14 Ladies arriving in Marrakesh!! I guess we should have rang ahead:) Awaiting our carriages at the airport, we were bundled into the local Mercedes taxis, 6 squashed into a standard saloon "get in your in Morroco now" had us howling with laughter! the traffic system is a fantabulous fairground of donkeys carts, carriages and zig zag traffic... traffic controller standing amidst the mayem, pointing/signalling millitary style.
On arriving at the Diwane, we were pleasantly surprised, having read some of the comments about the "water police and upleasant staff", we found them to be everything but!! Every need was attended to with such politeness and eagerness to please. The hotel oozed Morrocon style, oppulant chandeliers adorned the lobby, beautiful moziac tiles and ambience.
Our first evening we ate at the hotel, our waiter.... Fawlty Towers..... a hat for each occasion popped up everywhere.... we were immediately made so welcome!! Breakfast was first class, cereal, fruit, yogurts, a selection of breads, pastries, scrambled eggs..... our favourites pancakes/crepes.... the lady would make each morning, drizzled with honey and just beautiful with the Morrocan oranges; which I have yet to taste anything like!
Day two; a visit to the Souks, a word to the wise, be sure the taxi drops you off at the Medina, unlike us halfwits, ending up in the Kasbah.... rogues at every corner ready to steer us up every undesirable alley ..... to be told the Souks were closed and they would show us the best places to shop..... The London Housewives not to be outwitted!!!! Eventually finding our way to the Medina, sat overlooking the square on a terraced restaurant, soaking up the atmosphere, snake charming music, acrobats.... and so on with the bartering..... what a hoot..... so infectious, we bagged fantastic bargains and were buzzed by the whole experience!!!
That evening we dined at the Montecristo, were blown away by the sheer style and eloquance, food delicious, entertainment.... bellydancers amazing, later we were shown to the Senatra music lounge, a live band was playing.... a female artist giving Adelle and Alesha Keys a run for her money.... A fantastic night.
The following day the hotel arranged an excursion to Palmera..... such an experience, a minibus took us to Palmera where we were greeted by Victoria, Omar, Zsa Zsa, Chartlotte, Caroline and Lilata...... the Camels:) Trekking through the desert, passing a small village, little children waving from their homes, so heartwarming, very humbling. We were given refreshments half an hour into our trek at a lovely Morrocan home; mint tea, and appetisers.... jaunting along our experience was unforgettable, the camels such beautiful gentle animals and our tour guide couldn't do enough for us.
On returning to our hotel we enjoyed a very welcome full body massage in the beautifully equipped spa..... We couldn't have asked for more....
I would highly recommend the hotel and location....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently built, our four star establishment welcomes you with its typically Moroccan decoration. Its warm lines and colours, mixing Zellige Fassi, marble and mosaics, offer to the traveler a haven of peace, combining oriental charm, great comfort and wellness. The kindness of the personnel welcome you as well as the delicate smell of the mint tea which is offered to you upon your arrival already launches you in a feeling of relaxation. Your stay will be unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diwane Hotel Marrakech