Villa Dinari is a luxury 8 room boutique hotel (or your own luxury villa) as close to paradise as you can find in Marrakech, Morocco. Designed by owners Heather and Abdellatif this vibrant Chic Retreat is an oasis of peace and luxury just 15 minutes from the Jmaa el Fna square, home to snake charmers, storytellers and henna artists. With sun shining most of the year round Villa Dinari is the perfect boutique hotel for those looking for luxury and excellent service with the atmosphere of a private home. Surrounded by more than two acres of landscaped gardens Villa Dinari is the perfect tonic after a day out in the souks of the Medina. During the hotter months it is difficult to resist days relaxing by the swimming pool and its well-stocked bar and the winter months are perfect for exploring the Atlas Mountains, playing a game of golf or shopping in the souks. The swimming pool is now heated and can be enjoyed all year around.
Whilst it looks like a tourist attraction, taking a trip around Marrakech on a horse drawn carriage is a great way to get your bearings and to see the city. Alternatively hire a local guide to take you around, which if you haven't been to Marrakech before, we recommend you do earlier on in your trip, as once you have your bearings you will get to know your way around the Medina (Abdellatif is one of Moroccos most experienced guides and will only recommend guides that he has worked with personally). You can't visit Marrakech without visiting the souks, however hard husbands try! Here, under cover, you will find ornate lamps, colourful leather bags, rugs, antique teapots, scarves, brilliantly coloured babouches (leather slippers), sensual djellabas and much, much more. Further afield in Gueliz there are some smarter shops, many owned by stylish French, which sell chic interior pieces, tasselled towels, gorgeous leather bags (Place Vendome) and fragrant candles. Those looking to come to Marrakech specifically for shopping must go to the Industrial zone where the famous Amira have their large shop which sells candles in virtually every colour of the rainbow (do pack an extra bag for your shopping!). Whilst visiting the Jardins Majorelles there is also a great shop just at the entrance which sells all sorts of lovely things for the home. If you are a regular visitor to Marrakech then there is a local bus service from Villa Dinari to the centre of Marrakech every thirty minutes. Camel rides, day trips to Essaouira, the desert and the Atlas Mountains are also popular with Villa Dinari guests. A stay in a Moroccan boutique hotel wouldn't be the same without enjoying a hammam followed by a massage or beauty treatment.
The well-stocked bar at Villa Dinari's pool is the place to be for a drink before dinner which can be enjoyed, candle-lit by the pool or a more private corner of the garden. Eating is very much part of your Villa Dinari experience and Nezha, the amazing chef and housekeeper, has worked with Heather and Abdellatif over the years to create a unique traditional menu with an international or modern twist. Heather and Abdellatif have their personal favourites when it comes to eating out in Marrakech and happily recommend where to eat and drink when in the Medina. Don't leave Villa Dinari without trying one of the stalls on the Jmaa el-Fna square. Heather's personal favourite is No. 14, which she assures us serves the best fish and chips (Moroccan Style) with sweet pepper and crushed aubergine salads.
Villa Dinari has a choice of 8 bedrooms and suites as well as self-contained garden chalets creating pockets of privacy for a romantic getaway for two, family holidays or space for celebrating special occasions. If you are after your own little corner of paradise book the Dinari Suite which has romantic views over the entire garden and pool. If gardens are your thing then the secluded Garden Suite is for you, surrounded by foliage it has its own cacti garden and plenty of privacy. The Kasbah Suite can either be a large twin or junior suite and is decorated in soft greys and fuchsia textiles with some great photography of local desert nomads and Berbers. For more neutral tones try the Colonial or Oriental Rooms which are both large doubles or for something a little more lively the Amazigh Room is a large twin/double decorated in sunny colours.
Blue Twin Room
Twin room decorated in shades of soft grey and blue, with ensuitetadelakt shower room. Air-conditioned.
Perfect for travelling friends, or teenagers travelling with parents.
It has all the facilities of the other rooms, but is a little smaller.
Large shared terrace overlooking the garden.
Double/twin room decorated with soft silver grey tones and turquoise accessories. The perfect room to unwind with its cool, modern touches and period black and white photo gallery. En-suite tadalakt shower room . Large shared sunny terrace overlooking the garden, perfect for friends and family to share. Air conditioned
This is a large twin/double room decorated in bright sunny colours. En-suite tadelakt shower room and air-conditioned. Local Moroccan art work adorns the walls, and rich woven fabrics have been used to give this room a rustic, homely feel. Large shared sunny terrace overlooking the garden.
A large double bedroom decorated in a colonial style, of soft creams, beige and browns, with en-suite tadelakt bath/shower room.
This room is situated in our traditional riad courtyard and has a private terrace overlooking the garden. Air-conditioned
A large double bedroom decorated in an oriental style of soft greens and creams and local artwork, with en-suite tadelakt bath/shower room.This room is situated in our traditional riad courtyard and has a private terrace overlooking the rose garden. Air-conditioned
Large twin/double junior suite with dove grey walls and fuchsia hand woven textiles, with portrait photos of Berber and desert nomads. Situated in our newly built annex, it has large French windows leading out to a semi private terrace with a view of the gardens. Tadelakt en-suite bath/shower room and cosy seating area.
Situated next to the Blue twin, Amazigh and Silver rooms.Air-conditioned.
This delightful and very private bungalow is tucked away in a secluded part of the beautiful gardens. Your own little corner of paradise, with views over the entire garden and swimming pool. Private and perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon or just great for friends to share as the bed can be separated into twins. Soft greens and chocolate brown décor and a private terrace, perfect for relaxing and recharging those batteries. Small kitchen, en-suite double sink bathroom, air conditioned.
Gate House room
This has been redesigned to accommodate extra guest for weddings/groups and for when we are fully booked and guests need an extra room. It is a little noisy as next to our gate and where the guard dogs sleep. It is very spacious, with own terrace and seating area
How to get there?
Directions from Marrakech:
From the center of Marrakech, follow the Route de Fes out of town from the Bab el-Khemis. After passing the Metro store on the right, continue another 1.5 kilometers to the next roundabout. Turn right towards Ouarzazate and continue for another 4 kilometres. Turn left just before the American School.
Nearest airport: Marrakech
Distance from nearest airport: 25 minutes
30% deposit required at time of reservation for individual bookings 50% non refundable deposit required for whole villa bookings at time of reservation and then balance to be paid in two equal payments to end one month before arrival. As a whole villa booking, cancellations of any of the rooms will not affect the total price to be paid. No monies will be refunded for room cancellation if the villa has been booked for exclusive use. Deposits may be paid by Bank Transfer only. The balance of the accommodation (for individual bookings) is payable at the beginning of your stay and can be paid for in cash (sterling/euro rate or Dirhams) or by credit card. All extras should be paid for in cash (sterling/euro rate or Dirhams) before you leave Villa Dinari. Deposits are non refundable Less than 10 days before arrival – 100 % of total price will be charged
Deposits are non refundable Less than 10 days before arrival – 100 % of total price will be charged
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