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Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #9 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Winter Break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed there for 7 nights at begininng of March 2013.

Overall -
A great place to go if you want a relaxing break in a 5* environment, without hundreds of other guests (only 8 suites), whilst also being slightly detached from the noisy/hectic city (15 minutes away from the centre of town).

Location -
Set outside the city, the hotel provides a great base for a trip into the city, providing an hourly free shuttle service.

Setting -
Gardens are very spacious and well maintained, with in addition, plenty of space to lie in the sun next to the pool.

Food -
Breakfast is complementary, whilst Dinner/Lunch is of decent quality though relatively pricey. Best dishes are the Tadjins.

Room -
Galaxy Suite was extremely spacious, clean and with two large terraces which capture the sun 24/7. Internet access was good, and also a DVD player in room.

Staff -
Excellent staff, with a good handle of English, friendly and attentive. Aziz, the GM, is of very high quality.

Activities -
The spa is great with a high quality massage thereapist. I played 3 rounds of golf during my time there at Palmerai (x2) and Al Maaden (x1). Al Maaden is a higher quality course, but a bit further away and each round will cost c. £110 (£60 Green Fee, £40 Clubs, £10 Caddy).

Room Tip: Galaxy is very good
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Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I took my partner for a 4 night break at Dar Ayniwen from the 14th - 18th February to celebrate his 30th birthday. I booked several months in advance and due to wanting to make certain arrangements ahead of time, I had emailed the hotel on multiple occasions! Aziz was always incredibly quick to respond to my numerous questions and nothing was ever too much trouble - this gave me a fantastic impression before we arrived!

It took forever to get through passport control but even with delay, the driver was waiting as promised to whisk us off to peace and tranquility! We were warmly greeted by Aziz who couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome and at home. We had a tour of the property and made arrangements for dinner. Although dinner was slightly more expensive than in the Medina, it was a lovely meal accompanied by a wonderful Cuban singer who thoroughly entertained despite there being a very small crowd - I'd certainly recommend it if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Jemaa el Fna.

The hotel itself is stunning - authentic, clean and very well maintained. The gardens are beautifully kept and the wildlife (namely birds) does make you feel a hundred miles from the Medina. Its evident the staff take pride in what they do and nothing is too much trouble, whether you want breakfast by the pool or on your terrace.

The shuttle to/from the centre is a godsend as without it, I could not have imagined having to flag down and negotiate with the local taxis on a daily basis. We were picked up and collected as we wished - on some occasions at very short notice without complaint.

Both Stephane the owner, and Aziz the Manager clearly care about people - showing a genuine interest in your stay, offering tips/advice when needed and generally just ensuring you have everything you need. Despite this being a 5 star property, there is nothing too formal or starchy about the service - you get a very human service which in my opinion makes a huge difference.

I would without question recommend this to others as its a truly unique and personal experience and a great place to retreat after a long day.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Mucha Suite which was lovely despite the bathroom being separate (literally only ac...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed at the Dar Ayniwen for 5 nights from 26th January. The hotel is modern Moroccan and is very attractively built and furnished. The gardens are beautiful, extensive and immaculately maintained. Our bedroom was full of character with traditional furniture and pictures, plus a refrigerator, TV, and good lotions and potions provided in the bathroom. The hotel has a large swimming pool, a spa, and wifi, and they have a courtesy car for guests which goes to and from Marrakesh - 15 minutes and a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The food was great. We loved it, and what made our visit so special was the kindness and helpfulness of all of the staff, headed by manager Aziz, and owner Stephane. Our travel agent, Naturally Morocco Ltd, recommended the hotel and we were delighted.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

What can we say - fantastic! having stayed in top hotels around the world (Savoy/Chedi Muscat etc) this hotel does not disappoint. The warm friendly welcome instantly made us feel like we were catching up with long lost friends. Nothing was too much trouble, be it organising transport to the local medina, offering excusion advice to getting medication. The house and grounds were stunning and serene with home cooking to rival anything the best restaurant could muster. If time allows do try to visit the onsite hammam, totally relaxing The only cloud on our anniversary trip was 1 day of rain, the silver lining being that this provided us with the opportunity to dine in the bedouin tent at night, an experience that entralled the senses. Would recommend staying here to anyone visiting Morrocco.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, go for a suite!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This hotel had been very highly rated and I was keen to see if it stood up to its reputation. We arrived 2/12 hrs late thanks to inclement weather and were cheerfully greeted by Stephan the owner who upgraded us to perhaps one of the best suites in the hotel.
We are avid travellers who value their luxuries whilst on these adventures. Dar Ayniwen is really a gem . The food is exquiste and I must say I stopped going out to Marrakech to eat as the hotel food was better. Breakfast was beautifully laid out , lunch by the pool is great and dinner either in the tent or the main house was a charming unforgetable experience. On the days we felt too lazy to dress up we had dinner served in the room,with a log fire giving a great ambience. Aziz the manager daily ensures that your every need is taken care of and the staff are incredible. I would heartily recommend this hotel to every one.
Finally I would like to recommend Radwen the tour guide at contact@excursciones-marrakech.com. He took us to the atlas mountains for a whole day tour and we had a great time talking to him about the history of Morrocco. He is extremely knowledgeable and well read.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Last tuesday i was in one of the most quiet natural and relaxing place i never been before in all my life, surrounding by so much green that seem never end sound of multicolour and exotic birds,with an impeccable service, excellent food. It is situated outside in palmerie area distant from the chaotic and crazy Marrakech city, place perfect to chill out and to be with the most special person in our love life, total privacy and discretion, even in winter i enjoy of a warm pool .My girlfriend and me just love it, we do agree, it is one of the best save, beautiful and natural places we never been. It is perfect for families, for couples and even yourselves. It is perfect for writing, loving and to connect with our soul. Mr Stephan Abtan and Mr Aziz are hell of nice persons, always supervising and making things at the top of efficiency . In our hearts and minds we say thanks to life to have places like this, so people can take relax as much as they like and rest. Great job to keep all those wonderful birds, that every morning make you feel in tropical places or simply paradise! We highly recommended this place and for sure we'll be back!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Dar Ayniwen is a real delight - we arrived at the airport for a six night stay, were met and transported to the hotel very efficiently and were welcomed and given a guided tour by Aziz (he's an outstanding manager).

Our suite (The Collonade) was even better than the website showed. Spacious, very comfortable and wonderful access to the gardens.

Dining was a real pleasure in the light and airy restaurant in the garden with a delicious menu including some special Moroccan specialties.

Travelling in and out of Marrakesh proved to be easy as Aziz always ensured we were taken and collected as we wished. Be guided by his recommendations on places to see where to eat!

In between exploring, we lazed by the pool, explored the fantastic gardens complete with a collection of exotic birds and found ourselves in numerous beautiful rooms in which to sit, read and chat.

All too soon our stay was over - but not before one of us slipped a disc in their back. Aziz promptly summoned a Doctor who was able to provide treatment, the staff (again all just great) brought meals to the room and looked after us both and we both travelled home as planned....the drive of the hotel transport going especially carefully when necessary.

All in all, this is a hotel to relish - it is very special - try it and see. We will be back - hopefully without any disc problems!

Room Tip: We thought they all looked great - see if you prefer to be in the main house or in the garden.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#3 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#6 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel 5*
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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