My partner and I traveled here in the last week of may 2012, having read the many reviews on trip TripAdvisor we were very dubious as to what to expect because of the mixture of both good and bad reviews. Having had difficulties at the airport with the transfer company, my partner and i became increasingly worried. The transfer time from Tunis airport is appoximatley one hour so please be prepared for this journey with water etc.
We eventually arrived at the hotel at about 11 pm with two other parties and were each greeted with a non-alcoholic cocktail each, which we were very impressed by. The receptionist Ramsy then informed us that we all had been upgraded to the executive suites with a pool side view. Having just paid for a standard room overlooking the Medina, we were pleasantly surprised. The room included two bathrooms, a kitchen( with a fridge,stove and microwave) a balcony overlooking the pool (although much of the pool area was covered by bushes) two bedrooms and a lounge area. Each room in the suite was kept in great condition, the maid continuously left us towel's on the bed with pretty designs which was nice to come back to. We left the maid two dinars on the first day and we found the suite was cleaned to very high standards on a daily basis. Although we were happy with our room, we did meet a family who complained about the room they were initially given and as a result received a nicer room. So if you are not happy it would be wise to tell the people on reception.
We booked the holiday as All inclusive, with this you get drinks both alcoholic and soft, bottled water, breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks during a specific time of the day( we did not get to try this). There is a lot of choice and options for each of the meal times both English and traditional Tunisian dishes and if all else fails the hotel serves both pizza and chips for lunch and dinner, so you will never go hungry . Towards the end of the holiday we did find the meals (especially lunch and breakfast) somewhat repetitive but that is to be expected with All inclusive.
The hotel itself is huge, there is a Medina (market) within the hotel which we found to be quite an enjoyable experiencing. Haggling the sellers down and exchange a bit of banter with them we found to be quite humorous. Within the hotel, there is an indoor swimming pool, and two out door swimming pools, a casino, museum , cinema , shisha cafes, and many restaurants. Whilst first walking around the Medina you may find yourself getting lost but after a few days it all becomes pretty familiar. Sellers in the Medina can be persistent but by simply saying no thank you they will leave you alone. It is a part of their tradition and walking through the Medina at least once can be an enjoyable experience.
The animation (entertainment) team are amazing in this hotel, although the Tunisian sense of humor differs quite substantially from the English, the animation team try their up-most best to get everyone involved in the activities. They have many shows and activities going on, on a daily basis. We took part in archery, water polo and volleyball on the beach and we both found it very enjoyable.
Maids, receptionists, waiters and cooks were all very friendly in this hotel and made us feel very welcome. In regards to tipping we found if we tipped the bar staff 2 dinars (approx 80p) they would bring drinks over to us whilst at the pool. When tipping 2 dinars is an appropriate amount.
The beach is roughly a two minute walk from the hotel, where they offer activities such as volleyball, camel riding, jet skiing, para sailing and horse riding. All activities apart from the volleyball are organised outside the hotel. The water sports have fixed prices the camels and horses do not however so be prepared to haggle the owners down to get the best possible price, all activities are reasonably priced however. The beach is very beautiful, however there are some areas which are not raked and we often found our-self stepping on spikes and other sharp objects, so be cautious when walking bare footed. You do also get young kids and adults trying to sell fruit, souvenirs etc, on the beach. A firm no thank you will deter them usually. When you venture out of the hotel, you may find others claiming to be your waiter or cook from the hotel, trying to persuade you to come into their family shop. They do not work in the hotel and are usually able to tell you where you are staying by the colour of your hotel band, pleased do not be fooled. Again a firm no thank you will communicate the right message.
When booking activities, do speak to cab drivers and get quotes as to how much it will cost you roughly to take you to your place of interest. As we saved a lot of money booking our own cabs, as opposed to booking a service through the hotel. Cabs are very safe and cheap in Tunisia but do try to agree a price before getting in to avoid being ripped off. The area of jasmine Hammamet itself is very quiet and night life is virtually dead, this could be because of the time we traveled but non the less it is a beautiful country. If your looking for a holiday where much of the time is spent in the hotel and on the beach this would be perfect for you. Perhaps during peak times the resort is a lot more busy and lively.
The hotel we would recommend to everyone, there is really not a lot we could really fault with the hotel. The hotel made our experience of Tunisia far more pleasant and enjoyable than we could have ever expected. Should we ever visit Tunisia again there is no doubt in our minds that we will return back to Diar Lemidina, thanks for an amazing stay.
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