Marrakech Palmeraie, Morocco
Dar Zemora is a stunning boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Palmeraie just outside Marrakech. A typically Moroccan decor, spacious gardens and personal service combine to make this luxury retreat a real gem.
At a Glance
Dar Zemora could not be more peaceful and welcoming - the feel good factor of a stay here is overwhelming
Privately owned by an English couple, Dar Zemora is a real home from home
Enjoy a delicious array of contemporary and traditional Moroccan cuisine
The layout of Dar Zemora lends itself very well to a group stay as you can make the most of the charming Dome, Omar and Casablanca rooms
Situated in the heart of Marrakech's lush Palmeraie, Dar Zemora is an opulent oasis of tranquillity, brilliantly located for easy access into the buzzing medina. Three acres of gardens bursting with roses, olive and fruit trees, bamboo, bougainvillea and palms are the stunning setting for this country house style hotel where there is also a croquet lawn, bird terrace and herb and vegetable garden.
This intimate six-bedroom hotel stylishly combines a traditional Moroccan and contemporary feel. There are three luxurious and spacious suites with four-poster beds and private terraces and three double or twin rooms. All of the rooms are individually designed with traditional Moroccan finishes but have contemporary comfort throughout.
What makes Dar Zemora special among other things are the many beautifully appointed reception rooms - there are two comfortable salons, a cosy library with leather armchairs perfect for relaxing with a great book and a glass of wine or cup of fresh mint tea, a dome room and an open fan room. It is always easy to find somewhere quiet and private to relax, have a drink or a bite to eat. The garden has abundant citrus and palm trees, roses, jasmine and a large free flowing swimming pool surrounded by teak loungers and parasols and pool house. The outdoor pool is not heated during the spring or summer months but is solar heated during the colder months.
Dining from a delicious set menu comprises a delightful array of Moroccan and international cuisine from the superb resident chefs. Should you have any preferences or dietary requirements they will be delighted to cater for these as well.
The aim at Dar Zemora is to provide a tranquil retreat but should you wish to explore we can arrange a private guided tour of the medina. Other activities available include golf, tennis, horse riding and quad biking to name a few. Whatever you choose to do with your time, Dar Zemora feels like home at the end of the day; welcoming smiles, delicious food and utter tranquillity abound here.
All Dar Zemora rooms benefit from central heating during the winter months, personally controlled air conditioning during the summer months, bath robes, safe, and ipod speakers (iPods and portable DVD players are available on request). All Dar Zemora rooms have garden views and exhibit paintings by the well known Marrakchi artist My Youssef Elkahfai.
A Moroccan arrival – a very large entrance door with a normal size door inside it. The room does not have any outdoor space but is characterful and features Berber style carved furniture.
The large bathroom has a marble tub with shower over and trough style marble wash hand basin and separate WC.
|Bebra Double/Twin with Balcony||
A very individual room which can be either twin bedded or double bedded. Furniture is decorated in traditional Tatoui style using Oleander wood. This is the only standard room with a fireplace.
The bathroom has marble tub with shower, traditional brass wash hand basin and beautiful hand-painted ceiling. WC is within the bathroom.
There is also a balcony with views across the gardens and table and chairs.
|Safra Double with Balcony||
A more contemporary room with a lighter color scheme, queen-sized bed with Zouak hand painted chest and embroidered cushions.
The bathroom has a marble tub, round marble wash hand basin and separate walk in shower. WC is within the bathroom.
The room has a balcony with seating area, and views across the gardens.
|Pavilion Pool Suite||
The pavilion pool suite comprises a house in the gardens, with a large sitting room with fireplace, two bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one twin room. There is an extensive garden, terrace and private swimming pool which is heated. A great option for families.
The master bathroom has enamel bath and twin wash hand basins, walk in shower and WC. The second bathroom has enamel bath and twin wash hand basins, walk in shower and separate WC.
The only suite above the ground floor, located up private stairs and featuring an enormous private roof terrace with wicker furniture, separate pergola and views over the palm tops. This suite is very private and beautifully furnished with vibrant fabrics and pale walls giving it a light and airy feel. There is a draped four-poster queen-sized bed, sitting area with fireplace and dressing room. Marble bath tub with shower over, WC and twin wash hand basins.
Entered through its own hall on the ground floor, this dramatic chocolate colored suite has draped four-poster king-sized bed and sitting area with fireplace. Large bathroom with vaulted ceiling and dressing area, walk in shower, separate WC, marble tub and twin wash hand basins. Private terrace and garden with day bed overlooking the swimming pool and rose gardens.
Children are very welcome at Dar Zemora where personal service is at its best. The Pavilion Pool Suite has two bedrooms and is ideal for families, especially as it is slightly separate from the main hotel and is set in its own garden with private swimming pool. The hotel can arrange special meals for children and babysitting is available on request.
The deep red-walled dining room and its terrace overlooking the lily pond are the perfect spot for Dar Zemora's fine breakfasts with produce from the garden. A two course lunch is served daily. In the evening Dinner is served at 8.30pm. Jamila prepares a Moroccan Fine cuisine of three courses every evening except Sunday, when a more traditional Moroccan four-course dinner is served. Meals can be enjoyed in the dining room, in your room or suite or at any chosen spot around the hotel and its gardens. Dar Zemora's three sitting rooms are all distinct in character and provide cosy places to relax and enjoy a book or an after dinner drink. There is also a library with comfy leather armchairs and WiFi. The hotel's swimming pool is just lovely with comfortable cushioned teak loungers (complete with sun hats) looking out over perfumed gardens. Dar Zemora also has a traditional Moroccan hammam and treatment rooms where massages and other therapies can be enjoyed.
If guests can tear themselves away from the peace and tranquillity of Dar Zemora, trips into Marrakech's medina, to the Atlas Mountains, hot air ballooning, quad bikes, horse or camel riding, tennis, golf or a guide for sightseeing can all be arranged. Fantastic cooking classes can also be arranged.
Location & Directions
Marrakech Palmeraie, Morocco
Dar Zemora lies in the Palmeraie (the palm groved outskirts of Marrakech), a short 15-minute taxi ride away from the Medina.
When to go
Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn. Marrakech is very hot in the summer months of July and August, a dry but extremely relentless heat. By the end of October the evenings are cool, although the midday sun is still warm enough to bask in. The weather in winter, from November to March, ranges from cold and rainy to sunny days, warm enough to sit outside.