I have just returned from a 2 week stay at Hotel Laico Hammamet and couldn’t be happier.
The staff were exceptional – friendly and helpful. The concierge and reception did an excellent job arranging excursions for my girlfriend and I, more difficult as it was fairly quiet. For a 2 day Sahara trip, they phoned 9 different tour companies until they found us a spot :) They also arranged for a private driver and guide for 2 different days to visit Tunis, Carthage and Dougga – all at a very reasonable rate.
The bar staff were first rate, very friendly, very attentive and always ready with a smile and a joke. Whilst not every drink is included in the all-inclusive, there is a good selection including wines by the bottle, 2 cocktails, soft drinks and beer (drink menu picture attached)
The pool bar was equally friendly and good – it served afternoon snacks between 4 and 5.
The pool is very nice too and there was always room for sun loungers where you wanted them – they have an indoor pool too if the water is a little too cold for you :)
The private beach was nice, but a little windy at the end of May, with cool water. A bit more hassle here as there are many vendors trying to sell sweets, drink, nic nacs and camel / horse rides – but a polite ‘non merci’ usually takes care of it.
Of course, there are many vendors in town too, with a favoured tactic telling you that they are the cook from your hotel and you said hello this morning – their brother / mother / pet has a new shop and it would be an honour if you came … LOL
The restaurant is buffet style but plenty of choice and always 3 or 4 fresh cooked dishes to choose from. The cakes were especially good.
The location is great too – very central, on the main esplanade with many bars and restaurants, and a lovely marina nearby. Also just a couple of minutes walk is the Medina (not many shops) but it also house a few small theme parks, such as Carthage land. A ticket for all the parks for the day is good value at 45 dinar, and of course less for fewer parks.
The excursion options are great and I recommend the Sahara trip, a lot of road time, but worth it. Tunis, Carthage and Dougga are very good too – as is the theme park with the laser show outside of town.
The in-house spa was reportedly very good (my girlfriend indulged, I sat at the bar! )
With reasonable prices – a ‘Cleopatra’ package of 3 treatments for around 2 hours was priced at 150 dinar, but these could be split into individual treatments. There is a hairdresser by appointment too and a full hair mask treatment was 45 dinar.
All in all, we both very much enjoyed the holiday and the hotel was a large part of that enjoyment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sail in a ship in grand style on the blue Mediterranean... Situated on the sea front in the bustling resort of Yasmine Hammamet and close to the marina, the LAICO HAMMAMET will surprise you with its spaciousness and light and the uncluttered simplicity of its architecture. Tennis or Golf, cocktails next to the pool or a snack in the beach bar, thalassotherapy or shopping, a visit to famous Hammamet or the Carthage Land theme park... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Laico Hotel Hammamet
- Hammamet Laico Hotel