Shane Fonner

HOTEL DAR SABRA

www.palmiersdumal.com
  • Where:Marrakech
  • Why:Wedding week and mini-moon.
  • When:April
  • Who:My wife, myself, and 38 of our closest friends and family.
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My wife and I taking a casual camel ride through the Agafay.

The sculpture at the entrance to the hotel.

Arriving with the impeccable Moore & Giiles Benedict Weekender.

The all-white interior of our superior suite.

Superior suite looking at the Secret Garden.

The morning before the morning after.

The private courtyard of our superior suite.

Interior of superior suite - I call the terrace the Secret Garden.

The artistic arch spans the pool at sunset.

The pool during Golden Hour.

At La Mamounia ahead of the big day.

Casual Sundays call for kaftans.

Our Sunday brunch set up, replete with rose petals.

The brutalist entrance of Dar Sabra.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

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.

  • Children

    Child friendly.

  • Price

    Approachable luxury.

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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