This is the eighth of eleven riad reviews in Morocco, following the Marrakech review, and preceding our stay in Taroudant. Stayed on 30th April, 2014.
The riad is not actually in the town of Ouarzazate, but is about twelve kilometres outside, and to reach it one needs to go through a long stretch of unpaved dirt road. If you do not have the use of a car, this is not the place for you. However, most travellers to Ouarzazate are either on the way to Marrakech, Merzouga or the Todra Gorge, so it is inevitable that they have a ride.
The mansion is run by Berbers. Once past the main lobby, you are asked to take off your muddy shoes. We didn’t mind. Its multiple levels of rooms, lounges, halls and corridors are cluttered with chairs and sofas, rugs, art and memorabilia that make the mansion feel homey and personal. Our suite is large and oddly laid out. Inside a front door is a sofa and table; a second door leads to a landing with a toilet and a shower. Go past another door to find a bedroom laid out in blue, and another door to a study/lounge with a single bed, and a final door leads to a terrace with comfortable lounge chairs and a far reaching view of miles of flat-bushed terrain. The surprise doesn’t end. Due to its remote location, our stay includes dinner. Dinnertime arrives, and we were led to a private terrace next door, where a single table was decked out in tablecloth and brass lamp. We had a five-course meal including appetizer, soup, Moroccan salads, beef and chicken on skewers, and fresh fruit. Midway through our dinner, a Berber musician came by and serenaded us with his mandolin. And when the sun set just beneath the horizon and the sky turned turquoise, I took one of the most memorable photos of our entire trip – of the natural skylight competing and contrasting against the footlights of the adjacent wings of our mansion. It was truly magical, and we felt like living out our dream in the land of Ali Baba.
When we turned into bed, flies were hovering over us, and so we turned on the air conditioner, shut the windows and ducked inside our comforters.
The servers here are without exception warm and genuinely concerned for your comfort; one senses they are happy making a living here. Our manager is pleasant and gentle and speaks good English; I wish I remembered his name to give him the recognition he deserves, and so I will include his photo in this article, together with the skyline view. The Dar Daif is truly unique, and contributed to our fond memories of Morocco. Four-and-a-half stars for the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 km from Ouarzazate on the edge of the gardens, this Kasbah offers a warm atmosphere "Caravanserai" desert oasis. Zineb and Jean Pierre Datcharry and their team, passionate about the desert and mountains of Morocco for over 25 years, invite you to discover their magical house guests - the true southern gem not to be missed. neat and tasty cuisine, natural products, organic and region. Cooking lessons and pastry offered (book) if arrive early afternoon. Activities from the Kasbah: - Bird watching with a telescope, foot walks in the gardens, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, bivouac in the desert, camel crossings in the desert trek in the Atlas. Establishment: Green Key certified, trophy Responsible Tourism (Morocco, France, Spain), HACCP certification. 1 furnished room for disabled people (hospital bed, no door, wagon comfort) joellette walks in the gardens, walks in the desert with a special wagons attached to the back of a camel. Parking guarded 24 / 24. Garage for bikes. Airport shuttle and bus. ... more less
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