nocturno, olvídate, salvo en la Medina algunas noches, que para una familia es una ventaja. Las únicas pequeñas pegas fueron: 1) En el comedor, montaban una barbacoa con alimentos frescos a las horas punta donde el chef te preparaba la comida en el momento, incluidas patatas fritas calentísimas. 2) el hotel está un poco hacia el extremo sur del complejo, que no es que sea enorme, pero eran 15 minutos a pie hasta la Medina principal y 10 minutos hasta el paseo. Eso sí, nunca irás muy lejos sin ver un taxi.
Hi! I was at Belisaire last week and came back really disappointed.
Although Tunis is very nice and so is the beach (15 good minutes away from the hotel though), I found the service of the Hotel not good at all:
I will give some examples that when you add them altogether make a non pleasant stay...
1. The food was not nice and was all the time the same, and the special dinner (one during your stay) that they offer to "all inclusive" guests was even worse than the daily buffet.
2. The waiters were not too efficient, and did not try to make us feel comfortable, we always had to ask several times to get something to drink . At least, the beer was nice, but the wine (called venus) was probably the worst wine I have ever tried.
3. In order to be able to get a sun lounger at the beach you had to go really early because there were not too many for all the people of the hotel. The person of the hotel working at the beach was never there to help you finding a sun lounger., but of course he was there at ten to six p.m. whistling his whistle, just too let you know that you had to leave the sun loungers and therefore, if you wanted to be longer at the beach, you had to put your towel on the sand...
4. The people at the reception tell you when you arrive not to change to many Euros because they are open 24 hours a day in order to be able to change money.... Well, that was a big joke!!!! The first time we wanted to change money, it was not possible because it was Sunday, and then at least two days we had to go three times from the beach (Did I mention that it takes 15 minutes from the hotel to the beach????) to the hotel because for some unreasonable "reason" they could not change money at the time.
Maybe I am a little bit "picky " with all those things, but we went four people together and none of us was happy with the service of the hotel. I mean, if you pick this hotel to spend your holidays you really have to realize, that this 4 stars hotel would definitely not be a 4 stars hotel for European standards (at least for Spanish standards).
Great Family Hotel
We stopped here in May 2006, with our 3 children and my wife's parents. We found it hard to find any reviews for this hotel, but the ones we did find give a generally positive review.
Overall, our 2 week holiday at this hotel was very good. What made the difference for us was that the hotel was always spotlessly clean, the staff were very friendly, the entertainers were very enthusiastic, and the hotel was not too noisy at night. The kids loved the 2 outdoor pools and the heated indoor salt water pool, which was only available between 12 and 2pm.
I mentioned the entertainers, they were also excellent with the kids, particularly so with our youngest son, who was aged 6 and in a wheelchair. He was actively included in all the entertainment. Our two 12 year olds vowed before they went that they would not go into the kids club, but we couldn't get them out once they started.
For people with a disability this hotel was excellent, with all the main areas of the hotel on one level and gentle ramps outside the hotel to the bottom garden, etc. We even found that they had rooms specially for people in wheelchairs and these were located on the same level as the hotel's main area.
Yasmine Hammamet is a lovely resort and is well developed for Tunisia. It has a large promenade, with a marina, and the seafront is dotted with restaurants shops and cafes. The large Theme Park looked good, but it wasn't due to open till June.
Even tough we were fully inclusive, where the food was very good, we treated the kids to Pizza and drinks when we were out. It worked out about £2 for a 10" pizza and for me about 80p for a small beer.
If you want a lively night life then forget it, as the entrainment is mainly in the hotels in the evening, except for the Medina on some nights. As a family this was great.
Our only small niggles were- 1) In the dining room, they tendered to be a queue at peak times for freshly cooked food, including piping hot chips, where the chef would cook the food specially for you.
2) the location of the hotel was at the southern end of the resort, which isn't massive, but it was a 15 min walk to the main Madina and a 10min walk to the promenade. Mind you, you will never go far without seeing a taxi.
Good but not great
There does not seem to be many reviews on the internet of this hotel - it used to be the Holiday Inn and was re-opened as an Iberostar hotel in May 2005.
The hotel is in Yasmine Hammamet, a new town made up exclusively of hotels, about 20 minutes south of Hammamet. This seemed the better location to us, since Hammamet town is very busy, and other hotels between the two might feel very cut off. At least in Yasmine Hammamet there are a few shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance (mainly at the new Medina, which is a sanitised tourist-oriented version of the North African market).
The Belisaire is one road back from the beach - not a long walk at all, but it does mean that there are no sea views (most of the rooms do not have a particularly nice view) and that you have to choose between sitting at the pool or at the beach, instead of doing both. Although the sand is ok on the beach and the elisaire has sunshades and loungers available, the sea is a disappointment. On 2 or 3 days of the week we were there the seaweed and waves combined to prevent anyone from swimming. The beach bar does an enjoyable cheap menu for lunch.
There do not seem to be many employees who speak English at all, and I would imagine that if you don't speak any French or Spanish communication may be difficult. However, there is a complete mix of nationalities so I would expect that the staff are used to it.
Most of the hotels in this region, including the Belisaire, seem to have only one buffet restaurant, which I didn't find very relaxing - it felt like eating in a canteen. Although the selection and quality of the food was decent enough, queueing in a noisy environment isn't much of a holiday, and we did experience some tummy troubles.
Our room was clean enough, although nothing special, and we did have a pair of shorts stolen from our patio where we'd left them to dry. You should take beach towels with you. The pool area was ok, but nothing special.
From what we could see the Iberostar Averroes seemed a much better option - it's on the beach, with a much better pool and is much closer the shops and restaurants of Yasmine Hammamet. Havine said which, we wouldn't particularly recommend Tunisia. It's not that expensive and it's not too far away, but in our opinion it lacks the "Wow" factor. I think we'll be saving up for the Carribean next year...