“Star Wars” fans have plenty to be excited about, with the saga’s conclusion being released in theaters this December. However, the opening of the Anantara Tozeur Resort should give the films’ fans (and any luxury traveler) reason to be excited. The “oasis city” of Tozeur rose to fame as a film location for the original “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” movies. Once a Roman outpost, the city has a rich travel history as a major stopover point for caravans traversing the Sahara, while the old medina of Tozeur, Ouled el Hwadef, is a must-visit of its own.
Anantara Tozeur Resort has 93 guestrooms, villas and pool villas blending Tunisia’s cultural artistry and plush comforts with modern style. There is a choice of deluxe guest rooms, one-bedroom villas and one-bedroom pool villas, some of which can be converted into two-bedroom pool villas. Good to know: The two-bedroom villas and three-bedroom royal pool villas are well suited for families, friends and groups.
In addition, the resort has a health club, swimming pools and the Anantara Spa, offering beauty, relaxation and wellness treatments, as well as ancient Arabian cleansing rituals in the hammam. The Dunes Kids Club is also available, offering creative and cultural activities.
As for “Star Wars” fans, you can tour famous nearby filming locations, including: Mos Espa (the spaceport settlement); the Lars Homestead Exterior (the moisture farm home of the Lars family and Luke Skywalker); the Sith Infiltrator Landing Site (where Darth Maul arrived on Tatooine and released the Sith probes to search for Queen Amidala); and “Star Wars Canyon,” half an hour east of the city that’s used in many scenes of the original film.
Tip: Be sure to experience a candlelit dinner “on Tatooine” in a Sahara Berber tent dinner under the stars, courtesy of Anantara’s Dining by Design.
Note: According to the State Department, Tunisia has a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution travel advisory due to terrorism. It recommends not traveling to: Within 30 kilometers of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya; mountainous areas in the country’s west, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area; the desert south of Remada; Jendouba, south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border; amd Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia. Tozeur is not within or near any of these locations.