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Where To Be Alone: Anantara Tozeur In Tunisia

The pool in a pool villa at Anantara Tozeur ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS

By Ann Abel

There’s a reason that George Lucas picked Tozeur as a location for his Star Wars prequels in the 1990s. It’s a desert that’s so vast, weird, empty and remote that it can plausibly pass for the mythical planet of Tatooine, a place were Jedi warriors crossed path in their youth.

Now, of course, crossing anyone’s path is not cool. But in these Covid-19 times, Tozeur still holds onto its otherworldly appeal. The gateway to the Sahara Desert, it’s a place of sand dunes and camels. Of wadis and oases filled with date palms. Of piercing blue skies and brilliant winter sunshine.

And since the Bangkok-based hotel brand Anantara likes offbeat and beguiling locations, it made sense that they chose this corner of Tunisia for their first foray into northern Africa. Like the other hotels in the portfolio, the Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort & Spa …


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Ann Abel is a travel writer and editor and was a senior editor at ForbesLife. She writes for Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications.”In the name of lifestyle journalism, ” she says, ” I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.” She lives in Lisbon.

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