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Dar Maya
33 rue Oujda, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #2 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Dar 'amazing'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Gareth's Dar Maya is a lovely oasis hidden in the Essaouira medina. Not only is the space stunning, as detailed in every other review but Gareth and his team went the extra mile to make sure my stay was every bit as decadent as possible. Word is obviously already spreading as during my visit were a variety of different guests from honeymooners, families and couples from around the globe all who also loved their time there!
The rooftop pool and setting is gorgeous for a glass or two of rose after hours in the medina or the beach and both the communal lounge and dining areas are lovely to just relax in. I would also recommend having the hamman and massage as well, this was a fantastic way to finish a day.
Though it has to be said my absolute favourite part of my stay was the two furry helpers who are so adorable and if you ask Gareth nicely you might even get to take them for a stroll on the beach like I did! I had an amazing four days here!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

A beautifully decorated modern "dar" run by Gareth who certainly knows how to make one feel at home with his lovely dogs, Eddy and Nini!
The rooms and bathrooms are spacious, tastefully decorated with all the top notch amendities and in general the whole home is spotless clean.
The terrace with its dip pool is lovely even though there could be with a few more daybeds!
The staff are extremely kind and helpful, nothing was a problem (makes a change), thank you all for making our stay so easy.
Perfectly situated in a quiet area of the medina and very easy to get around, in general Essaouira is a very chilled out place, a must if visiting Morocoo.
We shall definately return, hopefully soon!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Thank you for your warm and kind hospitality, we had a lovely time over there. Room and bathroom are very comfortable and luxurious. Having breakfast on the roof top in the morning watching the skyline is amazing. Staff is very courteous and happy to make your stay joyful.
I would recommend it to anyone, especially for couples like us who wanted to visit Essaouira.
Thank you!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The other reviews are right. The place is a haven. Beautifully designed. A shame we only stayed for a night. The room we had was an oasis. My only comment is that, with the beautiful and though-through design perhaps a bidet would have also been a great addition... But that is just a quirk of mine!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I don't think I can say much more than other people have already done. This riad is gorgeous, a mix of traditional and modern, impeccably clean and the service is top-notch. Staff extremly helpful, lovely breakfast, nicely positioned in the old town, with a very private terrase on top and even small swimming pool. Took advantage of lovely hammam inside the riad followed by a massage in the room. Heaven!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Stayed here with my girlfriend in August for a few days.
- The place feel like one of those modern living magazine covers, lots of attention to detail, very homely
- Great location, generally easy to find in a town where it is easy to get lost
- Bedroom and bathroom were great (no TV mind you for those who care about that sort of thing but we didn't)
- Staff went out of their way to help us

Only tip would be to adjust the rooftop Jacuzzi somehow so that the ocean can be seen when sat in it.

Would definitely be where I would stay were I to go back again.

  • Stayed August 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
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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I staid one week in Dar Maya, in august.We were a group of friends and we rent all the riad. We loved everything: the dar's location in the middle of the medina, we loved the architecture and the decoration, and we really appreciate the kindness of the staff and the help and suggestions from Gareth, the owner of the riad. Abdel is a perfect cook, and we appreciated to have diner at the riad after a day full of activities ! And breakfast are just perfect ! I would like to add that the small swimming pool on the terrace is a plus additional.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Additional Information about Dar Maya

Address: 33 rue Oujda, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Maya is a luxury boutique hotel, offering five rooms, a spa and heated dip-pool in a chic, tranquil riad in the heart of Essaouira’s historic medina. Having successfully blended a mix of understated Moroccan and contemporary European styles, Dar Maya oozes elegance, subtlety and intimacy. Our aim is to make your stay at Dar Maya as enjoyable as possible, and we offer an impeccable level of service that only a small luxury hotel can provide.With stunning ocean views from the terrace, the hotel is a few minutes walk to all the main attractions and amenities including the bustling cafes and restaurants, souks, port and beach. ... more   less 
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