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A truly marvelous hotel experience situated in an exotic destination is a great recipe for a memorable hotel stay. This hotel is easily the best in Tunisia and ranks highly among North Africa’s top choices. The Residence chain is a growing brand with roots in Africa that captures defining luxury experiences.
The hotel is centered around principles of wellbeing and rejuvenation, its motto is: “Take Refuge from the Norm.” Set on the shores of the Mediterranean with nearby access to historic sites of Carthage and the modern city and ancient souk of Tunis it is well connected and properly isolated all at once. Tunis Carthage International Airport is just a half hour drive and taxis are waiting outside the hotel at any given time.
From the moment one enters the lobby the laid back atmosphere is apparent. There are floral smells, running water and relaxing music. From the moment one enters the hotel the sense of service, friendliness and attentiveness is apparent.
All services, the restaurants, bars, pool area, lobby, spa, shops etc. are located on the ground floor. In fact the building is much wider than it is high. This means that one doesn’t have to guess which floor this or that place is located. Everything is arranged in such an intimate manner you might feel like you have the place to yourself, a key ingredient in relaxation.
There is a selection of shops near the lobby which offer a well displayed array of typical goods one would find in the local medina in downtown Tunis. This area is adjacent to the hotel’s own Tunisian restaurant where one can dine in local ambiance and sample the many tasty dishes that this region is known for. The typical Tunisian bread products are particularly savory the local style is known as Mlaoui. There are six restaurants in total and some of the other options include Chinese, Mediterranean, an al-fresco health restaurant and a poolside grill. The pool and lobby offer two fantastic bars for whichever setting your mood strike you. The healthy eating restaurant called Neroli is particularly unique as it is adjacent to the spa and is a great compliment to the mentality of healthy eating and bodily rejuvenation.
The spa area is the heart and soul of the hotel. Only a short walk from the lobby, guests are encouraged to enter already in bathrobe and slippers directly from their rooms. The spa and its amenities are included for guests and outsiders can have access for the day with the purchase of a treatment. There are a vast number of treatments available and over thirty private rooms offer one the ability to escape from daily stresses. There are rooms for all sorts of hydrotherapy; there are private rooms where one may select personalized music and color themes for massages and relaxation. The pool is a unique design with corners set up for massage jets and circular whirlpool functions. There is a spacious hammam in that will inspire thoughts of ancient grandeur and an excellent sauna for a good sweat. Included are relaxation areas where one can sit comfortably and enjoy complementary tea and coffee.
While having spa space to relax is important, even more so is the living space. The rooms maintain the theme of white in its various shades using lots of marble and fabric. The complement to all of this is an elegant use of wood and light toned colors. Each standard room will greet the expectant guest with a complementary bowl of fruits and water. Every room has a private balcony with either a sea, garden or pool view. Instead of taking up space with a couch, each room has a sofa corner majestically perched into the wall space. One may choose to have the complimentary breakfast on the balcony in the room itself or head down to the L’Oliver restaurant for a buffet of impressive variety. If the standard rooms are impressive, even statelier are the suites. These abodes offer a similar design but with an extra living space, a walk in closet, two bathrooms and fruit provided daily. The rooms are impeccably designed and offer a great place from which to enjoy your stay.