We travelled to Hammamet Tunisia on the 17th December 2011 as a Christmas break for all the family the weather was ok not hot but nice some windy days and a little rain but found a few bright days to get on the beach and have a swim/play in the sea.
The room was spacious with seperate bathroom and toilet. A shared room for my 2 boys and a seperate room for my wife and I. Both rooms had a flat screen wall mounted tv comfy beds and loads of storage space.
-Service The service in this hotel was fantastic and the main reason i think this was such an enjoyable break. The hotel has a number of bars and restaurants on the premises all had excellant food choice and service. All drinks are served with a 3/4 seperate dishes containing bar snacks, Olives (green, black) cheese, nuts (pistachio and almond) savoury sticks.
-Bars within the hotel.
--Pub 19 is like a local pub in england and Adel was very friendly honest helpful man that befriended everyone and always made us feel welcome. Played pool with my 4 year old and even got him speaking some french.
--Infinity pool bar This has an amazing tranquil atmosphere very large open fire and a lovely ambience. Another Adel we called lil Adel was so generally friendly and kind he assissted myself and my wife on so many occasions helping with 2 young children up and down staires entertaining them and generally helping in any way he could. Even chasing my sons shorts down the beach and retrieving them from the bush, lol
--Djin bar This was also a nice relaxing place that played a jazz type of music (live) service was exceptional and a more sophisticated relaxed atmosphere.
--Buffet breakfast restaurant
The breakfast was of a good standered with plenty of choices although no english breakfast option. There was Fresh fruit every day endless supply of orange, apples, banana, croissants, cereals, meats, ham, beef, salami, coffee, tea, yogourts, french bread, etc........
This is a very nice reataurant situated on the beach front,you can sit down eating your lunch watching the waves coming in,very relaxing..Again very friendly waiter staff who supplied us with nice appetisers before our meal and always making sure we had plenty to drink etc..Food was very tasty and cooked to an excellent standard.We had young children with us and the infant menu was very good. Our youngest did not want to eat when we where here (18months) The waiter simpley said no problem whisked his food away and put in a container and maybe he will eat later. Of which he did every last bit.
The beef and chicken satay skewers where out of this world and we regulary ordered these from the restaurant to our room.
--The posh restaurant....... I cant remember the name here but think it was Chiraz!
Again the food was exceptional here and was cooked on a mobile platform in front of the customer. However the service was not as good as the rest of the restaurants within the hotel and found myself asking for different things repeatadly.
-Out and about in Hammamet
The first thing here is to mention a man we were lucky to meet called Mohammed his card seems to be passed around the hotel regulary between customers and we found many different customers of his that where very happy including English, German, Ozzies, French, and of course us. He is a registered taxi driver but is more like a tour guide he knows this area exceptionally well and speaks many different languages inc Arabic,French, German, English and probably many others. We lost 1 of our bags while travelling to Tunisia and took his number from another guest at the hotel. He took us to the airport and translated between myself and customs as much as possible and without him i dont think we would of got our bag back. When i returned with my bag from customs he was waiting at the door as close as could be. When we got to the car my wife explained how great he had been with the kids and checking on her while i was stuck in customs for over an hour. I would highly recommend him as he also saved us a fortune taking us to local places and assissting us with buying souviners, cigerettes, and very cheap restaurents where we payed local prices. (30 dinar for a 3 course meal inc drinks about 12 GBP)
In general the tunisian people are friendly, but can be very pushy when you go to the medinas (Town or Old Town) they are poor people that are trying there best to make an honest living but once your firm they will leave you alone.
Haggle everything its worth while. Some advice i was given was to divide the price given by 4 and pay no more than the price divided by 3. So if the price given is 100 din start haggling at 25 din and pay no more than 33 din. it worked for us and we got some really good deals. On regular occasions people came and kissed my children at first i hated this and felt the need to protect them but after a while it sort of became the norm. It was explained that this is a Tunisian custom and a way of wishing good luck.
Local taxis are yellow and we found them very trustworthy but always agreed a return fare and total price before we left. We would then pay when we arrived back at the hotel.
--Luuge (long distance taxi) Theses can go anywhere unlike yellow taxis.
There was only 1 we used and he was the best we could of asked for. Mohammed his contact details are email@example.com or his Tunisian mobile is 22670478 he is also contactable through facebook.
-Pirate boat trip
Definitely do the pirate boat trip but go direct to the Yasmine port as others sell the same trip along the beach for a very inflated price, we got caught out here and payed 3x the actual price. Ouch! Best bet is to ring Mohammed he will take you and get you on the pirate ship as cheap and comfortable as poss. This was a surprise trip to us as it was my 4 year old who wanted to do it. But was a excellent excursion with acrobats singing dancing food.......
Do not visit Mahmouds with your family this is a local bar where my wife went to get a pizza and was constantly asked how much!!! it turns out that this bar is used as a brothel for local people and there is often fighting.
We found no sign of any upset or political unrest while here or any sign of the Revolution.
Hope this was helpful to any travellers going to Sindbad or Hammamet.
Happy holidays x
They all seemed lovely to us and all had different benefits.
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