So the question remains: where can I go to enjoy these unrivalled thalassotherapy treatments? Starting from the north and finishing in the south, here is a selection of hotels each with their own centre. The Villa Dido, a magnificent boutique hotel designed by Philippe Boisselier, not only has excellent views over the Mediterranean Sea and Sidi Bou Said, but it also boasts a restaurant originally run by Alain Ducasse as well as a trendy bar and modernist rooms. Although its treatment list is more modest than some, the centre itself is one of the most luxurious. Just south of Carthage, in a neighbourhood of the capital Tunis
, is the palatial Le Résidence. One of the finest hotels in all of Tunisia
, it features five restaurants and bars, including an authentic Chinese eatery and, during winter, a healthy option restaurant next to the thalassotherapy centre, Les Thermes de Carthage. This latter, which takes up over 40,000ft², offers as full a treatment list as you'll find anywhere in a beautiful architectural setting. The hotel also has its own golf course. The island of Djerba, to the south of the country has the highest concentration of thalassotherapy centres in the country. The finest hotel on the island is the Hasdrubal Prestige Thalassa & Spa, which boasts a suite only accommodation and the largest thalassotherapy centre in the county. Again, perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing, it is nonetheless one of the best equipped and offers every treatment you could need. Another excellent choice is the Radisson Blu whose rooms, while more modestly sized, are a little more modern, as is the hotel as a whole. Its thalassotherapy centre is another of the most pleasing to the eye and also offers a comprehensive range of treatments. A humbler option is the Yadis Golf, Thalasso & Spa, which offers comfortable rooms, a simpler architecture and several decent restaurants, while its thalassotherapy centre's treatments are fairly extensive and taken in a pleasant setting. Finally, in Zarzis, just across on the mainland from Djerba
, is the Odysée Resort, a great family hotel with very original (if not slightly kitsch) troglodyte architecture. Not the classiest hotel on the island, it is however a lot of fun and its thalassotherapy centre, also in the troglodyte style, is prettily decorated and offers many treatments including ones found only at the Odysée. Remember that most hotel thalassotherapy centres have packages which comprise different types of treatments which can last from a few hours to a week or more.