16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Cannot ot wait to return
"We have stayed in this hotel twice, Oct '13 and March '14 and have just booked to go again this October, to celebrate a special BIG birthday. We can only compliment the staff in Belisaire and thank them for making a holiday so special. Everyone works so hard to please and all take pride in keeping the Hotel to such a high standard. Fault is hard to find. Its the only place i have ever visited where all the staff are smiling, and its catching. Cannot wait until Oct 5th Yippee and roll on "
- Travel date: 11th August 2014
Great relaxing holiday
"First time to tunisia and thought was a great place ... Hotel was lovely and would stay again ,rooms very clean food great staff very polite .... Mainly populated by Germans and French though only bad thing was their smoking rules are very slack as you could smoke in the reception area and bar area but not in the rooms or food hall and the entertainment wasn't very good however I went to relax and relax I did very hot there so cream up people ... Over all great hotel I'd stay there again "
- Travel date: 19th July 2012
Butlins abroad 25th Oct .
"The week was hell on earth, Ok the weather wasnt good, the amenities were none existant, some staff were very rude, a stike didnt help matters either, although staff at the hotel knew it was going to happen and im aware more strikes may follow, we had no help from the rep for the first three hours, fending for ourselves, going into empty kitchens, no food, glasses and water were locked away, fridges had been emptied,and all hot water had been turned off, to showers, toilets etc. The entertainment was none existant, all the male rep wanted to do was chat the young ladies up, as I stated it rained for four whole days, and even though it was half term the reps did nothing to entertain the kids. We chatted to one couple who had asked for adjoining rooms for them and their sons, the rooms were adjoining but had been locked, when they complained, a man turned up with a hammer and chisle and cut the lock out, telling them its Ok now. The food was quantity rather then quality, they seem to think that in all that array of food, you will find something you can eaT, it was terrible, FOUR STAFF ALL INCLUSIVE, SORRY TWO STAR ON A GOOD DAY We did partake in an activity to the local market as the rep made us aware not to venture out late at night and also in her own words, "as soon as you walk out the door , you will be pounced on by locals". So we paid to go to the local market as she made it clear they will be with us and will be onhand to aid any buying. On the day we had a Tunisian guide, who took us to the market, then told us where the coach will be and left us to our own devices, that cost Â£30.00 for the two of us. Never again Thomas Cook and never again Tunisia "
- Travel date: 4th November 2011
Great Hotel for Familys
"From the start of arriving in Tunisia the people could not do enough for you - they do this however for money but having your cases carried to the bus ect when you have 2 little girls and 5 peices of luggage is worth every penny of 50p! The waiters and bar staff where excellent and could not do enough for you again. They love kids and would entertain them and breakfast dinner if they where playing up. There are only two grumpy bar staff who never look at you or speak to you but in all fairness when you see how the french speak and treat them I dont know how half of them get through the day without a fight! My girls are 4 years and 1 years old and both loved the holiday. If I had to critacise two thing it would be that there is not alot of choice if food for children. Breakfast is fine but evening meals could do with a childrens selection. Having said that the food was amazing and alot better than i expected. I also never experienced a bad tummy! The other thing was that the all inclusive which I was where given plastic small cups for drinking soft drinks which was gret for the kids but I needed to order 6 at a time to make it worth drinking. Also the beer was served in a wine glass, you needed 5 to make up a pint! There is a train that will take you on a 1 hour ride for Â£1.50 which is great to just get away. Outside of the hotel is very safe. I have never felt safer in a foreign country. You will get hasseled to buy things but just say no and walk on if not interested. Ther is loads of fakes to buy cheep - Â£5 for a good quality boss fake watch ect but they do FIX PRICE shops which are as cheep or cheeper than haddling without the hassel. Dont get conned into people telling you they are the chief from the hotel and that there brother has a shop down the road. They basically see your all inclusive wrist band and know which hotel you are staying in . hey say " Hi do you remember me, im the chief from the hotel i made you crepes yesterday come with me to meet my family, THEY HAVE A SHOP THEY GIVE YOU GOOD PRICE. You go there and there is about 6 of them trying to sell you a wallet for Â£50!! This didnt happen to me but i met 5 poeple who it did happen to. Go on a camel trip with the operators in the hotel. They will take you on a more traditional experience and you even get nann bread and green tea roung a camp fire dressed as a arab it was great. Paragliding on the beach Â£17 for 30 mins and you land on the sand, again great. Overall five star I will be booking for next year anytime now enjoy"
- Travel date: 30th June 2010
Loved The Belisaire
"We have just returned form the Belisaire in Tunisia and I have just re-booked for next July.We had a great time in the hotel and the staff are very welcoming and helpful.Children are very welcome in the hotel and the star friends work around the clock to provide a wide range of activities for all ages.Our children aged 10 and 12 were never bored. The food was wonderful and varied.I would recommend the all inclusive package as being great value for money.Great variety for breakfast,lunch outside or inside,pancakes,pizza and fresh fruit from 4-6 and then a wide variety of food for evening meals. A few niggles...toilet seats at pool all cracked..left note for hotel regarding this.Also,the constant sales chat in the hotel foyer when you first arrive can be annoying...there are tourist reps from tunisia trying to sell tours etc but after a couple of days they do stop asking.Also,there are 3 shops in the hotel...nothing is a fixed price so you have to haggle for suntan cream,maps etc.Also,there are no price lists so you don't know if you are being overcharged. The Tunisia experience was wonderful and the hotel and the hotel staff created this experience for us.At the airport on our return to Scotland we heard many people complaining about their holiday..none had been in an Iberostar hotel.The standards at Iberostar hotels are always good and I would have no hesitation in booking with any I berostar hotel in Tunisia.I was wary of visiting Tunisia but we will return next year.A word of warning..don't hire a car.We did but it is v dangerous.Taxis are available all the time aand are v cheap."
- Travel date: 18th July 2008
not to recomend
"The hotel is nice, but the pool only accessible till 7pm which is a joke when it is warm all night. the pool bar is not being used and the service is mostly cold and unprofessional. The alcohol served is of poor quality and if you wish to drink a brand name, you are requested to pay. The front desk was not able to give sufficient enough information on local traditional restaurants. The walk to the beach takes about 4 minutes on a paved street. We advise not to take advantage of the beach bar. overall great vacation due to the people we went with but very disappointing concerning the professionalism of the service! I would never go back to the same hotel!"
- Travel date: 30th June 2008
A nice place to be
"This is a typical Hammamet 4-star hotel, but a bit better. The garden is very good, and the location of the hotel makes it a calmer place to be than others in the area. Food is quite good actually, and sufficiently diverse even for someone like me. Service is good, at times reception desk seems like a battlefield, but that's due more to the tourists. Very slight remarks - minibar is not loaded, you have to ask for it (a general minus); ice machines in the corridors didn't work, and I had to improvise to get my good-night drink. The portion of the beach allocated to the hotel is probably the nicest in all Hammamet. Strangely enough many guests stayed at the outdoor pools. As a conclusion a good place to go and have a rest."
- Travel date: 7th November 2007
brill holiday and great value
"we hae just got back from Tunisia and were pleasantly surprised. We did not know what to expect when we went but really loved it. we went all inclusive which we would recommend for the difference you pay when booking. English is the least spoken language there as it has been mostly German and French people going to Tunisia but the staff were brilliant they were all so friendly and went out of there way for you. i would recommend tipping from the start remember the average wage in Tunisia is Â£5 a day for a 12 hr shift they rely on tips and you can tell the really apprciate it. we tipped the waiters and bar staff 3-5 dinars per day which is about Â£1- Â£2. there is nothing to really buy there and there are trips offered we never went on one but it means the world to the staff and the service you receive is fantastic because they know you appreciate them. The food is good we went to the buffet every nite because we were surpised to find it so varied and easy to use. The entertainment was good the animation people put alot of effort into putting on something different to keep you entertained. Everyone got on brilliant considering all the guests spoke different languages. This holiday is very hotel based in Yasmine Hammamet but is great for Families, couples of all ages and groups of friends. The bars are open till 1 am so young people wanting discos etc till the very early would be better with Hammamet as it is a bigger resort. The hotel is lovely and clean but it is the staff that make this holiday. It cost us Â£1400 for 2 all inclusive and we spent very little over and above and it is nly 3 hrs away, I feel you cannot go wrong. We went to the Carribean last year all inclusive and spent 3 times that.Do not get me wrong it was a wonderful holiday but it was 10 hrs away and alot more to get there. Please consider Tunisia we will defintely be back and would pick this hotel again"
- Travel date: 2nd October 2007
excellent and super hotel
"it is very nice and excellent 4 star hotel ,the service is very good,room is new and in a very good condition and very clean ..it look like 5 star hotel room . food is excellent and they change it all the times ,the food there is the best . location is very nice as well and very safe . the staff very friendly . i think it is new hotel in Yasmin hammamet .we had a great 2 weeks there ,we booked 3 rooms there . the swimming pool is very nice and clean ,with the bars . if you go to this hotel you will love it .i recommended this hotel for all . i really love it and i am sure that i will go back again. excellent value"
- Travel date: 19th September 2007
"Having read some of the other reviews I was worried about taking my 3 young boys to this hotel. However, my fears were soon wiped away on arrival at the hotel. The staff couldn't do enough for us. The waiters bought us drinks to the pool when we hadn't even asked for them. Our room was large and clean compared to many hotels we have stayed at in the past. we had our own patio which looked out onto the smaller of the pools. Meant we could nip back easily any time we wanted to. The Animation boys were outstanding with my kids and the other children who they'd made friends with. The one and only gripe with this hotel is that if your hotel towels are stolen you lose your deposit. We were in the pool and didn;t notice someone taking 2 of our towels. Â£20 lost . We'll def be going back."
- Travel date: 17th August 2007
johankey what a moaner, you will put peo...
"johankey what a moaner, you will put people off. just got back great resort, very clean and modern, nice marina, great beach and clear sea. not many brits in hotel or resort[nice & quiet] especially round the small pool, no rush for sunbeds either. found staff great & really friendly, even better than egypt, perhaps she upset them. you are waited on round the pool and in the restaurant not like some all inclusives. own stretch of beach is 5 minutes max with free sunbeds. one of our best holidays, great value, would go back anytime."
- Travel date: 21st July 2007
Better than expected for the price
"We booked a couple of weeks before going on the Thomas Cook website. 4* All Inclusive for one week just over Â£300 each. Hotel was quite nice, 4* is about the right rating, for North African hotels. The hotel was fine and had everything we needed, was less than a 5 min walk to beautiful beach and the staff were pretty friendly (unlike in other hotels we visited). The majority of visitors at the hotel are German and the food mostly caters for them but is still OK to a British pallet. Also sun loungers are hard to come by as they are reserved from very early in the morning! All inclusive meant a buffet in the same restaurant each night which might have got a little samey if not for the âDine Aroundâ program. This includes the other Iberostar restaurants in Hammamet and you simply need to book 24 hours in advance at reception â a great way to get out and try some different food for free. There is a Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Oriental (which is actually African food) I would highly recommend doing this as very few people take advantage and it is included. Drinks are VERY strong and all inclusive, did not have a problem with being limited to a certain amount of cocktails per night, however if this were a problem there are two other bars to move on to! Our Thomas Cook rep was great, the minute we mentioned that the music was keeping us awake (which could be very loud at night if staying on the pool side) she got us moved to another area and upgraded to suite. Staff were very friendly but as the clientele is largely German, a lot of the waiters do not have much English knowledge. I think this has led to Brits thinking they are being ignored, whereas they were very helpful if spoken to in French. The Medina is also worth a trip but if you are not in the mood to haggle then the salesmen are best ignored. Once you engage in conversation with them you are trapped, but otherwise it is pretty manageable and you are only really hassled in the Medina and on the beach (as opposed to when you are on the streets or in the hotel). The marina at Yasime Hammamet was a great draw for my husband and I as the website says there are shops, restaurants an boats. Be warned this is still under construction and there is very little there. Overall I would recommend this hotel for a cheap getaway off season. It does not meet the standards of 4* Carribean hotels, but this is Tunisia and you would not get the same holiday for the same price in the Carribean."
- Travel date: 26th June 2007
Top traveller tips for Medina Belisaire & Thalasso
"Appreciate the efforts of the staff and join in the activities"
"Downgrade to two star, "
Medina Belisaire & Thalasso is also called
- Iberostar Belisaire Hotel
- iberostar hotel belisaire
- iberostar hotel hammamet