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Discover immersive luxury in Tunisia
January 2020 415

Set in the mystical Sahara Desert in the southwest of Tunisia, Anantara Tozeur Resort offers a luxury gateway to ancient cultural and desert wonders in breathtaking natural settings. From its exquisite Arabian and North African design to its towering palms and endless salt lake views, the new resort celebrates Tozeur’s majestic desert culture.

Anantara Tozeur Resort offers world-class resort facilities with 93 luxurious accommodation options, five dining outlets including the Arabian Nights Cultural Village, an Anantara Spa, floodlit tennis courts, fitness club with yoga studio and Dunes Kids Club.

The spacious modern lobby is a splendid tribute to Moorish architecture with a series of keyhole archway spaces, a mosaic infinity water feature and a deconstructed chandelier dominating the reception area. The veranda looks out over the resort’s meandering swimming pools with the backdrop of the Chott El Djerid salt flats.

The resort is the ultimate in refined luxury, with deluxe sahara view rooms, one and two-bedroom villas and pool villas set in clusters along weaving pathways amongst landscaped courtyards. The interiors boast extraordinary attention to detail with a subtle interweaving of Berber patterns, North African furnishings, materials, textures and desert colours – warm and inviting with spacious bedrooms and spa-like bathrooms, complete with rain shower and separate bathtub and outdoor terraces. Every detail, from marble floor patterns, to inlaid timber screens and traditional fret-cut lighting, to artwork and handcrafts highlights Tunisia’s rich heritage.

Providing spacious indulgence, two private three-bedroom royal villas welcome families, friends and groups to regal exclusivity. The grand entrance leads to more than 800 square metres of indoor living space with an open-plan lounge, sunken dining room and private majlis, all with an opulent interior design. The impressive outdoor area with an infinity pool and dining area is perfect for alfresco meals, with endless panoramas of the region’s famed Chott el Djerid. 

Market life and chef tips stir culinary passions in a Spice Spoons cooking class. Guests can indulge in private movable feasts with Dining by Design, Anantara’s signature private dining concept. Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner for two deep in the desert, created within Antonio Banderas’ Black Gold movie set, or on the terrace of a private residence in Tozeur town. Family and friends can feast on a secluded barbeque in a Berber tent amidst the whispering sands of the Sahara.

Anantara Spa offers signature experiences and spa journeys rooted in the healing traditions of the region’s rich culture. Guests can choose from a menu of exotic Thai rituals, ancient therapies from across Asia and western spa wisdom, with therapeutic treatments including traditional massage therapies, detox treatments and hammam rituals.

The Dunes Kids Club has its own pool and is especially for kids younger than 12 years of age, offering a complimentary daily supervised programme and special menu. Activities include cooking and mocktail classes, swimming, entertainment and arts and crafts. Kids will also enjoy indoor and outdoor sports and games. The special menu includes healthy options, milkshakes, mini burgers, French fries, pizza and macaroni cheese.

The resort puts travellers in touch with local culture and history with tailored excursions to Tozeur’s Medina. The old town is filled with unique brick-pattern architecture and shops selling baskets, ceramics and kilim carpets. Take a traditional horse and carriage to one of the verdant palm groves to taste the queen of all dates, Deglet Nour. Travel out of the city to the abandoned 14th century Berber villages of Chebika, Tamerza and Mides north of Tozeur. The picturesque villages, built out of stone and mud, were abandoned during torrential flooding in 1967. The Mides Canyon is particularly dramatic and the mountain oasis of Tamerza is the perfect place for a cool dip in the clear water rock pool.

Discover the surreal landscapes of the Sahara Desert in 4x4 luxury. Professional drivers take Anantara guests safely through the undulating dunes and stark savannas. Driving through expansive desert scenery on a guided quad bike adventure to Chott el Djerid, the largest salt lake in the Sahara Desert, is a photographer’s dream. Go camel trekking, meandering slowly through desert plains and palm oases, stopping for mint tea and dates. For fans of Star Wars, Tozeur is home to numerous scenes from the original trilogy and prequels, with special programmes available for guests to explore a galaxy far, far away.

Anantara Tozeur Resort is located 15-minutes’ drive from Tozeur’s Nefta International Airport and offers a luxury chauffeur service from the airport to the resort.  







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