Hôtel Dar Sabra
What We Love
- Rate includes daily breakfast and a VIP welcome of Moroccan mint tea and pastries
- Ten minutes from bustling Marrackech and close to La Palmeraie’s golf courses
- Contemporary artwork and sculptures in walled gardens and courtyards
- Five swimming pools; the best is the vast central pool in the garden
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- English-speaking staff is friendly, not fawning
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
You’ll find nary a stereotypical Moroccan touch in this tin lantern and velour cushion–free hotel. Instead, Dar Sabra trades on a chic, cosmopolitan vibe throughout its recently refurbished rooms and suites. Surrounded by pale pink adobe walls, the hotel reveals its modern edge in gardens with rare art sculptures like a topiary bull and a 10-foot-tall steel gorilla.
Bed and Bath
The recently refurbished modern wing houses vast contemporary suites that feature comfy platform beds, pendant cage lamps and bathrooms with deep plunge bathtubs and walk-in showers. Each shares a 650-foot lap pool and has its own private courtyard with colorful Pop Art frescos by artist Erró. In the older wing, themed suites, such as Art Deco, Moroccan and Nomad, blend a Zen vibe with such stately touches as spiral wood columns, wall tapestries and animal-print bedspreads. Slightly removed is the two-bedroom Villa di Rosa, which has a private entrance and a lap pool.
The contemporary art collection, assembled by owner François Chaputot, forms a sort of offbeat alfresco gallery. Chaputot also hosts private art tours and extends invitations to guests to join him for family-style dinners. The hotel’s restaurant dishes up Moroccan, French or Asian cuisine using the freshest produce, and you can choose to take breakfast and lunch outside overlooking the pool or in the Berber tent. Days are spent sipping cocktails by the five pools, playing a match of table (or full-size) tennis and winding down with an exfoliating body scrub or a Moroccan tonic massage at the spa.
How to Get There
wouldn’t it be for the global possibility of seeing and knowing everything thanks to internet, Dar Sabra would be one of those places you couldn’t stop wondering about when you get there, especially because the last 200 m of the road are quite “rural” and you wonder if you’re still on track, even if you know that you’re in Marrakechs Palmeraie, where nice places are hidden all around. Dar Sabra is a stupendous place, a piece of art in its own right.
“thank you” to the one person who had the courage and the means to plan and realize this place more than 15 years ago.
the infrastructure has it’s little flaws, but these aren’t really relevant and can be fixed (such as the missing flow of warm water in the shower hose / it was ok on the other, ceiling outlet - room 304).
where i think they could do better is in the kitchen, by being more courageous and seeking some “fusion experience” giving the mainstream European dishes served (along withe the moroccan ones on the menu, on request) less space and being less boring, and making the Dar Sabra experience even better.
what you get (services and infrastructure) is described on their and many more webpages but unless you stay there you won’t really understand what a particular place this is.
certainly, there are more luxurious, bigger, more modern, more staffed or more trendy and more “touristy” “activity proned” hotels. but if you enjoy the unusual than this one makes you happier.
a few practical things:
be sure to use the coordinates to get there, since not all navigators seem to know the road.
to the airport in the morning hours it takes about 20 minutes, during rush hour double it
breakfast is served in the open pavilion and it might get fresh in the cooler season.
3 rooms (the less expensive ones) are a bit detached from the rest close to the entry gate, but still ok.
Best spot I've ever seen in Marrakech. I found it amazing to be 10 minutes away by taxi from the city center and at the same time enjoying the peaceful nature and calmliness of the palm groove.As an architect, I really loved the cubic forms of this hotel inspired by Mexican architects such as Baragan and Legoretta. Art surrounds you and at the same time, it just feels like home. All the members of my family enjoyed their stay at Dar Sabra playing tennis, pingpong while enjoying massage ar the Spa. The hotel has more than 4 public swimming pools. Having so many choices to swim is clearly a must. The staff is charming and always there to help. I found it to be the perfect place for morning yoga. We are definitely coming back this year.
Dar Sabra is my favorite hotel so far! Clean, great staff, amazing pools, yummy breakfast, gorgeous landscape and our room was apsolutely perfect.....perfect...we had the time of our lives in Marrakech, and Dar Sabra was a big part of it. <3
If you are looking to rejuvenate, Dar Sabra is the ultimate spot. In the middle of the Palm Groove, the door opens and you feel like entering in one of those magical place. Forget from where you just came, you are now in a natural heaven where birds are twitting, art is surrounding you, and you can finally chill around the pool under the sun contemplating the blue sky. The harmony of colors are gorgeous throughout the day and you can definitely ask for a moroccan tea on the rooftop of the main house when the sun goes down. I came with my wife for a week and we can't wait to come back again.
this is one of those places where you will feel like home. The whole stay was magical and very relaxing. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, ready to serve you any time.
The building itself is mazingly beautiful and well designed , the cubic design with the Mexican touch through Moroccan handcrafts. A very huge collection of pieces of art every where, in the gardens, rooms, restaurant...
the food is great, a well done buffet at breakfast, the menu for lunch and diner is international with the possibilty of a Morocan dish on order.
Thanks to every one in DAR SABRA for the wonderful stay. I will be back soon.