10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
WHAT A FRIENDLY PLACE...
"The hotel was brilliant. Facilities for the kids were very good and the staff were excellent. Whilst there was plenty of fresh food cooked in front of you, we did struggle with the choice of food. The all inclusive drinks were quite poor, including the soft drinks. The hotel had a perfect location and teh beach was beautiful."
- Travel date: 7th August 2009
Good hotel with great facilities
"Just returned from a week at caribbean world, I was quite sceptical about travelling to tunisia but this hotel proved me wrong. There is a couple of down sides to the hotel ie:watered down flat beer and not many english guests. However on the plus side we found the food standard and choice to be very good, loads of dishes to choose from and a good selection of sweets. The hotel has got some fantastic facilities which are set over quite a big complex they include 3 very well kept swimming pools (2 outdoor & 1 indoor), slides on one of the pools which is great for the kids. The hotel also boasts a lovely paved passageway straight on to its own private beach.Other facilities include tennis courts,basketball court,table tennis,bowls,pool tables,kayaking,wind surfing and much more. I would thoroughly recommend this hotel especially if you have kids and are looking to keep them entertained, the animation team that look after them are running activities from early morning to late evening. Overall a great family hotel but would be nice to see more english people there."
- Travel date: 6th July 2009
Perfect Cheap Get Away!
"We arrived at the Caribbean World at around 9pm, after a 1h30 min coach ride from Tunis airport we feared we would not be having tea that night. We were greeted by a gentleman at the small but grand reception who advised us to go and get tea and he will book us in after. First impressions of the hotel were a bit dated, but still nice none the less. We were taken to the far end of the rooms and presented with a lovely sized room, and were told that we had a sea view. The bed was huge, and comfortable, television rather small, other than that for the price we paid was perfect. I woke up aerly excited to see this sea view, and it didnt let me down. It was a fantastic view, you could see all the boats and jet skis. It was wonderful. Right onto the facts; Pools - only used the one with the entertainment. Chairs did get taken up early, but there were always a few sets spare. Music was bearable, and throught the day the animations team did poolside activites and it was a lovely atmosphere. The other pool looked alot quieter, but still very nice. Beach - What can I say - perfect! Sand was so soft (and hot!), sea was crystal clear, and for most of our stay there were no waves at all. It was just beautiful. I will be honest, when the wind changed and seaweed had been washed up I did see a big jellyfish in the water. That was it for me and I fled to the pool for the rest of holiday! Food - This was absolutely fine, we did not get funny tummies at all. Every day there was beef stew and rice. So if there was nothing you wanted that was always there. The choice was good, from lasagne to mussels. There were always chips in the evening for the kids! By the pool food was ok, things like spaghetti and sauces were on offer, and other dishes, but not as much choice. Drinks - no alcohol on the beach bar. Felt the soft drinks tasted a bit funny. Too weak some days etc. Also vodka isnt included. Other than that those that served you were great. There were cocktails in the evening at the main bar and a lovely atmosphere when sitting there outside. Animation team - what can I say? They work so hard and do a really good job. your kids will not get tired. We participated in the Salsa and had a fab time of it. The entertainment in the evening is your standard foreign entertainment. It was fine! We went jet skiing twice with the guy to the left of the beach, fantastic fun and would deffo do that again!!! We are used to 5* Egypt, and although we love going there, this was a cheap getaway and we were not disappointed. The resort was small which I liked, 5 mins to beach. Any questions please feel free to email me!!!"
- Travel date: 24th June 2009
Think very carefully before booking
"Myself, my FiancÃ© and 8yr daughter have just returned from a two week stay. I read all the reviews prior to booking and they seemed very mixed. The holiday was such a good deal we decided to book anyway and hope for the best (assuming that people where just being over fussy in their reviews!). I would consider myself and family to be easy to please and well travelled both in budget and posh holidays! This hotel has some good but mainly bad points. The good being the pools. Very well maintained, safe and fun. Plenty of sun beds to be had if you are early! The lobby area is well kept and spacious. Bar staff and waiters are all helpful and nice so long as you are friendly and polite to them. Cleaners always leave the balcony doors unlocked so security is an issue. We found out the hard way after having Â£100 stolen from a combination locked bag. The staff then have the cheek to constantly pester you for change. I think they did pretty well out of us! Beware of the hotel Spa and excursions sales people. They don't like the word no and will tell you how you are wasting your time relaxing by the pool as if it's their business????!!! The Spa sales women will try and sell you a course of treatments saying one will not be enough! The henna tattoos are expensive and DO NOT last weeks but just a few days so are not worth the money. If going out and about the taxis are the cheapest option. Ask for the price first and expect to pay no more than Â£2.50 to Yasmine , Â£3.50 to Old Town and Â£5.50 to Nabul Market. We found the Medina in Old Hamammet to be the most intimidating experiences ever with many Tunisian men surrounding us and taking hold of my little girl to force us into their shops. Again they don't like the word no and politeness doesn't work. A firm ' we don't want to look in your shop' results in them becoming aggressive. Every shop sells the same imported tat and they are out to rip tourists off. Its like an enjoyable challenge to them. We found the new Yasmine Hamammet a little better with a couple of larger shops with fixed pricing. In these you can browse at your leisure and most are fair priced. We all know what things are worth and what we are willing to pay. The Medina here is still pretty intimidating so my advise is to not make eye contact, keep your kids by your side and don't let on which nationally you are!!!! Being friendly and polite makes them more overbearing ! At the Marina in Yasmine Hamammet are a few lovely restaurants. Over the road is an indoor shopping city which has a couple of nice fixed price shops. We had a good experience here but on returning to shop some more we took a different route through and a shop holder followed us and ripped open my bag shouting that our newly purchased Hubbly Bubbly was broken and rubbish. He was cross and nasty because we hadn't bought it from him so wanted to make it fall out and smash ??!! This happens a lot apparently. Okay so back to the hotel.... Rooms are very small and basic with minimal storage and very poor lighting making it difficult to get ready in the evenings! Only one plug socket too! Beds in our room however were very comfortable. They are made each day, but sheets only changed once. Towels are replaced daily. All inclusive food and drinks:- Latte coffee and hot choc is lovely. AlI drinks are served in little plastic beakers (yuk) and the choice is ... Weak beer, vermouth, coke, fanta, lemonade and a couple of fruity syrup drinks. Red and white wine is terrible. Food is hit and miss. We are not picky eaters so have survived but never enjoyed the dinning experience or foods. Very boring and are generally the same each day. We looked forward to lots of fresh fruit but only Watermelon and apricots available at the end of our stay. You are invited to book the onsite specialist Mexican, Chinese and indian restaurants. It's a joke as each of them serve the same soups, salads and rice but in differently themed rooms!!!! Poorly tummy's for all of us at different times and my fella got a nasty case of food poisoning on the last day making his flight very uncomfortable too! The animation team are great with kids but are pushy with adults to join in. All games and entertainment is in French and Russian so pretty difficult to partake in. The only announcements in English are when they are selling T shirts, CD's and Bingo cards!!! There are very few English tourists staying here. The hotel is mainly French and Italian families and Russian young single mums (behaving badly with the animation staff . Very seedy actually). The hotel has a mini souk (market) set up on its grounds once a week just so you get some extra hassle in case you hadn't ventured to the Medinas!!! This made me very annoyed so we avoided it. My friend cut her toe on the waterslide and was charged Â£2.50 for a plaster!! The onsite shop is very expensive as with most hotels. This review is our honest experience and although pretty negative, we had great weather and met some super people and that to us is the most important thing. We won't be returning to this hotel and would describe it as a 2 star on a good day. If you want 3 or 4 star then book 5 and hope you get lucky as the rating and standard for Tunisia are way off the mark. Do not do any of the excursions or sports unless you have adequate insurance. They will tell you they are insured but they are not and their safety standards are not what ours are. Remember sales people will tell you anything! If you decide to book or have already then expect the worst and then you will not be dissapointed. Keep in mind its very cheep, enjoy the weather, make new friends and relax."
- Travel date: 14th June 2009
fab, holiday best ever in tunisia
"we had a good time kids doing things all day,staff wonderfull, the inside pool a bit small but ok ,outside pool fab but wether a bit cold in april for swimming kids loved the slides,had 2 girls age 15and a 9yr old no problems,thay all want to go back to this hotel ,i got time to myself as the staff took them off my hands all day ,food good and all fresh ,loved it this holiday was fab,"
- Travel date: 24th April 2009
Basic hotel but lovely beach and staff
"We arrived at 11pm on Saturday and were met by friendly staff who had arranged special plates of food and drinks for us. We had a family (quad) room with a double and two singles and our friends a triple room (double and a single). Both were clean and modern looking. The towels did look a bit dire but were changed every day and did the job! We took our own beach towels but you could hire some too. Our toilet was constantly filling but when we reported this to reception it was fixed straight away. The same when a light bulb went - it was replaced within hours. I've been to many a British hotel where this has not happened! The building, furniture and linens etc were all a bit shabby but ok for 3*. The lift wasn't working but no problem for us as on 1st floor. The public rooms and outdoor areas were very clean with staff constantly cleaning floors and tables and removing plates, glasses etc. (blink and your plate vanished). Ladies in the public restrooms checked frequently for loo roll and sometimes put flower petals around the sinks (which had wonky taps). The food was plentiful but pretty basic. Half our party were vegetarians and ended up eating a lot of pasta and bread but the meat eaters were ok. You would certainly not starve. In fact there was barely an hour in the day when some sort of food was not available. We tested the pizza and pancakes by the pool and they were freshly cooked and better then the ones in the restaurant. None of us had any problems with stomach upsets. The facilities were great (although not all quite ready as the hotel had just reopened after the winter break). The pool with flumes was great (but too cold for our 3 year old!). We didn't try the adult outdoor pool but were in the indoor pool a lot and it was very good. The beach was lovely: fine sand, loungers and umbrellas. You could play beach volleyball if you liked. We got 'hassled' a few times by men selling pottery etc. but they went away quickly if you said no thanks. We used a lot of our schooltime French as most of the people there spoke Arabic and French mainly. Saying that most staff could speak some English including maids and waiters. The best bit was the 'Animation Team'. They were the entertainers for both adults and children. They were fantastic with the kids and would look after them all day if you wanted or the children could dip in and out of the activities. Our 3 year old couldn't take a few steps without being tickled or joked with - he loved it. Our older girls (7 and 10) also had fun on various treasure hunts, arabic lessons and darts. Most of the team knew all the children' s names within the first few days and always came up to us to let us know what activities were on and when they started. The Team worked amazingly long hours but were always friendly and helpful. Don't expect any maps or written schedules as the Animation Team will come to you and tell you anything you need to know about entertainment including evening shows. We did get a bit of a hard sell on our first morning trying to sell us spa treatments and trips but nothing too bad (the adults all had massages which were very good). We didn't venture out much but did go to Yasmine Hammamet for a bit of shopping. We went by horse and cart (kids choice but fun) and returned on a road train/land train (10 dinars for 6 of us). Yasmine is very modern and a bit boring but the English holiday rep from MedHotels recommended a fixed price shop called L'Artisan not far from Carthage World which was very cheap and had everything. (By the way, a folder of info about hotel, excursions etc is on a shelf by the internet corner - we didn't find that out for 3 days). Carthage World is a sort of small theme park with rides I think and there is a Bouncy Castle World opposite. We didn't have time to go but the Bouncy Castles looked good. Best bit: Animation team / staff and service Worst bit: Bit too cold to make full use of facilities, would have liked more veggie friendly food We were a bit nervous about coming here after reading previous reviews but overall we enjoyed our stay. The hotel was shabby and could do with a few renovations and new towels but the service was outstanding and the staff really friendly and efficient."
- Travel date: 20th April 2009
budget hotel in need of a refurb
"We stayed here for 10 nights at the end of October, I stayed with my auntie, uncle and 8 year old cousin. The room we were given when we first arrived was a ''family'' room with no balcony just a small window with shutters, the beds had no sheets on them and it had not been cleaned, we went back to the reception and complained and the told us we could not move untill 10am the next morning. We went back the next day and they moved us to a room with a small balcony on the ground floor. It had a small double bed and bunkbeds, and smelt extreamly musty like it had'nt been used for a long time. On the balcony were two old plastic chairs covered in paint and mould. The walls were covered in cracks and the bathroom was full of mould. We whoke up the next morning to find our balcony covered in 50+ woodlice and even a maggot!!! We went back to the reception again and were told that we could not move rooms as we allready had done so, and that the woodlice infestation would be sorted, but this was never the case. I found the food to be very nice for a 3 star plus, but the drinks were terrible! All the fizzy drinks were watered down and served in party cups, and the beer was undrinkable, its called white beer aparently. The animation team were superb, they worked extreamly hard day and night and even though there were only 3 english familys in the whole of the hotel they catered for us brits very well. To be hounest the animation team made this holiday a whole lot better. The beach is very nice and it was clean. The hotel staff are friendly to. I am not fussy at all and people who moan about nothing on tripadvisor annoy me, but everything i have said here is true. If it wasnt for the rooms and drinks i think this hotel would be excellent."
- Travel date: 9th November 2008
Budget hotel with friendly staff.
"Stayed at this hotel from 9th July to 23rd July on an All Inclusive basis. This hotel is rated 3* plus but is no more than 3*. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the maid on the ground floor (Faser) was lovely. This is an All Inclusive hotel but be warned that the only spirits on the All Inclusive are local and Gin has to be paid for at a cost of around Â£2.30 with tonic. The local beer served in the hotel on draft is very weak and the coke is like water on occasions. Your drinks will be served in plastic cups unless you get in with the bar staff ! I would rate the food as being just ok. This hotel has 3 pools. One with water slides, one indoor pool and one for relaxing. We based ourselves around the relaxing pool during our stay and on several occasions we were unable to use the pool until around 11am as it was being cleaned. This became a real pain as the weather was so hot you just wanted to jump into the pool to cool off. There is a mini market that visits the hotel every Tuesday which is there all day though it can be expensive as the stall holders have to pay the hotel for the pitch which is taken into consideration in the price. Though there are many activities for children during the day and a disco in the evening, it was quite boring for the adults after dark as the only thing to occupy you is the nightly show held in the ampitheatre which would be great if they bothered to translate into English. The only words that they translated was the numbers as in the first week there were only 10 English speaking guests in the whole place and only the 6 of us in the second week. You will be bombarded with trip sellers in the hotel such as quad biking, camel riding and boat trips which can be quite annoying as there is no way of getting away from them. I have never been anywhere that has trip sellers in the hotel grounds before. Please be aware that once past the sun loungers on the beach you are no longer protected by security. My Son and his friend were mugged on the beach and there was nothing we could do about it. There is a lovely bar called the Steakhouse just outside the hotel which is run by an English lady called Jane and her Tunisian husband. This place makes a welcome change at night when there is nothing to do in the hotel as they have a DJ on on a Friday night and the food is lovely. If you happen to lose your All Inclusive band, make sure you get it replaced before leaving the hotel at night as my Son lost his and the guards wouldnt let him back in - they wanted money or a cigarette in exchange for letting him in. He diddnt give him anything and he was let through but this kind of thing lets the hotel down. The taxis are great on the whole and it costs around Â£2.00 from the hotel to Yasmine which is beautiful. The rooms are clean but dont have a fridge which would have been great to keep bottled water cold. Make sure you are not placed on the ground floor if you have young children as the noise in the corridor is unbelievable at night and you will be pushed to get any sleep. On a final note, if you are expecting a caribbean feel when visiting this hotel then you will be dissapointed. The only thing caribbean about this place is the mad bright colours - no caribbean music or steel bands to be found here ! On the whole we had a good holiday and a pleasant stay but this isnt a hotel I would rush to book again."
- Travel date: 29th July 2008
Brilliant - a holidays exactly what u make it!
"We'd read some reviews and were pretty nervous before we arrived at our hotel, but we couldn't have been happier with it. We had garden rooms, which there was some confusion over which hotel we were staying in (it has a sister hotel over the road!) but after one night there they moved us over to the beach hotel, which is much nicer the morning after we arrived. Apparently the hotel has new management and everyone was really helpful! The hotel was spotless, cleaners everywhere all day and the maids still had time to make a selection of shapes out of our towels/clean and or dirty clothes in our room! The food was good although fresh doughnuts and pancakes with chocolate sauce twice a day hasn't done wonders for the figure! A great selection of local and international dishes they had a pasta station, pizza station, BBQ, show cooking dish, fresh bread rolls, a few tunisian dishes, always tones of rice, potatoes, meat & veg. Enormous selection of salads & deserts too. Some of the waiters & bar staff were a bit over excited over by our blue eyes but if you keep ur glasses on there not too much letching! We didnt see a single German despite all the reviews there were loads of french - garden hotel was only french, Russians, dutch & Italians, possibly a few sweddish too. Only 3-4 english familiees, and no-one else had clearly heard of queing, apologising or any other form of politeness. But u get rude people everywhere so u just get used to it! Loads for kids to do - not that any of us had any! Archery, board games, ping pong, tennis, basketball, water polo, gymnastics, water aerobics, volley ball, silly games & dancing, salsa, aerobics, massive water slides, kids clubs, shows & so much more - u cud get rid of them all day to the animation team too! Choice of drinks was a little limiting to us as they didnt have any vodka - but our advise is to pick sum up in england in duty free and make ur own cocktails. We got loads more than we paid for it was wicked - don't go ont he excurtions to the market it only costs Â£1.50 to get to the market in town by cab instead of the Â£30 to go on the trip! Also the poor horses on the beach are in awful condition, arabs are naturally slim but these were just plain starved to keep them calm enough to be ridden. There was wire twisted round the horses bit, a rug clip was holding the girth on which dug into the horse, the saddle looked like it had a broken tree and had been patched up with tape, and the girth was a piece of string - all in all very unsafe and cruel. The guy wanted us to ride it up and down beach for Â£15 said we cud go for a gallop without seeing us ride first and we cud do it in skirts and flip fops with no hats! 5 minuts walk from hotel is an international riding school with amazing horses (all stallions though!), they have insurance, hats, boots, jodphurs, chaps the lot. A massive show jumping arena n some competition horse specially imported form france! They gave us an assessment lesson then took us out for two hours on the beach with a combination of walk, trot, canter & gallop work. Un-forgettable and only Â£20 well worth it! I loved this hotel & wud go back in a flash - its amazingly good fun, clean, good food (too good sometimes!) & a very positive & helpful vibe from everyone."
- Travel date: 21st June 2008
not quite like the real caribbean!!!
"we are a family of three, mum 41 ,dad 43 and son of 11,we have just returned from the caribbean world in hammamet . we have been to the actual caribbean 5 times in the last couple of years and were attracted to this property by the write ups we read,telling us that it was like being in the caribbean its self,unfortunatly it wasnt! the holiday was fine but definately not to the standards we have grown used to. the hotel is very geared to the french,german and italian tourist we were one of three famillies that were english for the whole of our stay.this wasnt a problem as we go away to be together as a family not to make friends,but if you want to be part of a group then you need to take friends with you!! the other nationalities were very rude and pushy which we found anoying at first but holidays are what you make them and we joined in pushing and shoving with the best of them!! the hotel its self was ok,the bedrooms very small and the bed(2 queen sizes pushed together and very comfy!!) had a big ledge all the way round it so you bruised your shin daily-it became a game to see how many bruises we could spot(everyone had one!) my son had a fold up bed which was very comfy too,the hanging space wasnt very big and no drawers at all,the air con was really poor so much so that i mentioned it to the reception manager and the maid who assured me it was on,you could feel it if you stood on the bed and raised your hands above your head! the bathroom was adiquate with a bath/shower although the water pressure was really bad and the shower was a drip only some nights.in our bathroom which was on the ground floor was a vent low down on the wall which kept falling off and behind it was the basement which was the laundry, this wasnt a problem as we werent in the room much but a couple of nights the laundrymen had a party(12-2am)they were very talented as they played a varied assortment of instruments esp. drums the only problem being that we were in bed and didnt want to listen to it!!! i had to ask reception to shut them up which they did,there was also a beach party on at the hotel next door that went on until 7am the next morning but this only happened once. the food was defo for the french but we like anything and found something to eat every meal,a couple of times the food was exceptional but genrally i say 6/10.the pudds were beautiful and the ice cream lovely.the fresh bread was baked continously and was great too. the choice of alcohol was very limited to weak beer,good red and rose wine and martini only??!! there was a snack bar which we used rarely just be warned if you want pancakes (from 4pm-6pm) get in the queue early as my son queued 3/4 hr to get his 2 pancake allowance on a few days (more fool him!!).we tipped the bar staff early on in our stay as was recommended on a review i read and it worked wonders !!! the staff were very friendly but spoke very little or no english at all and this could be percieved as them not being friendly but they really were when spent time and trouble talking to them. there are two pool areas,the slide/fun pool and the very large quiet pool.they attracted different types of holiday makers to both,we stayed by the quiet pool which was massive!! and very deep fantastic for "proper" swimming!! but we visited the other pool as my son was on the 5 flumes all day and all the anination events take place around and in this pool. the animation team are geared to the french/germans but did speak to us as well , all the anouncements are in english too so no probs if you want to join in.there are loads of things to do ,my son and husband did archery twice a day when it was on and really enjoyed it.we played shuttle board ,boules and crazy golf but there were 1000`s more things to do if you want to. we never made it to the shows but they were good we were told . the beach was nice ,sea calm (except 1 day when we had a "STORM"=10 mins of rain!! but the waves were massive which was great fun to jump in although i supose not too sensible!) plenty of beds if you like to base yourself at the beach. you have to pay a deposit of Â£10 per each beach towel at the beginning of your stay which you can get back on departure but you can change your towel as often as you like as they are washed on site(under our room in the laundry!!) you also do the same for a safety deposit box. i had a turkish bath sauna massage mud bath seaweed scrub and facial all for Â£20 it lasted 2 hours and was fantastic value for money.my son and husband went para sailing on the beach which was only Â£18approx. we went to a zoo and an affrican night which was brill for approxÂ£50 for us all inc food and drink. we had a full day looking at all roman sites,museums lunch inc and loads of diffrent stops for approxÂ£60 we did a pirate ship which sailed for 4 1/2 hours and included entertainment food and soft drinks hopefully you see dolfins(we did, 5 altogether)for about Â£50 we got a taxi to the port of yasmin hammamet and one to old hammamet both cost less than Â£3 each way.you can visit the soukes/medines were you have to haggle and you DO get harrassed ALOT but if you dont get stressed out it can be fun and you can get loads of cheap bargins esp fake stuff!! we did enjoy our holiday but we wouldnt go back to this hotel although there wasnt any major faults with it.we have been to tunisia before and feel that there are many more places to visit in the world so a 3rd visit is unlikely"
- Travel date: 2nd September 2007
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