Sentido Aziza Beach Golf & Spa
16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
The hotel was very old fashioned. Hygien...
"The hotel was very old fashioned. Hygiene was not top of their list when it came to cleaning the bathroom and bedroom. Food just ok. Barman "Abdul" was about the highlight of our stay. He was very friendly and eager to please. The cashier never refunded our safe deposits but yet took our receipts. We were a party of 8 people who played golf nearby. The golf courses were very good. Next time we go there we will stay in the Phonecia Hotel nearby."
- Travel date: 1st October 2007
Just returned from a ten day break at th...
"Just returned from a ten day break at this resort. Hotel was lovely, as per other reviews a bit dated but this is quite the norm for Tunisia hotels. Definitely worth its 4 stars. The room was kept clean daily buy the maids. We had a lovely sea view which was paid extra for.The pool and beach were excellent and the sea made for some good snorkelling. Plenty of water sports available. The only down point to this hotel was that the BBQ Lunch availability had finished in August so we had the same buffet lunch which after 7 days can become repetitive. Also the waiter service restaurant which used to be a nice Italian has changed to an International menu which we thought was a little extravagant and some obscure dishes. (Bring back the Italian) We took a trip to the local medina which was a nice way to experience the Tunisian way of life. All the hotel staff were really nice and helpful. Overall we had a lovely time and the relaxing holiday that we paid for was definitely relaxing and would quite happily return."
- Travel date: 27th September 2007
Hotel was clean pleasant rooms. The food...
"Hotel was clean pleasant rooms. The food and lack of service was appalling. Obviously All Inclusive was very new to this Hotel. Suggest Management send a representative to a 4* All inclusive to see how it is done. The waiting staff were unco-operative and surly. To wait for a beer for up to 45mins was the norm. The Pub downstairs, well the one thing he hated was customers, as he was always chatting to the housekeepers and watching telly. As Tunisia is dependent on Tourism this Hotel does the country no favours. Our Rep Ondine Pannell was an absolute star she made our holiday and restored our faith in Holiday Reps. But the situation at the hotel is one for higher management as it needs to be addressed at a higher level. Word of mouth! Tunisia is a wonderful country with lots to see and learn worth a trip but not to the Aziza Beach Hotel."
- Travel date: 23rd September 2007
This is the second time for my husband a...
"This is the second time for my husband and I to go to Tunisia, we were in Port El Kantoui 4 years ago and just very recently Hammamet 2 weeks ago, we had an amazing time. There the staff were just brilliant so friendly and welcoming and they love the Irish, they donât get that many staying. We had an amazing pool/sea view for the 2 weeks and the weather was just fantastic. We did the desert trip over 2 days and our tour guide Tirek was brilliant and gave us 2 fun filled very tiring but very enjoyable days to remember for the rest of our lives. The food and the atmosphere in the hotel was just perfect, we are both in out mid 30's and we just wanted to chill out and relax for the 2 weeks and this was made possible by the excellent staff. High recommendations for the pool guy he was so quick to please and had your bench and umbrella ready as soon as he saw you coming towards the pool. All in all it was beautiful and I would definitely go back if I wanted another week to relax and recuperate."
- Travel date: 25th June 2007
Not for those who want to "have it large"
"On arriving to the Hotel Aziza the foyer and bar area are plush and luxurious. Sadly, the rooms do not match up to this standard, but they are spacious and clean, with a large bathroom. Pay extra for a sea view, it is worth it! We travelled with a toddler and a young baby, and there was plenty of room for all of us, our daughter had her own seperate area for that added privacy if you were travelling with an older child. The staff are extremely nice, yes we did encounter the odd grump but surely you will find that everywhere? We found the vast majority to be courteous, helpful, friendly and always had a smile on their face, regardless of whether you tipped them or not. We did give our waiters a couple of dinar every night, and although its not necessary, it did mean that they went out of their way to make your stay a little bit extra special, like fresh flowers on the table, and remembering what drinks to get you. The pool area is immaculate, with mattresses, umbrellas etc. We gave the lifeguard a 10 dinar tip (about 4 pounds) on the first day and he remembered where we sat and had our loungers ready every day for the rest of the holiday. he even minded the childrens toys in his shed every night so we didn't have to cart them up and down every day. The pool bar isn't waiter service, but if you are good to the barman he will be good to you. The only problem with this is that while he is off serving the people who ave given him tips everyone else is left waiting at the bar for him to get back! He was scrupulously clean and automatically didn't put ice in the drinks, so no tummy upsets for us. Entertainment at the Aziza is somewhat quiet. If you're looking for a loud late night you won't find it here, but if you want to relax it is the place for you. The snake charmer was good fun, also there was a magician and a very very awful belly dancer. Even during the day you won't find the usual noisy banter around the pool, it's so peaceful and relaxing. There's nothing provided for children, however the sister hotel Mediterranea next door has a playground, animal farm and kids club - but you're all inclusive bracelet isn't valid there. Trying to get a drink at night wasn't that hard for us - you aren't allowed to go to the bar as it's waiter service only and you can only order one drink at a time, but as it was quiet we were ok. However if you went to this hotel in busy season I can imagine there would be a problem getting more than a few drinks of an evening. The "cocktails" all taste the same, I found it easier to ask them to make them individually. Again, it's not necessary, but a tip and a smile go a long way. The food is absolutely fantastic. None of us had any tummy trouble throughout the entire stay, and the food was hot, although there was a microwave. That said, we always went at the start of mealtimes, if the food was left longer it may have got colder. The desserts are to die for, and the salads are delicious. There was one vegetarian option at lunch and dinner, and if you didn't like it, you may get a bit bored of the same salads. For breakfast they'll make you a lovely fresh omelette or pancake, no there's no bacon but it is a Muslim country after all! And piles and piles of fresh strawberries everywhere yum yum! Some people did complain that plates were left to pile high but that's because the Tunisians hate waste so would presume you weren't finished. Don't suffer from eyes bigger than belly syndrome and you'll be fine. The "a la carte" menu isn't "a la carte." What happens is the menu is posted on the notice board that morning, if you like the look of the food then book a table! Don't bother with the "International" restaurant, it's where the lunch is served and they don't do much to change the appearance for the evening. We found ourselves still hungry and went to the buffet afterwards. The Tunisian restaurant is an experience we really enjoyed. We tried octopus soup and there was a really good atmosphere. There were very few children at the hotel, which despite the fact that we were travelling with them, was a good thing to us. There was no noise, and because there were so few the ones that were there were made to feel extra special. Our daughter made friends with all the waiters before we went home! The one thing against this hotel is the location. Its only a few quid by taxi into Hammamet and there are shops nearby but this isn't the issue. When it comes to pickups and drop offs because of where the hotel is we were always first on last off. On one partivular trip we spent 90 mins collecting people then 15 mins actually driving to the place we were going! The spa is also very cheap, it works out at around Â£10 for a massage and Â£12 for a facial, they aren't done exactly as they would be at home but they're certainly very relaxing! All in all we had a lovely holiday. It was just the relaxing break we wanted. I wouldn't recommend this hotel if you want to live it up and I would suggest going in low season to get the best out of it."
- Travel date: 13th May 2007
O.A.P's retirement home!
"My partner and I recently stayed at the Aziza for a week at the end of March. Looking at 5-day forecasts for weeks on end and speaking to the travel agents, we were hoping for a relaxing week in the sun. Two weeks before we went the temp. was roughly 250 the week before we went it rained for 5 days solid. The actual week we stayed started off promisingly, but soon deteriorated. The sun shone most days but was spoilt by cloud and a cold wind (apparently other countries such as Egypt, Morocco & Majorca had all experienced the same weather front). Without the weather, there wasnât a great deal to do. Because of the time of year a lot of the excursions (fishing trips/camel rides etc.) werenât running, there were some trips available- a lot involved visiting historical points of interest and lots of travel. Being a young couple weâd of preferred water sports and more active excursions etc. The resort is based in North Hammamet and outside the hotel there wasnât a great deal around. The taxiâs were cheap enough to take you to the Medina and different restaurants, but a lot of the shops/restaurants/bars were very much the same. The hotel itself was reasonable and adequate for the money that we spent on the holiday. The hotel was well presented and the rooms (although chintzy) were clean and spacious. The food was surprising nice and neither of us suffered with stomach illnesses. There was a range of Tunisian and European foods on offer throughout the day- somethingâs were left to be desired though! Also, by the end of the week we were a bit bored of eating the same types of foods and we would recommend that people travel out to different eateries. We went to Black & Whites restaurant which was 2 minutes up the road by the Royal Azur- very cheap and lovely restaurant and food. The Grand Restaurant where most of the food is served does have a canteen-feel to it (most likely cause it is self-service) but one night we booked into the Tunisian Restaurant and was appalled by the food, we left after the second course arrived. The service in the hotel was very poor- the only way to get anything done with any type of politeness was to tip consistently. Their English isnât fabulous and they often ignore you or are just rude in their manner. The entertainment in the hotel was practically non-existent, except for a belly dancer and a âsnake charmerâ. Most residents were middle-aged and older and there were lots of groups of retired men on golfing holidays. The atmosphere wasnât young or lively and (no disrespect) it did feel like an O.A.Pâs home! There were bars around, which Iâd imagine would be busier in peak season. Overall Iâd suggest that a trip to this part of Tunisia would be best during the summer months. The pool, beach was clean and very nicely set out and would have been perfect if the weather was great. I probably wouldnât recommend it to friends or family but the holiday wasnât a disaster, it just could have been betterâ¦.."
- Travel date: 29th March 2007
"Given that this trip was for our honeymoon and moreover child free we wanted a place that would hold good and fond memories for years to come for obvious reasons - we were not to be disappointed with the Aziza at all. The hotel was every bit the 4 star standard that we had expected it to be and more. The hotel was clean, beach was clean and all facilities in the order that you would expect of a 4 star hotel. The staff were very friendly especially the little man on the pool side who even took in our towels, books etc while we were at lunch and it started to rain. We locally became known as "117" (our room number) and got a wink from all the waiters - can't imagine why being our honeymoon and all that!!! Which just goes to show how friendly they actually are and the Tunisian sense of humour is not that far removed from us Brits! The entertainment was interesting and an experience!! Well meaning and a different act (of sorts) each evening. The nightclub was hardly jumping but you can't have everything and with the majority of guests over the age of 40 at that time of year it was hardly surprising. Nevertheless we had some good evenings. The food was plentiful and of a very wide range, okay not always what you would expect but it is Tunisia after all. It never disappointed us. We came back thoroughly relaxed having had a fantastic time with memories to last a lifetime. Listening to the moans and groans of people on the coach on the way to the airport we felt ourselves very lucky that we had chosen this hotel. We can't fail to see how this ho"
- Travel date: 10th March 2007
"twelve of us visited to play golf on the citrus olve and forest courses-the courses were adequate and the transfers to and fro the courses were good if sometimes a bit cramped-but the hotel was very good and the revelation for me after a hard days golf was the thallasso therapy . for about seven dinars the pool jets salt water and hot and cold blasts left you feeling totally relaxed. i also enjoyed the little bar in the basement serving strong coffee and chess . Four of us are reurning this february and hope to get better weather than last time -we also had a very good trip to carthage -the guide being particularly good at his job."
- Travel date: 18th January 2007
A relaxing break
"My husband and I returned yesterday from a week at the Aziza - relaxed and tanned. As lovers of a relative 'luxury escape' at good value, we were fairly impressed. The pool area especially warrants 4 stars. The photos of the hotel you see on the website do accurately portray the hotel and grounds. But it isn't a 4 star hotel - after a big overhaul of the hotel interior, it might be. Currently we'd say 3 to 3.5 star. The main areas are ok, but tired -especially the bar area. The rooms themselves were the main disappointment for us. Basic and old-looking. But the sea view was lovely. The food is pretty good - no real complaints. But as another review writer said, breakfast is a little limited. Don't expect to find bacon - there isn't any. And this is not to do with Tunisian culture/ religion, since pork cooked in various ways featured quite heavily on the lunch and dinner menu. Nonetheless, you can get freshly cooked eggs, and a multitude of half-decent pastries. Lunch and dinner were sometimes extremely enjoyable, usually good, and on one or two occasions a little disappointing. The waiters were so friendly and good humoured, it made up for anything that might have been lacking. Those smiles can brighten even the dullest of days. Not that there were many dull days during our trip! Drinks were good - I agree with other writers that you shouldn't expect to get drunk every night, as sometimes it's hard to get a drink after dinner, but only when they are really busy. Entertainment is provided free every night, too - and sometimes it was really good!"
- Travel date: 25th October 2006
"What a lovely holiday! We could not fault the service or quality of the food, or staff. As it is customary to tip in tunisia, we found that leaving a couple of dinars on the first or second night, and sitting on the same table or in the same area made the waiters recognise you more quickly, and this obviously leads to better service. For example the waiter which served us most of the week would reserve a table for us and have our drinks ready, and even decorate our table with flowers. When by the pool or on the beach wait for the staff to bring you parasols and mats for the loungers.... do not go and help yourself as they take alot of pride in looking after you. The food in this hotel was fantastic, we couldnt have expected anymore choice, and were amazed by the presentation of the food everynight. It was obvious that a lot of time and effort had been taken in the preperation, and there was also a sence of pride here too. The head chef was always in the dining room making sure guests were enjoying their food. We did not see one person complain and although buffet service food can sometimes be lukewarm, this hotel even had a microwave... what a good idea! We were outstanded by the service. It was my boyfriend's birthday while we were away and without being prompted, the chamber staff made the effort to re-arrange the bed beautifully with flowers and tune in the radio so that when we entered music was playing. It was a lovely suprise! If you visit tunisia expect to have some mild stomache trouble, unlike some reviews sugest, it probably isnt the food that makes your tummy poorly but more likely than not the water you brush your teeth in or the ice in your drinks, almost everyone on our plane home had the same experience and we were all from different hotels. What a fantastic holiday, thanks to all at Aziza!""
- Travel date: 10th October 2006
If You Want To Relax!
"Just got back, and now I'm fully revieved until my next holiday. Everything is nice and easy going, no crowds at the bar, Pool seats always available. Food always plentiful.Hotel space always clean, staff always helpful.The only negative side is the air conditioning They believe the temperature is cool at 23 degrees and that is as low as it goes even when set to 10degrees. Ps As we were leaving flys were becoming a problem maybe they could spray at dusk and dawn to erradicate them."
- Travel date: 7th October 2006
Nice Hotel, relaxing break
"We stayed at the Hotel Aziza in September. It is a lovely hotel and the majority of the staff are very helpful. The rooms were just as you see in the photos. They are a decent size and clean with a separate toilet, large cupboards, tv etc. I would recommend paying extra for a sea view room, they have a decent sized balcony area and a couple of seats and table. There isnât much to do in the area surrounding the hotel but it isnât far by taxi to the medina (around 2 dinar). We found the reception staff to be particularly unhelpful. You tend to go to the cashier for most things, including the safe deposit box, paying for the internet etc. The pool and the area around it is lovely. The pool guy is extremely helpful and will get you the mattresses for the sunbeds and an umbrella if you need it, it helps if you give him a few dinar every now and then. Service at the pool bar is quite slow, particularly in the afternoon and there is often just one person serving. The beach area is nice and the guy there is also very helpful. The food was quite limited for me as a vegetarian, which I expected in advance. I had spaghetti with cheese most nights and cheese paninis for lunch. The salads tend to contain meat or fish and some of the other foods required quite a bit of guess work. There was quite a variety of food for meat eaters and my husband enjoyed it. Breakfast consists of fruit, pastries, cereals or omelettes/egg, pancakes. Lunch is served in the restaurant by the pool. There are a lot of salads, meat dishes, chips, pizza, pasta and paninis (and flies!). I agree with another review, you do see a lot of the food re-hashed at dinner time. The desserts are delicious, there is quite a bit of variety and they are well presented. The majority of the waiters are very helpful and friendly but the hotel is under-staffed, particularly in the bar at night where the service is extremely slow. You cannot order drinks at the bar, you have to wait for the waiter to take your order. They do not seem to like to take orders when you still have a drink in your glass and you cannot order more than one drink each at a time. When we were there there were only two waiters at night to serve the inside and outside areas which could be a considerable number of people particularly when the entertainment is on. We could end up waiting 20-30 minutes for a drink which was extremely frustrating. If you do have problems make sure you mention it to your rep as this is the only way they will do something about it. We followed the lead of other guests and complained to the My Tours rep, she discussed it with the management and was told the situation had improved when it clearly hadnât. The management also told her there were five staff on in the bar at night which clearly isnât the case. Along with persistent tummy problems this was the only complaint we had about the hotel. I would say it is a 3.5 star hotel rather than 4 star."
- Travel date: 4th October 2006
Sentido Aziza Beach Golf & Spa is also called
- Aziza Thalasso Golf Hotel
- Sentido Aziza Beach Golf & Spa
- Aziza Residence Hotel