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The Sindbad
Ranked #29 of 118 Hotels in Hammamet
Certificate of Excellence
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“A lovely hotel with great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2009

We spent the first week of June at the Sinbad and would definitely return.

ROOM
On arrival we were greeted with a cold drink whilst we waited for the porter to take us and our luggage to our room. The room itself was beautiful with an absolutely massive and very comfortable bed, a day bed and two armchairs & table. The decor was very relaxing and tasteful and there was a flat screen tv on the wall. We also had French Doors which led to our own patio area. There is a mini bar stocked with beer and soft drinks.

BATHROOM
The bathroom was well equipped with nice toiletries, hairdryer, decent towels and bathrobes. There was a bath with a shower and also a separate walk in shower. The wc was in a separate room.

BARS
The view from the infinity pool is amazing and the Pool Bar itself is really lovely. The furniture is white, the walls are white and the place is lit with blue lighting and a slightly uv light so everything in there looks brilliant white and amazing. Its a real chill-out zone. Absolutely stunning.

There is another bar at the hotel which is designed like an old English pub and has a pool table and flat screen tvs.

RESTAURANTS
The main restaurant is a nice setting, particularly if you are sitting outside by the pool. We didn't think the food was that great. Our meals consisted of a huge plate of lamb chops and not much else. The lamb was very fatty and gristly so it was more quantity rather than quality. And its quite expensive.

The Thai Restaurant isn't great. Our starters were nice and obviously just that minute cooked. We had prawns which were great and dumplings which were very stodgy. But the main courses were not nice - far, far too spicy with the balance of tastes wrong.

The Beach Restaurant is ok. You can have kebabs, pizza, fish - quite a large menu. Obviously it gets very busy at lunch time but despite this the service is not bad. And you can also be served on the beach with food and drinks.

THE BEACH
Really nice. Clean with beautiful clear water. There were plenty of umbrellas for shade and the attendants bring you your loungers and towels promptly.

SWIMMING POOLS
2 outdoor and one indoor where there is also a jacuzzi.

SPA
They do try to hard sell the spa a bit but it is worth it and very enjoyable. We both had a package of 5 treatments which consisted of water massage then aloe vera wrap on the first day, followed by a steam room, scrub and hot stone therapy the next. Each set of treatments lasted about an hour and the cost for this package was about 200 dinar.

ON SITE SHOPS
There is a gift shop which stocks some lovely items but is obviously a bit pricey.
Also there is a small shop which sells sunblock, swimming suits, etc and newspapers/magazines (but not English language ones). If you need provisions such as water, sunblock etc there is a shop a two minute walk from the hotel which is better stocked than the one on site.
There is also a hairdresser and travel agent.

TRIPS
We booked our Sahara Trip at reception. We wanted to do the 4 wheel drive trip with a maximum of 6 people but it was unavailable. The only other one they offered was a 2 day trip in a coach which only leaves on Mondays. This was very, very uncomfortable. It was cramped, un-airconditioned and absolutely packed. There were no spare seats at all and there was not enough legroom (and I am 5' 4"!) The up side is that we saw a lot of Tunisia. The Tunisian travel agent who arranges this trip is affiliated with Thomson Holidays and it did feel like they were cramming in as much as possible to make us feel we were getting better value for money. In actual fact the trip was just too long, too cramped, too many people and the hotel you stay in at the end of day one is nowhere near as nice as the Sinbad and the food is not very good. I think the trip was about £80 each and you have to pay reception with cash. Day one you are picked up at 6am, day 2 they give you your wake up call at 4am so you can see the sun rise. There is a pool at this hotel which you just about have time to use if you go the minute you arrive!

If I went again I'd book the trip through one of the many travel agents in Hammamet and insist on a 4wd and a one day trip, not 2. I think they leave at 5pm and return the following evening.

Also on offer are golfing, horse riding and boat trips.

LOCATION
On its own private beach in a quiet area halfway between Hammamet and Yasmine Hammamet. If you are looking for nightlife right on the doorstep its not here.

The Sinbad is a 20 minute walk from Hammamet Medina. This is about 5 minutes in a taxi. Make sure the taxi driver uses his meter otherwise you will be charged double.

Its about 10 minutes in a taxi from Yasmine Hammamet which is full of bars, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

MEDINA
There is a fixed price shop in the Medina. Everything in there costs half of the other shops. In fact some shopkeepers buy stuff in there then sell it at inflated prices in their own shops. I could tell you the address but you'd never find it!

OVERALL SERVICE AT THE SINBAD
Faultless. Very friendly staff (although one barman at the Pool Bar was a bit too friendly and ended up verging on sleazy) and efficient. We ordered room service which was quick and when we needed the safe re-set the maintenance man arrived within 5 minutes.

This is possibly the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed at. There is free internet access in the foyer.

Tunisian Chardonnay is extremely nice!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2009

booked the hotel as the reviews and photos looked amazing. the prices for the hotel are reasonable as well when you get there and see how amazing it really is. the photos really do not do any justice for it! the whole stay from the moment you get there realy is paradise. the staff do not let you lift a finger. the maids put flowers on your beds everyday and the rooms are really more to a suite room than a normal room, however we did get a room with the gardens near us and we did find a few cockroaches in it at night but we went to reception and within minutes there was somebody there sorting it out. the infinity pool itself is worth the money spent on the holiday. there are no words to describe the views from it onto the beach and sea. when your in it and swimming towards the sea you really do feel like your swimming into heaven. the bar near the infinty pool is more expensive than the other bars but it really is worth it just for the way it makes you feel .the bar staff remember what drinks you drink and all staff go out their way to make sure your stay really is perfect. tiping them is abit awkward because you really dont know how much to tip them but they are gratful with any tip you give them and they dont expect any at all. when you go onto the beach you have to stand under the umbrella that you would like and the staff there bring you beds and towels and all are free. we went half board and the food at night was a set menu which wasnt catered well for the english as not many english people go, its more french and german. when we were there we were the only english people there which is great if you just want a relaxing break from everyone. not one view on here can really descirbe what it is like, you do have to go and experience the whole thing for yourselfs and you will then understand why everybody comes back with such high reviews. you will never want to go to another holiday or hotel again. i must say though most people that go are40+ but that doesnt matter. we are in our early 20s and it just as good an experience as it would be for anybody. if your looking for a quiet getaway or a romantic holiday this really is the hotel for you. i would advise anybody wondering whether or not to go you really must go and you will come back knowing why everybody really has fallen in love with the place!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2009

My self am tunisian but i never thought that this hotel is gonna be like this and the fsct i use to work near it.
The service was outstanding everyone was helpful and professionel the staff went beyond the expectation,i was very proud of that and the good progress in tourism in my country.
I will go back there for sure.well done to all the staff at sindibad hotel.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2009

Stayed here after reading Trip Advisor reviews. Had been told star ratings were lower than in the UK so had medium expectations. We flew from Bristol so expected the bulk of our costs would have gone on that rather than hotel.

It was my 30th and I'd cheekily asked for a nice room. God knows we got one! It was virtually like a suite! Gorgeous outside section too for drinking in the afternoon (mini bar reasonably priced!).

The Pool Bar was our main hang out. Gorgeous infinity pool. You could then wander 10 steps down to the beach and lie down some more on a lounger and order food to your bit of sand :)

We did the desert safari. Easy to arrange. Went to reception and they booked us on it. At the time the 2-day safari was offered on Monday and Thursdays. We arrived Sunday and decided to do the 2 days stint early so we could relax afterwards.

Very long trip but well worth it.

Food wise - good. You can eat from any of the hotel restaurant menus in the Pool Bar and enjoy the atmosphere. We chose to do this a few times. The "British Pub" on site was more Irish though you can forgive them. They offered me a disco for my bithday...

Lovely spa in the hotel - used it twice!! Did one of the packages on my birthday and then a facial and pedicure on our last day. Good value for money at the spa and a real treat (though watch out for those rose petals.... I'm still finding them in places I shouldn't!!).Free wifi everywhere too....

Recommend for a an escape with a bit of adventure thrown in. We went for a week.

We were advised to go to Yasmine Hammamet rather than Hammamet itself for a wander. Yasmine has a fresher newer feel. Taxi's only 5 dinars one way (£2.50).

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2009

Always a pleasure to write a review about a very good hotel... This hotel really does deserve its rating as a 5* hotel. Yes, there were some fussy points which I will highlight below but these should not distract from what is a good quality hotel.

Room - Recently refurished. Very high standard. Marble floor bathroom, seperate shower + bath. Furnished to a very high standard. Very spacious. Beds comfy and flat screen TV on wall.

Restaurants - I went HB and was ok with the food. Al La Carte 5 nights with plenty options and food was ok/good and no worse/better than if you were to eat out. Breakfast plenty of options, fresh juice, fresh smoothies, omlettes, pancakes and all other usual trimmings. Buffet 2x per week and Tunisian. Plenty to choose from. Beach restaurant very nice and 2 other Al la Carte restaurants on site. Staff in main restaurant, excellent. Always helpful and pleasent (makes a big difference).

Bars - Ok, very quiet (nice). Very good service at bar next to restaurant. Beach service/Bar is my main moan. Very slow, but more to the young waiters who were (well Lazy to be honest and rude towards British). They do favour the big tipping Germans/French. Spirits very expensive £5+ but that is Tunisia for you. Beer approx £2.20 a bottle.

Hotel very German/French focused. Brits and others are less than 15%. General client is 40 - 55 couples. Very few children but will cater for them happily. Very quiet/relaxing atmosphere.

Beach, excellent. Plenty of comfortable loungers and plenty of beach service if you tip well. Sea lovely and warm and clean of seaweed (well maintained) 3 pools. 1 indoor heated, 1 outdoor nr restaurant (ok) and 1 new infinity pool by beach (new) with all mod cons. Very good....

Sunday is Tunisian family day and even though plenty of security etc a lot of wealthy local families swamp the hotel facilities and take ovr for the day a little annoying but the waiters still look after you but with a little delay. Internet offered for free in reception. Spa facilities with the "hard sell stalker lady" a fun game of dodge during your stay! Couple shops on site, mini bar available.

This is definately an excellent hotel and well worth £55 for HB. Rack rate is £110.

They are very good with children. Went with infant and they were firs class....

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

We have travelled to Tunisia numerous times and stayed in many hotels including the huge multi-storey 5* hotels in Yasmine Hammamet...Never Judge a book by its cover...Yasmine Hammamet is a hugely commericialised town with her endless beautiful hotels and terrible service.
However, by far the Sindbad has been our most enjoyable getaway. The hotel is comfortable set amongst its own beautiful gardens and private beach. It is not a huge hotel and that is what attracted us to stay here as we were sure the service was likely to be outstanding and also the cuisine would be made with a personal touch. It proved us correct and we could not fault this hotel. It is within easy distance to the main town centre and local shops and restaurants. The staff were extremely professional and helpful, also highly efficient with their service. Rooms were lovely and spacious, ideal if you have young children. The rooms were accessorized to a 5* standard and cleaned everyday. We had a terrace with our own garden table and chairs. In the evenings dinner was an a la carte menu and there was a large variety of dishes to suit all tastes. Twice in the week was a buffet dinner too. Altogether there are 3 restaurants, one of which is a thai one. One pub and bar which also serve lighter meals. What more choice could one want?
Overall this hotel which is tucked away amongst its own gardens and away from the hustle and bustle is very charming and definitely a hotel we will return to. A perfect choice for whatever holiday your looking for, be it beach and sun, cultural, family, etc.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2009

I'm surprised that this hotel doesn't come higher in the Hammamet hotels ranking. The rooms are amazing, huge and as another reviewer said (I checked here before booking), they are suites rather than rooms. Check all booking options/agents before booking. I was quoted from £30 per night upto £100 per night. If you book on the cheaper scale you'll get a garden room, which are nice, the higher prices are on the first floor (there is only the ground and first floor, no high-rises in Hammamet), and brighter with sea view. You still get a terrace with chairs and the saving was worth it I think. It was still a lovely room to be in and the very private terrace nice.

The hotel is on the beach, good attendents on beach, free loungers and towels and very safe - Hammamet felt a safe place overall. A Tunisian man told me the police are extremely tough on any crime targeting tourists: tourism is very important to the local economy. The room had a safe and you set your own pin number. Lots of free soaps, conditioners, nail files etc in room! Cleaned daily and room had shower and bath.

It's a short walk - along beach or pretty road at night - into Hammamet. A small town but it is a 50 minute (return costs £3!) journey to Tunis and the Medina and main mosques are very near train station, so convenient. It took a further 30 minutes to get to Carthage, though I could have got a taxi, which are reliable and on a meter. I enjoyed using the metro though and very easy. Going back to the airport on my last day it cost 10 dinar (£5) to get a tax from Tunis station to the airport. (There's a security protected luggage locker at train station in Tunis costing approx £1.25 and so leaving a few hours on way back to airport is worth doing if you're not booking transfers. Tunis is very beautiful).

I would definitely go back to this hotel. The gardens are extensive and lovely and the breakfast, included in the price, is a buffet with a huge amount on offer. The staff friendly and little things like free internet and computer for guests in reception and beach lounger and towels, made a real difference. This hotel is about 1km from Hammamet town, the Yasmine resort is about 4km further. If you like feeling a bit less 'packaged' then this is probably better. I would recommend this hotel whole-heartedly.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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Property: The Sindbad
Address: Avenue des Nations Unies, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Region: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Hammamet
#20 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
#22 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#26 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#27 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sindbad 5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a magnificent lush garden surrounded by palm trees and exotic plants you will find The Sindbad a charming hotel. Guest accommodation is in Moorish-styled bungalows with all comfort and amenities necessary to ensure a relaxing holiday. The 145 rooms and 9 suites have been entirely refurbished and are decorated in a contemporary style with an oriental touch. Be seduced by our exceptional service and our refined cuisine, offering flavours from around the world at anyone of our four restaurants. For your well being and relaxation, the hotel offers a choice of three swimming pools, one fitness room, a spa centre, yoga courses and in close proximity a horse riding centre. The Sindbad is a part owner of one of Tunisia's most beautiful golf courses, Citrus golf. Guests at our hotel benefit from a free shuttle bus and reduced green fee rates. Enjoy the charm, tranquility and pleasure of The Sindbad with us. ... more   less 
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