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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.
Whether you're in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, for business or pleasure, a common high-end choice of hotel is the Abou Nawas Tunis Hotel, overlooking Lake Tunis. It's a 5-star right in the center with a presidential suite and 10 "ministerial" suites if you're not quite at presidential standard; it also has an impressive swimming pool. A very impressive swimming pool, if this recent reviewer comment is anything to go by:
Wading into the rooftop pool was like sliding between silk sheets - no nasty systemic overload or meltdown due to abrupt temperature change, just pure bliss. It's the only pool I've ever been in where I have not only cooled down and felt refreshed paddling around but not had to spend the first few moments frantically recovering from the shock of cold water colliding with overheated flesh.
Most other visitors agree the room rates are relatively high for Tunis, but that most of them time you get what you've paid for. One recent guest complained that a whole host of maids and miscellaneous employees appeared outside their room at tip-giving time, but otherwise service appears to be friendly, if running a little on laidback "Tunisian time". If you don't want to traipse through the streets to eat, there are 4 restaurants and 3 bars on site, so you shouldn't go wanting. And there's always that luxurious swimming pool to end the day in.
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