Dar Cherif is a relatively new Riad run by a wonderful lady called Maria, ably helped by Driss, Fatima and her other excellent staff. The Riad is about 10km out of Marrakesh and may not be ideal for a short break for first timers to Marrakesh. However we had been before and wanted to spend time playing some golf and driving into the Atlas mountains.
Each room has been individually designed and all of them are very spacious. They all have their own private terraces looking out on the gardens, with the snow capped Atlas mountains in the background.
The gardens are spacious and there is a lovely pool for use when the weather is warmer.
Maria's chef will prepare anything for breakfast that clients want, so at various times we had croissants, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and wonderful little Morrocan pancakes soaked in honey. Breakfast is totally flexible and you can have it in your room or on the terrace at any time.
Whilst we did go into Marrakesh to eat at one of the best restaurants there, it was nowhere nearly as good as that produced by Maria's chef. As a result we ate almost every evening at the Riad, enjoying a wide variety of Tagines, couscous and other Moroccan specialities.
Maria is extremely well travelled and speaks English fluently, as one might expect from someone who worked at the British Embassy for a number of years. One of the delights of the holiday was enjoying a pre dinner aperitif with Maria and chatting about a wide variety of different topics, as well as finding out more about the "real" Morocco.
This year I understand Maria is getting a Minibus to take guests into Marrakesh, but if people are keen to spend most of their time amongst the hurly-burly of Marrakesh, this is not the place to come. However if you want to enjoy a peaceful holiday close to Marrakesh, play some golf, drive into the mountains etc, then Dar Cherif makes an ideal base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nearby the three main golf courses of the region, just a few minutes away from the city, Dar Cherif offers everything for an idyllic and peaceful stay. Born out of a desire to share and destined for discerned guests, this wonderful riad is the result of the combined effort of a Moroccan family who conceives hospitality like a privilege. In the middle of a splendid Andalusian garden, this villa opens up on the fantastic spectacle of the Atlas Mountains. ... more less
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