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Just the other day my husband and I were reminiscing about the good times we had while visiting Morocco this past January. We did so much during our 10-day trip, so much so that [almost] we forgot about Dar Chamaa. Dar Chamaa is this beautiful Kasbah-style riad located in Ouarzazate. There is where we spent one night during our trek back to Marrakech.

Dar Chamaa Foyer

Our stay at Dar Chamaa wasn’t supposed to happen. You see, we were supposed to head to Fes after leaving the desert, but I’d come down with a cold of sorts, and wasn’t up to making an over 10-hour drive to get there.

Our driver was accommodating and rearranged our plans. He wouldn’t tell us where we were headed, but reassured us that “It’s a beautiful place.” He claimed this place would be even better than the Ksar where we stayed in Skoura. We were a bit skeptical because that place was just breathtaking so you can understand why we needed to ‘see it to believe it.’

Dar Chamaa Courtyard building

Built with traditional Moroccan textiles like mud and wood, Dar Chamaa looked like a typical Moroccan Kasbah that is until we entered. We were welcomed by a beautiful, open-air, three-story foyer with clear views straight through to the courtyard where the pool and garden are located.

Dar Chamaa Pool

After being greeted by the kind staff, we were led to private seating in the courtyard where we enjoyed Moroccan Mint Tea as we waited for our room to get ready.

Dar Chamaa Courtyard Moroccan Mint Tea

Once we finished our tea, we were led up to our room. It was a spacious triple, air conditioned/heated room with a private balcony facing the courtyard. Although a bit modern, the room still maintained traditional Moroccan décor with the rug, curtains and bed linens.

Dar Chimaa Triple Room

The room had no television or phone, but Dar Chamaa is equipped with wifi, which allowed us to FaceTime and Whatsapp our family, especially our daughter, to update them on our trip.

Dar Chamaa Bathroom

The bathroom is also spacious. It has a large vanity area, toilet and walk-in shower with a rain showerhead. The shower was large enough for the both of us to shower together without issues. After the long drive from the desert, it felt good to shower and relax right before we headed to dinner.

Dar Chamaa Dinner

Dinner was a delicious pre-fixe meal consisting of pumpkin soup and pizza as appetizers, and baked chicken with yellow rice and string beans as the entrée. For dessert, we were served Moroccan pastries and a molten chocolate cake with Moroccan Mint Tea, of course. Breakfast was also provided, and included with our stay.

Dar Chamaa Dessert

After a 5-hour long drive from the desert with stops along the way we were grateful for our one night at Dar Chamaa, and were happy our driver chose for us this riad. Dar Chamaa is a great location with beautiful views of the landscape shaped by mountains and palm groves that’s great for ambience and romance. It’s 10-minutes outside of the city of Ouarzazate where Atlas Studios and shows like Game of Thrones were filmed. Next time you’re visiting Morocco, and heading to the desert be sure to stop here to rest. You won’t regret it.

Dar Chamaa is a 20-room, three-star riad that is located the palm groves of Ouarzazate at Tajdar B-P 701, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco. Prices range from $69 – $82 per night. Check TripAdvisor for reviews and additional photos and information on this riad.


Have you visited Ouarzazate during a trip to Morocco?


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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • This looks amazing!! I’m such a foodie I was licking the screen. I am adding Morocco to my bucket list. I need to get there. I live through your family for my international travels.

  • I’m planning to go to Morocco next year with friends. Hope where we stay is just as beautiful.

  • Eva

    Oh wow… that looks amazing And that price? Really good. No phone and no TV, but wifi… sounds like my kind of place 🙂

  • Donna Shana

    Beautiful. Really gorg hotel. You are going to make me add Morocco to my bucket travel list!

  • Tia

    Morrocco is defnitely on my list of places to visit in the near future. This riad looks like a great respite after a day of exploration.

  • Holly

    I would love to visit. Looks nice and that dessert woah I could go for that!

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    I would love to visit Morocco one day! The hotel looked beautiful and it seemed as if the staff was accommodating as well.

  • Miss B

    Beatific post. I love when people give me details on locations so I’m not thrown off if I visit!!

  • I judge everything by the food and the food looks good. lol I also love the bathroom sink, I want one of those in my home so bad.

    • LOL good food can sell me on anything as well. The food was good.

  • Kirstin

    Beautiful resort, loved the courtyard. Food also looked delicious. I’ll have to add Morocco to my list! The price was fabulous too!

    • Yes! Visit Morocco! We can’t wait to go back, but with our daughter.

  • Oowee, that is a gorgeous hotel! You all have me wanting to make up an excuse and go travel somewhere!

    • We liked it here, especially the dinner.

  • Kemkem

    I have only been to Marrakesh and we did stay at a Riad. This one looks lovely, l would definitely stay there 🙂 . We had wanted to go to Atlas Studios during our trip, but never had the time. Glad you had a great stay.

    • Which riad did you stay? While in Marrakech we stayed at Riad Turquoise another one Princess of the desert. For how long did you stay in Morocco?

  • Normel Smith

    Wow. Looks beautiful. Been meaning to visit Morocco.

    • Isn’t it? The staff at Dar Chamaa were super friendly, too. Morocco is such a beautiful place to visit. We can’t wait to return.