Dar El Marsa: Your design home-from-home in la Marsa
Don’t be fooled by the grandiose façade of Dar El Marsa. Despite the magnificent white colonial exterior, this is a truly welcoming spot. The name does mean “El Marsa Home”, after all. Dar el Marsa has set a high standard for all other hotels in the country, being the first city boutique hotel. With every single room boasting an incredible view of the Mediterranean, you have the opportunity to wake up every morning with the sea stretching out beyond their toes. And then there’s the effortlessly elegant style interior creating an atmosphere of calm luxury, not to mention the hype yet chilled atmosphere at the rooftop terrace.
Perhaps most enchanting about the Dar el Marsa, however, is the undeniable presence of warm, uniquely Tunisian hospitality that permeates every moment of your stay. You will see carefully weaved elements of Tunisian culture into the modern appearance of their hotel, from the wool and silk handcrafted blankets on the beds to the sumptuous local fare in the restaurant. Perfectly located to explore the fascinating, beautiful la Marsa, this hotel is truly your home-from-home in Tunis.
What we liked the most
- Selecting a book in the sunlit library and reclining on a stylish sofa to read it
- Tucking into a seasonal dish at the restaurant, with a 360-degree view of la Marsa
- Enjoying breakfast at a shaded table next to the pool on a sparkling morning
- Waking up to the breathtaking vista of the Med stretching out before you
- Spending an indulgent afternoon in the opulent hammam with its glittering walls and heady aromas
The rooms at Dar el Marsa have been cleverly designed so that you can enjoy the soothing view over the azure waters of the Mediterranean. To complement this unforgettable scene, the rooms have neutral colour palettes highlighted by modern touches. The bathrooms are elegant and understated, with monochromatic colour schemes, large bathtubs and plenty of light.
Equipped with both king size and twin beds, these rooms are decorated simply but with no detail left unattended. You’ll find sumptuous fabrics, touches of authentic local design and a neutral colour scheme in these perfectly lit rooms, as well as a chaise longue on which to recline and gaze at the view. In the bathroom, take a relaxing moment to unwind in the large bathtub before stepping onto your private terrace to watch the sunset over the sea.
With an unparalleled view stretching out from the patio doors, you can take in the beach, the Gammarth golf and the Zembra island with one sweeping glance. Step from your sumptuous king-size bed onto your private terrace and feel the gentle morning breeze ruffle your hair – the perfect way to wake up. In the bathroom, take a luxurious moment in the spacious bathtub to unwind after a long day.
You’ll find typical hand-blown glass ornaments, a modern leather suite and subtle touches of tradition and charm in the elegant living space of the Dar Suite. With two terraces, this suite benefits from ample space in which to contemplate the wondrous blue of the sea below, which can also be gazed at from the comfort of the bathtub. Drift into slumber in your wonderfully comfortable king-size bed after a fabulous evening exploring la Marsa.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Breakfast at Dar el Marsa is a serious affair. Think platters of delicate pastries, multi-coloured arrays of seasonal fruits, from plump dates to juicy pomegranates, and eggs prepared any way you like them. Coffee, of course, is an integral part of the Tunisian way of life and you can inhale the aromatic scent of yours as you gaze out at the Med from the panoramic restaurant. Breakfast is served on the rooftop but can be enjoyed anywhere in the hotel, from your private terrace to a poolside table.
At the Dar el Marsa restaurant, the chef expertly blends local tradition with contemporary techniques and flavours. Heavily based on seasonal produce and with a seafood offering that depends on market offerings, you’ll find a new surprise every day, from baby squid and marinated sardines to mouth-wateringly tasty lamb and couscous. Linger over your meal in the panoramic rooftop setting, watching the sun dip quietly beyond the horizon as you tuck into a velvety crème brûlée for dessert.
Services and facilities
Citrus, the fruit of Promise, indicates that the property is noticeable eco-conscious as many areas of sustainability are addressed
- At Dar el Marsa, sustainability is seamlessly integrated into the everyday functioning of the hotel, from dual toilet flushes and energy saving bulbs to individual thermostats in all rooms. The building incorporates elements of sustainable architecture namely strong, durable insulation installed across all exterior walls and the roof.
- Your hosts at Dar el Marsa are equally dedicated to sustainable culture and promote their native town with a ferocious pride. Ready and waiting with plenty of suggestions to really get to know the surrounding area, the hotel also organises exhibitions of local artists and folk handicrafts.
Explore the location
La Marsa is a stunning Tunisian town and a melting pot of cultures, where bright white façades stand in contrast to the incredible blue of sky and sea. Discover beautiful palaces, tranquil parks and an array of bars and restaurants along the harbour. You can explore the ancient settlement of Carthage, located just 3km away or spend a day at the pristine beaches of La Marsa, swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Med. The hotel is easily reachable from Tunis Airport, just 11km away.