Dar El Kanoun is a jewel of a guesthouse in Marrakech, far enough from the center of the city to be peaceful, but close enough to get there easily by taxi. Our rooms were beautiful, as are the common areas and the gardens surrounding the house. Our only disappointment was how cold the water in the pool was - even my hardy daughter jumped in and right back out.
Dar El Kanoun is in a residential area, so if you are expecting entertainment (other than what you can provide for yourself) this may not be the right choice. We were in walking distance from a lovely hammam, where one of us enjoyed skin treatments and massage. We also walked to the supermarket, which was an interesting cultural "adventure". We bought argan oil there to take home, at the suggestion of Geraldine, one of the hosts.
But the main pleasures of Dar El Kanoun were enjoying gracious and wonderfully prepared breakfasts and dinners, reading, relaxing, and recharging as well as having engaging conversations with Omar and Geraldine, the couple who own the house. Omar is a great cook, and we had fun discussing recipes, among other topics.
Omar was available when we needed help but completely respected our privacy. Both Omar and Geraldine were incredibly helpful with directions, suggestions and phone calls to sort out local arrangements and plans for us. It was like visiting family, only without the guilt or drama.
We drove from Casablanca to Marrakech, in a rented car (without a GPS) because we had no idea that there would be essentially no street signs anywhere we went. After circling the general vicinity of Dar El Kanoun and being escorted by a police officer part way, we pulled over at a resort that ended up being quite close. The guard at the resort kindly called Omar, who drove over to escort us. I strongly suggest a GPS if you intend to drive in Morocco. And do not go over the speed limit - they are very strict about enforcement.
Overall, our stay at Dar El Kanoun was perfect!
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