After a long journey in the car, we were met by Riad staff at the town gates and escorted with our bags through the narrow streets of the old medina to the Riad, where we were greeted by a tall handsome Englishman (yes, it’s Gareth, the owner) and his two dogs Nini and Eddy, and brought into into the warm inviting space of Dar Maya. A glass of white wine enhanced the welcome, as did the lovely pale furnishings and flickering candles everywhere. Gareth was immediately at our disposal for plans, guidance, and the story of how he came to create Dar Maya, and during our stay he booked us into two fantastic restaurants, one with music, one with a rooftop terrace on which to enjoy our final sunset in Morocco.
The riad is built in traditional style around a central courtyard but in a modern style, with a very hip, elegant, highly designed feel. We felt we were in a five star establishment but without the snobbery or exorbitant prices.
Our room was divine, with high quality linens, terry robes, and oh my, a lovely deep bathtub! I would have also used the on-site hammam had time permitted.
Only minor flaw in our stay was that the rooftop jacuzzi did not heat up much past tepid, but other than that, perfection!