Yasmine Hammamet Resort in Tunisia
The Yasmine Hammamet Resort is one of the most modern in Tunisia, it is an organized construction project with a clear building plan, a pre-determined set of shops and entertainment venues. Recreation in Yasmine Hammamet has its pros and cons, as will be discussed in detail in this article, but we will begin with the location and history of the creation of the resort.
Yasmine Hammamet on the map of Tunisia
Details of the location on the map of all Tunisian resorts, we told in the article " Map of Tunisia with resorts ."
A bit of history
The project was born in the early 90's. Inspired by the success of the creation of the resort area of Port El Kantaoui , Hammamet decided to create such a large organized resort area, especially since there were no more places on the coast in Hammamet itself and tourism development in the region was suspended.
For the new resort the coast to the south of Hammamet was excellent, but there were problems. The fact is that the vilayetu (province) of Nabul, where Hammamet is located, belonged only to 2 kilometers of coast, which was not enough for the resort, and further the coast belongs to the Silesian vilayet. The authorities of the two provinces coordinated this construction for a long time.
By the mid-1990s, construction began on the coast, the developer was SEDHS (Hammamet-Sud Development Company). For the resort was allocated 4 kilometers of coast and 277 hectares of area along it.
It was planned to place hotels in Yasmine Hammamet with a total capacity of 14,000 people and 10,000 seats provided in apartments of different levels of comfort. In fact, it turned out even more, we will talk about the composition of hotels later in this article.
2003 is considered the year of the opening of the resort - most hotels, shopping and entertainment centers have earned. Yasmine Hammamet became the only resort in Tunisia, located immediately in two provinces. The border runs straight through the center of the port. Fortunately, this feature does not affect the tourists.
How long does the beach season last for Yasmine Hammamet
As in other resorts in Tunisia - from mid-March to mid-October. Read more in our review " Weather and beach season in Tunisia ".
Features of the holiday
Let's start with the shortcomings. The most important drawback is that along the coast there is a road, here there is not a single hotel where the hotel area directly adjoins the beach. Underground crossings are not present, and always it is necessary to cross the road, which is especially important for tourists with children. There are no traffic lights, there are only "zebras", which almost all drivers ignore. We must always be cautious on Tunisian roads , which we described in detail in the article " What not to do to tourists in Tunisia ."
The second drawback - the resort of Yasmine Hammamet is located far from the airports. The nearest airport of Enfid is 50 kilometers (about an hour by bus). Many tourists read the official name "Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport" and think that the airport is directly in Hammamet - 5 minutes and at the hotel! Nothing like that, the name is just a name.
Not always charter flights take seats at Anfida Airport, many charter airlines prefer the airport of Monastir . In this case, prepare to go to the hotel for 2 hours (100 kilometers).
Important advice! When buying a tour in Yasmine Hammamet, carefully check the airport of arrival. Preference is given to the tour with the landing of the plane in Enfid.
Another problem is the lack of a beach line, on which each place is allocated a little space - about 50 meters. Places chronically not enough, which is especially felt in July and August.
Now about the positive sides. The resort of Yasmine Hammamet is very logically arranged using the "sandwich" technology. First comes the beach, followed by a road along which there are small shops and cafes. Behind the road is the first line of hotels, behind the hotels there is a big road, along which large shops and shopping centers are concentrated, then the second line of hotels, followed by the main road. Tourists are easy to navigate and it is impossible to get lost.
The resort can be proud of the developed tourist infrastructure. Many restaurants and shops, especially pleases the abundance of shops Fix Price - the most convenient way to buy souvenirs in Tunisia . In the photo on the right is the biggest local shopping center Costa Mall.
Of course, the main advantage can be considered the quality of beaches. Clean white sand, smooth sandy bottom and always gentle and convenient entrance to the sea.
At the time of this writing, Yasmine Hammamet has 30 full-fledged hotels (with stars assigned). Of these, 10 "fives," 18 "fours," and only 2 "treshki." The total capacity of hotels - 19 000 people, the capacity of apartments, guest houses, villas and bungalows - is 11 000 more. Do not forget about private apartments, rented to holidaymakers.
Despite the abundance of "fives", this resort can not be called expensive, hotel prices and tours here are average in Tunisia.
In the media, the resort of Yasmine Hammamet is called "without a soul." He has no specialization. For a quiet family vacation, it is too noisy. For youth recreation is too quiet, discos and clubs are few. For recreation with a good cultural program is not good, there are no sights here, you can only go to the Old Medina of Hammamet or to Villa Sebastian . This is the problem that many Western tourist publications designate, which we absolutely agree with.
The hoteliers themselves call their problem another. Active season, when the hotels are "crammed to the eyeballs" there lasts only 2 months - July and August. The total congestion of hotels during the year is 32%, which leads to a low profitability of the hotel business. Most of the hotels are closed in November and open in March.
The problem of low occupancy is being addressed. First, at the expense of golf lovers. Initially, the resort project was planned only two golf courses, and now (note: the article was written in 2016), there are two of them, called Yasmine and Citrus. But at the different stages of design and construction there are now six more fields.
The second measure is to attract travelers on yachts. Port Yasmine Hammamet can now take 719 yachts, the initial capacity was only 149 yachts. Now under the construction of another 2000 seats. Now many readers will be surprised: how many yachtsmen rest here? In fact, not so much, because most of the yachts are anchored, they are left for parking for a long time.
Will these measures help the development of the Yasmine Hammamet resort? Wait and see.
She's only here - Medina Yasmin Hammamet. We will not talk about it in detail on this page, since we dedicated a separate article to this place. Read the review " Medina Yasmin Hammamet ".
Another point of interest is a port where yachts of different classes and price categories stop. Go and see very curiously.
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