It's hard not to repeat the many excellent reviews already posted here, but I can't help but write positive things. We came as a couple for a brief 4 day relaxing retreat. The location was perfect for us as we only wanted to venture into Marrakesh briefly. The Medina is a 10 minute drive away, and the hotel have cars to take you in every 30 minutes.
Our room, the Rotonde, was stunning; It was set at the back of the wonderful gardens (past the rare and exotic birds!), and was beautifully appointed, perfectly sized, and covered in rose petals for our arrival. The hot tub in our private garden was the icing on the cake.
Breakfast poolside was one of the best I've had (Youghurt, honey, croissants, followed by an omelette), and I'm currently having withdrawal symptoms from their Moroccan tea. You can take lunch and dinner where you like, but the tented restaurant pavilion with the burning fireplace was lovely. Food was great, as was the wine selection.
We also enjoyed a selection of the spa treatments; The Hammam and massage were fantastic, and the facial left my beautiful girlfriend glowing more than usual.
The pool is lovely, too. The temp was around 21/22C which, if you're from the UK, is positively summer.
As stunning as the grounds are, the true beauty of this property lies in the manner of the staff, and the service that accompanies it. Humble, gracious, efficient, professional, and most of all, tremendously welcoming. You enter as strangers and leave as friends, and that is good enough for me.
Should we need another bit of perfect relaxation, we will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Built as the owner's family home, in the Oriental-Andalusian style in a 5 acres park, 28 years ago, this majestic old residence with its charming and peaceful garden stands in front of the Atlas Mountains. This Villa-riad was turn into a luxury eight en-suites guesthouse in 2000, all of the very highest quality, is now run by the owner children, Anne & Stephane. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Ayniwen Marrakech
- Dar Ayniwen Hotel Marrakech