We've just got back from a three week out of season break at the Khayam Garden Beach and enjoyed every minute of it . The hotel was very luxurious for the cheap deal we got , much better than we expected for the price .
The room was large and had a big patio facing the front of the hotel overlooking the tennis courts . There was a free safe , fridge , hairdryer ,even a tin of insect spray ( which we didn't need) . The beds were very comfy as well as the pillows so we slept well . Our cleaner Salwa kept the room spotless & changed our linens regularly . Lovely lady , as were all the cleaners we met who kept the whole hotel shiny & smelling of jasmine & orange floor wax .
We arrived late evening & were issued with our all inclusive bracelets by the charming receptionist & shown to the dining room to eat before filling in the forms & being taken to our room by the porter .
The Dining Room :-
Linen tablecloths , napkins & 2 sets of cutlery & glasses , no lack of salt & pepper shakers . The waiters all very professional & attentive ,as were the chefs who were proud to explain the dishes on offer & staffed the show cooking grill . The array of dishes on offer at every meal was fabulous & I took loads of photos as I enjoy my food & think other foodies would love it too.
There were 2 types of soup every meal , all delicious but my favourites were the creamy pumpkin , the spicy shrimp bisque , the pea , a fish soup with a hint of star anise and an unusual caper soup . I mustn't forget the tasty Tunisian soups that I really enjoyed .
Some of my memorable choices from the grill were the fried squid , the quail & the mixed grill with liver and spicy lamb sausages ( merguez). My husband mostly chose the freshly grilled fish of the day .
Other delightful dishes included stuffed squid , fish kefta , chicken kefta , veggie dumplings , leek & cauliflower fritters . Oh and little turkey meat balls with a hot cheese surprise when you bit into them , delicious !
There were of course a choice of local dishes , couscous , lamb stews , tajines etc along with a pasta station & a pizza chef with his delicious pizzas . The salads were varied & fresh as were the fruits selection . I had my first ever prickly pear & enjoyed the grapes , plums , dates, pears & pomegranit seeds . The pastry chef made lovely tarts and cakes & there was always ice cream .
The local bottled red wine was lovely and there were no dreaded plastic beakers in sight , always a nice wine glass or tumbler for the spirits . There is a choice of soft drinks , beer , red , rosé & white wines as well as sparkling or still water . No need to pay for bottled water , just ask in the restaurant or bar for one to take to your room .
I don't normally eat breakfast but the lovely healthy selection put out every morning was very tempting , gorgeous doughnuts with a sprinkle of vanilla sugar or honey , pancakes , natural yogurt with honey & halva , dates , raisins , dried figs . I was pleased that lemons & honey were always available for my morning drink & my husband enjoyed his green mint tea .We didn't try the fruit juices from the machine or the coffee so cannot comment . There was an egg station with soft & hard boiled , scrambled ,fried & omelettes . Rice pudding , frankfurter sausages , tomatoes , potatoes ,vegetables . Of course cereals , jams , pastries , breads & cakes , fruits .
Our main waiter , Saha would always have our favourite wine ready on our table & decorated it beautifully for our last meal . All the waiting staff deserve a mention as they were very professional & attentive .
Open 24 hours a day which was very useful on our last day as you can have a coffee & croissant before setting off for an early flight home . The barmen were in the majority good but one was excellent ,Mohamed Rice who quickly learnt our favourite drinks & had them ready with a dish of peanuts or olives when he saw us arriving at the bar .
The all in drinks were excellent quality , I mostly drank gin & tonic or rum & coke ( both mixers were the real thing , not out of a machine ). My husband enjoyed the pastis . Many cocktails are included in the all in , and others like mojito or ones with freshly squeezed orange are extra of course . We were impressed with the quality of the all inclusive choice .
The Animation :-
We are always happy when a hotel is nice & quiet out of season , not too many tourists & not too noisy & busy . Others like lots going on & if that is your case you will love the team of animators at the Khayam Garden . They are such fun that we found we also joined in several games & quizzes . They are a great team and I cannot mention them all , but my real favourites were Blacky , a bundle of pure joy , the lovely Fatima & beautiful Gee Gee .
On Thursdays a special welcome Fram cocktail evening is served with titbits , sangria and alcoholic and non alcoholic colourful cocktails . Music & lots of laughter & dancing . Tuesday nights is Tunisian themed with speciality foods , soups , cakes & a folklore show afterwards . This is the time to dress up in your colourful Tunisian outfit you bought in the souk & join in the fun.
The weather was pleasant in November & we sat by the pool with drinks in the sun fairly often . The heated pool upstairs with its sundeck was also a great place to work on your tan . The beach is clean and private .
There is a fitness room with modern equipment free of charge , a sauna & massage service , extra . There is also a hairdressers on site & the shop inside the hotel grounds deserves a mention as it had very good fixed prices which would be hard to beat in the souk . They sell anything you may have forgotten to pack like swimsuits , suntan lotions etc to snacks , cigarettes ,dates & spices and loads of choices for gifts to take back . A very nice man running the shop .
The Reception is staffed 24 hours by pleasant staff who will give you an early morning call or change money at a very good rate . They are always on hand if you have a question or to solve any problem you might have . They speak just about all languages , quite amazing .
There is a small library with paperbacks opposite the reception .The hotel free
WiFi is very good , I even had it up in the room .
Situation of Hotel :-
We walked to nearby Nabeul Town centre most mornings to pick up a newspaper and browse in the shops or bargain in the Medina . It's a good half an hour healthy walk . The taxi from outside the hotel is only 4 dinars if you prefer . Fridays is the weekly Souk / market day which is well worth a visit .
There is the bus number 115 which will take you to nearby Hammamet for 780 millimes or to Yasmine for 1 dinar 350 millimes each . It is a 58 minute bus ride and well worth the trip out . If you prefer a taxi to the bus then count 11 dinars to Hammamet and ask the driver to put his counter on if you wish to go further afield .
There are horse & carriages available for those that like them .
There are numerous trips out to Carthage , Tunis & Sidi Bou Said with the tour operators .
We were treated like Royalty during our stay and would certainly go back if we got another cheap out of season offer . I really do recommend the Khayam Garden for the quality price .
It’s my third visit to Khayam Garden and again it was just amazing. I don’t even know where to start, maybe at the top? The Director Mr. Haykel is one kind of a man, I think I’ve never met someone so loving and kind. When we had a issue in seconds he took care of it and he does that every time, he treats guests like family members and looks out for their best. At the Reception you have kind Persons who will welcome you and look after everything you need, even if its a health issue they come to help with their knowledge or even strength, like when my mom hurt her leg and they carried her up to her room, great guys!! The Staff in the Restaurant is just so kind and helpful, always a table ready with our standard white wine and water. We really like the food from the Restaurant although they could spice a little more sometimes. But you can just help yourself with salt and pepper and you can enjoy the delicious food even more. Now the most amazing Part of the Hotel is definitely the Animation Team with their hardworking Chef Mohamed. I don’t even know where to start they are all just simply amazing. Papa Blacky who is just an Energyman with great dance moves, makes you laugh and cheers you up whenever you feel down, he has always an open ear to listen and playing Killer dart with him is just a must do. I really love this man with all my heart. Also a must do is playing Botcha with Sam, I never played this before but playing with him in Summer made me love this Game, he makes sure you have a good and fair game and also an absolute great time! Such a nice Guy with a big heart on the right spot ;) Kimo another energyman he can not not make you laugh with him together you’ll never have a bad or boring time, even early in the morning this guy is full of good energy. Rio is such a kind and lovely and you can have great conversations with him, doing Zumba with him should also be a must do! Momo one of the best dancers I’ve ever met. He’s dancing skills leave you shock just great! Minidisco with Dali looks always like so much fun and you’d wish you were a Kid again to join in, but you can do that even when your an Adult :P Fatima a wonderful women with a big heart for everybody and everything!! Mido plays the best music during the Day in the Box outside also a good guy. Banana is the sport man in Summer we went to Aqua Gym every single Day, you don’t think you would do sport in beach holidays but he does it so good and motivates you to push yourself as far as you can go! I just simply love them all, they work great, they make the funniest shows and the best dances and you can see and feel that their number one mission is to entertain the guests and make them feel good and they truly do that every day. Also a shoutout to Madi, Ziko and Lani from Fram (French animation) you are amazing too. If you are looking for a nice Family or Friends Holiday with great entertainment and wonderful Staff working there you are perfectly right in Khayam Garden. I left a piece of my heart there and gained loads of new people who I truly can call Family!!
Our family wanted a last week of sun on the beach before the onset of the European winter. We found a well priced package to the Khayam Garden Beach Resort and, overall, were very happy with our choice.
First, the positives. The hotel is located right on the beach in the town of Nabeul, a short distance north of Hammamet. The beach is private (with no touts) and free of litter. The water was delightfully warm (even at the very end of September) and perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is sandy, but there are quite a lot of rocks close to the water line, so a floating jetty has been installed that allows swimmers to access the water without running the risk of bumping onto what can be quite sharp submerged rocks. The rock pools are great for keeping kids occupied - ours spent hours there, trying to catch crabs and shrimps. The snorkelling was also unexpectedly good by Mediterranean standards: it's not the Red Sea, so there's no coral, but there is a surprising amount of fish life, and the highlight for us was seeing an octopus. So pack your snorkel. The pool facilities are also good.
The hotel itself is clean and comfortable. We had a family room (3102), which comprised two bedrooms - one leading off from the other - and a bathroom, which worked well in terms of giving our teens some privacy and space of their own. Whilst we were there, it was the end of the busy summer season and maintenance was taking place on the ground floor, which is always a good sign.
We were impressed with the staff, who were helpful and friendly, but not pushy. Waiters and animation staff spoke an impressive number of languages, with most being at least trilingual. French, English, German and Russian are widely spoken to cater for a diverse client base. We also appreciated a low key but visible security presence, and never felt unsafe.
So that's the good stuff - and most things about this hotel are extremely positive. However, what lets this hotel down is the inexplicably poor quality of the food, which has been mentioned many times in previous reviews. There are a wide range of dishes on offer in the main restaurant, but, to be polite, the food is bland and apparently caters for the spice-averse Eastern European palate. It's almost as though the chefs have made a decision to actively avoid the use of herbs, spices and other seasonings (even salt), with the result that the food is largely flavourless. It's a pity, as it seems as though good ingredients are used, but what they are turned into is a disappointment. Whilst we don't expect gourmet fare at every meal in this type of hotel, we do expect tasty food with the odd 'wow' moment - yet in a week, there was only one dish that really stood out in the main restaurant (grilled tuna). Even the few Tunisian dishes on offer were uninspired, and very different to the delicious local food we sampled in restaurants on day trips.
Sadly the food in the smaller restaurant - the Bonsai - for which you have to book (but is included in the all inclusive deal - is no better than in the main restaurant. The food on the Asian menu would be unrecognisable to anyone who has travelled (let alone lived) in Asia, and the Italian menu was only a little better. Even the Tunisian menu was a let down (with the notable exception of the tuna brik, which was excellent and an indication that someone in the kitchen can cook delicious food if given the opportunity).
Although it's probably obvious given that Tunisia is a Muslim country, it's worth mentioning that the hotel is pork-free, and so turkey appears often as a pork substitute. However, alcohol is served, and the local beer and wine offered as part of the all inclusive package are perfectly drinkable.
So, overall, we would happily recommend the hotel to other families. However, I would encourage the hotel management to take note of comments made by ourselves and others on the disappointing food quality - if this could be rectified, then I'd happily give this hotel a 5 star rating.
We stayed a week to relax and accomplished just that. Rooms spacious with a great view (we booked a sea side room) hotel itself could use some renovation here and there but they were working on that. Staff overall nice and friendly except for a few working at the bars. Nice , clean (multiple ) pools where you can choose to relax at one pool or like more activity at the other. We chose the more active one cause the animation was so awesome and friendly. They really deserve the credit here. There’s not a lot to do around the hotel itself so a great animation team is extra important. We will definitely be back next year for another chill week.
We visited for 10 days from 3rd September 2019. Two adults and two children aged 9 and 10. The hotel is beautiful and clean and maintained very well. There are always staff busy keeping it clean and looking lovely. We had a sea view family room which had two connecting rooms and a lovely big balcony. The room was very spacious and had an amazing view of the pool and sea. The housekeeping ladies did a fantastic job everyday and were very helpful when we asked for extra towels etc. Only issue with our room was that in the evening people would congregate around the downstairs as the bar is open 24 hours. You can hear them talking even with the doors and windows closed. It wasn’t a big issue though as we were so tired it never kept us awake. Just take ear plugs if you think it would bother you.
The swimming pools are fantastic and the flumes (slides) are amazing! Kept us entertained the whole time! There are plenty of lifeguards everywhere and they are very attentive and very friendly. I felt safe having a wee snooze by the pool when my kids were swimming with the lifeguards there. My kids can swim anyway but it’s good to know someone is always watching them if I wasn’t. Azouzi is a very friendly lifeguard and we had a lovely time chatting to him and having a laugh. My children will miss him. The lifeguards do an amazing job and should be more appreciated! The beach is literally a few steps from the pools and it is beautiful. Well kept and plenty of sun loungers. The pool has plenty of sun loungers too and there is no need to go down early to ‘save’ one for yourself. There are security on the beach from 9am til 6pm everyday and they are very friendly. Look for Lofti for beach sports if you go in season. You should pay about 20 dinar for parasailing and 30 dinar for the banana boat. We went on an inflatable donut type thing for 30 dinar each and it was one of the best things we did all holiday. Highly recommend. The beach does have beautiful sand but also a lot of rocky reefs in the water so be careful where you stay once you are in. One minute you are ankle deep and the next minute you can be up to your neck. Reefs are teeming with fish so take snorkelling gear. Can’t buy good stuff over there.
The food is good, no one got sick. Good choices and kids enjoyed the crepes and deep fried donuts with sugar. Food pretty much 24 hours too but only crepes with chocolate from 10pm-5am which isn’t a great choice. Drink is 24 hours which is good although the choice of drink is not. No international brands even if you are paying (other than becks beer) they really need to change their drinks and offer better stuff. The bar staff are nice too but can sometimes be a bit over friendly. Just politely brush them off and they eventually get the picture. The animation team are fantastic and really work hard. They are great with kids and adults alike and made us feel very welcome. Shout out to Blackie, Rio, Djo, Momo, Banana, Sam, Gigi, Dasha, Dali and Fatima. I know I’m missing some but I can’t think right now! Sorry if I missed anyone out but the whole team made their presence known and you all do a fantastic job. The shows by the animation team are very good, especially the black light show. Banana does water aerobics too if you want to be healthy on holiday. I just preferred to watch ;-)
We also went on the camel ride and the pirate ship. Both good excursions. Outside the hotel is very rundown and nothing like the little shops and bars etc you can find when you leave your Spanish hotel. Don’t go with high expectations when you go for a walk. I always felt safe though. Everyone is very friendly other than when we visited the Nabuel market. I wrote a review on that page.
Thank you to all of the wonderful staff for giving us such a fantastic holiday. Hope to visit again one day. Tip: the exchange at the hotel does not have a cash line (atm) you need to have the cash already and they only accept English banknotes. There are atm’s a short taxi ride away for 3-5 dinar and they will wait for you and bring you back to the hotel. We also visited the hotel spa which was nice but overpriced I thought.
Tip: we were the only Scottish people at the hotel the whole time. There were a couple of English people who kept us sane when we needed a good chat. The hotel is full of Algerians, Russians and French. Most people are perfectly friendly but few speak English, the staff speak quite good english and can hold a decent conversation. Do not go expecting a ‘spanish’ experience where it’s catered to the British tourist. It is not and refreshingly so as far as I’m concerned. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience xxx