Intimate Moorish retreat steeped in the romance of Marrakech
Dar Zemora is a secluded slice of heaven. Plushest bedrooms and lushest grounds ensure this seductive address on Marrakech's millionaire's row is made for intimate Arabian Nights.
- An intimate retreat designed for together-time.
- Honeymoon nights.
- Beautiful lush gardens with an Atlas Mountains backdrop.
- A private wellness suite and hammam.
Hit the spot
In the Palmeraie, Marrakech's millionaire's row.
There’s a heated outdoor pool with loungers and parasols, a croquet lawn, indoor and outdoor lounges, a library lounge with fireplace for nights in and plenty of private corners for stretching out. There is also a great hammam where you can book a massage and other treatments.
Good to know
You're ten minutes from the Medina by cab.
Minimum StayNormally three nights
ClosedMost of August
ParkingThere is free guest parking. Dar Zemora is a 15 minute drive from the Medina.
AirportMarrakech – 10km
TrainMarrakech central station – 9km
ChildrenWelcome – though it’s not really a place for under 10s.
LocationRue El Aandalib, Palmeraie, Marrakech, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
Six rooms and suites
Bedrooms have huge bathtubs for double soaking, while suites have fireplaces and a large terrace for soaking up the rays. You won’t find a TV, but you can borrow a DVD player or iPod from reception. There's limited wi-fi.
Choose one of the signature suites for a honeymoon stay: the Perla suite has a four-poster bed, fireplace and huge private roof terrace. The Zahara suite has a four-poster, fireplace and private garden, while the Pavilion suite has its own private plunge pool.
Eat & Drink
A curved archway leads into the candlelit dining room, with its deep ochre walls, velvet cushions, pristine white linen and bold artworks. The cooking here is just as intoxicating as the setting: three nights a week it’s traditional Moroccan (dinner is bookable in advance), with classics such as chicken pastilla or the chef’s quail tagine. On other nights you can tuck into a six-course menu with more French and European flavours.
Dining moves out onto the terrace during summer months, lit by lanterns and the moon dancing off the lily pond. You can order light bites at any time, poolside or in your room. There's also complimentary afternoon tea with oven-fresh cake.
The full Zemora breakfast including Moroccan pancakes and homemade bread is served until late. No need to stir from beneath the covers early here.
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
The sights, sounds and spice-laden smells of Marrakech's crowded souks are unmissable. You’ll probably lose your way in the jostling labyrinth of alleys, but that’s part of the fun. You’ll find clusters of metal workers, spice merchants and carpet weavers, not to mention tailors and wool dyers. Towering over the scene is the tall Koutoubia minaret.
All the main sights are easily walkable from Djemma el Fna square, and lovebirds should make time for a stroll through leafy Menara Gardens or tranquil Majorelle Gardens, where Yves Saint Laurent kept a house.
See the Medina from above with a walk along the medieval ramparts and 12 miles of city walls, still standing after 700 years. You might not be after a day exploring this full-on city, so it’s probably your cue to head back to base for a blissful hamman. Great out-of-town excursions include a 4WD day out in the rugged Atlas Mountains or a trip to the coastal town of Essaouira.
Dar Zemora has a wonderfully sensual wellness suite with everything you need to wind down be pampered. Melt in the traditional hammam, try a rose-oil massage, or book a facial or manicure.
Marathon de Marrakech
Runners dash to the Palmeraie district and back from Djemma el Fna square.
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival takes to the streets with free folk dancing, Berber music and theatre. Get ready to rock the kasbah.
The Marrakech Film Festival showcases latest Arab and African releases, not to mention outdoor Bollywood screenings.