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LA BADIRA, Its history and inspiration

The choice of “Badira - as luminous as the full moon” seemed obvious to us.  The principle of light and shadow, so dear to the artists who came to Hammamet, and the Arabic resonance of the name inspired a poetic setting bathed in serenity, the very essence of our hotel.

In La Badira the universe of travel in the 1930s has been recreated. This was a time when the name of Hammamet first became known around the world – a time when a large foreign community, consisting mainly of Europeans, took up residence there and developed  a new approach  to architecture, interior decoration and handicrafts.  Dozens of artists came to Hammamet in search of the very special quality of its light, artists such as Paul Klee and his celebrated house in the Medina, André Gide, Arletty, Oscar Wilde and August Macke.

With its unique location, La Badira is a modern construction which captures the spirit of that time.  Within  an infrastructure of exceptional quality are  rooms and suites with a sea view,  restaurants serving  local cuisine with the  innovative touch of a renowned Chef, a Spa By Clarins and a full range of services and made-to-measure excursions which all benefit from the latest technologies.   La Badira has been designed to cater for year-round living, both indoors and outdoors, outdoors and indoors, ensuring guests enjoy a sense of well being throughout the day.  Intimate areas have been created in and around the hotel with a library, an indoor fireplace area, the La Badira cocktail bar, the terrace fireplace, and lawns perfumed with jasmine and bitter orange trees. Two boutiques, one dedicated to local handicrafts and the other to local produce, illustrate the authenticity and charm of Tunisia and the signature of La Badira and its partners guarantees the unequalled quality of the products they offer.

Of the hotel’s three restaurants, the ADRA, under the direction of leading French chef Sebastian Bontour, has a distinctive local cachet presenting the very best of Tunisia gastronomy.   The KAMILAH, situated beside the swimming pool, has a more relaxed atmosphere and offers both Mediterranean cuisine and dishes from around the world. The speciality of the hotel’s third restaurant, situated at the edge of the beach, is grilled food.

The Spa has a magnificent view overlooking the sea and an indoor/outdoor concept with a pool that   is partially covered, partially open air.  Soft music accompanies the various treatments available, which include   the nail bar, massages, fitness equipment, yoga, a hammam and ah sun tan bar.

The hotel’s excursions and activities are original and can also be designed especially for you.  Why not savour a dish of freshly caught sea urchins accompanied by  a cool sparkling wine served up in the hotel’s own creek, or take a class and learn how to cook Tunisian style, or enjoy a musical and poetic soiree listening to the beautiful classic pieces from La Rachidia’s 1930's range.

La Badira represents all the charm of yesteryear revisited with a modern approach. Our   ambition is to be there for you, to meet your needs and fulfil your wishes from sunrise to sunset.  Like the travellers, writers and adventurers at the beginning of the 20th century, guests at La Badira will feel at home and amongst friends in a setting where regular visitors and newcomers can mingle with simplicity, elegance and discretion.

Book Now Designed for luxury & peaceful escapes, La Badira is exclusively for adults over 16 years