Anantara Sahara is a luxury resort in the Sahara desert.

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The Anantara Sahara is a luxury resort located in the Sahara Desert

The first Anantara resort in North Africa is a fantastic luxury base for dune-bashing, camel-riding, driving, and visiting the otherworldly landscapes where Star Wars was filmed.

Anantara’s first foray into North Africa is in Tozeur, Tunisia, gateway to the Sahara Desert and otherworldly landscapes made famous by the Star Wars films. It’s a great luxury base for dune-bashing, camel-riding, driving or walking through the Atlas Mountains, and sampling local culture.

The resort is nine minutes from Tozeur airport (six hours from Tunis) and looks like an oasis from the roadside, with views of the Chott el Jerid salt pan, the Sahara’s largest salt lake.

The rooms, all on the ground floor, blend into the landscape and are decorated with Berber patterns, desert hues, North African furnishings, rugs, and textiles.

Marble floor patterns, inlaid wood screens, and fret-cut lighting all pay homage to Tunisian heritage.

Three pools (adults only, family and children), a gym and yoga studio, a tennis court and a kids’ club, and a large spa with hammam are all available.

The resort is wheelchair accessible, and there is a fleet of golf buggies available to transport guests.

The resort, which opened in 2019, has 93 spacious deluxe suites, villas, and pool villas with garden or Sahara views and terraces with daybeds.

Two three-bed Royal Villas each have 800 sq m of indoor living space, an open-plan lounge, sunken dining room, outdoor terrace with infinity pool, and dining area with lake views.

Sarab, a buffet breakfast and all-day dining restaurant with western staples and local specialties like shakshouka, brik, or lablabi, and Mekong, a south-east Asian option with a resident Thai chef, are among the five restaurants and poolsidelobby bars. The Arabian Nights pavilion, set apart from the main resort, is an al fresco dining area with live music and its own souk.

Anantara also offers “Dining by Design,” which includes a private outdoor dinner on the property or in the desert under the stars.

In a goatskin tent facing the salt, we ate a Berber feast.

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Culture, adventure, and Star Wars at Tunisia’s Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort

Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort, Tunisia, review: Culture, adventure and Star Wars at the gateway to the desert

Concierge’s tip

Rommel’s Road
Hidden among the Atlas Mountains near Redeyef, an hour north of Tozeur, a Second World War tank road used as an escape route for Afrika Korps forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, holds a secret. The track slopes in a way that gives you the effect that you are going uphill, even when your vehicle is in neutral. They call it the “gravity mountain” and it will undeniably shake your knowledge of science.

Nizar Saidi, concierge manager 

Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort Tunisia Image via tiggy@hillanddeanpr.comAnantara Sahara Tozeur Resort Tunisia Image via tiggy@hillanddeanpr.com

Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort, Tunisia, review: Culture, adventure and Star Wars at the gateway to the desert

Concierge’s tip

Rommel’s Road
Hidden among the Atlas Mountains near Redeyef, an hour north of Tozeur, a Second World War tank road used as an escape route for Afrika Korps forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, holds a secret. The track slopes in a way that gives you the effect that you are going uphill, even when your vehicle is in neutral. They call it the “gravity mountain” and it will undeniably shake your knowledge of science.

Nizar Saidi, concierge manager 

Anantara Sahara Tozeur Resort Tunisia Image via tiggy@hillanddeanpr.comAnantara Sahara Tozeur Resort Tunisia Image via tiggy@hillanddeanpr.com

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