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Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
Ranked #17 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
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San Francisco, California
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“Beautiful Escape”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stayed here for about a week in October during my friend's wedding (which also took place here!). It was an wonderfully serene setting being far away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, though shuttles were provided for when we wanted to get to town. The service was excellent, the food delicious, the fresh home-made yogurt divine. I would absolutely stay here again and again.

Room Tip: I'm not sure you can go wrong with any room!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Travelled to the Dar Ayniwen for a birthday treat for my partner's birthday. Difficult to say anything that other reviews have not. We arrived on a public holiday but Stephane, Aziz and the rest of the staff made sure their usual standards did not slip. Our accommodation was brilliant and we were greeted with birdsong and roaming tortoises every morning. Aziz organised all our trips into town and collection and he also sorted a day trip into the mountains to the Kasbah de Toubkal with our own private car and English speaking guide (thoroughly recommended) who was a really good guy. I have to agree with the quality of food. Whilst we tried a couple of well known restaurants in Marrakech the best food (especially the lamb tagine and lemon chicken) was at the Dar Ayniwen - you don't need to travel. Service impeccable and the staff were always on hand to cater for our needs/requirements with a smile. Definitely have a hammam - after a day in Marrakech it is a fantastic way of winding down before drinks and dinner and very good value. A truly beautiful place! Paradise does exist!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Stayed for 5 nights - get away from the kids / 50th birthday indullgence. Exactly as described in the numerous glowing reviews you can read. Only downside was not being picked up at the airport on arrival - we seemed to have slipped through the net despipte emailing a few days before arrival. This said Aziz was extremely apologetic and we were soon on our way to Dar Ayniwen - we were treated to a room upgrade and what can I say - an absolutely beautiful house with 1st class service at all levels. If we could afford it we would be back every year. It the simple things that make Dar Ayniwen stand out and its all done extremely efficiently. Top marks to Aziz, Stefan & the staff. 10/10.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

It's hard not to repeat the many excellent reviews already posted here, but I can't help but write positive things. We came as a couple for a brief 4 day relaxing retreat. The location was perfect for us as we only wanted to venture into Marrakesh briefly. The Medina is a 10 minute drive away, and the hotel have cars to take you in every 30 minutes.
Our room, the Rotonde, was stunning; It was set at the back of the wonderful gardens (past the rare and exotic birds!), and was beautifully appointed, perfectly sized, and covered in rose petals for our arrival. The hot tub in our private garden was the icing on the cake.
Breakfast poolside was one of the best I've had (Youghurt, honey, croissants, followed by an omelette), and I'm currently having withdrawal symptoms from their Moroccan tea. You can take lunch and dinner where you like, but the tented restaurant pavilion with the burning fireplace was lovely. Food was great, as was the wine selection.
We also enjoyed a selection of the spa treatments; The Hammam and massage were fantastic, and the facial left my beautiful girlfriend glowing more than usual.
The pool is lovely, too. The temp was around 21/22C which, if you're from the UK, is positively summer.
As stunning as the grounds are, the true beauty of this property lies in the manner of the staff, and the service that accompanies it. Humble, gracious, efficient, professional, and most of all, tremendously welcoming. You enter as strangers and leave as friends, and that is good enough for me.
Should we need another bit of perfect relaxation, we will definitely be back!

Room Tip: La Rotonde is a hideaway within a hideaway. And the hot tub is superb
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Didn't actually stay here, but did enjoy discovering it during one of my friend's weddings. The garden is really really beautiful.. if your looking for a green-oasis type of get-away, this place has it. The pool is a great size and pretty private. This place is a really great location for private receptions or parties. From what I saw of the rooms they are pretty well decorated and comfortable to stay in....

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

On arrival we were greeted by Mr Aziz who gave us a glass of mint tea and a moroccan pastry. He then showed us around the house and explained it's history and Moroccan way of life, which we found very interesting. We were then given a choice of two rooms, both of which were magnificent. We chose the one with the pool view. This room was immaculate and was decorated perfectly, with a huge bath tub and a very comfortable king size bed.
Breakfast in the morning was a continental breakfast and was absolutely lovely. The staff were extremely polite and catered to our every need. We also ate lunch and dinner here on a number of occassions and every meal we had was delicious ( especially the lamb shoulder).
The hotel has acres of garden which are layed out and looked after so well. Waking up in the mornings was like looking out into paradise with the sound of the exotic birds chirping making it even more special.
Everything about this hotel was so perfect i couldn't fault it - best hotel I have ever stayed at! If you are planning on travelling to Marrakech then i would recommend this hotel ten times over. The quiet and calm atmosphere created at the hotel is in stark contrast to the craziness of the city centre and coming back to it after a day at the souqs was a real pleasure! The hotel offers a free taxi service to and from marrakech town centre and also has an amazing spa service, with an outdoor pool, sauna and hammam which are definatly worth using.

All i can do is praise this hotel and say that if you don't stay there whilst in Marrakech, you are definatly missing out!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Our stay at the hotel was a memorable one. With a 7 yr and a 5 yr old I was apprehensive about what they would be like in such a small hotel. By fears were unfounded. The rooms are all individual pieces of art. I couldn't get enough of the beautiful decor. The staff are the kindest and most pleasant. Ready to do anything at a moments notice. They were so indulgent towards my kids. The hotel grounds are landscaped quth exotic flora and birds and hidden nooks and crannies to explore. The food is excellent. I would say better than most restaurants we ate at. I would recommend it in a heartbeat and have done so to most of my friends in London. I could go on and on.
Aminah
London

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
Address: Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#9 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#10 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Built as the owner's family home, in the Oriental-Andalusian style in a 5 acres park, 36 years ago, this majestic old residence with its charming and peaceful garden stands in front of the Atlas Mountains with his heated pool. This Villa-riad was turn into a luxury eight en-suites & rooms guesthouse in 2000, all of the very highest quality, is now run by the owner children, Anne & Stephane. ... more   less 
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