We arrived at the door of Dar Zahia after dark having followed our escort through a maze of ever narrowing streets and alleyways not quite knowing what to expect. As the heavy door was opened a gentle light from a trail of candles streamed out we and entered into the beauty and peace of the riad. With the delicate scent of amber and musk and the very gentle, soothing music our travel weary bodies were soon soothed and relaxed.
We were greeted by Paolo and his lovely team of ladies. Their manner was gentle and obliging and every effort was made to relax and welcome us into what should be described as a luxurious home. Dar Zahia has a very special feel of being luxuriously spoiling but in a subtle and discrete way. It is comfortable and spacious, and while the accommodation feels open one can retreat into privacy at any time. Our bed was strewn with rose petals and was heavenly to sleep in! It was amazingly quiet at night and in the early morning.
Breakfast was a feast, beautifully prepared and plentiful to set us up for the adventures of the day ahead. If it so suits you can request a private dinner cooked by one of the lovely ladies - book ahead. At the end of the day it was fabulous to take a drink and enjoy the cooling of the evening on the roof terrace - all we had to do was request what we wanted and it appeared!
While the riad is beautiful, and may compare to well to others, what sets it apart is the kindness and hospitality of Paolo and Emanuela. Paola has an incredible sense of what suits his guests and advises on restaurants, shopping, spas and site-seeing accordingly. His hand drawn map was invaluable - if you like to plan ahead share your thoughts with Paolo and he will hone your plans to make them really work for you.
All in all we had a magical trip, experiencing the marvels of old and the new Marrakech with all the hustle and haggling, the crush and the wonders of the city with the knowledge that we could escape and recover in the haven of Dar Zahia at any time - or take a plunge and sunbathe at the sister Riad Anjar. Thank you to Paolo for making our trip so special and memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Dar Zahia enjoys an exceptional location. It is located at Mouassine, one of the most exuberant and beautiful districts in the heart of the Medina, a 2-minute walk from the vitality of the famous Jemaa el Fna, without giving up the tranquility and intimacy.Dar Zahia has been renovated with the utmost respect for the ancient art, which amazes with its magnificent architecture that reflects the talent of Moroccan craftsmen. You will find the magic of the workmanship and decoration of wood, stucco, tadelakt, zellige, admiring the rich colors of the fabrics and the wonder of antique furniture.Dar Zahia consists of an amazing open-air patio, a living room warm and welcoming with a fireplace, a private terrace surrounded by plants, three stylish suites comfortably sized, two of which have fireplaces and private balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Zahia Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Dar Zahia Marrakech