Tunisia : Tunis, Carthage & Sidi Bou Said
This area is the perfect combination of sand, sea, city sights and ancient ruins. The coastal resorts offer wonderful spas, beaches and watersports just half an hour from the capital of Tunis, and are a great base for visiting local sights such as the Roman ruins at Carthage. You can spend a night or two in Sidi Bou Said, a pretty white and blue village on the headland, once an artists’ haunt and full of Arabic-Spanish charm. There are lots of shops and fun places to eat and by night, when the visitors have gone, it’s at its best. Tunis itself, with its elegant boulevards, chic restaurants and street cafes, is cosmopolitan and buzzing. Enjoy the architecture, haggle in the souks in the Medina and learn a bit about the history in the museums and old buildings.
Sister of Mauritius’ famous Residence, The Residence is Tunisia’s best hotel. Set on a fantastic sandy beach, the five-star hotel offers excellent, unobtrusive service as well as a range of facilities including a Thalassotherapy spa and 18-hole golf course. The style resembles a Moorish-Andalucian palace with its grand architecture, marble and exotic fabrics, and it is set in lovely landscaped gardens with a huge pool. There are 155 sumptuous bedrooms and nine suites with marble bathrooms. The deluxe rooms and suites have sea views. If you venture beyond this peaceful oasis you will find the remains of ancient Carthage and the pretty sights of Sidi Bou Said.