Tunisia offers palatial hotel comfort at motel prices

Tunisia is the primary hard currency earner for tourism, and this small country with eleven million people last year hosted over seven million tourists, a record number. Many of them come back again and again to enjoy the climate, beautiful beaches and gourmet dining.

In a small Tunisia, there is something like a quarter of a million hotel beds, most of which are, of course, concentrated in the capital Tunis. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Tunisia's tourism industry is that so few tourists visiting this enchanting country are Americans. Of the seven million tourists who visited Tunisia in 2012, only about 25,000 were US citizens, many of whom came on a cruise ship and stopped only briefly at the port. About one third of one percent of Tunisian guests are Americans, and this has been standard for years.

Why this is a bit of a mystery, and some of it is undoubtedly related to the false perception that North Africa is a place of danger. It is a proven fact that since the Arab Spring revolt that began in 2010, neither a tourist nor a lesser man has been injured as a result of the political upheavals that began in Tunisia with the Jasmine Revolution. Tourism is Tunisia's largest sector. A huge number of Tunisians are committed to making it work, today and tomorrow. Indeed, tourism is Tunisia's most important 'export' and the source of most of its euros, yen, dollars and other hard money.

There are so many luxury destinations in Tunisia that it is very difficult to concentrate on one, but the recent favorite destination of many top visitors is Residence, a palace hotel and resort resort nestled on the edge of a sparkling golden beach on the Gammarth Mediterranean coast, adjacent to the ancient ruins of Carthage outside Tunis. Carthage, as you may know, was the ancient Roman capital of Africa, and unlike the Roman ruins in Rome, the ruins are undisturbed, covered by 2000 years of modern additions.

Residence is an oasis of charm and tranquility for a tired and exhausted slap in the middle of one of the oldest permanently inhabited places on earth. Recall that the history of Tunisia dates back to the Phoenicians, the millennia, the indigenous Berbers. When you're on Residenceyou feel that you are in one of the cradles of civilization, a notion heavily reinforced by the creative spirit so evident right next to the colony of artists Sidi Bou Said, just a stone's throw away.

Only after a recent tour of Carthage did I walk through the fascinating ruins where I realized how much Residence owes inspiration to the ancient Roman heated baths, which are essential to life in ancient Carthage. It was the Romans who developed the use of seawater as a form of therapy, especially seawater that was heated. Modern marine physicians still believe that seawater properties have a beneficial effect on skin pores. in Residence I think it is the best recreation of a Roman Thalassic spa resort anywhere in the world at its core Les Thermes Marins de Carthage, Size of 35, 000 square feet, surrounded by 30 special guest cabins, oriental hammam, a sauna, two terraces to relax between treatments and a majestic dome covering a recreational swimming pool with sea water.

Palace architecture Residence it reflects both Moorish and Andalusian influences and close to the sea, while its interiors are about relaxed elegance with a distinct Tunisian décor, ivory walls, blonde glitter, Alicante marble, and rich broccoli. Sea views are everywhere.

Only 155 rooms and nine luxury suites Residence it looks outward when you see it out there, but it's small enough so you'll never feel lost in the crowd. And you will be pleased daily by the rich gastronomic palette of the six restaurants found on the premises, so you can enjoy fresh seafood, traditional Tunisian and Mediterranean delicacies, authentic Chinese cuisine at any time, or eat at times when you want something lighter al fresco at the Néroli salad bar.

And what will it be? Residence Did it cost you? A double room can be discounted at 215 euros per night or $ 140 per person! You leave Residence with sadness and determination to return as soon as possible, and you will enjoy the convenience of Tunis-Carthage International Airport, because rarely more than 30 minutes by taxi even on days of transport. Be sure to check it out Residence website for current prices and availability.