HAMMAMET, TUNISIA—La Badira—which means “bright as the full moon” in Arabic—is the first ultra-luxury hotel to open here. The 130-suite hotel has an all-white design facing the Mediterranean Sea. Under the global luxury hospitality consortium of The Leading Hotels of the World, the property also houses a Spa by Clarins, the only one of its kind in Tunisia, according to the company.
Originally built in 1914, the hotel’s interiors combine items redolent of the world of travel during the first half of the 20th century with works in a more contemporary style created using traditional techniques by local craftspeople. Each of the six Legends suites pay tribute to one of the individuals who helped forge the city’s reputation. Every detail celebrates the intermingling of cultures from both sides of the Mediterranean.
White terraces border two outdoor swimming pools, and the beach is in view.
Featuring 21 treatment rooms and inspired by the Roman baths at Carthage, the Spa by Clarins at La Badira’s design alternates between light and shadow. Its large heated pool is half-covered and offers views of the Mediterranean. Visual lements include subdued lighting; dark Kadhel marble walls in hues of gray and pink; abstract mosaic floors; and spacious hammams.