During the past decade, the Tunisian owners of the 66-acre hotel - one of the world's first Club Meds - have turned it into a domed, columned palace ornamented with African art; all 260 rooms are outfitted with oversize wicker furniture, mosaic-tiled baths, and private verandas overlooking the ocean. The property is set along a vast stretch of white, dune-rimmed beach on the Cap Bon peninsula. True to its Club Med roots, there are plenty of diversions, with four restaurants, as many tennis courts, an archery range, a 12,000-square-foot swimming pool, and a new thalassotherapy spa. Ask the concierge to arrange a sunset camel ride along the beach, or shop for ceramics and silks in the souks of Tunis, an hour's drive west.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.