This place is either perfect or all wrong depending on what you are looking for. If you enjoy the tourist getto kind of places with animation teams, party, party, party, and all inclusive packages - stop reading! This place is NOT for you. On the other hand, if you are an independent traveller who enjoy a small hotel with great food and a nice and wounderfully quiet (and private) beach - this is heaven!
As a single traveller, I paid 63 Dinar per night halfboard - and DO GO for the halfboard option!! For that additional 8 Dinar you get a 3 course dinner of very high standard. The only reason not to take it is that you´ll need to keep up your swimming or beach walks not to put on weight. As a fish eating vegetarian, I also appreciated that this special requirement were no problem to accomodate for. To give an example of the incredible value, my last night I had the couscous as the main course - which from the ordinary menu was priced more than 30 Dinars. Not to mention the you end up trying nice Tunisian specialities which I probably wouldn't have though of ordering my self. In addition the breakfast and dinner area is really nice, where the bouganville is beatiful. Regarding breakfast, it is basic but adeqat - coffe with hot milk at the side, bread, yougurt, soft cheese & marmelade - and sometimes some biscuites.
So to the hotel as such. The rooms are basic, so if you want luxury this is not the place either. But the rooms are spotlessly clean, which for me is essential. The only lack is that the towels could have been a bit newer...
As soon as a problem occured, such as a problem with my fan and later the light in the bathroom - this was dealt with instantly. And I was offered free AC for the rest of the stay.
The hotel has a small pool, but the sunbeds are not ideal for sunbathing but rather talking or reading. Other thing to consider is that the hotel is not right on the beach, you'll have to walk a few 100 meters to see the sea and access thie private beach. Sunbeds on the beach are 3 dinar per day, including the umbrella. And the man who attends it is very kind and helpful.
Additional comments. The staff is very friendly and helpful. There is wireless internet for a fee, you are NOT allowed to bring food from outside to the room (drinks is ok though). This place is also ideal for beach walks. Heading right will take you past all the hotels, but you could easily walk for 3-4 hours. If you prefer a more quiet walk, turn left. You will pass 2 hotels, but then you can walk for hours and just enjoy the scenery. This is also a good path if you are looking for a swim with no one around.
You will also hear the minaret dayly, but, what a voice!! I have travelled many muslim countries, but that voice is magic... First time EVER I have been looking forward to the prayers...
I final comment could be made of the area as such. Dar Ali is at the outskirts of the touristic zone, hence, you will find few signs of "real" Tunis in the close vincinity, such as shops, restaurants etc. Though, the closest city is only 10 min taxidrive away.
To conclude, if what you want is to relax, enjoy a good swim, attentive staff and really good food for from faded tourist buffes, I could really recommend Dar Ali. I have previously worked as a tourguide for 7 years, so I think I have a good I for what is genuine and what is not, and this hotel really is a little gem. Only 2 slight disappointments - big screen football certain evenings, and too much western music! But for escaping the world and recharge your batteries - goo, goo, goo!
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