Marrakech Best Of By Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo/ Saadian Tombs

Perched near the Kasbah Mosque are the Saadian Tombs. Uncovered in 1917 by ariel photography, there’s no expense spared with Italian marble and golden plaster shaping the Chamber of the 12 Pillars. The graveyard was in use from the 1550s to the end of the Saadian dynasty in the mid 1600s.

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Marrakech Best Of By Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo/ Majorelle garden

The Majorelle Garden is a two and half acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden. It was created by the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years, starting in 1923. The property was the residence of the artist and his wife from 1923 until 1950s. In the 1980s, the property was purchased by the fashion designers, Yves Saint-Laurent

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Marrakech Best Of By Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo/ Jemaa el-Fnaa

Marrakech’s main square Jemaa El Fnaa is one of the biggest tourist attractions the oldest part of the city has a real magic.The square is edged along one side by the Marrakesh souk, a traditional North African market catering both for the common daily needs of the locals, and for the tourist trade. 

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Marrakech Best Of By Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo/ The Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh,  the minaret tower, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Berber Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). The mosque's minaret is considered an important landmark of Marrakesh.

It is located in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakesh, near the famous public place of  Jeemaa el-Fnaa.

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From Farm to Table at Dar Ayniwen

Since the opening of Dar Ayniwen we are proud to use organic products and ingredients grown and harvested locally by family farmers.

But did we mention that at Dar Ayniwen, we have our own organic farm ?

Carrots, onions, radishes, beetroots, tomatoes, olives, zucchini, eggplant .... also aromatics like parsley, basil, mint, coriander, lemongrass.... and much more are growing organically in a sustainable environment.

We also enjoy fresh eggs all year long and we are very lucky to host beehives from a honey producer allowing us to enjoy exquisite honey all year long.

Our farm is sustainable, we have our own well and we use solar power to drip irrigation. We never use chemicals and we have created an ecosystem to protect our bees and biodiversity.

When you enjoy your meal at Dar Ayniwen, all you are eating are fresh organic vegetables and ingredients because we think producing food should be done with respect to the environment.

Ingredients are harvested on-demand, assuring ultimate freshness and flavour.

Our talented Chef Simo is working very hard day-in day-out to elaborate the best Moroccan recipes filled with ultimate freshness and flavour.

We invite you to attend one of our cooking classes to allow you to delight with the food you have prepared first hand

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Ivan Perez at Dar Ayniwen

His name is Ivan Perez Hernandez in art Mark Lopez from Cuba, he owe his artistic name to a record project concluded with the publication his album and two video of the title Unconditional, by Emi Italia Music & Publishing and Emi UK. since 2001 he been singing professionally at an international level , creating romantic & lively atmospheres at high level private or business event.

In 2007-2009 he been able to collaborate as singer and imitator in Miami United States Canal America 41 TV next figures like Jhony Ventura, Cheo Feliciano and others...

He loves photography, and some pictures in our Social media are made by him.

Here is the link to his page to have an idea about his art.

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Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo had the great honour to welcome & assist the singer Sami Bey

Born in Morocco and grew up in London, although he has gone on to be a very successful IT professional in London City, he has always stayed loyal to his roots [Oriental Morocco] and you can hear it from his music...

A true mix between north African beats and modern music flows.

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Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo by Vicky Klieber

Vicky Klieber is a lifestyle & travel blogger from South Italy living in Berlin. The Golden Bun was founded by her in 2010 starting as a fashion blog. Her blog not only gives you great travel recommendation but also exquisite culinary recommendations

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Jake Emend wrote his experience at Marrakech and Dar Ayniwen for Barron's

Jake Emen is a freelance travel, food, and drinks journalist who writes for publications including USA Today, Maxim, AFAR, Vice Munchies, Roads & Kingdoms, and many others

  • His Experience at Dar Ayniwen Hotel Garden & Bird Zoo :
  • << After two weeks of traveling across Morocco on a busy, criss-crossing itinerary, Dar Ayniwen was an ideal, near-magical destination. The friendly staff beckons you inside, where you'll find serene, lush environs. Spend the morning quietly strolling the garden grounds and admiring the exotic birds, or reading by the pool and soaking up the strong Moroccan sun.
  • With a stay in the newest villa, I found it was actually difficult to force myself away—why leave? With a large private pool and a beautiful room with marble flooring and a jacuzzi tub, I had everything I needed right there. It's the little touches here that also go a long way, such as breakfast delivered to the room, placing your order for dinner in the morning so ingredients can be shopped for fresh at the market, and meeting and chatting with the amiable ownership and staff.
  • I'd recommend Dar Ayniwen to any traveler, particularly couples or families, who were looking to be within easy striking distance of central Marrakech while enjoying a slice of luxury relaxation that feels a world away>>
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The Classy & Elegant Ilirida Krasniqi from Danemark Experience at Dar Ayniwen

Miss Ilirida Krasniqi is among some of the biggest influencers in Denmark. She love travelling and capturing beautiful pictures that inspires her followers. Her style is very classy and elegant, and her pictures are always polished with a lot of elegance. That’s why her pictures always engage really well.

  • Dar Ayniwen was our first stay on our trip to Marrakech. The hotel was located about 15 min by car from the Medina. The hotel is very peaceful and especially perfect for couples - but the hotel also has family suites. The staff was professionel and the service was really good especially if you compare it with other hotels and places in Marrakech. The hotel had a shuttle-service that would take you to and from the Medina whenever you wanted, this made it so easy for us to enjoy the medina as well. This was the only hotel offering shuttle service and we stayed at 3 different hotels outside the Medina. We also both had a massage treatment which was very relaxing and the woman even did a pedicure on me as an extra treatment, because apparently my toes wasn’t looking good, haha, this was so sweet of her and something I will remember. Each morning we had delicious breakfast by the pool which was one of my favorite things. The staff always asked us if we wanted something special for lunch/dinner so that they good go pick it up at the market and make it for us, they were so helpfull and professionel, something that’s not very easy to find in Marrakech. We were so happy to choose Dar Ayniwen and if we visit Marrakech again we will definitely stay at Dar Ayniwen.
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Discover the mark of a true luxury hotel stay

You know a luxury hotel when you see one. Perhaps it’s the location, an estate nestled against a shoreline or against a city skyline. Maybe it’s the in-room amenities, well-lit spaces and elegant furnishings which elevate every moment. It might be the service, the friendly faces of always-available concierge who seek to satisfy your every need. Truth told, a luxury hotel will expend every amenity in its arsenal to deliver a stay unlike any other. Ideally, luxury hotels succeed in combining world-class facilities with reliable affordability, equal parts financial feasibility and upgraded excellence. Don’t allow the luxury hotel experience to evade you any longer. Learn how to identify and experience the finest in indigenous hospitality, with the following criteria for a truly luxurious hotel endeavour.

1. Ease of Interaction

True luxury hotel stays will optimize the guest experience without your request. Interaction with any luxury hotel outlet should be streamlined and efficient; ultimately, the best luxury hotels can actually convey their core values and brand through each interaction, no matter how miniscule.

Interaction starts at the booking stage; look to experience an uncomplicated, straightforward room booking process. If a “luxury” hotel offers an unclear booking process or a poorly navigable website, they have yet to consider the fact that a guest deserves easy interaction. You should be afforded multiple booking options, ideally both online, over the phone and on-site at the hotel itself.

It goes without saying that while you stay at the hotel property, your interactions with the luxury hotel should be both easy and minimal. However, a luxury hotel is truly offered the chance to show its true colors when it’s time for the check-out process. No one enjoy waiting in a lengthy line to conclude their departure. Luxury hotels who expedite the check-out process, even removing lines and replacing check-out by hotel attendant with a kiosk, understand the value of time to a departing guest.

The Dar Ayniwen Garden Hotel in Morocco prioritizes ease of guest interaction. It’s a luxury hotel that extends efficient interaction options, especially during the check-in and check-out processes, for an enjoyable stay from arrival to departure.

2. World-class, onsite cuisine

Many hotels offer some sort of onsite restaurant option, offering guests the option to dine in. However, the difference between a typical and a luxury hotel is often found in the quality of their associated culinary options. Where nondescript hotels will cut corners in delivering average food products to famished guests, luxury hotels like Morocco’s Dar Ayniwen Garden Hotel will offer a wide assemblage of meal options, courtesy of a talented chef team.

Look to discover organic dishes, and fresh takes on local and international cuisine. Luxury hotels often offer reservation options, so guests can stroll into the establishment expecting a table. Local ingredients is also a plus, not only for food quality, but for acquiring an authentic taste of regional output. Experienced luxury hotels also seek to satisfy their guests’ morning needs, in expansive continental breakfast spreads. Bonus points to any hotel location that goes so far as to offer cooking classes through their kitchen!

3. The in-room experience

Luxury hotels deliver on their promise of industry-leading in-room hospitality. Many guests spend the majority of their time at the luxury hotel in their rooms, especially at the end of each productive day. As such, rooms must include amenities that allow guests rejuvenation and relaxation opportunities, regardless of the room’s price tag. Luxury hotels learn how to deliver a unique experience to each and every guest, in their ongoing drive to provide a holistic, world-class experience.

The Dar Ayniwen Garden Hotel is one such establishment, which pairs upscale in-room furnishings with a selection of valuable amenities. Rooms are fitted with elegant window views of the surrounding landscapes, and soft, rich carpets for a full sensory experience. Sink into intimate bedding, in a temperature-controlled hotel space. Select rooms also include terrace space, flat screen televisions and laundry provisions, together with complimentary Internet access. A luxury hotel that offers guests access to a heated pool and a free airport shuttle is a hotel that has considered and responded to the most pressing needs of each guest.

4. Therapeutic spa auras

There’s something about a spa that’s uniquely relaxing. The therapeutic effects of a spa on even the strictest traveler are not lost on luxury hotels. Many luxury hotels make their spa the epicenter for social activity and seek to drive hotel guests to experience the spa grounds with offered discounts and enjoyable spa packages. The Dar Ayniwen Garden Hotel is not exception to this renowned practice.

The best luxury hotel spas are entirely more than a location. They offer a one-of-a-kind sensory experience, the transformation of ailments of bodily needs into expressed freedom and pleasure. Discover true tranquility with offerings like a steam bath, sauna and assorted beauty treatments. Exfoliate your skin, allow your pores to breathe, and receive pressing foot and hand massage treatments that have you feeling your best. Organic remedies renew your energy and refocus your outlook. Luxury hotels center their spa offerings around expert in-house therapists, rendering the distance between guests and unique spa relief a short one.

5. Location, location, location

Simply said, the best hotels have the best locations. Luxury hotels succeed in delivering a stay that for each guest can rival the quality of their site, no matter the attractions that exist outside of your front doors. As such, optimal hotels like the Dar Ayniwen Garden Hotel also allow guests to schedule their next social function, wedding or high-class event on the premises, effectively capitalizing or an ideal location and ready-made luxury. Enjoy avenues of palm trees integrated into the hotel grounds, for a true coastal vibe impossible to fake. Luxury hotels also seek to align their operations close to a center of town, no more than a short drive away. The closer a luxury hotel can orient local attraction to the hotel itself, the better.

World-class hospitality lives in Morocco

Among those rare stays which can deliver all of the benchmarks for a luxury hotel stay is the Dar Ayniwen Garden Hotel in Morocco. An outright standard in local and international hospitality, the property allows guests to capitalize on the ideal luxury hotel experience. Delectable Moroccan dishes are available for your appreciation, and a resident therapist can replace your worries with a smile at the onsite spa. Stay in the Bamboo or the Mucha Room, or choose from Junior of Premium Suites, for an experience that meets and exceeds your expectations. Contact accommodating hospitality staff today, and pair your vacation aspirations with a worthy luxury hotel solution. For more destination guides and accommodation reviews, hotels and vacation rentals, check out

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QUÉ VER EN MARRAKECH, MARRUECOS, by Alfonso Morales & Beatriz Jiménez

A great story about our favorite city, thank you for mentioning us among your numerous adventures.

  • Cuando ya hayas visitado la medina, vale la pena tomarse un tiempo para salir de las murallas históricas de la ciudad y adentrarse en el Palmeral de Marrakech como parte de qué ver en Marrakech.
  • Este lugar es un espacio natural en el cual podrás apreciar más de 100 mil palmeras y una gran cantidad de árboles por los que puedes pasear, descansar y relajarte. Esta enorme zona, se permite visitar en coche, pero también se puede hacer su recorrido en carruaje de caballos, sin duda merece la pena sobre qué ver en Marrakech.
  • Nosotros aprovechamos para alojarnos en el Hotel Dar Ayniwen, situado en el Palmeraie (palmeral), y es que después de todo el día por los bulliciosos zocos, la plaza de Jemaa el-Fna y sus locas calles, no hay nada mejor que encontrar un lugar de verdadero relax. Y en el Hotel Dar Ayniwen encontramos un auténtico oasis a tan sólo 10 minutos del centro, donde un “transfer” gratuito conecta el centro con el hotel cada 30 minutos pasando de la locura al paraíso. Piscina climatizada, jardines, tortugas viviendo por el hotel y gran cantidad de pájaros exóticos. Sin duda uno de los más lujosos y mejores hoteles de Marrakech.
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Dar Ayniwen has often been mention in the design and decoration magazine for its particular style and feel. It is very nicely told in this story, enjoy the read and come to visit us.

  • Hi guys! as you noticed from my Instagram and Facebook channels, a few weeks ago I travelled to Marrakech, city of typically Moroccan colors and smells that make you lose yourself into the real Moroccan lifestyle. I had the pleasure to be a guest in the amazing Villa Dar Ayniwen, a true paradise, with the traditional Moroccan refined design, where the peacefulness and the singing of the variety birds, that are collected in the beautiful garden by the owner of the place, isolate yourself from the loud and colorful Medina. A perfect place where luxury, relax and design meet each other. The first thing that comes to your mind when you enter in the Villa is a “Home feeling”, a sensation that is difficult to feel when you’re hosted in hotel, but thanks to the building magnitude and the few suites is almost impossible to bump into other guests, in order to maintain oneself privacy. The perfect paradise to whom wants to alternate between the colorful and loud Moroccan lifestyle with some pleasant and peaceful moments.
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A Tranquil Paradise – Dar Ayniwen, Marrakech, by Mrs Joanne Lewis

Finding the right place to stay for the first time away as a family, and we got it perfect.


This was my second time visiting Marrakech (see previous posts here) and I knew what to expect within the City. I knew it was busy and surrounded by hustle and bustle. I also knew the swimming pools tend to be cold – too cold for the baby.

So when I found Dar Ayniwen, an exclusive five star hotel with only ten rooms based away from the old City centre in Palmeraie and with a heated pool, I was very eager to visit.

I booked the trip for Adam’s birthday, our first holiday abroad with our 12 week old, Pollyanna.

The hotel is surrounded by 2 hectares of gardens, each part of the garden offered something different, it felt like walking through different countries. With a huge selection of wild life – turtles and birds, its another great bonus for children.

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With only ten rooms in the family home, you can expect big things in each. We were lucky enough to stay in two very different rooms throughout our five nights in Marrakech.

The first room was a very modern room, with a hot tub inside with modern marble shower. They are going to be adding a private swimming pool right outside the front door too.

The second room was our favourite because it was more traditional. It is great that they offer both as I know a lot of people prefer modern.

However our traditional Moroccan suite included our own private pool, which is perfect when you are travelling with a baby I hate to feel like I am disturbing anyone.

It also included our own living room, with tv, and a perfect round bed for the three of us (a cot was provided but we had her sleep with us).

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Mrs Dawn Bulchandani at Dar Ayniwen

Every summer we go trough our boxes and found this great reportage about Dar Ayniwen made by Co-muse Travels, we are delighted to share it with you.

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  • Dawn on the grounds of Dar Ayniwen :: Photo Credit: Comuse Travels

Miss Grace Montana at Dar Ayniwen

My name is Grace and I’m a Berlin based fashion- and lifestyleblogger. mydailycoutre was founded in 2016 and features many niche clothing brands, talented jewelry designers and my experiences with natural cosmetics. I have a thing for outstanding designs and stick to a vintage inspired way of editing and composing my photos. My signature look is a combination of different styles and trend movements. My aim is to encourage my followers ad readers to dress outside their comfortzone and try out new clothes and products.

Being a blogger these days isn’t just about your local trends or the ones that are typical and therefore mainstream in your country. Digitizaion and globalization enable us to discover so much more beyond and force us to be more open minded across-the-board. Being a socalled influencer for others means to be open for influences by other people and things at the same time. This can happen through people you see walking pass your café or even a special building, a catching song or a certain place.

Traveling is the most refreshing thing to do to get out of my usual comfortzone, breathe in what different countries or cultures have to offer and incorporate the impressions into my work.

Being born and raised in Berlin is quite entertaining, diversified and chaotic. So many different inter-nationalities and a wide rage of individuals make this historical city a remarkable place. Yet, I still love to get out of this hectic city to actually discover completely different areas and calm down.

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Kimyana Hachmann at Dar Ayniwen

Exploring the world means everything because different cultures are making our world a special place. Kimyana studied Journalism und Mass Communication in Germany and Thailand - very different cultures, but one goal: exploring every part of the earth and writing about the impressions. Visiting different countries is a meaningful part of Kimyanas´life and it is her job of choice now - after hustling in PR Agencys in Berlin for two years. Articles, reviews and meaningful content is so much more than just sitting infront of a laptop and typing texts all day long, it Is about the places we see, the people we meet and the feelings we have.

"In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes", Andy Warhol.

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Dar Ayniwen a nice step on Miss Taylor Demonbreun world Trek

Dar Ayniwen offers 5-star level in the very exclusive resort of only 10 suites. Dar Ayniwen provide a concierge service, a tour desk, and free shuttles into town each day. The friendly and discreet staff strives to provide the best service possible to ensure that a stay at Dar Ayniwen is truly unforgettable.

Dar Ayniwen was an actual haven and one of the top hotels that I have stayed in on my travels. Dar Ayniwen is located about ten minutes driving time outside of the center of Marrakesh but that is what helps to make is to spectacular. The entire giant property is so secluded and serene it feels like being on a different planet when compared to the chaos that can be Marrakesh. Dar Ayniwen provides a free shuttle both for the airport and into town and it was such a nice service to have readily available.

I arrived late at night and was greeted with a warm welcome and a great tour of the property. It was originally built as a family house by Stephane - the manager’s - father. And boy, was it something. It honestly felt like I was on the set of a movie. It was so perfect and so unique in all of the best ways. The house was filled with artifacts and collectibles from around the world. My room was on the second floor and I truly couldn’t believe it when I walked in.

I had not one, but two balconies, one of which was an entire patio area with multiple chairs. It looked like an incredible place to just sit and relax. The second balcony was smaller but had a view of the gardens outside. The room itself felt very Moroccan in the best ways. It was very nice and also very comfortable. My bathroom was across the hall and was truly stunning. I’ve seen some nice bathrooms, but the tilework in this one just made it so visually appealing.

After a great night of sleep breakfast the next morning truly set Dar Ayniwen apart. It was my first time seeing the property in the sunlight and it was truly breathtaking. Eating breakfast by the pool in the huge garden area behind the house it actually looked like paradise. The weather was perfect, the Moroccan version of pancakes were quite tasty, and I realized I could spend weeks enjoying this perfect hotel.

After taking the shuttle into and back out of the city I was very glad to have a nice and quiet place to come back to. In the evening I met with Stephane, the manager. It was so interesting to learn about Stephane and his history (he went to University in the US) and also the history of Dar Ayniwen. It was very cool to learn that most of the items in the house were actually collected by his father when he traveled. Some of the items were so unique, like a Syrian wedding bench, that they probably belong in a museum instead of a hotel. The property is very eco-friendly and is home to many animals. My favorite were the birds, which Stephane was inspired to start collecting after visiting living in Florida. We had a really great conversation and it was very enjoyable to learn about such an incredible hotel.

I decided to eat dinner at Dar Ayniwen after a long day out and about in Marrakesh. I informed the kitchen a bit late, but luckily they did have vegetable kuzkuz available. I had never had it before so I gave it a shot, and actually enjoyed it! It wasn’t my favorite dish ever but it wasn’t bad and is not something that I can have everyday at home. I’m very glad that I tried it and, like with everything else, Dar Ayniwen did a great job with it.

It was very hard to say goodbye to a property that I so quickly fell in love with and one that I would love to come back to and enjoy for more time in the future. I had another great breakfast the next morning before I was gifted with a necklace as a keepsake and then driven back to the airport. I cannot Dar Ayniwen enough. If you are visiting Marrakesh, and especially if you are a bit wary of staying in the heart of the Old Medina like I was, it is the perfect paradise just a ten minute drive away. It was one of my best stays ever and I cannot thank everyone at Dar Ayniwen, especially Stephane, enough!

Check out my blog post from Morocco to read more about my stay:

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Yoga by Perumal Koshy Dar Ayniwen

Perumal Koshy, born in New Delhi, India began teaching under a Kung-Fu master while living in Los Angeles. A ten year martial arts life lead into a yoga journey returning to his ancestral roots of Kerala, India followed by England, Italy and Morocco. Perumal’s international teaching experiences captured the heart and values of the world’s yoga styles. His method is a practical and easily comprehensible. A method implemented successfully to varying practitioners from the very young to the elderly. Yoga with Perumal adapts to the elderly with joint preparation exercises, light stretching and meditation and yet remains poised to deliver sequences typical dynamic yoga enthusiasts.

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La experiencia de Ajda Sitar en el Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel.

De vuelta al frío de Ljubljana, echo de menos los colores de Marrakech. El año pasado fue una locura en cuanto a viajes y lo termino escribiendo un blog para viajeros a Marruecos, con mi amiga Tesa (un blog magnífico) y la fotógrafa Katarina. Todo lo que llevamos a cabo, podrá descubrirlo en los siguientes posts. Hoy comparto con usted nuestra estancia en el impresionante Dar Ayniwen.

Situado en el Palmeral de Marrakech, el Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel representa una relajada escapada.

En 1972, el padre de Stéphane Abtan compró la tierra, que era alrededor de la mitad del tamaño de lo que es hoy. Quiso construir una casa de ensueño. 10 años más tarde decidió finalmente construirla, mientras, con el cambio del milenio, llegó la oportunidad de poder comprar el terreno situado justo al lado. Siendo bastante grande, decidieron ccontruir una casa de huéspedes, un pabellón para ser exacto. Ese es el mismo pabellón en el que nos alojamos. Desde entonces, Stéphane ha desarrollado el concepto de un hotel al estilo familiar. En vez de ser un riad típico o un hotel, el Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel ofrece una experiencia completamente diferente. Situado en el Palmeral de Marrakech, ofrece una escapada pacífica y relajante, encontrándose cerca de la bulliciosa Medina (que podrá descubrir cuando lo desee ya que organizan un traslado gratuito a la ciudad).

En el Pabellón Romano, el sonido de las aves cantando, la fascinante fauna y flora... ¡Este podría ser el paraíso!

El Dar Ayniwen es más que un hotel habitual. Situado sobre 2 hectáreas con sólo 8 suites y 2 habitaciones, ofrece mucho espacio para disfrutar de la fascinante flora y fauna en paz y tranquilidad. Descubrir el jardín y perderse en él es un verdadero placer, así como nadar en la piscina climatizada al aire libre o relajarse en el patio morisco por debajo de las palmeras. La principal atracción es sin duda el santuario de pájaros que alberga algunos especies verdaderamente fascinantes. El Dar Ayniwen es un hotel cinco estrellas con carácter familiar, lo que significa que usted disfruta de la combinación perfecta entre lujo y experiencia personal (el servicio es excelente – personal, pero discreto). Nos recibieron amablemente con té y dulces marroquíes y nos acompañaron a nuestro pabellón. El Pabellón Romano cuenta con 70 m² (con una terraza privada de 100 m ² y un jardín con jacuzzi) y es un verdadero manso de paz y tranquilidad. Decorado con diferenes piezas marroquíes y antigüedades, cada objeto fue elegido por la familia de Stéphane. Cuidando el medio ambiente, con la ecología siempre presente, todo el lugar es calentado con una caldera de biomasa (huesos de aceituna) y tienen un sistema especial de tratamiento de aguas (usando las aguas residuales para el riego de las plantas). La verdad es que piensan en el cuidado de la naturaleza a cada paso.

El inicio de nuestro viaje en el Dar Ayniwen fue una verdadera sorpresa que nos dio la fuerza y energía para descubrir toda la ciudad de Marrakech.

Foto: Katarina Veselič y Ajda Sitar

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Dar Ayniwen Nueva página Google +

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The COP22 en Marrakech

El Dar Ayniwen está muy orgulloso de que se celebre la COPP 22 en Marrakech.

En el Dar Ayniwen tenemos ahora una caldera de biomasa que sirve para calentar nuestras piscinas, para la calefacción central, la planta de tratamiento de aguas residuales, iluminación LED, ...

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Visita a la Mezquita Koutoubia: ¡Todo lo que hay que saber!

La ciudad marroquí de Marrakech es una de las ciudades más famosas de África. Lugar de algunas de las mejores arquitecturas islámicas de la región, incluyendo palacios, mezquitas y madrasas con una impresionante Kasbah y uno de los mercados más tradicionales en el mundo musulmán. Tal vez la ciudad es más conocida por el magnífico minarete de Yaqub Al-Mansur de la mezquita de Koutoubia. Esta histórica obra maestra es uno de los aspectos más destacados de cualquier visita a Marrakech. Aunque no es posible visitar el interior de la mezquita, a menos que usted es de religión musulmána, hay muchas oportunidades de contemplar esta impresionante estructura desde el exterior.

Siga leyendo todo lo que necesite saber acerca de la Mezquita Koutoubia...

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La Mezquita Koutoubia

La Mezquita Koutoubia es la mezquita más grande de Marrakech y su estructura es la más alta de la ciudad. Situada en la Plaza Jemaa el-Fna de Marrakech, una animada plaza en el corazón de la ciudad, y uno de los lugares de encuentro más grandes del mundo – el Minarete majestuoso de la mezquita se eleva sobre sus alrededores.

Y esto no por ser particularmente alto con 69 metros – aunque fue una hazaña de ingeniería cuando se construyó – debido a las regulaciones que dictan los edificios en la Medina circundante que no pueden ser más alto que una plamera. Por esta razón, es uno de los monumentos principales y visible desde muy lejos.

No sólo el Minarete se eleva sobre Marrakech, también lo hace la voz del muecín llamando a los fieles a la oración desde su cima cinco veces al día. Por la noche, cuando las luces iluminan los encantadores de serpientes, los vendedores de fruta y los pintores de henna en la Plaza, la gente se reune para cenar mientras el humo de la comida impregna el aire - este es uno de los momentos más mágicos para visitar la zona.


Estos monumentos y sonidos llevan saludando a los visitantes de Marrakech durante más de 700 años, cuando viajeros agotados llegaban en caravanas a través del desierto para alcanzar el centro de la ciudad.

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Un poco de historia

La construcción de la Mezquita Koutoubia comenzó alrededor de 1150, poco después de la conquista almohade de Marrakech. Su ubicación tenía un significado histórico – fue el lugar de una kasbah de finales del siglo XI, el Dar al Hajar, el hogar del líder almorávide, Ali Ibn Yusuf.

Los Almorávides, antiguos gobernantes de Marrakech, eran enemigos acérrimos de los Almohades. Después de la conquista almohade, los nuevos líderes empezaron con la destrucción total de todos los monumentos religiosos y edificios significativos de la ciudad, creyendo que los edificios estaban contaminados, ya que consideraban a los Almorávides herejes.

La mezquita original se completó en 1157, pero hubo un error en la construcción al ser la orientación incorrecta – se supone que todas las mezquitas apuntan en la dirección de la Meca, indicada por el mihrab, el nicho de oración. Aunque fue un problema relativamente menor – porque los fieles podían corregirlo según las órdenes del Imam posicionándose en la dirección correcta – se tomó la decisión de construir una segunda Mezquita, la presente Mezquita Koutoubia que conocemos hoy en día.

La dos mezquitas eran idénticas en todo, aparte de la orientación, y coexistieron durante 30 años: La mezquita original sirvió probablemente como un tipo de anexo para albergar a la gran población religiosa. Finalmente, la antigua mezquita cayó en ruinas y fue demolida. Su existencia se puede ver en los ladrillos superiores de la pared noroeste donde había puertas de conexión, mientras las excavaciones confirmaron la desalineación de la estructura original.

La Mezquita Koutoubia es conocida por varios nombres diferentes, incluyendo Jami´al-Kutubiyah, la mezquita de Kutubiya, y la mezquita de Kutubiyyin. Su diversos nombres y su escritura correspondiente se basan en la palabra árabe, koutoubiyyin, que significa librero – el nombre de la mezquita significa 'la mezquita del librero'. Este se debe a que hasta 100 libreros trabajaron originalmente en su zoco.

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