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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 #11 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

It has been 5 months since we stayed at Dar Ayniwen back in April. We have been so impressed and enjoyed our stay so much we just had to tell everyone about it.
We stay in Marrakesh for 1 week, first 3 days in a Riad in a Medina and the remaining time at Dar Ayniwen. Aziz - hotel's manager contacted us and arrange for the driver to pick us up from the Riad in suitable for us time. We have been collected at Medina and Ayniwen driver took us to Palmeraie, about 25 minutes drive. At the end of the dusty trail, surrounded by brick walls palms lay a set of double gates. We were not prepared for the delights that waited inside. As soon as the gates were open we were welcome by Stephane - owner of the villa and ever charming and helpful Aziz.
Aziz took us for a tour around the house describing the wonderful history of the house and its contents. Villa is beautiful with an amazing display of family art collection.
We have stayed in a Mucha suite with a magical terrace and most amazing view to the garden.
Warm welcome and beautiful surroundings left us for once speechless.
During our stay we were treated as a royalty, nothing is too much problem in Dar Ayniwen. You can have your breakfast whenever you want wherever you would like. Chef will check with you if you have special wishes with regards to dinner - to make sure they buy fresh food on their trip to market. If you would like to eat out, hotel will reserve a restaurant and driver will take you there and bring you back with no additional cost.
Gardens are magical and the ambience fantastic.
Without writing a thousand words on how incredible our stay was, I strongly advise you to book yourself a treat and stay in Dar Ayniwen you will not regret it.

  • Stayed April 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I traveled to Marrakech with my 10yr old daughter to attend a fabulous, destination wedding of a dear friend.
We enjoyed the pool and the spa. The room (Galaxy Suite) was marvelous and fabulously comfortable with quietly cool air conditioning
Overall, the Dar Ayniwen was an idyllic and relaxing experience- a true oasis.
The staff was super nice and helpful, and day trips to the Medina,Essouria and the Atlas Mountains were seamlessly arranged.
The daily shuttles and airport transport included with one's stay is a MAJOR plus!!!
if you are looking for a peaceful, recharging getaway, this is the place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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Walsall, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We went during the hottest part of the year, and in Ramadan. The beautifully landscaped and manicured grounds provide ample shade by the pool to while away the hours when it is just too hot to do anything else. Air-conditioned rooms (the Colonnade suite) were also very welcome when needing to cool down more quickly. The suite was nicely furnished with a mixture of traditional and more eclectic pieces.

Fortunately it was only too hot for 2 days, so we were able to go into Marrakesh on the other days. It was great to be able to go to town for a couple of hours, come back and rest up a while, go back in, come back, and then go in for an evening meal, all free of charge.

Food was always of a high quality, but expensive in comparison to good-quality restaurants in town.

Being there in Ramadan was not an issue: a little consideration on our part as to going into town 15 minutes earlier or later so the staff could break fast was something anyone can easily accommodate.

On-site steam room and masseuse provided some personal pampering - only used the one at the hotel so not sure how this compares to the many other places offering these services.

We highly recommend this hotel for couples, for its location and surroundings, highly-attentive staff, degree of luxury, and its calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Room Tip: All rooms/suites are fabulous, so it makes little difference.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 August 27, 2013

For a romantic break, cant be beaten. Difficult to fully explain the atmosphere of this retreat. Very calm, very peaceful. The service is excellent. This is the place for a rest. If you are intent on the sites, and a full blown Marrakech experience, then you are better in the Medina. As a retreat from the modern world it cant be beaten.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Winterthur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

After 10 days of travelling through Marocco we've treated ourselves to relaxing 3 days in the Dar Ayniwen and we were certainly not disappointed!

Tucked away in the palmeraie, this boutique hotel offers ultimate privacy and elegance.
Upon arrival we were notified that we were upgraded to the rotonde suite which is a stand alone pavillion in the corner of a truly gorgeous parc (see description below)

This is a perfect place to slow down and relax in style. Actually the place was so nice we hardly wanted to leave the compound and go to the city, which is some 15 minutes by car away but easily accessible thanks to the hourly private transport service provided (free of charge).

Breakfast (and all other meals) is served at your wish (e.g. next to the pool or in your pivate sitting area). The food is excellent and recommendable but be aware that you will need to notify the staff in advance (they will actually come and ask you) so the necessary fresh supplies can be organized from the market.

The service is enjoyably discrete yet always present when you need it. Hence it is perfectly fitting the atmosphere of luxury intimacy and privacy. The main building with the different sitting/living rooms is a sight on its own.

Upon arrival we were welcomed with a bottle of rosé, pastries and chocolates and felt really like VIPs.

This is the perfect place to get away from the busy Medina of Marrakech and relax in privacy in a truly gorgeous environment.

One of the best hotels and certainly the most intimate one (of this category) we have ever stayed in!

Room Tip: We were upgraded to the suite rotonde. This is the ultimate private get-away. Located away from the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Santa Ursula, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have just come back from a very relaxing stay at the Dar Ayniwen Villa hotel.

Nothing is too much trouble for the kind owner Stephane and his excellent Manager, Aziz and the rest of the very helpful staff at Dar Ayniwen. Prior to our visit my emails were promptly and efficiently answered. My husband was travelling separately from my daughter and I and the hotel had no hesitation in sending the chauffer to collect us separately on the same day. Also during our stay we were provided with a complimentary car and a very amicable driver who took and collected us from wherever we wanted in the city. Aziz will prepare an itenary for you so that you take in all the right monuments. He is very well informed and speaks excellent English and I really enjoyed my chats with him.

Our suite, the Galaxy, was luxuriously furnished with a large and well appointed bathroom. The hotel garden is simply beautiful and Stephane gave us a really informative tour explaning the trees and their origins as well as where the birds in his aviary originate from. I recommend you do this tour. The swimming pool is of a good size and the water was always at the right temperature.

The food at the hotel is of a very high standard. Breakfast was served whenever we wanted and included freshly squeezed orange juice, home made yoghurts, boiled eggs, Moroccan pancakes, croissants, bread, honey, jams, etc. as well as optional choice from the menu. We had dinner on a couple of occasions (would have had more but we also wanted to try out other restaurants in Marrakech) and thoroughly enjoyed these sitting by the pool in the twilight listening to the birds chirping away! In fact, my husband had a personal cooking lesson and mad my fish tagine which was simply divine. By the way, the dinner may appear expensive by Moroccan standards but given the quality and quantity of the food it is worth every penny.

All 3 of us had body massages which we found very relaxing. Definitely worth doing.

Overall a very relaxing experience and because of the excellent car service you can enjoy both the hustle and bustle of the city (without having to haggle with taxi drivers) as well as the tranquillity of the hotel. In our case my daughter and I went off shopping leaving my husband by the pool!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I usually don't write reviews here, but we just got back from our vacation and stayed here again.

We have stayed at this location 3 times in the past 4 years - I heard about this place when I met the original owner (father of the current owner) while travelling about 10 years ago, but never got the chance to stay there until 2009. We have stayed in other places in Morocco for work and vacation, so we do have some other experiences to compare this to.

The house is a beautiful traditional Moroccan design, the location is in a very nice area and (thankfully) a bit outside the noisy downtown area, and the service is excellent. By Western standards, this place is really great. By Moroccan standards, it's off the charts.

One of our favorite things is the breakfast by the pool / garden area. The grounds are very nice and well-kept. There are fountains, birds, trees, and lots of other nature stuff that the wife loves. I like the peace and quiet. There's satellite TV and lots of places to read and relax, and the wi-fi is pretty good (especially by local standards). There's a free shuttle to/from the airport, and to all of the usual touristy spots.

Price--wise, this place is a good deal. The rates are comparable to the other riads in the Marrakech area - but this place is far nicer, our rate always includes breakfast, and there's a free shuttle service. So to me, it's better for my wallet. If you compare this to the name-brand places, it's much better value (less expensive).

By the way, the staff is really knowledgeable about the local sights and attractions - we have always gotten good recommendations about what to do and what to see in Marrakech and other parts of the country. And they give you good, solid (honest) advice, as I found out several times.

This place is not Club Med. If you want a recreation direction and planned activities, this is not the place for you. And if you want to stay with the noise and the action, it's also not for you. But if you want peace and quiet and no hassles without spending a fortune, this is the place.

Room Tip: No idea - we stayed in a different room each time, and they were all different, but each one was ver...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#4 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#10 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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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