Tunisia has been in the news extensively since early 2011 when protests there led to the Arab Spring, a movement of popular revolts against autocratic governments across the Middle East. Since then, the country has taken its first steps towards genuine democracy, making it an exciting place to visit. While no one can guarantee the stability of a country in flux, Tunisia seems to be a safe destination, and has become a hot spot for luxury travelers looking for the best deals. Here are 10 of the top choices:
Houda Golf & Beach Club
Perfect for families and young couples, the Houda Golf & Beach Club offers a variety of activities in relaxing settings. As there is a high emphasis on entertainment, you will never lack in options that range from games rooms, a disco, nightly shows and cabarets, and plenty of watersports. There is even a pool with waterslides for the kids. Best of all, perhaps, is that the well-regarded Palm Links Golf Course is just 100 m away from the front door, meaning you’re never far from playing a few holes. You’ll also enjoy a good range of food options, with a lot of local Tunisian and authentic Italian on offer. This is an excellent place to relax without breaking the bank.
If you’ve come for the beach, you’ve come to the right place. Dar Khayam is located right on the beach just outside the resort center of Hammamet, which gives it a nice balance between central location and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy beautiful golden white sand perfect for children, plentiful watersports, and a friendly staff, as well as large and interesting meals in the set menu and a la carte restaurants. Activities are a big feature here, as well. Ever wanted to try out archery? Here’s your chance. You can also learn tennis, table tennis, water polo, and more. Combine these with a relaxing end to the day in the full-service spa (complete with a sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, and massage center), and you have one blissful vacation.
Located as it is right in the middle of Hammamet, this well-established hotel is a sure pleaser. The SENTIDO Phenicia is located on its own private stretch of beach, and has enough activities to keep you busy for your whole stay. The beach features an excellent barbecue run by the restaurant staff, which nicely complements the myriad bars and restaurants on the grounds of the resort. For active guests, there are seven tennis courts, some of which are lit up at night for nonstop playing. Nearby, you can find nightlife, shopping, and two golf courses, all easily accessed by courtesy shuttles, local buses, or inexpensive taxis. In the evenings, you can also enjoy a variety of shows right at the hotel as well as a disco. You will always find something.
What a perfect location! The IBEROSTAR Averroes is situated on a promenade with extensive gardens that lead gracefully down to a perfect beach scene, this resort has one of the best spots in the country. Take a pleasant walk along this paved pathway with amazing views of the beach until you reach the marina, where you can enjoy the atmosphere and scene of beautiful boats arriving from around the Mediterranean. With a stylish, modern design, friendly staff, and the usual great selection of restaurants, the resort has all the basics covered. Add on plenty of watersports and a spa with an excellent steam room and other great features, and you have an excellent destination for your next holiday.
Located in gorgeous Port el Kantaoui, the Riviera Hotel gets high marks on the hospitality scale. Perfect for couples, families, and even large groups, this excellent resort features an excellent beach accessed by a private pathway, plentiful games and activities, and daytime and evening entertainment. Enjoy darts, archery, lawn bowling, tennis, table tennis, pool, and more on land, and lots of water-based activities as well. There’s a kid’s pool with waterslides, game room, mini-disco, and more to keep the kids busy as well. Finally, get a workout in the fitness room or relax in a spa after a long day of relaxing at the beach. Life can be so difficult sometimes…
IBEROSTAR Diar el Andalous
Some resorts continue to impress visitors year after year by maintaining their high standards, having increasingly skilled and attentive staff, and continually updating the services that they offer. The IBEROSTAR Diar el Andalous is a perfect example of this mentality. Already blessed with a great location with excellent beachfront views, this resort offers all the usual amenities but in a level of comfort and class that is difficult to find within this price range. It also goes above and beyond with activities like mini golf, volleyball, cabarets, and more. To top it all off, the hotel is just opposite from the fantastic El Kantaoui golf course. This is an excellent choice on a lot of levels.
Marhaba Royal Salem
This friendly and inviting option offers a great range of activities housed in a modern complex that it stylish and comfortable at the same time. Located just outside of the resort center of Sousse, the Marhaba Royal Salem is a resort that families will love because of the range of child-friendly things to do, and couples will enjoy because of the romantic atmosphere. With three outdoor pools (one with waterslides), views out over the beach and parasailing adventurers (you can even join them!), and a multitude of fine dining and drinking options, you’ll certainly never be bored. The fitness room and spa also get very high marks.
Certainly one of the larger resorts in the area, the Tej Marhaba has become a compact and delightful city of its own, with virtually everything you could want within easy reach. It has its own elegant shopping center, tons of bars and restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, and a beautiful beach just 500 meters away, not to mention a host of activities. There are nightly entertainment events which at times include live local music, something that is an especially welcome delight when traveling abroad. The general atmosphere is very friendly and social, with relaxed holidaymakers sharing the experience of a lifetime in Tunisia. The hotel is just outside of Sousse.
El Mouradi Club Kantaoui
Located as it is in between several points of interest, the El Mouradi Club Kantaoui is another excellent choice. With spacious grounds, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, and a superb spot right on the beach, relaxation is the number one activity. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that there are endless choices of games, sports, classes, private lessons, and other ways to stay active through tennis, waterpolo, archery, aerobics, and other things to fill your time with. Try great local food in the main buffet, or if you’re homesick there’s an a la carte pizzeria on site. The golf course is only 1.5 kilometers away, and the resort center at Port Kantaoui is only 2 kilometers off.
Last but not least, the Soviva Resort is a perfect choice for families with children (though couples and singles will surely enjoy their stay as well). Huge waterslides, a mini golf course, canoes and pedalos on the beach, a playground, and a mini-disco all await young guests. Daytime and evening entertainment is frequent and provided by a dedicated, respected company. The rooms themselves are comfortable and spacious, with lots of room for the whole family (cots can be provided). The beach is very close, as are shops and other activities within town. If you’re traveling as a family in Port el Kantaoui, this may be your best choice. The price is very reasonable as well!
Wherever you end up staying, be it the Sultan Gardens hotel Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, or elsewhere in Tunisia is an exciting and exotic destination. As long as you and your loved ones make smart and informed decisions about travelling, you will find that your next holiday can be amazing and not nearly as expensive as other options may be. These hotels are all excellent choices, so book one today!