Written on: 11/09/2010
Airport: - Arrival at airport took over two hours, there was a delay in checking the visas this was due to the fact many people did not realise they had to complete the visa form before they got to the passport desk.
Hotel: - Arrival at Les Orangers lady receptionist was not very welcoming and hardly said a word. There was no welcome drink offered and the porter put our all inclusive bracelets on. The hotel is old and tired but clean.
Room: - We were taken to our room which was not ready and still being cleaned. The room was basic but clean each room has a portal tv with a poor signal, BBC world and CNN are the only English channels. Beds were two singles but comfortable and clean. Air conditioning noisy but kept the room cool. The room had no tea or coffee making facilities or mini bar, a hairdryer could be hired from the reception. The room was provided with bathrobes, slippers and basic toiletries. Bathroom was clean and had bath with shower overhead and some of the lights bulbs were blown.
Food: - The food was very good overall. Breakfast was continental and the same every day with cakes breads, cheeses and hams ect. The chefs on the omelette bar made a nice fresh omelette. Lunch was a choice of pastas, meats and the chefs cooking a different dish each day. The cakes are wonderful and well worth trying. Dinner was similar to lunch with the same sort of choices from meats to pastas and chefs cooking fresh dishes. The restaurant at the beach is well worth a try but flies do sit on the food so be careful.
Waiters: - some waiters gave excellent service whilst others only seemed to bother with customers that gave them tips.
Beach or Pool:- The beach is better than the pool plus it is private.
Entertainment: - The entertainment staff worked hard and long hours. During the day there are various activities from beach volleyball to water aerobics. The evening entertainment was a mixture shows and audience participation similar to Butlins in the 1970's. The nightclub was closed during our stay. The entertainment was delivered in German, English and French.
Children: - There is a children pool and playground. The mini club hold a mini disco in the evening again this is done in German, English and French.
Shopping: - Yasmine Hammamet is easier for shopping than Hammamet with less hassle. When bartering always offer less than a quarter of the price. We brought statue at 26 dinar the shop keeper wanted 186 dinar so bartering paid off. Shop keepers do not like no for an answer so walk away to get the price you want when bartering. Tricks the shop keepers use to get you into their shops, "How much does this cost in UK? Have you seen a rug or carpet being made? We do not hassle you when you look (they do).
Be aware: - Help and advice is hardly ever free in Tunisia. When using a cab be aware of them taking you to family ran shops. When out shopping the locals often say I work at your hotel in the kitchen. When locals offer to give directions or show you the way they always want a good tip. Locals selling nuts will give you a bag as a gift then ask a lot of money for them. Locals walk around with a flowered hat and offer to take a picture of you with them for free again they want money.
Overall the holiday was good and we are glad we went.