We were visiting Essaouira for my partner's birthday and had a fantastic stay at Dar Maya.
The property is a lovely riad refurbished to a very high standard by the English owner and his excellent team.
From the first email communication to the day of departure, nothing was too much trouble. Flowers and a bottle of wine in the room for my partner's birthday were a lovely welcome. The bathrooms are amazing, with a double bath in one of the rooms we stayed in (we tried out two rooms, just for the variety ;) ). A lovely balcony and excellent communal lounge made the place fabulous for relaxing. The roof top terrace is great for breakfast, and there's a small unheated pool up there that would be great to cool off in during the hotter summer months. There's also a view of the sea from the terrace.
Breakfasts are great - pastries, eggs and coffee (or English tea for my mildly homesick companion!) were all served by very friendly staff, wherever and whenever you desire (breakfast starts at 0830 and finishes whenever everyone has decided to get up and eat).
There's also a hammam on site, and the option to have dinner prepared for you too - unfortunately we didn't take advantage of either of these services.
Taxis were arranged to transport us from Marrakech and back to the airport at either end of our stay, including porter from the car to the hotel - again, first class service in a comfortable, clean car with a friendly driver.
Overall a wonderful, relaxing stay - we'll be back. Thank you.
- 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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