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“The perfect retreat” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dar Maya
Ranked #4 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“The perfect retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

If you are headed to Essaouira then Dar Maya is the place to stay! We were referred by a friend who had found the riad on the internet and was drawn to it by the beautiful photos. By looking at the photos we were very excited to enjoy some luxury while in Essaouira, but the photos do Dar Maya no justice. Dar May exceeded our expectations!The rooms are luxury! It feels as though you are staying in someones luxury home not a hotel. We felt so comfortable and relaxed during our stay. With only 5 rooms it is easy to feel as though you are the only people there. Located in the heart of the town where everything is a short stroll away, very close to all great restaurants and bars. The roof top pool overlooking the water was a lovely place to catch the sun. Amazing service was provided from the moment we walked through the door. We had been told to ensure we get a Hammam while in Morroco. The Dar Maya Hamman was so relaxing! The massage was also amazing! Cannot fault this place at all. A big thank you to Gareth (owner) for an unforgettable time in Essaouira and at Dar Maya. Will definitely be returning very soon!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

If Essaouira is on your itinerary, then Dar Maya is the place to stay in! Everything was exceptional - the rooms especially the ensuite bathrooms, the terrace upstairs, the hamman, the breakfast... but more importantly the outstanding personal service we received from all the team at Dar Maya. I cannot recommend this place enough! Thank you Gareth, thank you Youssef and thank you to all the team that made our 2 day stay in May a memorable one! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Based on all best comments we red before joining this place, our expectation was very high. And I can share it was a faultless experience since the moment we booked .
Even if the place is very beautifull , what's making this real riad charming and different from others is the way that the traditional elements have been highlighted and combined in a very creative and well tought design.
The quality of the place and associated services were just then helping us to free mind to enjoy the poestry of the place wherever we were sitting.
The thoughtfulness and kindness of the Dar Maya team was just contributing to let us feel as guests and not just as clients . From day one until the last moment we left they just anticipated our requests in an very efficient way, thanks to the owner who is driving the place by heart with the help of a profesional team, with both english and french speaking capabilities.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Owned and run by a charming Englishman, this is a beautiful, immaculate, tasteful and stylish small Riad in the perfect location within the medina, much better than it's competition and very good value.

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Oakville, ON Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

From the moment of arrival it was clear that Dar Maya was going to be special and those expectations were only surpassed. Host Gareth was so warm and welcoming that it set the tone for the stay. With a beautiful mix of Moroccan and European style, Dar Maya is a delight for the senses. Gorgeously appointed rooms with incredible bathroom ensuites, complete with luxurious soaker tub. The center court area must be experienced for a glass of wine, the water feature is so soothing, and the plaster work is impeccable. The terrace with it's dip pool, spectacular views and comfortable setting was my favorite area. I highly recommend this little piece of paradise to anyone visiting Essaouira, you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Dar Maya is an exceptional hotel. It is like a dream that comes true. Wonderful rooms and a fabulous hamam. The staff is very helpfull and friendly. Our stay in the Dar Maya war extremely relaxing. In the even busy Essaouira it is an island of silence and comfort.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Dar Maya gets it just right. A relaxing combination of modern with traditional design. Cool, relaxed, friendly, immaculate... You feel spoilt but in an informal way by friendly, intelligent and vey helpful staff - and warmly welcomed by the owner's two very charming little dogs. Location is good - in the medina but on a quiet side street. Wifi works, water runs where it should, airco cools... It is hard to find anything to complain about - I suppose my breakfast pancake thing could have been warmer. One of travelling life's little finds - one to return to.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Property: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Maya is a luxury boutique hotel, offering five rooms, a spa and rooftop hot tub 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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