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Dar Ayniwen: A Magical Oasis In Marrakech

Disclosure IMG_3466 One of the finest Marrakech hotels, Dar Ayniwen is a beautiful arabic manor boutique hotel set among a luscious gardens in the Palmeraie. Only a short drive away from the madness and mayhem of Marrakech’s Medina Dar Ayniwen provides an oasis of tranquility and is ideal for a family getaway.

Accommodation is hugely important in Marrakech, where after walking the tangled maze of streets in the Medina dodging donkey carts and haggling with artisans you will want to return to a peaceful and relaxing place. This is especially true if you are traveling with children and that is why during our trip to Marrakech we chose to stay the first few days in Dar Ayniwen.

Dar Ayniwen the best hotel in Marrakech

I always do my research and I read many reviews and after looking at countless hotels in Marrakech Dar Aywinen caught my attention because of the small number of rooms, it’s large pool and beautiful gardens. As my family and I walked into the beautiful manor all of my expectations where far exceeded.  The former family home is decorated with beautiful in a traditional Moroccan style with beautiful mosaic floors, antiques and vintage object’s d’art.

 Dar Ayniwen Hotel Marrakech

After having spent the last 16 hours or so on planes, airports and taxis we decided to take the first day slowly and stay at the hotel instead of venturing to explore Marrakech. The kids where thrilled to be able to take a dip in the beautiful pool and we got a chance to really relax and unwind that afternoon.

dar Ayniwen

A real gem this family mansion turned hotel provides luxury accomdations with a level of privacy that you will hardly find anywhere else. The gardens are not only gorgeous but inmense with fountains, walkways lined with beautiful flowers, cactus gardens and gazebos.

Cockatoo at Dar Ayniwen

Large bird cages line one of the pathways where the owner keeps a fantastic collection of beautiful birds from peacocks and cackatoos to other more exotic birds. This was such a plus for my family as we love animals and having the opportunity to admire these beautiful birds, many of which have the freedom to roam the gardens was a real treat.


Every morning we where woken by the sound of hundreds of birds, their songs bright and cheerful seemed to reflect that sense of awe we felt as we walked out of our private villa and out into the gardens.


The food at Dar Aywinen was fantastic. We spent almost 10 days in Marrakech and ate at a wide variety of restaurants and hotels and our meals at Dar Aywinen where the best. I still can not comprehend how such a small hotel could procure such an amazing chef. The service was also top notch and the staff went out of their way to make special meals for my son who is a very picky eater.

Moroccan food at Dar Ayniwen

Not only was the food delicious but the presentation was beautiful as well. You could choose to eat at the tables in the garden overlooking the pool and the garden or you could also choose to have the mal served at our own private villa which was a wonderful option for those days when we wanted a little more privacy.


We ate breakfast and dinner at Dar Aywinen every day we were there and I loved that you are given the choice to eat at one of the tables overlooking the pool, with a beautiful view of the gardens, or you can request to have your meal in your own room. As I write this and look at the photos I just want to hop on a plane right now and get there in time for dinner!


We stayed at the Roman Pavilion, a luxurious bungalow nestled in a secluded part of the beautiful gardens overlooking the pool. The Roman Pavilion with living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms and was perfect for our family. It’s spacious private garden and outdoor Jacuzzi made us feel like we had our own home in Marrakech.

Completely separate from the rest of the hotel the Roman Pavilion it provides a unique refuge: a true haven of peace and tranquility and the perfect place for a famiy to enjoy!


The rooms not only provide a beautiful and exotic Moroccan getaway furnished with large flat screen TVs, DVD player, minibar and free Wifi. Wifi is also available in the main house and in the pool which meant I could keep up with family and friends and get some work done right from the poolside.

Dar Ayniwen

The service is not just outstanding but also very personalized. We had the opportunity to speak with the owner and you can tell that he really takes pride in welcoming guests to his home, as this used to be his family’s house. It is also obvious that the decor and the landscaping of this hotel are a labour of love and this feeling really permeates through all of the spaces and gardens. As you stroll through the garden you find fountains, ponds and beautiful sculptures and antiques.

Dar Ayniwen the best hotel in Marrakech

Dar Ayniwen provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport as well as free continental breakfast making this a wonderful value for the amazing quality and fantastic service.

The staff went out of their way to make our stay memorable and we got fantastic recommendations for things to do with the kids. You can also book a wide range of tours and on day excursion directly with them.

Without a dubt Dar Ayniwen is one of the best hotels in Marrakech and the ideal option for families with its wide-open spaces, large pool and the option to book a private villa. Be sure to visit the Dar Ayniwen website to  find out more and book our next family getaway to Marrakech.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Maureen @Scoops of Joy

    The hotel looks so beautiful! I love the tiles they are truly Marrakech styles. Adding Marrakech to my ever expanding travel bucket list 😀

  2. Jeanette

    That hotel looks absolutely beautiful it looks like you and your son had a wonderful time there. I love the picture of your son walking down the path with an attitude. It’s really cute.
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  3. Alli Smith

    I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco and Marrakech would be a lovely place to stay. I love that the Dar Ayniwen is small, yet has everything I would want in a hotel. The grounds are beautiful and the cuisine looks delicious. What a geat place to vacation!
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  4. ricci

    Oh wow! Your photos are gorgeous!! I have never been to Marrakesh before but would love to go one day!!
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  5. Fi Ni Neachtain

    What a beautiful place to stay! I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco. You’re so lucky to have experienced it.

  6. Sarah Bailey

    Wow what a stunning looking place to visit, the food looks absolutely delicious and your accommodation – I don’t think I would ever want to leav!
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  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    What a beautiful resort. I would love to visit this place. The images are so breathtakingly beautiful. My family and I have been thinking about making a trip here.
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  8. Anosa

    The hotel looks and sounds like the perfect location for a family trip. I always look for a place where I can relax without the city noises but not too far from the city.
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  9. Dee

    You pictures just took my breath away. I have always wanted to go to Morocco/Marrakech and I am going to have to add Dar Ayniwen to my list.

  10. Vera Sweeney

    What a beautiful place to stay at! I love finding family-friendly resorts and hotels for when we travel.
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  11. Pam

    Sounds like an amazing place to stay! That food looks absolutely delicious, and the pool sounds relaxing.

  12. lisa

    This place looks fantastic! I would love to travel here. The pictures are beautiful.

  13. Victoria

    The place are relaxing to stay and perfect for the family.. All you need for a vacation is there, the foods and pools..

  14. Chubskulit Rose

    What a beautiful place, ot looks very relaxing. I wouldn’t mind staying there for a month if I coul!
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  15. Sara

    What a lovely place! I could just see myself relaxing there!

  16. lynzy

    This place is on my bucket list! Such gorgeous pictures – I’m so envious right now! I can’t wait to get there one day!

  17. Christina Aliperti

    Wow, everything is so beautiful. I love all the options and that the staff went above and beyond during your stay.

  18. Mommy Levy

    what a beautiful place, thanks for the virtual tour.

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