Checking Out: Anantara Tozeur Resort

Opened in December 2019, the Anantara Tozeur Resort in Tunisia marks the brand's North African debut

Star Wars fans will be very familiar with some of Anantara Tozeur Resort's panoramas
Star Wars fans will be very familiar with some of Anantara Tozeur Resort's panoramas

Star Wars fans will be very familiar with some of Anantara Tozeur Resort's panoramas, as the southern Tunisian desert around Tozeur served as the filming locations for numerous scenes of the epic space trilogies created by George Lucas. Guests have the opportunity to visit some of the filming locations from the first and second trilogies, when they book the resort’s Tatooine Journey package.

Design - The resort blends modern and Moorish architecture with a series of keyhole archway spaces, a mosaic infinity water feature and a deconstructed chandelier dominating the reception area. The rooms feature a subtle interweaving of Berber patterns, North African furnishings, materials, textures and desert colours  Every detail, from marble floor patterns, to inlaid timber screens and traditional fret-cut lighting, highlights Tunisia’s rich heritage.

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Rooms - Set in clusters along weaving pathways and amongst landscaped courtyards, the 93 guest rooms and villas include Deluxe Sahara View Rooms, One- and Two-Bedroom villas and Pool Villas. Two private three-bedroom Royal Villas welcome families, friends and groups to regal exclusivity. Each entrance leads to more than 800 square metres of indoor living space with an open plan lounge, sunken dining room and private majlis, The outdoor terrace with an infinity pool and dining area is perfect for alfresco meals, with endless panoramas of the region’s famed Chott el Djerid.

Culture - The resort puts travellers in touch with local culture and history with excursions to Tozeur’s Medina and the abandoned 14th century Berber villages of Chebika, Tamerza and Mides. Commenting on the launch, Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Anantara’s parent company, Minor Hotels, said: “We are so proud to debut our luxury Anantara brand in North Africa with the launch of this spectacular resort in the desert in Tunisia. Anantara Tozeur is truly a worldclass resort and will bring new levels of Arabian hospitality and luxury to this stunning country.”

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