More about Kasbah Dar Ilham
Wow! Totally relaxing and luxurious in a tranquil setting.
My wife and i stayed there a few weeks ago for 4 nights.
I had contacted Alain (owner) via email about 3 weeks prior to us going. He was in France, however he was VERY efficient in replying to my emails promptly.
Right next door to the RIAD DAR ILHAM, they have built another place called KASBAH DAR ILHAM.
Alain suggested that we stay in the Kasbah as this was totally brand new, and all the rooms were suites.
And so we did!.....out of this world! I have stayed at some of THE MOST expensive and luxurious places in the world (literally!) and i must say that this rates highly.
I arranged with Alain via email to be picked up from Menara airport, and he sent one of his wonderful drivers, Cheriff, whom picked us up in a classic Mercedes. He spoke a little english, but with my conversational french, we were able to communicate ok.
Once we got to the DAR ILHAM (about 20mins from the airport), we pulled up to this beautiful estate where we were met by MALIKA (manager/hostess). MALIKA was a wonderful host. She speaks english/french & arabic, and made us feel right at home. She truly is an AMAZING PERSON!
Once settled in to our Suite, MALIKA asked us if we would like to have Dinner at the riad...a traditional moroccan style dinner. So we did.
At 8pm, she took us over to this beautiful tent in the serene garden overlooking the gorgeous swimming pool where we were met with enchanting moroccan music, a nice bottle of wine and EXCELLENT food. Not bad for the price at all.
MALIKA will arrange taxis to and from Marrakech City (15 mins away). NOTE: prices are 250Dhms ROUNDTRIP before 10.30pm, or 300Dhms if you return after 1030pm.
One day, we just spent the whole say relaxing by the pool. It was totally worth it.
My wife also had a spa day there with a Hammam, Manicure & Pedicure...she totally loved it, and again, it was a VERY GOOD price.
ESME (Alain's wife) was a total sweetheart too. She would take us in to Marrakech City if she was going that way, and even though her english is not perfect, she does make an effort and speaks arabic/french. She too was a GREAT HOST.
Another GREAT feature about this place is that it is about 15mins outside of the city. I work in New York City, but live in Connecticut, because i enjoy getting away from the noise and pollution of it all.
This was the EXACT same thing. The city of Marrakech is wonderful and is great during the day and night. BUT i highly recommend you not staying there because you wont get 1 goodnights sleep.
Conclusion: TOTALLY AMAZING. Truth be known, i was going to stay at either the Le Meriden or Sofitel (i normally stay at these chains when i travel) BUT a good friend of mine told me you MUST stay in a RIAD.
THANK GOD i did!......DAR ILHAM was more luxurious, friendly and serene than any other hotel i could have stayed at.
TRULY WONDERFUL!...thank you to Alain, Esme & Malika!
Love this Riad !
We knew that Marrakech was a very popular destination and this was the reason why we booked earlier than usual to make sure we would enjoy our time in Marrakech at the best possible spot.
A French gentleman named Alain owns this beautiful riad. He picked us up from the airport with a big smile at midnight (!), which was very convenient. At the very moment we entered the house, I felt a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The middle of the courtyard has a fountain with fresh rose petals and lots of candles all over the place. Despite our rather late arrival time, Alain asked us: “Are you hungry?” We didn’t eat anything but the service and kindness in this riad is just unlimited. We felt this way every day during our stay and couldn’t get enough of our hosts’ hospitality. We travel a lot and have enough experience to highly appreciate such an excellent service. Our room (“Sinbad”) was spacious and faultless. The bed is gigantic and comfortable. The interior design is very traditional, but brand new.
Each morning, we had our breakfast next to the pool and dinner in the romantic tent. The food was great. We can often be particular when it comes to food; in the riad we requested that more of our dishes be grilled (rather than fried) and this was immediately accommodated by the staff as a matter of course. The entire team is extraordinarily friendly and professional. You can feel the passion in everything they do.
We met very nice couples who were staying in the riad. All together, we went on a day drip to the Atlas mountains, organized by the riad’s partner cab company. It was a very good decision. The driver arranged a very experienced tour guide to show us around. He knew the mountains’ hidden treasures and took a lot of time to explain the culture and customs of Morocco. I would definitely recommend to bring suitable shoes and warm clothing for anybody who wants to enjoy this trip during the winter months.
I remember the New Year’s Eve we spent at the riad, with lots of delicious food, wine, dancing and music.
This is a very magical place with very special people. I would warmly recommend this riad to any travellers to the Marrakech region!
Tranquil but within reach of the Medina
Riad Dar Ilham is a lovely peaceful oasis outside the hubbub of the Souks. We alternately chilled and took on the Medina or the mountains. The riad is built in the traditional style with lots of space for relaxing. Alain, the owner, did everything to make us comfortable and his staff are lovely. New Year's Eve Dinner was French and fabulous. Foie gras, smoked salmon and oysters, then leg of lamb or a wonderful fish cooked in salt for non-meat eaters. It's definitely better if you can speak some French, but you can get by without it. We used the gym and bikes and went out cycling several times, getting braver in terms of distance and direction each time. The local people we met were unfailingly friendly and helpful even though we had no common language - the villagers showed us their 80 ft deep wells for irrigating the land and a shepherd threw a rock at his dog when it got bit threatening. We went for a walk in the High Atlas with Hassan, a very worldly guide, who kept us safe along fairly challenging terrain and showed us the best angles to take photographs. We look forward to going back. It was wonderful to be in such an interesting place with clear blue skies and warm days (cold nights but Dar Ilham is well heated) in December, just 3.5 hours from Manchester. Thanks very much to Alain, Asma and their wonderful staff.
This was the first holiday myself and my partner were going on together so as you can imagine we wanted the trip to be special and something we could remember.
We were looking for somewhere to stay with a swimming pool not to close to the Medina but not too far away. Riad Dar Ilham is in quite a remote area but coming from London we were happy to be away from the hectic life in Marrakech and were only about 15mins drive away, which was ideal.
Upon arrival at Riad Dar Ilham we were greeted by the warm, welcoming staff and were really impressed with the rooms and surroundings and the way we were treated as friends. Food, service and facilities are up there with the best places I have visited in the world and that is quite a few.
I can confirm we had a lovely trip and if we ever go Marrakech again we will be staying at Riad Dar Ilham as they are expanding and the new Kasbah looks absolutely amazing . Thanks to Alain and all the other staff who made our stay even better.
Wedding in Riad Dar Ilham
I spent a couple of days at the Riad Dar Ilham to prepare my wedding in June. The villa is beautiful and personnel very friendly. The villa owner is very nice, discrete but available when you need him. Food is delicous. Bedrooms luxurious and nicely decorated. You can enjoy the Riad atmosphere and the pool at the same time. i cannot wait to celebrate my wedding there, around the pool with subtil lightning, candles, great food and staff...
A beautiful oasis
This Riad is an excellent choice for a few days R&R after the bustle of the Medina. The staff were plentiful and accommodation, food and service were fantastic.
The building, gardens and pool were idyllic.
Fantastic and Memorable Stay at the Riad Dar Ihlam
We booked into the Riad Dar Ihlam for a week. It was a fantastic and memorable stay. The weather for the beginning of March was lovely and not too hot. We were picked up at the airport by Alain who is so welcoming and friendly, quite a character.
On arrival we had a warm welcome, our cases were taken to our room, we had a tour of the Riad, and asked if we wanted dinner although it was late. What a great start to a great stay.
The Riad itself is beautiful with so much attention to detail. The rooms are luxuriously furnished with Moroccan furniture and are cleaned everyday. The staff are great and very friendly in particular Milika, she was lovely. I have travelled a lot and stayed in many places and the service and facilities at the Riad Dar Ihlam are there with the best.
The whole Riad has a very relaxing atmosphere about it and we felt so recharged after a week especially as I had treated myself to a massage which was great. The pool and surrounding gardens are peaceful and beautiful with lemon trees and roses.
Each morning, we had our breakfast next to the pool and dinner in the tent and everyday we were asked at what time we wished to have dinner. The food was superb and portions plentiful. The wine was also excellent.
We went into Marrakech on a number of occasions and had no problems organising transport. It was nice to come back to the quietness of the Riad from the hectic Medina . On one of the evenings we went to a restaurant Bo’ Zin recommended by Alain which was excellent.
This is indeed a magical place with very special people. I would definitely recommend this Riad to any travellers and also think it is a lovely place to have an intimate wedding.
If we ever go to Marrakech again we will be staying at Riad Dar Ilham and would love to stay in the new Kasbah as we saw the finishing touches been made and it looks amazing.
Thanks to Alain and all the other staff who made our stay so memorable.
My fiancee and I booked four nights in the Riad to enjoy a long weekend in the sun while the UK weather was grey and miserable. We were met at the airport by Alain and taken straight back to the Riad - no taxis, no hassle. Lunch was ready for us on arrival and was fantastic. The pastries in the room were also very nice.
Overall, it was like having a private little country retreat. The rooms are lovely, the location is quiet and the garden is a little gem. The food at the Riad is excellent and we ate there most days, the only 'criticism' would be that there is far too much food but you don't want to leave too much to avoid offending the absolutely lovely staff!
Getting into town was not a problem - Alain and his staff organised taxis to take us into the town itself and we were able to call the driver when we were ready to be picked up (mobile/cell coverage is very good). Alain also organised a trip to the Atlas mountains for us, which was very pleasant.
Overall, a great stay and I would not hesitate to recommend this Riad to anyone.
We stayed at this Ryiad for 5 days. The Ryiad is very nice and personnel very friendly.The rooms were comfortable and nicely decorated.The fact that the ryiad is on a remote location keeps you out of all the noisy atmosphere of Marrakesh.Excellent experience .