4.5
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What We Love

  • New eco-friendly Robert Trent Jones II–designed 18-hole golf course
  • A signature treatment at the Thalasso spa
  • Beach with umbrella-shaded chaises
  • Full kids club includes activities and babysitting services
  • Concierge can arrange restaurant reservations and book a designated tour guide
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • The State Department has issued an alert for those traveling to Tunisia
  • For U.S. passport holders, a visa isn’t necessary for stays up to four months
  • The property opened in December 1996; many of the restaurants were updated in 2010, and the spa will be under renovation (but open) throughout 2011
  • Arabic is the official language; some English and French are spoken
  • Modest dress is a good rule of thumb
  • Cash (the dinar or euro) is the most common form of payment, but credit cards are accepted at many upscale restaurants and shops

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

After a long flight, the soaring Arabic arches and creamy stone columns of the entrance to the beachfront Residence Tunis lifted my spirits, as did the welcoming cup of fragrant mint tea. I allowed myself to be led past the lobby’s soaring potted royal palms to my spacious white and beige room, grateful for the air conditioning, the soft linens on the kingsize bed and the big marble bathroom.

French doors opened onto a private balcony overlooking the long stretch of golden sand below. In vacation mode, I ignored the WiFi, the phone and the satellite flat-screen TV — but it was nice to know they were there.

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Whole days could be spent languidly moving from a shaded beach chaise to the palm-studded deck that surrounds the curvaceous pool. But this is known as one of the best properties in Tunis, thanks in part to its roster of amenities: an adults-only Thalasso spa (modeled on ancient Roman thermal baths), which uses the excellent Darphin product line from France; a heated indoor seawater pool; a hammam (Turkish bath); a pair of tennis courts; and an eco-sensitive 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II on a nature preserve with great birdwatching.

Beyond the grounds, there’s a medina to explore and the ruins of ancient Carthage to ponder. Within hours you can kayak the Mediterranean coastline, wander the ruins of the Roman amphitheater at El Jem, scour frozen-in-time souks for Berber jewels and the handwoven textiles of Kairouan, or ride a camel in the Sahara.

How to Get There

The Residence Tunis
Boite Postale 697
Gammarth, 2070 Tunisia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 964 Reviews
Beautiful hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I very much enjoyed my stay in this beautiful hotel. All the staff make that extra effort to make sure the guests feel welcome. The rooms are nicely decorated and the bed very comfortable. The breakfast was the highlight of the day. Big selection of bread and fresh juices. Hope to come back one day and then have more time to visit the spa which I hear is amazing.

So so nice!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rooms are great. Food is good. The breakfast in particular is one of the best. Views are awesome! I want to take all of the furniture in the lobby home and fill my own house. The hotel even smells good! There is a warm salt water pool with jets that is absolutely hedonistic (all I had to do was curl into a ball and the pool shot me around in a huge gentle circle). The main pool is nice. There is practically nothing I would not change. I did notice that many folks would talk loudly in the lobby/lounge as those no one else could understand what they were saying. Several conversations should not have been so loud, as they were indeed understood by competitors, etc.

Exceptional Hospitality
Reviewed 1 month ago

Having recently returned from The Residence, Tunis, I feel immediately inspired to write about the most incredible experience that I enjoyed during this past weekend. I had travelled to the Hotel on business and although this time of year is still out of season, the entire team in the Hotel are 100% on the ball and demonstrate a genuine passion to ensure their guests receive the warmest and most exceptional hospitality. The Hotel in addition offers guests the most beautiful guest bedrooms and sumptuous bathrooms with every attention to detail covered. Breakfast is an absolute must during your stay with the most divine selection of pastries on offer - I will most certainly be returning!

Superb hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

The hotel was great. Really impressed with everything. A great place to return to after a hard day of business meetings as well as a great venue to have meetings. Definitely going to ensure my next business trip is in summer.

Delightful!
Reviewed 2 months ago

This was my first trip to Tunisia and I didn’t quite know what to expect.
Well there was no need for trepidation as the Residence Tunis was a lovely surprise.
Located out of the city, it’s a ideal retreat.
I only had the pleasure of a short stay of two nights, but I can certainly compliment the high quality of sleep I enjoyed while I was there. The bed and pillows were perfect- not too hard, not too soft.
The hotel itself is reminiscent of the old Arabian buildings but with a modern twist.
Rooms open unto a lovely balcony with a fantastic view of the gardens and the ocean.

The breakfast is a simple but delicious fare. An offer of a continental breakfast or something more local. Both options are delicious.
Nice selection of fruits and juices. Definitely no complaints!