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Dar Ahlam
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed a lot of luxury hotels, most of which are opulent in their decor, but none of which create a sense of place or create an experience quiet like Dar Alham. I booked it for a 40th birthday so I went all out. It's a 4-5 hour drive from Marrakech, so if you would rather fly, I suggest looking at the Royal Maroc schedule for their direct flights to Ouarzazate to make the trip quicker. Yes you can see the Atlas Mountains and small villages which are beautiful, but if you are also going on the Sahara Desert experience (which is an additional 5 hours more away from Dar Ahlam), it can be a lot of driving.

Once at the resort, it is simply amazing. The is a huge communal area where most people meet for drinks or before meals/trips. There is a heated pool which we would have used but it was rather chilly. If you stay in the Kasbah, the rooms are spacious. These are not extremely luxurious rooms in the sense of opulent decor but what they are creating are rooms that make you feel like you are in Morocco with the furniture, textiles, candles, fireplaces and even slippers. Yes there are no door locks but this is a very private place so no one is likely to enter your room let alone find it as they are tucked away. Wifi is patchy at best so have something else to do or read and there are no TV's anywhere.

Meals are served at your whim (dinner at 10pm..sure, breakfast at 11am..sure). There is no ordering except for drinks and all meals are an affair. Lunches and dinners are 3-4 course meals and not one of them did I not like. All were inventive and used fresh produce and I would say exquisitely prepared. Dinners are truly spectacular as they really create and ambiance like no other.

Excursions were educational where you learn about the local community and history, but at the same time they take you remote locations (Sidi Gorge) to have an amazing lunch by a creek of various other unique places. It's clear the owner is an event planner as everything is an event, like your own private wedding or celebration.

The highlight of the trip was the Sahara dessert experience. It is far so be prepared. It's a little scary too (if you are not necessarily an outdoorsy person like we are) as you are alone in the desert at night in a tent. Mind you, it's a very nicely appointed tent with 6 servants to take care of you. There is no shower but a chemical toilet and wash basin with toiletries to freshen up. The evening dinner in the Sahara was amazing. Full moon, candles/lanterns everywhere and amazing food (of course). We awoke to breakfast over the dunes with the sunrise and moon at our backs.

My birthday dinner was truly amazing with dinner in a "spice market" room. The manager (blanking on his name now) really goes out of his way to make it unique and even gifted me something from the hotel which was special and a classy touch.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shayan R
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

The hotel is an old traditional house known as Kasbah in the middle of a cinematographic palm oasis near the Saara Desert. Everything is included and they care very much about the impeccable quality of service, tours and food during our stay. Breakfast by the pool or dinner under the stars surrounded by flowers and candles were part of my unforgettable experience at this marvelous hotel. It is an experience of a lifetime.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Renato N
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This wonderful hotels run 'from the guests point of view'. The guest says what he wants and when and where he wants and it happens magically. There are all sorts of opportunities for trips out from the hotel. We had the 'desert' lunch and a trip to the Almond Valley.
There is total discretion and quiet. The rooms are each individual with many artistic touches.
The Manager, Hichaim, runs a large and very efficient and friendly.
The only problem is that it may spoil you for other hotels!

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank LondonUKjohnW
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Small, perfect hotel that was part art, part theater. Outstanding food, incredible staff. Perfect retreat from the world or great place to stage a visit to the surrounding area. Expensive but like no other place you will ever visit.

Room Tip: Service, sleep quality and rooms are 5 Star plus. Site above would not let me rate.
Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Thank you Isham and team for those 3 days in your paradise. The service you provide, and the attention to every detail deserve special recognition. Not to forget the delicious food with a special award for the vegetables and fruit in all forms and with all tastes. Really well done. I hope to be back soon.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Victoire36
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