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FOUR SEASONS TUNIS: WEEKEND GETAWAY TO TUNISIA

When I told people Tunisia was next on my travel itinerary, the most common reaction I received was a look of dubious surprise. Tunisia? How come? Isn't it unsafe? (No more dangerous than any other tourist destination, I would counter...and perhaps even safer, now that there are hardly any tourists to target in the first place).

Booking our trip to Tunis was actually part of a bigger 'scheme' - the flights would become part of a larger trip to Vietnam months later (long story). Still, we were looking forward to making a holiday out of a rather fleeting 2 night stay and exploring a new country.


THE HOTEL


Our hotel of choice was the newly opened Four Seasons Tunis. What with the property being so new and having hardly any other guests around, it felt almost as if we had the entire place to ourselves (though not in the uncomfortable way it can feel at some hotels/resorts, when you feel watched by every single member of staff, or as though you are an imposition). A pianist in the hotel lobby added an additional sense of serenity and comfort. The grounds are fairly expansive and the architecture clean, modern yet warm and inviting. The steps leading down to the pool make for an impressive view when looking up at the hotel from the poolside.

What with the property only recently (at the time) having been opened to the public, it was unsurprising that there were a few kinks that needed ironing out when it comes to service, particularly in the restaurants. Staff were well meaning and friendly but their performance often clumsy and forgetful. I'm sure with more time and training this will improve drastically to become the refined and smooth running service you expect from a FS.

Food overall exceeded expectations with fresh, delicious local and international dishes and an excellent breakfast buffet (made to order crepes...my fav. Nutella crepes every single morning for me!).


SIGHTS


During our brief stay, we managed to visit the ruins of Carthage, the Bardo National Museum and the quaint village of Sidi Bou Said. At the ruins, you will likely see various tour guides standing around, offering their services should you want some more insight into the history of the area. They are not expensive by any means, so we took one up on her offer and enjoyed an hour long guided visit around the ruins. There was a palpable absence of other tourists - during the entire hour we saw maybe a maximum of ten other tourists. Though the reasons behind this are utterly devastating, from a selfish perspective it felt like discovering a hidden gem - something that is quite rare in the Instagram age.

The Bardo museum is located in a gorgeous 13th century Ottoman palace and contains a large variety of ceramics, marble statues, impressive mosaics and other archaeological pieces detailing the history of Tunisia. 

Sidi Bou Said is reminiscent of Oia ... without all the people. It's a gorgeous village, and wandering around with barely any other tourists (or locals, for that matter) around felt simultaneously fortuitous and mystifying. I know I keep coming back to this but it genuinely boggled my mind - was this really the result of the horrific events that took place a few years back? London and Paris have experienced their own share of attacks over the past few years, yet they are still two of the most visited cities in the world.

From my brief experience, I would absolutely encourage a visit to Tunisia. Hopefully the recent addition of an internationally recognised luxury hotel group (and one of my favourites) is a positive sign that tourism numbers may be looking up again in Tunis - a picturesque destination suited for  those seeking relaxation, exploration and culture.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Four Seasons Tunis

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