Monastir Travel Guide
The coastal town of Monastir in Tunisia is a great place to combine some cultural sightseeing with a resort vacation, especially now that the Radisson Blu chain has opened the Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso Monastir on the beachfront, not altogether too far from the impressive Ribat of Harthema, one of the oldest fortresses in northern Africa.
We like Radisson Blu because they like giving us free internet access, and also because they keep opening up hotels in exotic places like this. This one includes 264 guest rooms and 16 suites, and they all overlook the pool area and have views out towards the Mediterranean Sea.
The spa facilities sound good, but won't open until sometime early in 2010; they're going to specialize in using seawater treatments, which seems pretty sensible with so much seawater right on their front doorstep.
On top of all that, the nightly rates are more than affordable. At the moment a standard room with breakfast will set you back just 91 Dinar ($70); at that rate you could splash out on the presidential suite for 311 Dinar ($240) a night. Tunisia's a short plane hop from most European cities, and could add a real touch of uniqueness to your vacation plans.