Dar Nanka is a beautiful guesthouse about 15 minute drive from Marrakech, and feels more like an expensive mansion house than a hotel. The owners, Nancy and Mika provide a welcome and relaxed environment for their guests, putting all emphasis on making you feel right at home. The house is extremely stylish and feels personal due to the many beautiful antiques Nancy has collected. Every room, every area of the guesthouse and gardens feels different and you spend the day roaming from one spot to the next. The gardens are well manicured and feel idyllic. Laze by the pool on the iron sun loungers sipping a cocktail or stay sheltered from the sun reading a book on the plush sofas on one of the three terraces (some of the rooms also have a private terrace with their own sun loungers).
We stayed in room 2 or 'Terre Marrakchi', which was spacious, beautifully decorated (of course), and offered all the usual modern amenities (music, television, hairdryer) as well as a spacious shower room. The bed was very comfortable, something we are often disappointed with, and we also got the morning sun which was lovely. Perhaps the only slight downside was the road noise, from the nearby highway, but quite honestly it didn't bother you much and I suspect it is rather common as many hotels are jotted off the highway outside of Marrakech.
The kitchen deserves a special mention. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner there all of the 3 days and absolutely loved it. The menu wasn't anything overly complicated, but everything tasted amazing (especially the tagines and seafood). As Nancy explained to us, quality of the ingredients is very important to them and it really showed. Dinner was always a 3 course menu with two options for each course. Very reasonably priced at 300dh per person (about 30eur). Breakfast (complimentary) was also great, with a variety of fresh juices available and they were happy to cook up our eggs however we liked them. Perhaps one small moan is that there wasn't an English lunch menu available.
We also really enjoyed the spa, about 100m from the main house. There were a variety of treatments available. We both really enjoyed our hammam, massage and facial. A free hammam was included as part of our stay but were only told once starting to pay that we had to go between 10am-2pm to get it for free. Wish they would have told us that at the beginning, though perhaps we should have asked!
All in all, we felt it's the perfect place to get away from it all, soak up some sun and eat lots of good food. In the end we really didn't want to leave! The transfer to Marrakech is also quite reasonable at 150 per person, for exploring the medina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nice mix of East and West way of life, combining time and cultures, with a few old furnitures, welcome to Dar Nanka. Make this place yours and we hope that every moment will be a moment of real happiness. ... more less
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