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“Disorganised, fake, absolute waste of money.”
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Moroccan Dinner Show 'Fantasia Chez Ali' in Marrakech
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Fantasy Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show in Marrakech
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Chez Ali: Fantasia Show with Moroccan Dinner and Oriental Dance
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Unfortunately, we didn't actually see the show... we were having such a terrible experience at dinner that we left before it started!

As we walked into the food tent, there was such a strange atmosphere. Everyone in the tent was completely silent, and we felt like everyone was staring at us. The waiters didn't seem to have a clue what was going on, which just added to the confusion. Bread was served, but despite being ravenous, we decided not to tuck in as we thought we would soon be served our tagine. Half an hour later however, there was still no sign of any other food, so we started on the bread. We were then served soup as a starter, then a furthur half an hour, our tagine finally turned up. Yet another long wait, and we were served a mountain of couscous, at which point I decided I could not sit in the uncomfortable atmosphere any longer and promptly paid for my drinks and left.

During dinner, different groups of "musicians" and "dancers" came to (attempt to) entertain us with their representations of ancient folklore. The ladies who were meant to be dancing looked totally bored, and were not dancing at all. They were simply swaying their hips like novices at a nightclub. The music didn't seem to differ group to group, and I felt as though they were just there in the hope of receiving a tip.

Priced at 450 dirhams per person (more if you include drinks and tips), this was totally not the type of experience that represents this wonderful country. It was a complete anti-climax to a fantastic holiday.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

These touristic programs can be a little Barry, but I thought Chez Ali very honest! The dinner is good, it's a lot of food, a lot of people dancing and performing shows with horses, there are some fireworks in the end of show... I really liked...I,ve been in Dubai some years ago and the desert dinner was much more expensive and less attractions, so it was great chez Ali !

Thank LuMatos
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This was an attraction everyone said was a must see, however it turned out to be a total rip-off. Because we hageled a bit on the price it came out to 350D about 35 euros per person. We were told that the show alone would cost 15 euros so we took the package thinking we would eat well for approximately 20 euro. We got there only to find out that it is a pre-set menu. You pick one dish or the other. We went in a group made up of a toddler, a child, a teenager, a young couple and two adults so the ages were varied. Nobody had good things to say in leaving the place. It is very tacky, the food is awful (we have had way better for a fraction of the price) and the "spectacle" is pathetic. Between all of us we spent approximately 200 euros which would have been way better spent anywhere else in Marrakech. It is an unfortunate tourist trap in this beautiful city. NB - One of the people in our group is half Moroccan and we had to pay cash for our food to this middle man. These guys get a payback for bringing busloads of tourists into this dive. I hope the notes left here will help you avoid wasting your money.

Thank natalie t
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

I didn't think it was great but didn't think it's as bad as some have described. But perhaps it's due to the fun company we kept. It was a total tourist trap from even before you enter the place, with groups of people in various costumes welcoming guests at the entrance. You're quickly flanked by 2 ladies in traditional costumes and a photographer (who later comes by your dinner table with your printed photo for 20 dirhams or 2 euros). We were led to one of the dining tents. Dinner started with a typical Moroccan soup, then a lamb dish with prunes and almonds, followed by couscous with some chicken and veggies. Dessert was a large plate of oranges, a few apples and tangerines, plus the waiter came by with some small cookies which I passed. We had a vegetarian colleague who was a bit stuck since there was no vegetarian option for her. As other reviewers said, groups of performers took turns coming in with different styles of costumes and music, and our Moroccan hosts explained that each group represented different regional tribes. The performers sometimes sang and a few looked tired and bored and who can blame them when they do probably do this night after night for tourists. They try to get you to dance with them and expect tips but most of us didn't have local currency on us. The 1st few groups of dancers were entertaining, but it quickly got old. After the meal, we went outside to watch the "fantasy show" which are the same groups of performers walking inside the entertainment arena. At one point there was a belly dancer but the light was poor and she was so far away it wasn't easy to see and got boring fast. Groups of horseback riders charged and fired rifles, and a few performed light stunts on the running horses. We tried to take photos but as others have reviewed, the light is too poor for any decent shoots. Our bus guide said the place has a staff of 500?!! Not sure about that but there were definitely lots of people working there. I don't regret having experienced it since it gives you an idea of the old traditions but don't need to experience it a 2nd time.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

The food and the musicians and dancers at the tables were generally excellent, though a few of the dancers we a little inexperienced and unsure of their routine. but the horseback show was very halfhearted and very poorly choreographed, lighting was very badly coordinated with the movement leaving most of the performance in the dark and not visible. We also saw one of the horsemen on his mobile phone during the performance. Very disappointing as it did not anywhere meet the publicity. My advice is that there are better ways to spend £35.00

1  Thank William P
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