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“Intense!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Ali

Chez Ali
La Palmeraie de Marrakech | Route de Casablanca, Marrakech, Morocco
(212) 5 24307730
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Ranked #75 of 91 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Dinner Theaters
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Intense!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

On arrival you are given the opportunity to have photos taken with all sorts of "cast" members including the horses..
Remember that if you take up the offer of photos you are expected to tip so take coins!!

After the brief cast encounter in the car park, you then meet more cast, and an "aladdins cave" of sorts ;) it's all quite cheesy but a good laugh if you go with it.

After the "cave" you make your way past all of the performers making a LOT of noise before you're seated with a group of up to 8 people to share a Moroccan feast. Whilst you dine on 6 relatively good courses you also have the sensory overload of performers and belly dancers arriving every 5 mins which makes conversation at the table "interesting"!!

As in other reviews, water is NOT provided and you are expected to pay for it. Careful with ordering drinks and ESPECIALLY with your change... Work it out from the drinks card and pay exactly to avoid "problems"... If you speak French that helps massively here!

After the dinner, you site outside and watch a relatively chaotic and poorly lit show with all sorts of horses, gun salutes, horse tricks, a donkey (!), belly dancer, and a fireworks display of sorts (although the amount of fireworks you'll see depends on how many people show up!!)

It's an interesting and crazy evening which goes on quite late but when you're finished you do wonder what just hit you!! ;) enjoy!

Visited September 2013
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“Needs an upgrade”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Chez Ali is a good experience if you're willing to go with the flow. While it's obvious that the tickets are sold to tourists as overpriced and promising, be prepared to lower your standards before you come here. The food is absolutely average and so is the entertainment which appears exciting at first but gets old really quick. It's also a bit annoying that everyone keeps asking for tips despite you having paid such a price. The major disappointment is probably the show in the end as it is a very poor attempt at a Disney performance or something like Arabian Nights. However, it is too dark to fully appreciate everything and the show appears to have no plot with everyone doing random things under the motto "the more, the merrier." Nevertheless Chez Ali is not as horrible as some say. The location is great for pictures and for trying to see a bit more culture. Just think twice before spending your money on this.

Visited September 2013
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“Good food, Great show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

It's a sensory overload as soon as you walk in. Much to see, music to listen to but let's deal with the task at hand: dinner. The food was lovely, especially the mechoui. I was surprised to find a chicken under the couscous, but unfortunately it was dry.
The show looked like a lot of fun. From the tricks the riders performed on the horses to the belly dancer to the constant firing of rifles to the fireworks finale.
Definitely recommend this as the perfect end to a wonderful evening in Marrakesh!

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good show... Average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The show itself was nice and the horses where stunning as where the tricks the men performed on the horse - at no time hurting the horse in any way. However myself and my friend where seated on a table with a family who spoke no English and showed no interest in speaking to each other either which was a bit awkward and to make things even worse the food is served family style so you all have to tuck into one big plate which can be awkward with people you don't know. As with most excursions drinks are not included in the price and this is used to increase the price of the drinks. The food was merely average however the soup starter was quiet nice. Nice show if your travelling with children.

Visited August 2013
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“Chez Ali, wonderful Arabian experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I had the most wonderful experience, in this beautiful palace, the wonderful vibrant colours, displayed by different tribes whilst performing their traditional dances and singing was great and you could join in the dancing. The, four course meal served was tantalising with aromatic flavours and smells, surounded by lush beautiful Arabic decorated restaurants, you could choose from indoor dinning or out doors in traditional,tents. Finishing with a show of Arabian horses performing a good number of stunts, and the belly dancing was great.

Definatley a great experience, I recommend . The entrance fee was really cheap approx £30.00 per person including transfers from and to hotel.

Visited July 2013
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