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Just a short drive from the ancient Roman ruins of Carthage, a sanctuary of modern luxury and style has opened its doors on the Mediterranean shore of Tunisia's capital: the new Four Seasons Hotel Tunis.
Contemporary Arabesque architecture and design details including mashrabiya latticework screens reflect both the hotel’s proximity to several Unesco World Heritage Sites, and its easy access to the city of Tunis.
Spilling down toward the sea is a palatial complex of white buildings connected via arched walkways and surrounded by pools, fountains and gardens beneath swaying palms before giving way to a sandy beach edging the Mediterranean beneath a bright blue sky. Public areas are designed in an open concept to capture gentle sea breezes, while guest rooms and suites open to either garden or sea views.
“We are delighted to greet our first guests at Four Seasons Hotel Tunis,” said general manager Ahmed Khalaf. “Already there has been great interest among our Gammarth neighbours and inquiries from around the world, and now I join my team in their excitement to show off our new hotel, and invite guests to explore the ancient wonders of Tunisia, and the wonderful seaside lifestyle of the city.”
While the 550-sq-m Presidential Suite with its enormous tiered terrace featuring a private pool for families and entertaining may be the hotel’s most prestigious accommodation, the three Mediterranean Suites are equally appealing. Each boasts a large living and dining area serviced by a butler’s pantry, a private office, and sumptuous master bedroom opening onto a furnished terrace overlooking the sea. In all, 203 guest accommodations including 35 suites – Tunisia’s largest, and all with terraces or balconies - offer myriad options whether travelling alone on business, enjoying a romantic getaway or bringing the entire family for a seaside holiday.
Dining and Drinking at Four Seasons
With five food and beverage options overseen by executive chef Omar Mallen, guests are spoiled for choice, beginning with The Creek, Bistro Chic Restaurant and Lounge on the top floor of the Hotel, where Mediterranean coastal cuisine featuring fresh products from the city’s large Central Market is served indoors and outdoors each evening. At Blu Bar & Grill, those lounging poolside or playing on the beach in spring and summer will find a menu of fresh fish and seafood in a casual al fresco setting. Azur offers an international menu served from dawn until late evening. Salon Alyssa, which includes indoor and terrace seating, is the ideal setting for casual meetings and light refreshments in a chic and cosy atmosphere.
Seaside Spa and Leisure
The hotel’s lavish Spa is inspired by the country’s historic sites and traditions, with many of the 11 treatment rooms opening to terraces with sea views. The VIP Suite is the ultimate indulgence for one or two guests, with twin massage beds, a rain shower, bathtub and private terrace relaxation area. Among cutting-edge therapies and soothing treatments, Spa Manager Pierre Habert recommends a hammam ritual after a day shopping in the Medina’s souks.
The striking indoor-outdoor lap pool, is surrounded by columns and shimmering with mosaic tiles, while the outdoor pool’s central location overlooking the sea makes it one of the best places to enjoy a sunset cocktail. There’s also a fully equipped fitness centre with steam rooms and sauna, and separate men’s and women’s lounges, and two tennis courts.
For families, the city’s best dedicated facilities for children and teens are at Four Seasons Hotel Tunis. The renowned Kids for All Seasons program is headquartered in its own space – including a splash pool – with a full program of games, cultural activities and more coordinated by skilled supervisors. There’s also a Teen Centre when young adults can enjoy video games and socialise with new friends.
Meetings and Social Events at Four Seasons
With more than 1,500-sq-m of indoor and outdoor event spaces ranging from the elegant Jasmin Ballroom and well-equipped meeting rooms to wide lawns looking out to the sea, Four Seasons Hotel Tunis is the ideal venue for conferences, corporate events and weddings. A team of Four Seasons planning and catering experts is at the ready to customise each event and execute to perfection.
For many visitors, the region’s ancient wonders are reason enough to visit. Guests of Four Seasons will also enjoy easy access to commercial and business districts, shopping in traditional souks or along the Parisian-style Avenue Habib Bourguiba, exploring the extensive Bardo National Museum, and spending days on playing golf or boating. The Concierge team is also happy to recommend dining options among the city’s many seaside restaurants.
The new Four Seasons Hotel Tunis offers an introductory offer featuring 20 per cent savings on all room categories through March 2018, while the Stay Longer promotion invites business travellers and weekenders to enjoy an extra day in Tunis with complements of Four Seasons when booking two consecutive paid nights in a suite.
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