Mohamed and Alli on reception were fantastic, speaking great English, helping us find our way about, printing out maps, recommending things to see and do. We couldn't fault them. The room we booked (the Ali Baba room) was much smaller than we'd expected and since this was a rare "once in 5 years break without the kids" we wanted to feel like we were living it up. We got upgraded to a much bigger room free of charge and even had a personal meeting with the Riad owner who gave us a lift in to Marrakech to show his sincere apologies!
It is a bit far out of town (13km), but we loved it. We soon mastered travelling on the bus with the locals (the Riad give you a free pass - but obviously a taxi is always an option but about 25 Euros) using my school boy French. It was nice to hang around with locals who had nothing to gain from treating us well, and yet they were really friendly and funny - laughing at our foolish Western behaviour!
Like all Riads the breakfast is pretty much the same every morning, but it is substantial and sets you up for the day. The pool is lovely (heated) as is the hot tub spa.
For a place to get away, explore another culture and spoil yourself, this place is great. It's a bit pricey to eat there in the evenings (25 Euros each), but if you're on a holiday like this it's a nice indulgence. Eating in town is more like 10 Euros each so you can alternate if trying to keep to a budget.
Would definitely recommend this place - we had a great Christmas there!
- 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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