Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
I love that orange tree in the water - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

From Tunis to Hammamet

After three beautiful days in Sidi Bou Said, my journey continues to Hammamet, one of Tunisia's oldest and most famous places, about 70 kilometres south of Tunis. I took the "Classe Confort" bus from Tunis because taxis are not allowed to travel between larger towns. Of course, I have to take a photo of the two cats snuggled up on a chair in all the hustle and bustle at the bus station. The one-and-a-half-hour journey past orange and olive groves and rugged cliffs cost me 5,500 TDN (approx. 1.63 EUR - as of February 2024). You can't expect much comfort even in this favoured class, but what the heck. I was the only tourist on the bus, which I always liked. At the bus station in Tunis, a local lady noticed my searching eyes. She spontaneously explained to me where the bus platform was. In general, I have had good experiences with the helpfulness of Tunisians - one of the many reasons I have taken this country to heart.

Cats at the bus station in Tunis, Tunisia
Siesta - do not disturb! - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

What an Entrance at La Badira

The bus stops in the centre of Hammamet, next to the old town. A taxi takes me to the luxury hotel La Badira ("Full Moon"), the only Tunisian member of the "Leading Hotels of the World", in just a few minutes and at a bargain price. The grand entrance alone is one of the highlights of this adults-only hotel.  A large door opens after passing through a pretty corridor with a water basin and orange trees, leading into a dark, almost mysterious area with art elements. Seconds later, another automatic door opens, and you find yourself in the light-flooded, impressively designed lobby of La Badira. Have a look at my short video clip.

Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Such a cool design at La Badira - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Excellent stylistic elements, chic furniture, and high windows allow the light from La Badira, located directly by the sea, to fall into almost every corner. Modern design has been skilfully combined with Tunisian elements. One eye-catcher is a pretty brass incense burner.

Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
The impressive lobby at La Badira - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

In bed with sea view

A friendly concierge accompanies me to my suite. Here, too, design has been combined with Tunisian elements. White and a light beige are the dominant colours, and I notice a pretty calligraphy on the wall. "You have a direct view of the sea from your bed," the friendly hotel employee explains. I really like the small work area, from which I also have a view of the Mediterranean. It whets my appetite for three eventful days in Hammamet.

Suite at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
My lovely suite with sea view - ©La Badira

Finally by the Sea

I treat myself to a sandwich in the chic lobby bar. I am pleased to see several dishes for vegetarians and vegans - not necessarily a matter of course in Tunisia. The attentive waiter even asks about allergies, which, fortunately, I don't have. After the culinary delights, I first had to head towards the sea, which I reached through a very well-kept garden with palm trees. On the horizon, gentle mountains frame the bay; what a beautiful view. In February, the sun occasionally peeks through the sky, and I spot two horse riders on the deserted beach. It's a little too chilly for the two chic outdoor pools at this time of year, but there is an indoor pool with a sea view for guests in the spa.

Lobby bar at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
The stylish lobby bar at La Badira - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Horseback riding at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
A lonely rider on the beach - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Pool, palm trees, and the sea - all you need! - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
One of my favourite views at La Badira - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Dinner at "Kamilah"

I try out one of the two à la carte restaurants in the evening. The cuisine at "Kamilah" is international and Mediterranean, while "Adra" offers Tunisian specialties. I opt for the "Kamila," a beautifully designed modern restaurant with a terrace. On this evening, most of the guests are probably wealthy Tunisians. I notice a pretty, very provocatively dressed young Tunisian woman at the table next to an elegant older local lady with a headscarf. I also really like the naturalness of different clothing in Tunisia. The "Kamilah" has a good selection of international wines, so I favoured a local drop. Wine growing is not necessarily a matter of course for a country characterized by Islam. Still, it once again proves Tunisia's (relative) tolerance.

Restaurant Kamilah at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
The stylish Kamilah restaurant - ©La Badira

Breakfast with Mohamed

The breakfast meets La Badira's high standards. I bravely sit on the terrace when it's still chilly outside - it's OK with a jacket. Waiter Mohamed looks after me like a father and insists on bringing me a third espresso and an omelet. However, I am well served with plenty of fruit, bread, cheese and honey. I notice an almost futuristic-looking device. Mohamed explains that it filters drinking water from rainwater and serves me a glass immediately. What a great idea! The butter at La Badira is not offered in plastic packaging but on plates. You probably wouldn't believe the amount of plastic this saves - commendable.

Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
My favourite breakfast site - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Mohamed is going to serve filtered water - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Spa or Excursion?

I quickly look at the chic, oriental-inspired spa, where I am particularly impressed by the "floating bed." On this soft lounger, you float in the water without getting wet and treat your body to some beautiful relaxation. The price list includes 16 therapies, such as Lomi Lomi, Thai massages, and Ayurvedic treatments. On this sunny day, however, I prefer to explore outside - after all, I don't have that much time.

Spa at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Lovely decor in the spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Rendezvous with the "Berber Queen"

Khouloud, the charming guest relations manager, gives me tips for the rest of my time in Hammamet. I take a 15-minute walk to the Berber Queen café, which only opened in January 2024. The modern furnishings go wonderfully with the oriental-inspired wall decorations. In the style of modern Instagram cafés, a swing is decorated with artificial flowers in front of the café's glowing name. I get a considerable salad created entirely to my liking and chat animatedly with the friendly owners. This is an excellent tip for a coffee or snack outside the hotel.

Berber Queen coffeeshop in Hammamet, Tunisia
Instagram calling at Berber Queen - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


Berber Queen coffeeshop in Hammamet, Tunisia
Skander and Heni, the two nice guys with their "Berber Queen" - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Let's have coffee at Sidi Bouhdid

I then take a taxi to the centre of Hammamet for 10 TDN (less than 3 EUR as of February 2024). I have my Sunday coffee in the traditional Sidi Bouhdid café, which is probably mentioned in every travel guide. Located directly between the beach promenade and the medina, you can savour the Tunisian ambiance on cushions while smoking shisha. I was partially convinced by the cakes served in glasses, but the atmosphere certainly was.

Sidi Boudid café in Hammamet, Tunisia
Such a lovely terrace at Sidi Bouhdid - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Off to the medina in Hammamet

From Sidi Bouhdid, you can stroll along the beach promenade before plunging into the hustle and bustle of the old town. It only takes a few minutes before the first "city guide" offers his services. A favourite trick is to claim that the self-appointed tour guide works in your hotel. I thankfully decline, and that's usually the end of it.

Medina in Hammamet, Tunisia
What a charming alley - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

The medina, which is pretty empty this Sunday and surrounded by walls dating back to the 15th century, is a complete delight. It goes from one narrow alley to the next, a veritable labyrinth. I can't get enough of the many doors with their ornaments - white, yellow, bright blue. I am still determining how many photos I took that afternoon.

Medina in Hammamet, Tunisia
What a lovely door in the medina - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Medina in Hammamet, Tunisia
Blue, my favourite colour - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Medina in Hammamet, Tunisia
Enough doors now! - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Of course, the carpets, ceramics, and leather goods typical of Tunisia are on sale in the numerous shops. The two mosques from the 15th and 18th centuries are also worth seeing, although they are not accessible to non-Muslims. They are always an excellent photo opportunity. You have a fantastic view over the medina and the beach from the city wall, especially at sunset.

Shop in the medina of Hammamet, Tunisia
Typical shop - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Medina in Hammamet, Tunisia
One of two mosques in the medina - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Sunset in Hammamet, Tunisia
I never get tired of sunsets! - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Hammamet, Tunisia
A little break - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Dinner at "Chez Achour"

On Khouloud's recommendation, I would like to dine at Chez Achour. This restaurant is right in the centre, but somewhat hidden. A Tunisian, whom I ask for directions, accompanies me to the restaurant in five minutes and wishes me "bon appétit". This is another excellent example of the already mentioned helpfulness of Tunisians. Chez Achour has a marvelous garden, for which it is too fresh on this February evening. So I savour pasta inside the elegant restaurant with its Tunisian ambiance.

Restaurant Chez Achour in Hammamet, Tunisia
Romantic entrance at Chez Achour - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

The most beautiful suites at La Badira

Before I set off for the neighboring town of Nabeul the next day, I ask floor manager Abdallah to show me some of the impressive suites named after famous personalities. "Claudia Cardinale" is the most beautiful one, a tribute to the Tunisian-born Italian film star of the 60s and 70s.

Suite at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Enjoying the "Claudia Cardinale" suite - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Suite at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
There is a private pool, of course - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Suite at Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Another fancy suite is named after Paul Klee, the famous painter - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

A 20-minute taxi ride takes me to Nabeul, the pottery and ceramic art centre. The partly covered market in this small town is correspondingly colourful. However, I don't like it as much as Hammamet.

Nabeul in Tunisia
Pottery in Nabeul - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


Finally, there is a visit to the International Cultural Centre, the "Centre Culturel," a small oasis right by the sea, about 20 minutes by foot from the center of Hammamet. Admission only costs 5 TDN (approx. 1.50 EUR - as of February 2024).

International Cultural Centre in Hammamet, Tunisia
Flower power in the park - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

The park leads to Villa Sebastian, built by a wealthy Romanian in the 1920s and quickly became a meeting place for artists. Paul Klee and André Gide were here. Winston Churchill is said to have edited part of his memoirs here.The rooms still contain the furniture from that era, and there was a swimming pool in the courtyard for the elite guests. I am served an orange juice on the terrace before walking along a narrow path framed by modern art to the open theatre, reminiscent of a Roman arena. The Hammamet International Festival of Music and Drama takes place here every summer.

International Cultural Centre in Hammamet, Tunisia
The pool at Villa Sebastian - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
International Cultural Centre in Hammamet, Tunisia
Lots of art at Villa Sebastian - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
International Cultural Centre in Hammamet, Tunisia
View from Villa Sebastian to the park and the sea - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


I like Hammamet's beautiful sandy beaches, the lively centre, and the medina. La Badira, with its 130 suites, is particularly suitable for guests who want to spend a quiet holiday without children in a modern, luxurious ambiance. In addition to an exquisite spa, La Badira offers numerous sports facilities such as fitness, horse riding, diving, tennis, and yoga. While summer is ideal for swimming, spring, autumn, and winter are ideal for exploring Hammamet and the surrounding area. La Badira can be booked through several tour operators or on the hotel website. 

Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Lovely views at La Badira - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


La Badira has been certified as a sustainable hotel by an independent organisation. Among other things, the hotel has implemented an energy and environmental management system. It has a food waste policy that includes education, prevention, reduction, recycling, and disposal of food waste.

Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Facade at La Badira - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


Enfidha Hammamet Airport is 48 km from the city center and can be reached by taxi or transfer bus in approx. 30 minutes. Tunis International Airport is approx. 75 km away (approx. one hour's drive).

A passport valid for at least six months is required to enter Tunisia. You can get Tunisian dinars at the airport, banks, exchange offices, and hotels. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and in some restaurants and shops.

Hammamet in Tunisia
Downtown Hammamet - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


For me, autumn, winter, and spring, with their mild climate, are the ideal times to visit Tunisia. This time is particularly suitable for sightseeing, less for swimming in the sea. However, sunbathing is possible on many days and is very pleasant. In the summer, the thermometer often climbs to over 40 degrees C and only cools down a little at night.


From Hammamet, you should take a trip to Tunis, Carthage, and Sidi Bou Said - it's worth it! I traveled back to Tunis to one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the city. I will report on this in my next article.

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
The charm of Sidi Bou Said - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

*This trip was supported by Discover Tunisia and the Hotel La Badira, which did not influence my ratings in any way.*

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