Here's one more reason to add Tunis, North Africa's most European capital, to your must-visit list: Villa Didon (Rue Mendès France; 216-71/733-433; www.villadidon.com; doubles from $315). The whitewashed hotel—which stands atop Byrsa Hill and has sweeping views of Morocco's Atlas Mountains in the distance and the ruins of Carthage, Queen Dido's city, just below—is the work of French architect Philippe Boisselier. Each of his 10 pared-down suites (all named after figures from Greek mythology) is hidden behind a futuristic electronic sliding door. Inside, Portuguese linens are draped over whimsical Ron Araddesigned chairs; a tan marble floor leads to a center-of-the-room whirlpool bath, where you can soak while admiring the Gulf of Tunis through huge windows. A hammam, a lobby bar with stone monochrome etchings and vibrant raw-silk banners by Algerian artist Rachid Koraïchi, and an outpost of Alain Ducasse's Spoon turn the whole retreat into a modern classic.
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