Dar Marsa Cubes, where traditional architecture meets modern comfort, steps away from the seafront
Dar Marsa Cubes’ experience starts with a studded yellow door that opens to a stunning interior of marbled floors, intricate zellige mosaics, and arched doorways. You will indubitably cherish the multiple lounge areas from the cosy seating alcoves with hand-carved wood furniture to the Tunisian salon with the colourful ceramics and wooden ceiling. Our preference goes to the white salon filled with natural light pouring from the colourful stained-glass windows.
Sonia, the host, is an ardent traveller; she stayed in guesthouses for this time in South Africa and the experience convinced her to turn the 19th-century family residence into a boutique lodging.
On sunny days, you will enjoy the spacious garden filled with the sweet scent of jasmine as you linger next to the pool. You may prefer the rooftop terrace which has a sweeping view to inhale the smell of the sea and listen to the waves whispering. You may catch one of the cultural and social events that Sonia hosts at Dar Marsa Cubes, such as movie projections, yoga seminars, and young artists exhibitions, which would be an excellent opportunity to socialise with locals. Tunisians are very friendly and a prime example of Mediterranean hospitality.
What we liked the most
- Experiencing a sumptuous décor combined with a warm and homey atmosphere.
- Having an enjoyable chat with Sonia, the owner, to learn about the local arts’ scene or to simply get insider tips on places to visit and things to do in the area.
- Rejuvenate next at the pool while enjoying a fresh home-made lemonade at the terrace
- Relaxing at the rooftop with a panoramic view of the dazzling city and the mesmerizing blue sea.
- Going for a walk on the beach as the sun rises, and the city is barely coming back to life.
The guesthouse has three suites and two rooms; each with a unique layout and its own story to tell. Cocoon yourself in your room and enjoy the views of the garden or pool and appreciate the comfy bed to recover from jetlag or a long working day.
Harmonising traditional and modern design, the spacious suite includes a large living room and a colourful parlour. Stretch out and relax among carefully Louis XV style furniture, centuries-old ceramics, and the mesmerizing view of the pool. The ensuite bathroom, has a double pedestal sink, a fringed wall with gilded mosaic, and a bathtub in an art deco style.
Ambre is a blue-themed suite with a delightful floral pattern floor overlooking the garden, where you can unwind and daydream.
The spacious bedroom is equipped with a king-sized bed made of carved wood and an elegant antique escritoire and a parlour, called “Jonah el Khotifa” embellished with ceramic wall tiles. Around every corner lies a souvenir telling Sonia’s trips to South Africa.
The ensuite bathroom is covered with Tunisia’s local marble, a beautiful white barrel ceiling, and a pivot mirror.
From the rattan luminaires to a mural of palm foliage, Jasmin combines exotic and traditional styles. The commodious bedroom has a full-size upholstered bed and wicker chairs and has a wrought-iron stair that leads up to a mezzanine and the rooftop terrace.
Jasmin suite stands out for its ensuite bathroom, fitted with a ceramic painstakingly painted in blue and white vessel sink that sits on a white wooden vanity, it has a Jacuzzi and a big wicker basket that complements the charming look.
Fella brings the beauty of the outdoors inside; allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the abundance and warmth of the natural light while you relax on your comfy queen-sized bed. The harmony of colours of the light pink bedframe, and the yellow bench, give the room a happy cosy feeling, highlighted with the view of the garden. The private bathroom with a rainfall shower.
Musc is a cottage-style room overlooking to guesthouse’s back yard, allowing a maximum of privacy with its private access. The arched wall with built-in lighting gives the room a romantic atmosphere, while the queen-sized bed sitting on a marble platform and the ensuite bathroom are a promise for a comfortable stay.
Ensuite bathroom with rain shower, individually controlled air-conditioning, heating system, double bed with Anatomical mattress, TV, and free toiletries
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Breakfast & table d’hôte
Nothing can beat starting your day with the fresh homemade breakfast served either at the dining room or by the pool. Every morning, you will be offered freshly squeezed juices of seasonal fruits, a selection of crepes, croissants, and bread. You can also try treats that are unique to Tunisia such as Bsissa, the surprising cereal-based meal that dates to Roman times, and Zrir a heavenly dessert made from sesame, nuts, and honey.
If you wish to taste the homemade Tunisian cuisine, just ask Sonia and she will be delighted to arrange for lunch and dinner – for your convenience. You also have full access to the spacious and well-equipped kitchen.
Focus on sustainability
Citrus, the fruit of Promise, indicates that the property is noticeable eco-conscious as many areas of sustainability are addressed.
To determine a hotel sustainability level, The Boutique Vibe evaluates:
- The eco-friendliness of hotel buildings and furniture.
- The level of energy and water consumption.
- The effort that owners put into preserving the region’s traditional character and supporting local economies.
- Whether services, food, and products of the property are provided with a mind in preserving the land and local heritage.
Explore the location
The guest house takes its name from its neighbourhood: La Marsa Cubes. This very safe and residential area is home to many embassies. During your stay at Dar Marsa Cubes, you would be one minute away from the beach, and within walking distance from leisure attractions, such as Essaada park with playing areas, running course, cafes, and restaurants. The guest house is also close to a shopping mall and a coastline crowded with cafes and restaurants. La Marsa is a five-minute drive from the blue and white village of Sidi Boussaid and Carthage, the UNESCO world heritage site.