Riad | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Riad Dar Azure is a charming traditional townhouse, located in a quiet and secure street in the Kasbah area of the Medina, close to the historic Royal Palace and the Saadian Tombs, just a short walk away through the lively souks to the famous Djemma el Fna Square.
Dar Azure has been completely renovated to a high standard, offering all modern comforts, such as air-conditioning and heating, yet still retains many of its traditonal features, such as colourful mosaics (zelliges), polished tadalekt walls, carved stucco and attractive metalwork. All rooms overlook a pretty, central courtyard and the riad is a perfect retreat for a family or for a small group of friends, where they can enjoy comfortable, stylish surroundings, alfresco dining in the courtyard, or just relax and soak up the sun on the attractive roof-terrace. Dar Azure is available for exclusive rental, allowing guests to enjoy the house to themselves with complete privacy and security.
Owned and managed by a friendly English/French speaking couple, who have had many years' experience working in and travelling around Morocco, they can provide you with useful tips and local information either before or during your stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essaouira 180 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech Menara 5 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Dar Azure has been stylishly refurbished to provide spacious accommodation and all modern comforts, yet it retains all its traditional features. The 3 spacious en-suite bedrooms are built around the pretty central courtyard with mosaics, fountain and palm trees, where breakfast is served by Khadija. This is a relaxaxing affair with a mixture of freshly baked croissants,Moroccan pancakes and bread, with jams and honey, yoghurt, freshly-squeezed orange juice, tea or coffee. There is a well-equipped kitchen off the courtyard, as well as a comfortable salon with open fire-place, satellite TV, DVD, music centre and wifi. .
Accommodation is flexible and the 3 bedrooms can be made up; either as 2 double bedrooms and one twin-bedded room (a double and 2 twin-bedded rooms ). Two bedrooms also have an addtional sofa bed.
For larger parties, we have recently added a cosy double (or single) en suite bedroom on the roof terrace, making Dar Azure an ideal venue for larger families or small groups of friends. Young children are also welcome and we have a travel baby cot and highchair available if required.
|Further details outdoors|
Riad Dar Azure has a particularly pleasant flower-filled roof-terrace with sunbeds and seating under a pergola - the ideal place to relax with a glass of chilled wine and soak up the wonderful Moroccan sunshine. Swimming and superb Spa facilities (hammam, massage and beauty treatments are available at a nearby hotel (at extra cost). The house has good access and is easily accessed right up to the front door by taxi or car (not always possible in some areas of the pedestrianised Medina)
You can also park your car close by on our street, or there is a supervised car park about 10 minute's walk away outside the Medina walls.
Children are welcome as part of a whole house booking on the understanding that parents accept full responsibility for their safety and any damage that is caused. A sofa bed is available for a 3rd child or adult in Menara and Koutoubia rooms, at an additional charge of £20 per night to include breakfast (no charge for child under 10 years). A baby cot and highchair are also available.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
Just a 3.5 hour flight away, Morocco is one of the closest countries to the UK, where you can experience a completely different culture and a fascinating way of life. Marrakech in the south of the country, grew up as trading centre between Africa and the West, where the caravanserai (camel trains) stopped after travelling over the Atlas Mountains to trade their spices, silver and carpets.
As an Imperial City, where the King has one of his palaces, Marrakech abounds in ornate monuments,mosques, interesting museums, mansions and exotic gardens. But Marrakech is all about variety - there are snake charmers, storytellers and acrobats in the famous Djemma el Fna Square, fascinating souks (markets) to visit where you can shop and barter to you drop, as well as sophisticated shops in the French quarter of Gueliz. hustle and bustle of the city,
You can eat simply at one of the many stalls on the Square, enjoy a Moroccan feast in a Pacha's palace with bellydancing or eat at one of the many reasonably-priced cafes around town. If you fancy a swim and a meal, then there are country clubs just outside of town where you can sunbathee and soak up the sun.
When you have had enough excitment for one day and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city,
then you can retreat to the calm and tranquility of Dar Azure to rest and relax on the terrace. Dar Azure is situated close to the Royal Palace in the Kasbah area of the Medina, which is one of the more secure areas of the Medina.
With its idyllic location, set against the back-drop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, its enviable sunny climate, and its vibrant colourful Medina, Marrakech makes an interesting and exciting destination at almost any time of year.
It also makes an ideal base for visiting the nearby magnificent Atlas Mountains, the charming Ourika Valley and the fascinating fishing port and wide sandy beaches of Essaouira.
Monuments: Koutoubia Tower, Bahia and Badi Palaces, Ben Youssef Merdersa
Museums: Dar Si Said, Marrakech Museum
Gardens:Majorelle (Yves St Laurent) Garden, Menara Gardens
Art Galleries: Matisse, Lawrence Arnott
Shops: souks in the Medina, Gueliz for interesting specialist shops
Restaurants: to suit all budgets
Martyn our local Manager can arrange day trips to the fascinating Berber villages of the nearby Atlas Mountains and Ourika Valley, to the pretty seaside fishing port and beach resort of Essaouira, as well as 3 day/2 night excursions to the Sahara desert. Details on request.