The city of Marrakech has a pungent mix of smells from sweet cinnamon, fresh oranges, sticky honey, warm breads, bitter Arabic coffee, raw lamb meat, stray animals, and the nauseous mixture of pigeon excrement and camel hides that the Berbers use in the hot sun to prepare their famous leather…
If you want an exotic city break, Marrakesh is your best bet. In the south-western town of Morocco in northern Africa, Marrakesh is a place where Arabs come to let loose and Europeans come to enjoy an exotic and affordable vacation with hotels and riads built for kings.
As it gets dark, the world-famous main square of Marrakech Djeema el Fna, the medieval charming market place and former hangman’s square is worth a visit. Fire-eaters, snake charmers and mobile cookshops try to attract the attention of the curious visitors. During the day a visit of the Koutubia Mosque from 1158, the Agdal Gardens and, “bien évidemment”, Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle which is open to the public since 2001, is highly recommended.
Babouches, lovingly made of finest goat leather, finely shaped lamps or brightly painted pottery – in the popular Souks, the roofed Marrakech markets, extensive rummaging and searching is worth any minute. But beware: here also, rip-off and cheap goods lurk on every corner and a short but determined “non” towards pertinacious tourist cheaters is absolutely recommended.
The spirit of Dar Zemora embodies the Eden Garden: it’s a place to kick back and enjoy the tranquility of an abundance of hidden gardens
Deep inside the rusty red city walls, especially at the north of the maze-like Medina, we fortunately still can find the excellence of skilled craftsmen offering their dusty goods through the small windows of their ateliers. Here, we discover some treasures for which we will be envied at home, for sure. Thus, don’t be afraid of rattling donkey carts, free-range chickens or the wildly gesticulating, frantic citizens in their traditional flowing robes. Here, time seems to stand still but the lively bustle is proof of pure life happening. Orient and occident are perfectly melting here, unveiling some purists’ undreamt creative potential.
Only a short step away from the madness and mayhem of Marrakech’s Medina within spacious grounds in the Palmeraie, one of the finest Marrakech hotels is set in a natural Eden. That is Dar Zemora, a beautiful Country House style boutique hotel.
Dar Zemora combines modern comforts with tradition, charm and well-being whether you’re coming to enjoy the sun, a romantic weekend, a family holiday or an exciting event. This resort aims to meet all your desires, from accommodation to suit all needs through to exquisite culinary experiences throughout your stay. Let us explain why!
On entering the hotel you will find yourself in the paradise garden, planted with banana, orange and lemon trees, welcomed by the soothing sound of water and birds sing. Surrounded by a verdant domain of lush gardens, lily pond, paved paths and terraces, Dar Zemora is impervious to fashion and the passage of time. They offer travellers seeking beauty and wellness a parentheses within time itself. Vaulted ceilings, arches, terraces, hidden alcoves, coloured tiles (zelliges), Dar Zemora creates an atmosphere imbued with the Orientalism of the best times in Marrakech. This past was based on sensuous harmonies, gentleness, refinement and elegance. Dar Zemora restores this past to the present combining the best elements of modern style, simplicity and good taste.
Modern Moroccan architecture surrounded by lush gardens, with the scent of Jasmine, Rose and Orange Blossom wafting through the air; each room, suite or pavilion is designed and furnished with exceptional care to create a warm and luxurious space for you to unwind.
We stayed in the Perla Suite. It is the only accommodation above the ground floor. Enormous roof terrace with sitting, dining and relaxing areas including a draped pergola with double lounger. Internally there is a draped four poster super-king size bed, sitting area with fireplace. Marble bath tub with shower over, WC and twin wash hand basins. As well as separate dressing room. Doesn’t sound bad, right?
Guests of the boutique hotel can enjoy the benefits of the ancient art of the Hammam, the earliest found in Morocco dates from the 8th century and has since been a central part of civilisation in the country. The technique has barely changed since then.
Allow your body to be cleansed and scrubbed to reveal your true softness. Unwind and relax as one is enveloped in the warmth of the cream room. Black soap made from olive oil is then applied to the skin and scrubbed with a traditional kessa glove before being doused in warm water. A massage may then also be enjoyed.
Each day, the talented chef and her team prepare a selection of mouth-watering Moroccan and international dishes including: starters, grilled meat and fish, salads, tagines and other local specialities. As all dishes are cooked fresh, from ingredients sourced and grown locally, they ask guests to pre-book their lunches and dinners on the day by breakfast time.
Drawing on Morocco’s rich culinary heritage and inspired by modern Mediterranean cuisine, meals here are a movable feast to be enjoyed in the vast gardens or in the stylish interiors of the boutique hotel. Dar Zemora promises you a memorable dining experience to savour on the terrace or in the magnificent decor of the dining room. The backdrop enhances beautiful simplicity of the foods prepared by the chef who renews the menu according to season and inspiration.
Seasonal and high quality products selected for flavour and freshness inspire the chef in making plate selections for the daily menus. The chef takes a sensory voyage around the Mediterranean pairing experience in cuisine with fresh vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden, revealing flavours in abundance though each of dishes. Every day the chef and her team carefully tend organic vegetable garden located within the hotel grounds.
Before heading off for a lunch or a dinner, succumb to the temptation of a glass of wine or a cocktail accompanied by a selection of finger food in front of the fireplace or in the cosy decor of the lounge zone. It is also the ideal place to serenely end your evening. The Hotel Dar Zemora serves a wide range of beverages from soft drinks to spirits, champagnes and hot beverages.
Planted with orange, fig, and olive trees, jasmine, bougainvillea, honeysuckle and geranium the garden Pavillion Pool Suite can be the perfect place to unwind and relax. Here breakfast and lunch can be served on the terrace. Elsewhere tables are set out so one can enjoy afternoon tea, coffee and drinks. Sun loungers are arranged on a tiled raised terrace so that guests can enjoy the warmth of the Moroccan sun.
The Dar Zemora luxury hotel in Marrakech provides an outstanding setting for all your special events: from cocktails, incentives, anniversaries, to a full wedding reception. This haven of peace, tucked away in the Palmeraie, provides elegant reception rooms, extensive grounds, lush gardens, fine cuisine, and a heated outdoor pool for a unique and memorable event. The fairy-tale atmosphere at Dar Zemora makes it an ideal venue for a dream wedding! The spirit of Dar Zemora embodies the Eden Garden: it’s a place to kick back and enjoy the tranquility of an abundance of hidden gardens before stepping outside to soak up the atmosphere of a city that’s seduced everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Winston Churchill.