There was a soft knock on the door, and the butler came to ask me to choose the fragrances I would like for my suite, my pillows and for my soap. It was a very difficult choice, but I eventually chose two very Moroccan scents — orange blossom and verbena. This is just one example of the pure luxury at Villa Diyafa, where they’ve thought of just about everything.
Diyafa means hospitality in Arabic, and this luxurious boutique hotel is the epitome of hospitality. Moroccan diyafa mixes with Swiss (the managers / hosts are from Switzerland), resulting in a luxurious stay personalized to each guest. Inclusions are many — airport transfers, a massage and soak (with cocktail) in the spa, breakfast in your suite or in the dining room, in-room non-alcoholic drinks (Nespresso too), evening treats delivery, and the best wifi I found in the whole of Morocco. Your suite has every luxury you could imagine, including a 6-piece bathroom, spa-quality amenities, and the ability to connect your own music (or the hotel’s, or the tv) through the built-in bluetooth speaker system.
There are just ten suites here (and an incredible private villa with its own pool), all decorated sumptuously and elegantly in a mix of contemporary and Moroccan style. The design pedigree is strong: by the Paris firm Studio MHNA (Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet) and construction by Bymaro (Bouygues). Everywhere there are treats for the eye, both big (the pool) and small (the spindles turned art). Take the time to learn about the fascinating contributions to the world of Adbu ”Ziryab” I-Hasan, a “Renaissance” man born in the year 789 and an inspiration for the hotel’s design.
The fitness room overlooks the 25 meter pool, and the spa has an abundance of services featuring Thémae and Les Bains de Marrakech products. Whether you’d like to relax on your own terrace, by the pool, in the garden, the library, the bar or the restaurant, you’ll be extremely comfortable and well-taken care of. The restaurant is exceptional, with a menu of Moroccan and contemporary international dishes, with a few Swiss favourites too.
Villa Diyafa, located in Rabat’s embassy district, caters to the most exclusive of guests, and they will not be disappointed.