A sumptuous Arab-Andalusian villa hotel set in five acres of beautiful Moroccan gardens bursting with life....
Dar Ayniwen has been a Lawrence of Morocco favourite for the past 15 years.
Out here in the leafy Palmeraie, 15 minutes from the centre of Marrakech, the city’s souks and their exotic hurly-burly will soon seem a distant memory. Wholly serene, Dar Ayniwen’s five-acre gardens pair lily ponds and cacti with olive, oleander and orange trees; while, inside, a gorgeous maze of arches, antiques and alcoves await if you fancy a wander. Luxurious and a long-time Lawrence of Morocco favourite, this former home epitomises what it is to be a ‘retreat’.
The property has eight well-appointed suites and two rooms, each claiming its own personality and each opulently decorated with period furniture, Oriental paintings and antique carpets. Three Royal Suites come armed with private gardens and hot tubs, too, while two detached cottages in the grounds offer extra privacy plus large bedrooms and wrap-around terraces. The Bamboo room interconnects with the La Rotunde suite for extra flexibility.
The Dar’s pool is heated when necessary, and beautifully lantern-lit at night. Rivalling it for attention are two dining rooms (one serving Moroccan food, the other European), a complimentary hammam and sauna – with great massage available in the private marble steam bath – and a large communal living room with fireplace.
A private office with fax and computer is available for those unable to switch off, accompanied by free Wi-Fi throughout. Also complimentary are transfers into town with the house driver, up until midnight (the man has to sleep, after all). Back at base, free cooking courses are on offer to guests staying four nights or more.
If you are looking for true relaxation in the palm groves of Marrakech, with easy access to the excitement of the city, look no further than Dar Ayniwen.
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As a family we are not always easy to please, but it would be difficult to fault Dar Ayniwen in any respect - beautiful suites, idyllic garden with baby tortoises and charming staff who find nothing too much trouble. The owner too was very present and welcoming. We had relaxing days by the pool and very enjoyable evenings in the medina.
Jane Huntley who stayed here in November 2014.
A wonderful building complimented by wonderful staff. A really good recommendation by your good self, in that it really is an oasis away from the madness of Marrakech.
John Stephenson who stayed here in August 2014.
We had a marvellous time at Dar Ayniwen, I can see why you like it so much. You feel like you are staying at a friend's rather lovely house, rather than a hotel. We thought it had bags of character and loved all the wonderful antiques. The gardens are absolutely lovely, with masses of space to lounge around in.
Stephan, the owner was very helpful and all the staff are great. The shuttle bus into Marrakech was very helpful, and we used it it get into town for sightseeing and to go out for dinner. We booked one excursion from Souad to the waterfalls at Ouzoud, which were beautiful.
Stella Maxwell who stayed here in April 2014.
Dar Ayniwen was a great place to start the holiday being able to relax in the gardens by the pool away from the hustle and bustle of the medina. It was a great contrast actually to the medina. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and your rep visited us there and was equally welcoming, friendly and informative.
Andrea Hawkins who stayed here in April 2014.
Dar Ayniwen was gorgeous and Stephan and his team were very helpful. We couldn't have had a more wonderful hotel, the only slight downside was the price of the food & drinks which was higher than similar luxury Riads in town. Continental breakfasts were excellent!
Sue O who stayed here in October 2013.
Lovely, would love to go back. Stephane was very helpful. Gorgeous garden. Cute baby tortoises. Good transfer system into down-town Marrakech.
Alex M who stayed here in April 2013.
We are so glad you suggested we stay at Dar Ayniwen rather than a larger hotel. The house and gardens are really gorgeous and you have this lovely sense of staying in a beautiful private house which was so relaxing .
We can't speak highly enough of Stefan , Aziz and all the staff. Each member of the team couldn't do enough for us and were so kind and helpful , particularly to our daughter , Zara. The food was superb at all times and we got some great recommendations for eating out too. It felt great to be somewhere where Zara could safely wander around the grounds on her own with no concerns .
I really wouldn't want to stay anywhere but Dar Ayniwen in Marrakesh!
Sally B who stayed here in February 2013.
The Dar Ayniwen was very welcoming, particularly as we were given the top floor rooms with our own lovely sitting room.
Aziz the manager must be worth his wait in gold to the owners he was so charming, he could not have been more helpful never wilthout a smile and seemingly genuine interest in our well being.
We liked returning to the peace after the bustle of the Medina.
Mrs Ross who stayed here in November 2012.
Dar Ayniwen, Marrakech has been rated 8 times, with an overall rating of 4.75 out of 5.
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The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.