A small hotel that is really a large French Villa dressed up with Moroccan draperies and furnishings. I knew it was different when we arrived and they asked if we wanted mint tea to relax...or to check in immediately (we chose the tea). The grounds within the compound walls are beautiful and the service is impeccable (although it is better to think of this as a B&B with Lunch or Dinner available) so it isn't service like a Four Seasons in NY...although the furnishings are getting there. It is a bit out of town (maybe 5 miles or 8 Km) but they have a free shuttle to take you to and from the AP/Train station and as well as an 11 AM shuttle into town and 6PM back from town. It will cost you 200Dh if you want to shuttle to pick you up after hours. The staff will accommodate almost anything you ask for and are very attentive. Eating in the (very fancy) breakfast tent was great and you can ask omelets with cheese and such rather than having the standard Moroccan breakfast if you so desire. We also had a Moroccan dinner (255Dh/$30 for a fixed menu) there in the dining room and were quite pleased by the quality of the freshly prepare meal (don't miss out on the Moroccan soup...it was wonderful). There is a large farmers market (maybe 300M) from the entrance to the hotel that is open on Saturdays that is worth a tour (not so many foreigners there so it can be fun or harrowing depending on what you like/dislike). Overall, the hotel provides an amazing experience for a westerner.
- 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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