We spent the first week of June at the Sinbad and would definitely return.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really nice. Clean with beautiful clear water. There were plenty of umbrellas for shade and the attendants bring you your loungers and towels promptly.
2 outdoor and one indoor where there is also a jacuzzi.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sindbad
- Sindbad Hotel Hammamet
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