Shane Fonner

HOTEL DAR SABRA

Marrakech

by: Shane Fonner

  • Why

    Wedding week and mini-moon.

  • When

    April

  • Who

    My wife, myself, and 38 of our closest friends and family.

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Highs + Lows

  • The hotel has an absolutely placid, relaxed vibe, from the artwork running throughout to the stellar service.

  • Customer service is always preceded or followed by “avec plaisir” (with pleasure) at every request, no matter how absurd. They even brought in cigarettes from town so we didn’t have to leave the property.

  • It is an oasis for inspiration- the private back patio of the Superior Suites is ideal for sitting and sketching, reading, even listening to music while smoking a cigarette (or hash, if you can get your hands on some).

  • The hotel is ideally located in the Palmeraie, and the hotel’s driver, Affan, and his team are always at the ready to take you wherever you’d like to go for a very reasonable price - always accompanied by a smile. It’s just a short ride to other hotels in the Palmeraie, allowing one to take in the Palais Namaskar and Palais Rhoul; both house tasty restaurants featuring international cuisine. Take care of Affan - he’s a gem!

  • We privatized the hotel for our wedding party, and as such had the run of the place. The staff could not have been more accommodating, hurrying to satisfy every need. Mourad (or “Mr. Shots” as he calls himself) behind the bar is a master mixologist- and an aspiring magician, happy to show you some fancy card tricks that (especially after some hash) had minds blown and panties wet.

    : 49/50
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    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

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    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

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    Important Bits

    • Type

      Boutique hotel located in the Palmeraie, away from the bustle of the old Medina.

    • Vibe

      Elegant desert villa with art installations (created in Situ by internationally renowned artists) surround the property, including large sculptures by Rodrigo Solorzano, Guy de Rougemont and Leopold Maler. Large frescos by famed pop artist ERRO adorn the walls of the private courtyard in each of the suites adding color and fantasy. Curated by the owner, Mr. François Chapoutot, along with international art critic Gérard Xuriguera.

    • Location

      In the heart of the Palmeriae, surrounded by towering palms, unadulterated sunshine, and blissful silence.

    • Rooms

      23

    • Music

      Local Moroccan mixed with easy listening and jazz.

    • Year Opened

      2011

    • Designed By

      Designed by world-renowned architects, in a bold cubist-cum-futurist style.

    • Pool/Gym

      Yes, both and a clay tennis court.

    • Restaurant

      Yes, poolside for breakfast and lunch. Inside or outside for dinner.

    • Bar

      Yes, they even kept it open until 5am upon request enabling our inebriation.

    • Minibar

      Mini bar in the fridge with just the essentials, though reception can provide anything you need at any time of day.

    • Wifi

      Free around the whole property.

    • Children

      Child friendly.

    • Price

      Approachable luxury.

    In the Area

    Head to the rock desert outside of town and visit La Pause (literally, the pause) and enjoy a day away from WiFi and the concerns of daily life. Try to arrange a falconer or a camel ride, with the Atlas Mountains omnipresent, it’s a funky escape from real life.

    Agafay Desert

    agafay desert

    Head to the rock desert outside of town and visit La Pause (literally, the pause) and enjoy a day away from WiFi and the concerns of daily life. Try to arrange a falconer or a camel ride, with the Atlas Mountains omnipresent, it’s a funky escape from real life.

    Featuring nightly shows with belly dancers, Jed Mahal is a sight to behold! Intricately adorned in Marrakech style, it’s ornate interior begets an intimate live music venue in the back, and features incredible live acts almost every night of the week. The band is stellar, and musical director Fabrice Orlando runs a killer show. Order some bottles and bring the fun to your table.

    Jed Mahal

    Rue Haroun Errachid, Marrakech, Morocco

    Featuring nightly shows with belly dancers, Jed Mahal is a sight to behold! Intricately adorned in Marrakech style, it’s ornate interior begets an intimate live music venue in the back, and features incredible live acts almost every night of the week. The band is stellar, and musical director Fabrice Orlando runs a killer show. Order some bottles and bring the fun to your table.

    Rated again in 2015 by CN Traveller as the Best Hotel in the World, La Mamounia is the top of the top. The Churchill Bar pours some serious cocktails, and the ambience is unlike any other I’ve ever encountered. Take a stroll through the gardens while sipping a locally procured Gris wine, a Moroccan specialty. Even as guests of another hotel, it’s worth a visit for sure.

    La Mamounia

    Avenue Prince Moulay Rachid, Marrakech, Morocco

    Rated again in 2015 by CN Traveller as the Best Hotel in the World, La Mamounia is the top of the top. The Churchill Bar pours some serious cocktails, and the ambience is unlike any other I’ve ever encountered. Take a stroll through the gardens while sipping a locally procured Gris wine, a Moroccan specialty. Even as guests of another hotel, it’s worth a visit for sure.

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