My husband and I stayed at Dar Zemora in April 2011. It was the last 4 days of our 11 day Moroccan trip and our 5th time to Marrakech so, we were quiet happy to stay out of the Medina. I had wanted to stay at Dar Zemora for a while and knew it was a special place but, we were both totally taken aback when we arrived.
Dar Zemora is totally beautiful and a real oasis. The furnishings inside are so well put together and I loved the fact that there were so many spaces for you to loll around in - my favourites being the library and the lounge next to the dining room. I also totally loved all the music that was being played – I was constantly checking the iPod so I can add new artists to mine! My husband was totally in awe of the gardens and couldn’t think of anywhere he had seen everything so well manicured.
As for our room, I was a bit apprehensive before arriving since Lindsay (the owner) had told me the bathroom in the Bebra room was very small. Okay, it’s not as big as the other rooms (I popped my head into a couple of empty rooms) but, it wasn’t as small as I was expecting and the hand painted ceiling was gorgeous. There was plenty of storage space and a huge brass shower over the very deep bath - I loved the little touch of a bath pillow.
The room itself was also lovely and spacious with 2 full length windows that let the light in and a couple of rattan chairs. I was very grateful for the proper feather pillows and a mattress with some squidge. A regular feature of the other places we stayed on our Morocco trip was incredibly solid beds and hard pillows.
The pool wasn’t heated but once you got in was a lovely temperature to cool you down and to enable some good lengths to be clocked up. There were plenty of outdoor places to relax either by the pool or maybe swinging in a hammock. I also had a massage whilst I was there which was lovely.
Breakfasts were a light but delicious affair of yoghurt and fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, pancakes and bread, eaten in the dappled sunlight under the terrace pagoda. On the first night of our stay we had the 4 course Moroccan dinner and the food was lovely and reasonably priced. The wine was also priced the same as other places we had visited on our trip.
We dined at Café de la Poste one night which had a lovely colonial feel to it, a great menu and good food. We also ate at Restaurant Casanova where we had really nice pasta and the pizzas looked good. Our meal at Al Fassia was nice. It’s a busy restaurant and the service was good with plenty of meat tagines on the menu. I only eat fish so had to make do with a vegetable tagine which was nice but not the best I’d tasted on our trip. My husband however, really enjoyed his lamb tagine.
Yes, Dar Zemora is a 15 minute drive from the centre of Marrakech (at a price of 200 Dirhams for a return taxi) but that isn’t an issue and we made the trip twice on a couple of days. To be honest, having stayed in the medina on numerous occasions, it’s lovely the have the option to get back to a little oasis and a swimming pool after a sweaty day trawling the souks.
Dar Zemora is certainly a very special place and we’d definitely return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech and set within 1 hectare of gardens. Large swimming pool. Traditionally built with some contempory features. Great space for a maximum of 14 guests. Many sitting rooms, Dining Room and Hamman on site. 4 Suites, 3 bedrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Zemora Marrakech
- Dar Zemora Hotel Marrakech