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Nes­tled in two hectares in the heart of the Palmeraie of Mar­rakech, Dar Ayniwen is your chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the very spe­cial am­biance of a lux­ury guest­house with the ser­vices of a five-star ho­tel. Dar Ayniwen is a space de­voted to seren­ity and well­be­ing, and of­fers ex­clu­siv­ity and tran­quil­ity just a few min­utes from the Old City of Mar­rakesh.

Of­fer­ing the same mag­i­cal am­biance as the city it­self, Dar Ayniwen Villa Ho­tel is a Sul­tan’s palace – brightly col­ored drapes hang heavy over win­dows, gos­samer cloths cover softly lit lamps, lush couches line the hall­ways, and ori­en­tal decor makes one feel as if they have stepped into another world en­tirely. The grounds house a land­scaped gar­den pop­u­lated with orange and le­mon trees and jas­mine that make the very air it­self smell like per­fume.

The ho­tel of­fers a mul­ti­tude of suites, rang­ing from the se­duc­tive Mucha Suite to the tran­quil Suite Col­lon­ade. The first of nine suites, the Mucha Suite is a sprawl­ing abode, which the ho­tel de­scribes as “se­duc­tive”. The room is one of the largest they of­fer and con­tains a pri­vate ter­race as well as a bed­room. The ter­race is spa­cious and one can re­lax on the pristinely white lounge set in the cen­ter.

The Galaxy Suite is well known for its grand views. It pos­sesses two ter­races over­look­ing the gar­den in three di­rec­tions and is styled with ori­en­tal fur­ni­ture and decor. The She­herezade Suite is a lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ence with a fo­cus on cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful at­mos­phere. The room is fur­nished with an­tiques, rich fab­rics, and a va­ri­ety of Moor­ish or­na­men­ta­tion.

For those look­ing for a lit­tle more in­ti­macy and pri­vacy, the Suite Ti­wa­line 1 is per­fectly sit­u­ated. It lies sep­a­rate on the grounds from the other suites, but prom­ises the same splen­dor seen in the other rooms. It has di­rect ac­cess to the gar­dens for those wish­ing to

en­joy a leisurely stroll. The Suite Ti­wa­line 2 is sim­ply a master­piece. The high ceil­ings and stone build­ing trans­ports one to another world. This master suite of­fers a bath­room with bath­tub and steam room, a pri­vate pa­tio with a Jacuzzi, and easy ac­cess to the gar­dens.

The Dar Ayniwen de­scribes the Suite Col­lon­ade as a ‘tiny per­sonal mu­seum of turn of the cen­tury styles’. Those in­ter­ested in his­tory and fash­ion could hardly find a bet­ter place. The Pavil­ion Ro­mane of­fers seclu­sion and an in­ti­mate at­mos­phere with its ad­van­ta­geous lo­ca­tion of be­ing hid­den from the eyes of other quests. It is sit­u­ated in an iso­lated cor­ner of the grounds and pos­sesses its own pri­vate gar­den and Jacuzzi. Lastly, the Pavil­ion à la Ro­tonde is built away from the main villa to of­fer a lit­tle more pri­vacy, with a pri­vate Jacuzzi for op­ti­mal re­lax­ation.


At the Dar Ayniwen, the fine din­ing restau­rant of­fers a va­ri­ety of au­then­tic Moroc­can dishes rang­ing from de­lec­ta­ble rab­bit served with sweet prunes to a wild quail served with pump­kin voulette. The restau­rant of­fers their ser­vice any­time, any­where: you can en­joy a light mid­night sor­bet by the pool side if you so de­sire.


The ho­tel of­fers a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and tours ac­com­pa­nied by tourism pro­fes­sion­als. Fancy a hot air bal­loon ride over the coun­try­side, a swift jour­ney to the foothills of the At­las Moun­tains, or a horse­back or camel desert ride? All of th­ese op­tions can be or­ga­nized through the ho­tel if you so de­sire. Sports fan? The ho­tel has ac­cess to 8 golf cour­ses, ten­nis courts and an eques­trian cen­ter. The Dar Ayniwen has any­thing your heart de­sires—your per­sonal ge­nie in a bot­tle.


Things are done a bit dif­fer­ently at the Dar Ayniwen. The ho­tel pro­vides an ori­en­tal spa ser­vice called a Ham­mam, which is a turk­ish bath sim­i­lar to Ro­man baths. The bath be­gins with re­lax­ation in a steam room, a quick plunge in a re­fresh­ingly cool pool, a gen­tle mas­sage, and fi­nally fur­ther re­lax­ation in the steam room. The Ham­mam is a true ex­pe­ri­ence that shouldn’t be missed.

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