I spent 2 weeks in Djerba with my girlfriend, younger brother and sister and my parents.
Initial thoughts of the island were slightly sketchy as the coach journey to the hotel was rather barren and consisted of a worrying number of half finished buildings and piles of rubbish. When arriving at the hotel we were greeted with a welcome drink and a clean, friendly atmosphere. Despite there being a few concerns with the lack of English spoke by some of the staff, the welcome was very nice and no real issues were brought up. The rooms were clean and tidy with very good air conditioning and wash facilities. Cleaned every day to a good standard and the maids are very friendly. Only advice would be to ask for a room on 1st/2nd floor nearer the back of the hotel because of the nicer views.
Notable highlights of the hotel included the hotel's animation/entertainment team, all inclusive food selection and the very friendly staff. Entertainment was provided all morning and into the afternoon with shows and music being put on every night. The entertainment team were very friendly and included everyone well. The food consisted of 3 meals a day and a mid-afternoon snack which were all very nice and involved lots a choice. The menu has a good balance of Tunisian food as well as home comforts and popular dishes so is more than edible. The waiters and bar staff are all very friendly and despite the lack of English spoken by some the service was always exceptional with drinks constantly brought to tables and plates cleared very quickly. The hotel pool and sunbathing area is very clean and the pool is catered to both children and adults with sufficient depth for diving in parts.
The only negative about the hotel was that the lager was served in plastic cups around the pool and in small glasses at night which led to us purchasing larger glasses at the local shop. Across the road is a sewage works which despite not being visible, did cause a heavy smell on the walk down to the beach but this was not detectable from the hotel.
When in Djerba I would recommend visiting the beautiful white sand beaches the island has to offer, notably Blue Lagoon towards the east of the island. Also excursions such as the Pirate ship day out (purchase tickets in the beach for 20 dinar as opposed to 60), crocodile park (this was not the inhumane caged up spectacle I was worried about seeing but actually an ethically sourced, research based home for numerous crocodiles who all looked in fine shape and health) . The two largest towns on the island are Midoun and Houmt Souk which offer very traditional markets and have a wonderful feel to them. After fighting through some fake Ralph Lauren Polos and Ray Ban sunglasses there are some really intricate and attractive things to buy.
A slight consideration to make before you visit is to plan around the Muslim fasting period of Ramadan. Our first week fell withing this period and a lot of local cafes and restaurants were shut making the area a bit quiet. Also, the island is very French dominant and most of the local people speak French and Arabic with some German and little English. I found this quite refreshing as there were no full English breakfasts, English themed pubs and felt a lot less tacky. A small grasp of French was more than enough to get through the holiday however.
If you want a quiet holiday with great weather which offers a real escape from Britain then I would recommend Djerba fully. I would 100% recommend Miramar Petit Palais hotel as a place to stay during your visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a better quality of our services and to meet the most requirements of our customers.We realized at the Petit Palais & Spa revamping work completed by the end of March 2014.Indeed, the work involved:The bar.The reception hall.The restaurant and kitchen.Rooms.The entrance to the hotel.The palace is now a small hotel decorated in a contemporary style or welcome good service and cleanliness ... are waiting for you.We hear this was a good collaboration with our partner Tomas Cook with the concept of "SMART LINE" all staff and management welcome you.The direction of the Petit Palais ... more less
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