Dar Ayed Tamezret: a rustic Boutique Hotel in Scenic, Peaceful Location in Southern Tunisia
Inspired by Berber traditions, Dar Ayed Tamezret is a unique boutique concept in southern Tunisia. A tranquil place where you can completely escape from the modern world. It’s low-rise in stature, authentic and stylish in design, with interiors abundant with flourishes of colour – brimming with local crafts and textiles typical of the region. As you enter the grounds, you’re greeted with exposed sandstone walls and a set of arched wooden doorways decorated with religious and spiritual symbols. Outdoors, a crystalline swimming pool invites you for a cooling dip and hammocks sway in the gentle breeze tempting you to simply unwind. The interior is equally as appealing while the rooms ooze rustic charm.
You can taste local Berber cuisine in the atmospheric restaurant or outside on the tiled terrace overlooking Tamezret village. Spend your days leisurely roaming labyrinth village streets, exploring the village museum, or hiking to beauty spots for the best views. Dar Ayed Tamezret takes care of all the little details for you, offering excursions and entertainment. On some evenings you may see folk musicians perform in traditional Tunisian dress.
What we liked the most
- Peaceful, rural location close to Tamezret village within a few minutes’ walk of the Berber Museum
- Enjoy incredible sunset views over lunar-style landscapes from the pool and terrace
- Sample delicious, traditional Berber cuisine served indoors or alfresco on the terrace
- Opportunity to explore a tranquil, lesser-known region of southern Tunisia
- Crystalline outdoor swimming pool and indoor jacuzzi for relaxation after sightseeing
Using the colours of sand, natural stone, and desert landscapes, the owners have created delightful, 7 welcoming, spacious rooms, bringing the outdoors, inside. The rooms are traditional spacious, rustic, atmospheric with exposed stone walls, comfortable sofas draped with Berber woven textiles, and plump cushions. Note that WIFI is available only in the common areas.
Decorated in traditional rustic Berber style with delightful attention to detail, this room boasts a double bed, exposed stone walls, air conditioning, soundproofing, and a balcony with superb vistas of the sprawling landscape. This room has en-suite facilities and features beautiful Tunisian artwork, ceramics, and signature furnishings.
Spacious rooms to sleep 4 with a double and twin beds. They feature exposed stone walls, air conditioning, thick blackout drapes, and warm colours for a relaxing stay. The little touches for which Dar Ayed is famous include hand-crafted tables and stools, Berber textiles, and local artwork, making this a superb option for a relaxing, authentic family stay.
Light and airy with splashes of colour, this white-washed chalet is ideal for families, couples travelling together, or friends. It’s spacious with private facilities, offers incredible views of the countryside from a balcony, and is decorated with local artwork and stunning Berber textiles.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Breakfast is a unique experience at Dar Ayed Tamezret. Beautifully tiled tables on the terrace are decorated with hand-painted ceramics and fresh from the kitchen, the staff serves baked goods, cheeses, eggs, olives, tea, and coffee, giving plenty of sustenance to see guests through a busy day of hiking or cultural touring.
Traditional Berber cuisine
Cuisine in Dar Ayed is typical of the region with mouth-watering flatbreads, filling stews, tagines, and vegetables chargrilled or cooked inside ceramic pots. Guests are regularly entertained by local folk musicians dressed in traditional costumes. Alternatively, enjoy intimate dining beneath the stars on the outside terrace.
Focus on sustainability
Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.
- At Dar Ayed, guest are offered to experience the surrounding and learn about local culture
- The guesthouse runs on an eco-friendly philosophy be it the building using local material, and architecture inspired with traditional techniques, water, and energy-saving mechanisms…
- Local culture is part of the hotel’s experience with the handcraft pieces designing the interior, the dining offer that uses only local products used for the delicious regional meals
Explore the location
Tucked away in southeast Tunisia, Dar Ayed Tamezret is within a few minutes’ walk of the Berber Museum and within a short walk of the pretty village of Tamezret. Labyrinth alleyways are ripe for exploration, adorned with ceramic pots blooming with colourful geraniums and walls draped in pink bougainvillaea. The old watchtower offers incredible views and it’s possible to sample fine. Outside the village, explore the unique troglodyte architecture and Star Wars filming locations of Matmata 11 kilometres away and hike the lunar landscapes to gain outstanding photo opportunities.