TRAVEL – Want to stay in dream homes combined with luxury service? Here are 6 sumptuous hotels that offer spacious villas to share with family or friends. So who are you going with?

Banyan Tree, Tamouda Bay, Fnideq

The Asian brand’s first hotel on the African continent and on the Mediterranean coast, the Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay offers the unique concept in Morocco of “all-pool villas”. With an architectural style with both Arab-Andalusian and contemporary influences, this incredible resort with 92 villas offers a favorite vacation spot for travelers looking for privacy and tranquility. Able to accommodate 2 to 5 people, these spacious accommodations equipped with swimming pools, kitchenettes and sometimes even outdoor hot tubs, offer all the comfort of a luxury hotel and adapt to the wildest desires. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the white sand beach with Spain as a backdrop.

Fairmont Royal Palm, Marrakech

Nestled in the heart of a century-old olive grove, 20 minutes from the ocher city, the Royal Palm Marrakech offers, in addition to its 20 rooms and 104 suites, 10 villas that can accommodate up to 4 adults (or 2 adults with 3 children). With swimming pools, gardens and private terraces, these sumptuous villas have been imagined as real cocoons where every detail is important. Marble, zellige, mousharabieh… From the entrance to the bedrooms with private bathrooms, including the heated swimming pool or the private hammam, each room is an invitation to well-being. Appropriately named “Villas des Princes”, these main residences with a surface area of ​​741 m² offer personalized butler service.

Le Royal Mansour, Marrakech,

A must-see in the ocher city, the Royal Mansour has 53 riads, ranging from one to four rooms. Silks and original and contemporary works of art rub shoulders with Moroccan artisan furniture in a fascinating fusion between tradition and modernity. These exceptional private residences immerse us in a timeless universe, between palm trees, alleys and green gardens reminiscent of those of the famous Alhambra in Granada. Architecturally, these residences are built in the style of the largest traditional riads. On the ground floor, a lounge and a bar sit not far from the dining room which opens onto a patio. The first floor is reserved for bedrooms and bathrooms (the larger riads also have a hammam). But it is on the roof that the magic of the Royal Mansour operates: guests will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the ocher city in a magnificent terrace with a private swimming pool, while drinking tea in the tent lounge equipped with a fireplace. . The dream!

Es Saadi Palace, Marrakech

Located in the most intimate part of the resort, the villa area of ​​the Es Saadi Palace offers a moment of serenity where time is suspended. With 10 private villas built out of sight in the heart of a lush garden, each residence is unique. Each of them has its color, its style and its history. Ranging from 150 to 260 m², these charming villas have swimming pools, bathrooms with shower and jacuzzi, gardens with terrace and a dedicated butler. Several celebrities have already stayed there, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Monica Belluci, including Catherine Deneuve and Pedro Almodovar. So, Berber, Andalusian, “Maharadja”, Persian or Roman villa, it’s up to you to choose your universe!

Tigmiza – Suites & Pavillons, Marrakech

Meaning “House of Izza” in Berber, this charming hotel, located in the heart of a 2-hectare palm grove, is structured around 3 distinct worlds. First, “La Kasbah” with its 10 luxurious suites grouped around a patio and its bouquets of banana trees. A few meters away, hidden in the heart of a bamboo garden, are hidden 3 pavilions. Then, a little further away, “Le Village” is revealed, an oasis of tranquility, made up of 14 villas with an area of ​​150 m² with private terrace and swimming pool that can accommodate up to 6 people. Built in the style of the legendary Berber kasbahs, the villas of the Tigmiza hotel are bathed in soft light and offer all the necessary comfort for a stay marked by serenity.

Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach & Spa, Tamouda Bay, Fnideq

With its 104 rooms and suites, including eight bungalows and five signature villas, all in a refined decor, the Sofitel Tamouda Bay offers the ideal environment for a total escape of body and mind. Called the “Signature Villas”, these waterfront residences have private access to the beach, as well as private swimming pools. Ranging up to 171m², these villas can accommodate up to 4 adults in an idyllic setting with white and blue hues, which immerses us in the “Moroccan Riviera”.



Tunisia is now a popular tourist destination which enjoys an increasingly important notoriety, this is what reveals the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which has just published its report on tourism trends for the year 2017. .

No one is unaware of the extremely difficult years that Tunisian tourism went through after the terrorist attacks which targeted the country in 2015. Now, the influx of tourists seems to be resuming in this 2017 season and a promising outcome is expected.

The UNWTO report places Tunisia among the most popular global tourist destinations and likely to evolve further in the years to come.

Thus, the British media The Telegraph has compiled a list of the top ten destinations.

“So what can we read in the data? Well, the fact that countries such as Egypt and Tunisia are among the top ten seems to indicate a recovery in tourism after a series of terrorist attacks,” writes the editorial staff of the Telegraph.

According to the UNWTO, the travel advice provided by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office following the terrorist attack on the beach of a hotel in Sousse would have contributed to the recovery of tourist confidence. The UNWTO predicts an increase in tourist traffic in Tunisia of 32% and indicates that nearly 7.5 million tourists would visit Tunisia in 2017, a figure close to the 7.8 million recorded in 2010, again according to the UNWTO.

Tourists stand near a plaque dedicated to victims on the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resort, on the first anniversary of an attack by a gunman at the hotel in Sousse

Another surprise in this report is that Palestine tops the list. According to UNWTO, Palestine represents the destination with the fastest growing tourism sector. Indeed, the opening of British artist Banksy’s The Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank seems to have boosted tourism in the region, which would have increased by 57.8% according to the UNWTO report.

Statue of a chimpanzee bell-boy stands at the entrance of the Walled Off hotel, which was opened by street artist Banksy, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

Still among Arab destinations, we find Egypt in 2nd place and which recorded an increase in tourist traffic of 51% despite the ban on serving “Sharm El Sheikh” imposed by Great Britain on its airlines. However, an estimate of 8 million vacationers is established for 2017 and around 14 million in 2020.

Among European destinations, we only find Iceland which benefits from the Game Of Thrones effect, the famous American television series, as well as its airline “Icelandair” which offers its passengers traveling directly to the United States a stopover free in Iceland.

For destinations on the Asian continent, Vietnam, Mongolia and the Northern Mariana Islands appear in the ranking. The beauty of the Asian archipelagos or the sandy deserts of Central Asia are the main attractions of these countries.

As for the American continent, Uruguay and Nicaragua are included in this ranking. Uruguay seems to owe this tourist boom to the legalization of cannabis in 2014, while Nicaragua owes it to its beaches lined with palm trees, its green landscapes and also its history.



Poland on Thursday eased its restrictions on travelers to Tunisia. According to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although Tunisia has not experienced terrorist attacks since 2016, the risk is still present, calling on its citizens to be vigilant.   After the decision of the President of the Republic Béji Caid Essebsi to make production sites military zones, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs strictly prohibits its citizens from going there. According to Polish diplomacy, it is necessary to avoid certain regions in the west and south of the country plagued by certain “violence, demonstrations and road blockages”. Finally, it calls on its nationals to avoid public gatherings and to respect local authorities while affirming that group trips to secure hotels will be planned. On July 26, the British Foreign Office relaxed its recommendations to tourists traveling to Tunisia, ending its instruction to cancel all non-essential travel to Tunis and the main tourist sites. This decision was immediately followed by the announcement of the British tour operator Thomas Cook to put Tunisia back on the program of its services.