I chose this hotel because of the amount of positive reviews on Trip Advisor and I was so glad I did. It is 20 minutes away from the Medina but we were looking to morocco for new culture, sun and most importantly, relaxation- time much needed away from central London. We weren't disappointed!
On arrival we were stunned by the beauty of the hotel grounds and the reception rooms which were all traditionally Moroccan and beautiful. We were greeted with ceremony by Namia, the manageress and the rest of the staff, served mint tea and baklava and told about some of the Moroccan traditions and ways and then given a hotel tour, as we were the only guests! We were given an annexe, a little house a few metres from the house which was perfect for us. It had it's own little patio and table and chairs as did all of the other rooms but was very private. The suites were gorgeous and I loved the Casablanca room which was white with a four poster bed. Another couple arrived later on in the week who actually had been there 6 times and always requested this room for that very reason.
On the Monday we went on an excursion to the Ourika valley and it was market day so it was really interesting. We were taken up to see a waterfall after this and it was really fascinating to see how the locals live, definitely worth it. The guide basically held my hand the whole way to make sure I didnt stumble on all the rocky bits.
On our visit to the medina we were also looked after really well by our tour guide and both excursions were organised by the hotel as were our airport transfers, it was easy peasy.
Nazia was lovely and Badia, the cook, made food to die for. We had dinner at the hotel 3 out of 4 nights and the tagines were melt in the mouth. The breakfast spread was also insane- it was included in the room price and every day we said 'we'll have it at 9' or whatever time we felt like as well as where, depending on the weather. It included pancakes, little cakes with different fillings, pastries, cereal, toasted bread, yogurts, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee and cocoa. It was my favourite part of the day!
On one of the hottest days a little tortoise came out from the bushes and hopped into the pool to go for a swim. It was hilarious and we had to fish it out again to go for a swim. Shows how exotic the hotel grounds are. We felt like we were in paradise :)
To sum up, if you're looking for the Marrakesh experience- crazy medina fun- then maybe this isn't for you. It's far out. If you're looking for a beautiful hotel with lovely people and ultimate relaxation that isn't too far from the madness then Definitely stay here. Thanks to all the staff at Dar Kantzaro for making us feel so special! Ashley and Keeley
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Kantzaro lies at the heart of an olive grove of 2.5 acres, a stone throw away from Marrakech’s top attractions and faces the Atlas Mountains range. An ideal location for ultimate relaxing, for special events celebrations (weddings, birthdays…), or more simply for exotic holidays with friends or family. At Dar Kantzaro, we strive to make our guests' stay a true experience of Moroccan hospitality and our staff will go out of their way to ensure your stay is remembered. ... more less
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