During my visit to Tunisia I enjoyed a lovely stay at the Four Seasons, a five-star hotel in the seaside town of Gammarth just outside of Tunis.
A Short But Sweet Stay At Four Seasons Tunis
I chose the Four Seasons because there is not a single Hyatt property in Tunisia and because the hotel looked spectacular based upon the pictures on its website, location, and feedback from Award Expert clients who have stayed there.
Tunis offers affordable luxury – a room at the Four Seasons runs $250. Yes, I could have reviewed the Sheraton Tunis for half the price, but I thought this was a relatively small splurge for what looked to be a big upgrade. The hotel is running a third night free promotion right now, which would have been an even better deal if I had the time.
I was upgraded to a room with a view of the Mediterranean Sea and loved how spacious my accommodations were and how plush the bed was as I sat up at night and worked.
I enjoyed a culinary feast in The Creek, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, that combined elements of Tunisian, French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine. The lamb was so tasty. Seriously, this was a better meal than Na-Oh.
Breakfast in Azur was also a treat, with delicious baked goods and a tasty omelet and falafel.
The indoor and outdoor pool are beautiful and the hotel has direct access to the beach.
A 24/7 fitness center provided the perfect antidote to jet lag (I worked out at 4:30am after working most of the night, so that I could sleep on the flight home and never really deviate from California time) and also availed myself to the whirlpool and sauna in the wellness area. There was even a Hammam.
I think Four Season hotels are generally difficult to justify in the USA – they are often so much more expensive for amenities that are only marginally better. But overseas, that is a different story and I loved the Four Seasons Tunis…my only regret was that I could not stay longer.
I’ll be launching an Air Canada trip report later this week, but when that is done I will publish a trip report covering my Tunisia trip and will include a much more detailed review of this hotel.
Looks stunning. It’s been on my list for awhile now but I have issues usually with timing. That is, looking at it in the summer when it’s very hot there or in the winter when it’s quite chilly. Seems like spring and fall would be the best time to go and, of course, when I am usually the busiest with work.
Nice looking hotel. One often overlooked luxury chain in Tunisia is Abou Nawas if you ever go back.
In some cheaper countries, you can enjoy this kind of property for $250, but not in the U.S.
When I am in a cheaper country, I debate whether to stay at a nicer hotel or stay with middle of the road hotels.
And then there are some places which have few mid-range options. When I visited Dakar back in 2009, it was literally a choice between backpacker type places and very upscale hotels. As far as I could tell, there was only one three-star hotel in the city, and it was booked solid for the days I needed. Ended up staying in one of the upscale hotels on the beach (I wasn’t there for the beach!) paying over €120 a night for their cheapest room category and cutting my stay short by a couple of days.
Loved this hotel as well… was a great base for spending half days exploring the sites nearby and the afternoons by the really nice pool (and less nice but pleasant enough beach).
The breakfast buffet was one of the better spreads I’ve seen, but not sure if its still put on to that extent post-covid.
Buffet was indeed a great spread, though I mostly ordered off a la carte menu.
Fantastic review. IT is very common to find amazing properties for not crazy prices outside the US. I used to go to Asia a lot and stay in jaw dropping properties for the price you pay for a Sheraton in the US. Tunisia and Turkey are definitely on my bucket list but I haven’t been able to convince my wife yet that those are safe places to take the kids on a summer vacation.
That’s a real bummer. I’ve been to Tunisia twice for work, and I’ve felt safe both times (as a female solo traveler). I really look forward to going back!
Four seasons in Shanghai with the family was awesome. Double connecting rooms with one single front door. Club access. Agree on the overseas 4 seasons (sometimes)
How busy was the hotel? What is your guess on occupancy?
Also, what’d you think of the beach? It looks nice but not stunning.
Beach was not stunning, but I’m not a beach person – will have more pictures in full review. There were some thatched huts available.
I would guess occupancy was 20-25%…but a lot of locals seemed to come to Creek restaurant/bar in the evening. Very quiet during stay.
Did you get a $100 property credit, one class upgrade, and free breakfast by chance?
Did you go swimming in the pool? Beach?
Did you use the spa?
Great photos! Watching some videos of this hotel & Tunisia now.
Guess you didn’t go swimming in the ocean…just realizing your visit is in Jan/Feb, so pretty cold! I would go later this year during warm water season.
But the pools? Are any heated? Is there a jacuzzi?
What I love about Four Seasons in the US is that it isn’t overran with people staying on points or elite benefits.