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“Green Oasis outside of pulsating Marrakesh” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #10 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Munich
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“Green Oasis outside of pulsating Marrakesh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

We stayed at the Dar Ayniwen from Oct. 8-10 for the last couple of days of our vacation in Morocco. It is certainly away from it all - down a dirt road, behind an imposingly large gate. The garden is certainly beautiful and well-maintained and the pool is large and refreshing. There are lots of staff (gardeners, waiters, cleaners, drivers, etc.) who take care of the guests. Aziz the manager speaks excellent English and seems to work 24 hours a day. We were upgraded to a villa with a private garden which was decorated in what could be called Arabian decadence (thus its name:Roman?).
I generally enjoyed my stay at Dar Ayniwen and since my husband and I tend to be (over)active, also appreciated that the transport service to town was always readily available. The fact is that given where Dar Ayniwen is, it would be quite difficult to take a taxi there (what is the address? can it be found?) and even if it were possible, it would be expensive. So without a car, one is dependent on the hotel´s transport service, which was very reliable, but is sometimes hard for people who are used to alot of independence. So it really is most appropriate for people who want to spend some of their time in Morocco relaxing by the pool and hanging out in a nice garden. The Hammam is very nice too.
Otherwise my criticisms would be that we ate there one night and found the food pretty bad and quite expensive. Also there was no really good shower in our villa although we had 2 bathrooms. Finally for a place that was quite expensive, especially for Moroccan standards, there was a strange feeling of being kind of "nickled and dimed". For instance, breakfast is included, but if you want fruit, it costs more. Or there is no complementary bottled water, which in a place like Morocco (brushing teeth no problem, but probably wouldn´t drink from tap) is kind of odd. These are not big things, but it does seem kind of petty for a place like Dar Ayniwen. I recommend that they rethink these policies. On the other hand I should point out that at the end of our stay, they generously offered me (female guests in general) a complementary Moroccan necklace as a gift, which was a nice gesture.
All in all, I liked Dar Ayniwen - nice staff, beautiful garden, etc. But as I said, it is for those who feel they need a luxurious break and want to spend part of their trip (a chunk of the day or some days of a longer stay) just relaxing by the pool and don´t mind spending the money to do it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010 via mobile

Wow, what a place. Feels like you are staying in someones house rather than a hotel. The rooms are stunning and we got upgraded into one of the bungalows for our last 2 nights. The staff are great and provide everything you need. Although only 15 mins into the centre of Marrakech you feel far away from it all and the grounds are stunning. From he lovebirds just walking around to the parrots in the sanctuary. This really is a perfect way to relax. Food is great (portions are HUGE if not too big!!! so either be hungry or you end up feeling guilty you don't clean the plate) absolutely loved the place !!!

  • Stayed November 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

We visited this Riad 23-30th October 2010 and can only say that we were treated both by Stephan and his manager Aziz in surroundings which we found superb and not forgetting all of the staff behind the scenes to ensure that you received the very best treatment and they certainly deserve the best accolade of most hotel`s around the world that my wife have visited and feel sure that many of the other hotels world wide could learn from,whilst we were there our suite got upgraded from what was already a very nice suite.Aziz arranged a trip to the Atlas Mountain`s for us in four wheel drive vehicle with a private driver meaning we did not share with anyone.The house car sevice I am sure is a great help for all visitors.This is the Riad to die for
Brian & Teresa Moore

  • Stayed October 2010, 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 October 10, 2010

Selfishly we have always been reluctant to write a review about Ayniwen, as we have coveted this hidden gem for ourselves for 3 years! Following our recent wedding at the most amazing place on earth with 115 wonderful friends and family members, we now fear that our secret may be out! :)
The HUGEST thank you ever must be extended to Stephane, Aziz and the amazing team for making the past 10 months of planning so fun and stress free and for organising a spectacular party in their exquisite villa!
We and our guests were blown away by your kindness, hospitality and attention to detail! Each time we have stayed at Ayniwen is has been nothing short of incredible, however to have had the honour to hold our wedding celebrations in this Marrakchi paradise was indescribable! To sum up the lead up to the wedding, the celebrations and the week that followed - MAGICAL, SUMPTUOUS & UNFORGETTABLE!!
You know you havent seen the back of us and we will be back very soon!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Your friends, Suzanne and Graeme xx

  • Stayed September 2010, 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 October 7, 2010

It is almost impossible to adequately reflect the excellence of this 'sanctuary'. Beautiful rooms, gardens, antiques. Romantic dinners under the stars in front of the pool. A level of service and kindness that is truly outstanding. Will we be going back again? Oh yes! Just as soon as we possibly can.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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 September 30, 2010

Arriving gone midnight at Marrakech airport we were greeted with the friendly face of one of the hotel's drivers who whisked us away to this fabulous hotel. We were greeted with Moroccan mint tea and petits-fours before being taken upstairs to our amazing suite. The room overlooked the garden and swimming pool and had a private terrace that could easily fit 10 people for dinner. From there it just got better and better, with a level of service that was not only consistent but so warm and professional. Spa treatments are divine, the food freshly brought from the morning's market and the cocktails simply help you become even more relaxed!!! The owner is charm personified and the house contained an amazing eclectic collection of antiques that I would have gladly taken home. DO go to this place as it will be an experience of a lifetime and will make you want to go back time and time again!

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

We spent a fantastic week here, everything was perfect from the ultra freindly staff who couldn't do too for you to the lovely Moroccan food. The peace and quiet of the gardens after the hustle and bustle of the city was wonderful. Even thought it is situated a good 15 minutes from the centre, an air conditioned mini bus, which will drop you off and pick you up on request, is included in the cost. Fancy visitng one of the sites, eating out somewhere different or dancing the night away, the host, who lives on site and is always around, is full of ideas and information which were all spot on. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#4 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#9 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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