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Dar Ahlam
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We've traveled the world extensively and stayed in many of the planets' most famous and illustrious 5 star hotels but Dar Ahlam offers something we've never experienced before. The owner of this amazing property met us at the gate when we arrived. We later learned from him that his goal is to get to know every guest as well as he can to craft unique experiences designed only for them. Yes, the rooms are sumptuous and the service is spectacular, that rare combination of always being there when you need them without hovering, but the rest is what is truly amazing. You see, this property has no restaurant. For each meal you will take there, they set up a table and an environment just for you somewhere on the grounds. It could be in the midst of the kitchen garden or out amongst the trees somewhere. The most amazing setting we experienced was a small building where they store olive oils and assorted dried spices and tools out on the grounds. Once the owner learned of our interest in cooking, he arranged to have the chef come to visit us there before dessert. We learned from him that the staff, including him, all come from the area around Skoura, the nearby town, and that they were all trained to the level needed for a property of this caliber, rather than importing staff from elsewhere. This phenomenal property was included in our 18 day Morocco itinerary by the organizer we used, Experience Morocco. If you're looking at traveling to Morocco, find them at experience-morocco.com. Stay at Dar Ahlam if you can.

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  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank luxurytraveler_9
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights in early April and it was an utterly stunning and fantastic experience. The service was extraordinary, the grounds were lovely, the food delicious, the room fantastic. And on and on. . .I would design a trip to Morocco around the opportunity to return to this extraordinary property.

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank bjsSanDiego
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

If you are traveling through Skoura this is a must stop - expensive yes, but worth every penny and more - the personal service, the food, the ambiance, and our room were all first class - we biked, we hiked, had massages and relaxed in their Hamam- couldn’t ask for much more - Hicham was a wonderful host and was always around when needed - should we ever return to Morocco, we will be back to Dar Ahlam

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights and in the desert camp for 1. The service everywhere w could not be beat. The rooms were well appointed, the food very good. The outdoor pool is heated and covered at night so very swimable even when it’s cold outside 1 day after visiting the souk and touring the oasis. The guide was very knowledgeable and the food excellent. I would highly recommend this if all the other souks you’ve seen have been in the big cities.
Camping in the dunes was not quite what we expected. It was a 6h drive from the hotel, the last 2 miles over very bad “roads”. We were served an excellent lunch beside a treed, dried up river bed. We stopped at a family nomad encampment on the way.
Needless to say there is no electricity at the dune camp. It is very cold at night but there are lots of blankets and hot water bottles. It is very dark except if the moon happens to be shining. The food was truly excellent and they’d asked us in advance if we’d like wine so we had that as well. I wouldn’t do it again, in particular because of the drive, but I’m glad we did do it.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

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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