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Tunis has a wealth to offer visitors to the city. Soak up the atmosphere of the Unesco World Heritage medina, seek out the ruins of Carthage and get to know the picture-perfect blue-and-white town Sidi Bou Said on the nearby coastline. Accommodations here range from luxury beachfront resorts to boutique hotels in the heart of the city and exclusive-use properties where a stay comes with extra local character. Be sure to follow the tips of your hosts or hotel concierge to uncover the best cultural experiences of the region.
Here’s where to stay in Tunis:
This 18th-century house in the medina of Tunis reflects the character and style of traditional properties in this region. Expect sweeping arches, patterned tiles and pops of vibrant color. Three bedrooms and three bathrooms occupy the historic property with a patio, living room and dining room on the first floor, then bedrooms and a covered patio on the floor above. One of the bedrooms has a private terrace with a view of the medina and Sidi Mehrez Mosque. The house is close to area restaurants, but you can also request breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Residence Tunis
For unadulterated luxury, check in to this mesmerizing resort just outside the city. The resort lies alongside the nearby coast’s sandy shores with architecture fusing Arab-Andalusian heritage with modern design. Gardens, a free-form palm-tree-flanked pool and 18-hole golf course line the resort’s shores, with a sprawling thalasso spa and a collection of restaurants and bars also here to enjoy. Stay in rooms and suites with garden, pool or sea views, then venture out to explore the sites of the city and its surroundings through the hotel’s specially curated itineraries.
La Maison De L’artiste
The “house of the artist” is a continuation of the contemporary art gallery A.Gorgi in Sidi Bou Said on the coast outside the city. This apartment combines the location’s history with stylish modern interiors and a carefully curated selection of art. Three sea-view bedrooms accommodate up to six guests, and spacious living and dining rooms provide a place to unwind. The apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen but you’re also close to a number of cafes and restaurants.
Dar Ben Gacem
Back in the medina, you’ll find this restored 17th-century-house turned boutique hotel. A stay here is sure to give you a true insight into local life; in an effort to have a positive impact on the community and preserve the city’s cultural heritage, Dar Ben Gacem works with artisans and small businesses in the medina, decorating each room with Tunisian arts, cooking up fresh local dishes and creating series of Medina Experiences to give guests deeper insight into the area.
Villa Dar Indigo
Another outstanding property in Sidi Bou Said, this is a traditional blue-and-white house dating back to the 18th century in which the local aesthetic, ceramics and bougainvillea have been fused with luxurious touches and modern comfort. There are three bedrooms, a spacious living room, a dining room for up to six and a full kitchen in the house, with a terrace complete with swimming pool running off the living room. A second terrace offers views over the surroundings from its vantage point at the top of the house. Order ahead for breakfast, lunch and dinner or ask for local restaurant recommendations.
Four Seasons Hotel Tunis
As a Four Seasons property, this is one of the most prominent luxury hotels in the region. Combining modern Arabesque architecture with gardens, pools and a wealth of facilities, it really is a sight to behold. The hotel commands an enviable position on the coast of upscale Gammarth where both the city and coastal sites are within easy reach. While you’re here though, you will also want to set aside time for the on-site facilities. Relax in the hammam and spa, take to the tennis courts and find a spot in the Mediterranean restaurants overlooking the sea.
Kahina Villa sits at the top of the hill in blue-and-white Sid Bou Said with views of the sea. Six suites are spread across four floors—guests have the option to book the entire property—with white walls, arched ceilings and a selection of artwork. Its Le Pavillon suite extends across two floors with a terrace and infinity pool. The villa offers dinners of local dishes and can arrange excursions such as boat trips.