We stayed in the Mucha suite, whose name speaks to its loftiness. The room itself isn't the largest, but its adjacent 30 meter terrace makes it: adorned with Moroccan lanterns, plush couches, and a central sitting area where breakfast is privately served to guests in the morning, it serves as a mini-retreat within a retreat. There's also a smaller terrace from which to take in views of the pool and the grounds' many palm trees.
Despite boasting many a place for guests to unwind—the pool, the public sitting room, the on-site spa, or in the bathroom's sunken tub during a rose petal-flecked bath—it seems privacy and discretion rule at Dar Ayniwen. Despite being told that the resort was fully booked, we only caught the rare glimpse of our fellow guests, leading us to believe that most choose to spend their time taking advantage of their suites and/or own private terraces.
As the hotel attracts a celebrity clientele (we spied photos of Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel on the office walls), this cultivated sense of seclusion isn't surprising. We feel slightly remiss at not having spent more time at the hotel, but the opportunity to further explore Marrakech won out over reading on the terrace's contented climes.
During January, the Mucha suite runs about $342.00 per night, with a minimum two night stay.
Full disclosure: Heidi was a guest of Dar Ayniwen for one night, but all opinions expressed are entirely her own.
[Photos: Heidi Atwal for Hotel Chatter]