We arrived in Marrakesh airport to be met by a driver from the Dar Anika, who helped with bags and took us through the chaotic traffic of Marrakesh to the calm and beauty of this exotic Riad. After a welcoming mint tea, we were shown to rose petal covered rooms by smiling staff. The hassle of the journey evapourated in the scents of shower.
An extensive dinner followed with several gently spiced courses appearing under the tagines. We had arrived in some sort of exotic heaven ! Candles floated on the surface of the swimming pool, a muiscian played in the corner, but suddenly tranquillity was interrupted by drumming and singing as three ladies appeared to demonstrate their quivering hips ! Soon peace returned and we retired to the comfortable bedrooms their Moorish designs.
Breakfast was on the roof, surrounded by flowers in "ali baba" pots. Delicious pancakes and local bread accompanied eggs of your choice, a subtle yoghourt, fruit, juice - in fact almost anything one could wish for.
The next three days were spent on a desert Safari, organised by Abu the owner of Dar Anika. All went like clockwork thanks to excellent planning by Abu and his team. Back again in the comfort of the hotel we found out about the delights of Marrakesh Medina; everything is close by: the Bahia Palace the Jemaa El-Fna, carriages to take you round the city, restaurants recommended by Abu and the fascinating bustle of the passages filled with merchants selling all kinds of produce.
The staff are helpullness itself, they produce tea whenever you return tired from your shopping. The hotel exchange rate is competitive, everything is spotless, the pool is cool after a hot day, and we enjoyed being pampered immensely . Can I think of any negatives ? The Muezzin's call to prayer can disturb one's sleep, but that is what he intends to do !
I cannot recommend this small hotel highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad dar anika welcomes you to Morocco, a luxurious and intimate boutique riad situated at the entrance to the old souk and close to the Djemma el Fna.With 12 rooms, individually styled with flair and imagination, a swimming pool and hammam, we believe we offer a truly personal experience, a home away from home where guests can relax in an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the medina outside.From the very moment you step through the heavily carved door of Riad dar Anika our staff are on hand to ensure your stay is perfect in every way. Every fine detail has been thoughtfully considered from the crisp bed linen and fresh flowers to our authentic Moroccan cuisine. Our roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sun or evening drinks, affording total privacy and stunning views over the surrounding city and Atlas mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Anika Marrakech
- Riad Dar Anika Hotel Marrakech