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Hotel Dar Dhiafa

Djerba, Tunisia

A charming hideaway in one of Djerba's forgotten villages, perfect for relaxing and exploring the island's ancient culture

Tucked down a narrow lane behind thick walls, Hotel Dar Dhiafa is one of those real hidden gems: you could stroll past its studded wooden doors and miss it completely. But once you enter the bougainvillea-filled courtyards, you can't believe how much space unfolds. Once local houses, the 600-year-old buildings have been stylishly renovated but still ooze authenticity. Outside, they're whitewashed with shuttered windows; inside, a series of shady corridors link the cosy bedrooms. Candles flicker in alcoves and the smell of incense hangs in the air.

Head into the village, Er Riadh, and you feel like you're stepping back in time. Goats roam beneath olive trees, locals dress in long tunics and sandals, and donkey carts clatter along dusty roads. It's biblical stuff – and religion still plays an important part in village life. The synagogue of El Ghriba, which dates back to 586BC, is a major Jewish pilgrimage site; and you're surrounded by Islamic mosques and calls to prayer. Bring a partner and soak up the days-gone-by atmosphere, as you unwind at this exotic but unpretentious hotel.

Guest Ratings

Room:
91%
Food:
91%
Service:
97%
Value:
91%
Overall:
93%

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Reviewed by Gail Simmons

Highs

  • The warm welcome, complete with mint tea served by the pools
  • Beautifully decorated suites, some with claw-footed bathtubs
  • Atmospheric restaurant, filled with lanterns and hand-blown glasswear
  • The charming labyrinth of passages, tiny courtyards and hidden alcoves
  • Traditional villages, with blacksmiths' workshops, bustling souks, fish markets

Lows

  • Bear in mind that you're 10km from Djerba's capital Houmt Souk and 5km from the coast, but taxis are cheap and plentiful
  • Service is slow, particularly at breakfast
  • The food is fairly pricey by Tunisian standards
  • Women may get unwelcome attention from local men - dressing conservatively is a must

The most charming and beautiful small hotel in Djerba...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailHotel Dar DhiafaTucked down a narrow lane behind thick walls, Hotel Dar Dhiafa is one of those real hidden gems: you could stroll past its studded wooden doors and miss it completely. But once you enter the bougainvillea-filled courtyards, you can't believe how much space unfolds. Once local houses, the 600-year-old buildings have been stylishly renovated but still ooze authenticity. Outside, they're whitewashed with shuttered windows; inside, a series of shady corridors link the cosy [r:TU006:bedrooms]. Candles flicker in alcoves and the smell of incense hangs in the air. Head into the village, Er Riadh, and you feel like you're stepping back in time. Goats roam beneath olive trees, locals dress in long tunics and sandals, and donkey carts clatter along dusty roads. It's biblical stuff and religion still plays an important part in village life. The synagogue of El Ghriba, which dates back to 586BC, is a major Jewish pilgrimage site; and you're surrounded by Islamic mosques and calls to prayer. Bring a partner and soak up the days-gone-by atmosphere, as you unwind at this exotic but unpretentious hotel.

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