AVANI Hotels & Resorts, Minor Hotels’ upscale brand, is to debut in North Africa with two new properties in Tunisia.

The 41-key AVANI Les Berges Du Lac Tunis Suites will open in Les Berges du Lac II in the Tunisian Capital in “the coming months”. It will offer serviced apartment accommodation options from Studios to three-bed apartments and lofts. There will also be a restaurant, health club and gym, two spa treatment rooms, sauna, steam rooms and an indoor swimming pool.

Following this, the 250-key AVANI Gammarth Tunis Resort & Spa is expected to open in 2021 in the beachfront Gammarth area of Tunis. It will include 232 rooms and 18 private beach villas, five food and drink outlets, a beach club, health club, spa, two swimming pools, meeting space and 1,00sq-metre ballroom.

Alejandro Bernabe, vice president, AVANI Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are really excited to be bringing our dynamic AVANI brand to North Africa with the launch of these two properties in Tunis. We look forward to working closely with Groupe Chaabane to launch the brand in the Tunisian capital, a market which we are confident has a lot of potential.”

Both developments are in partnership with Groupe Chaabane, whose chairman Maher Chaabane, added: “We believe the AVANI brand will bring something new and exciting to the hospitality market in Tunis.”

Launched by Minor Hotels in 2011, AVANI Hotels & Resorts sells itself as an “upscale, contemporary brand appealing to millennial minded travellers who appreciate quality and value”.

There are currently 18 AVANI properties in operation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and the UAE, with the most recent in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.