I might start by saying that this is the first time that I have ever written a review in respect of a holiday, however I felt compelled to express just how amazing our stay was with Dar Ilham.
We booked 6 nights in March after having read the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. The hotel driver, Hamed, was waiting in arrivals to take us directly to Dar Ilham. Upon arrival we were seated by the pool and given a welcome drink whilst we were checked in. Despite arriving well before mid-day we were allowed into our room as soon as we were checked in. We stayed in the Kasbah which has about 11 rooms. Next door is the Riad which has about 4 rooms. There were 2 beautiful pools and a hot tub. There are more than enough sun beds around the pools to accommodate all guests at once if necessary, although we were often the only 2 people using them!
The staff were lovely and could not do enough to make our stay as special as possible. After 2 nights we were asked whether we would like to move to a suite as they had one that was not being used. There was no need for them to do this, as we were clearly impressed with the room that we were already using. Just another example of how the staff go out of their way to improve your visit.
We ate in the restaurant every evening as the food was amazing. At 25 euros per person it is not cheap, but we felt worth it. The breakfast was delicious and more than enough to keep us going until the evening. We had lunch by the pool on our last day before our flight, and unsurprisingly we were very impressed.
We booked two excursions through Dar Ilham during our visit. One was a half day trip around Marrakech with a guide. As this was our first time in Marrakech we wanted to make sure we saw all the highlights. Although it's clearly not necessary to have the guide, we felt it was definitely worth the extra 30 euros. Our guide, Jamal, was extremely knowledgable and took his time to explain the history and culture of Marrakech. We also found that having a guide meant that we were not "harassed" by locals trying to sell things, which quite a lot of people seem to highlight as one of the annoyances of Marrakech. Our second excursion was the day trip into the Atlas Mountains. Hamed was excellent and acted as driver/guide for the day. The scenery is simply stunning and well worth seeing.
Overall, a perfect stay. We really could not fault the facilities or service we experienced. A big thank you to all of the staff for a wonderful week. We can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a stunning natural setting, facing the Atlas Mountains, the Kasbah Dar Ilham welcomes you to an unpretentious luxury that combines Moroccan knowledge with the modern comfort of the services provided. Alain and his devoted team, attentive and discreet, welcome you and will turn your stay into an unforgettable experience. Luxury and simplicity: The utmost luxury resides in life's simple things and happiness is the combination of all small pleasures, like relaxing by our wonderful swimming pool of 72 x 26 ft, heated in winter for your greater comfort, or enjoying your well-being in our Jacuzzi for up to 6 people. Enjoy a delicious breakfast under the arches or in the terrace and discover the wonderful cooking concocted by Aicha and her team. You can also choose between a numerous range of different additional activities available, like golfing (3 courses just 15 minutes away), horse riding, SUV riding, jet skiing, quad, kart racing and many others. Marrakech's well-being: Your stay wouldn't be complete without a special moment for yourself in which Nawal, our beautician/masseuse will make you discover the advantages of a traditional Hammam and the secrets of numerous cares and Oriental massages. Everything here is made for you to have pleasant moments, to discover the traditions and the culture of Morocco, and to make you leave full of charming memories... So that you come back! ... more less
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