During our week-long holiday in Marrakech, we stayed at Dar Selwan - and what a fantastic choice it was for our accommodation! As soon as we arrived on the first night, we were met by the lovely Maria with cold drinks and cool towels to refresh us after our journey. Upon entering Dar Selwan, one is instantly blown away by how beautiful it is: both the common areas of the hotel and the rooms are light, spacious and opulently furnished in the style of a traditional Moroccan riad. We stayed in the 'Morjana' suite, which made the perfect base for our stay - it opens onto a terrace which has views of the garden and Palmeraie, it was extremely comfortable and cleaned and tidied daily. After an exhilarating day in the city, it was always nice to come back to Dar Selwan and find our beds made (sprinkled with fresh rose petals) and our towels designed in wonderful shapes - my personal favourite being the swans! Our bathroom was also lovely, with a bath and shower, and complimentary shampoo and shower gels which were both 100% natural.
The riad also has a garden and pool area, which we made full use of almost every day - an invigorating swim in the impeccably-kept pool was usually much needed, as during our trip it was sunny and 30C (at least) every day. After a swim, or perhaps simply on a lazy afternoon, residents can relax either on the sun loungers beside the pool, where towels and a sun hat are provided, or in one of the two charming garden tents - all the while surrounded by vibrantly coloured flowers, palm trees and enjoying the peace and tranquility which is broken only by sweet birdsong.
A review of Dar Selwan would not be complete without mentioning the food - which we received plenty of when staying here! To start the day off, we would order breakfast which we usually ate in the garden tent at the far end of the pool - however, this was not just any old breakfast. Each day we were presented with a huge silver platter which contained a variety of Continental and Moroccan breakfast items; on any given day, we could consume croissants, toasted crusty bread, traditional Moroccan pancakes served with sugar and a honey & butter mix, fried eggs, fruit salad, mint tea and delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. Throughout the day we were offered a range of refreshments which included mint tea, water or fresh fruit juice, and if we were at the hotel during the day, we could easily order toasted sandwiches which were served with French fries or crisps, salad and a selection of dips.
Dar Selwan also offers the chance to try some specialities which would be found in a Moroccan dinner. One night, we decided to have a meal which was served in the luxurious, candlelit surroundings of the 'Lalla Zakia' living room with its beautiful coloured-glass windows (although the hotel also has a restaurant where meals can be eaten). For the starter, we had three well-presented salads - two were savoury (aubergine with sweet pepper & lemon, and a tomato mix in lettuce) and one was sweet (pumpkin with orange) - which were enjoyed by all. Next, the main course: our party of three (mother and two children) had decided to order three dishes which would be shared to get the full range of flavours, so we found ourselves trying a lamb, pea & artichoke tagine, couscous and chicken and then barbecued chicken skewers - all were truly delicious. After testing some Moroccan pastry sweets, the two children finished with warm chocolate brownies and ice-cream, which, needless to say, went down a treat! The food at Dar Selwan is, in our opinion, second to none.
Finally, we all agreed that possibly the best aspect of our stay at Dar Selwan was the incredible level of service we received. From the moment we arrived to the reluctant farewells a week later, the time we spent at the riad would not have been the same without the exceptionally friendly staff: everyone here goes out of their way to help you, and nothing is too much for them. Whether it's the poolside service, the lifts that Maria provides when she can, the helpful information/recommendations or simply the friendly chats, the staff at Dar Selwan go above and beyond their roles to make your stay the best it can be. We were treated like royalty, but as well as being extremely professional, Maria and her brilliant team became good friends to us - they always had time to speak to us either about Marrakech or on a more personal level, and were all beyond kind.
So, after the essay (!), we would just like to thank everyone at Dar Selwan for making our stay out-of-this-world, and to say that it will not be long before we are back! We would recommend Dar Selwan to anyone looking for a fabulous hotel with the world's most welcoming staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing in the luxuriant Marrakesh Palm glove « La Palmeraie », 2 minutes away from the famous Palmeraie Golf, Selwan whispers the prophecy of tremendous joy to its guests.Imagine a dream where healing colours and fragrances welcome you to a new precious day. Imagine being at the pool savouring a mint tea while enjoying a delicate foot massage.Imagine a traditional hammam with exquisite flavours where your body revives and your mind is fully satisfied.Welcome to Selwan. ... more less