Dar Ayniwen – a hidden garden hotel gem in the midst of the Palmeraie of Marrakesh

Marrakesh – a dream from 1000 and a night. How often am I asked about our ? For 5 days we lived in our own oriental fairy tale. The mix of city trip and relaxation was perfect. The crowning finale was our stay at the .

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A hidden gem outside Marrakesh – DAR AYNIWEN GARDEN VILLA HOTEL

After we drove back to Marrakesh at noon. For the last two nights we deliberately chose a quiet hotel outside the Medina (old town of Marrakesh). The Dar Ayniwen, well hidden in the palm oasis Palmeraie about ten minutes outside the medina, was the right retreat. A bumpy inconspicuous road past the famous palm oasis and dromedaries led us to Dar Ayniwen.

“Ayniwen” means palm tree in Berber language.

Behind a big gate we reached the oasis of owner Stéphane Abtan, who realized his dream of his own garden a few decades ago. Between 1980 and 1982 he not only built the family house, but as a bird lover also his own bird park in the middle of the two hectare property. From the spacious entrance we walked right along the villa to the main entrance of the main house. This led over a narrow path through the tropical enchanted garden. Through the heavy entrance door we enter the main house from the 19th century, which has remained unchanged until today.

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dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakesch

Inclusive service
Free transfer into the old town of Marrakesh

On the first day we immediately used the free shuttle service into the medina and went shopping for another hour. The rest of the afternoon we spent at the pool with the wonderful temperatures (23° Celsius in November!). In the evening the Dar Ayniwen drove us into the city again. We toasted one last time on the .

  • For hotel guests staying at Dar Ayniwen for more than four nights, they also offer a free transfer from/to the airport.
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OVERNIGHT IN THE SUITE from Monica Bellucci

Stéphane’s assistant Aziz accompanied us to our nocturnal room, the Sheherazade Suite. He proudly told us that the Italian actress Monica Bellucci often spent the night here. She loved the view out onto the steaming pool in the garden in the morning. We also had this pleasure – it was beautiful.

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THe Sheherazade Suite

The Sheherazade Suite is a 40 m² romantic suite, furnished with fine fabrics, beautiful mosaic floors and antique furniture. Truly a dream of a thousand and one nights. It also contains an impressive collection of perfume bottles. This reminded me of my childhood because we also had a small collection of oversized bottles in our bathroom.

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dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakesch
Dar Ayniwen_Monica Bellucci

Dar Ayniwen ROOMS & SUITES

The Dar Ayniwen offers 10 elegant rooms and suites. In the main house I can also recommend the Room Adjig, which also has a private exit into the tropical garden.

ROOMS & Suites PRICES

double room starting from 165€ / night

suites starting from 500€ / night

  • It’s best to book directly . This is common in Morocco and you always get the best price there.
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dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakeschElegant Moroccan-style bathroom from the 19th century

Morning hours at the pool

Our stay in November couldn’t have been better. Early in the morning it was still a bit fresh, but this made the view to the steaming pool even more beautiful. A classic Moroccan breakfast is served here, as well as lunch on request. During the warm summer nights, one can also dine here.

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dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakesch
dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakeschMorning breakfast in the Moroccan sun
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TRADITIONAL DINNER at Dar Ayniwen

On our first evening we did not drive again into the old town of Marrakesh. Morocco experts know anyway that the best place to eat is at home with the Moroccans. That’s why we had pre-ordered a relaxed dinner. In Dar Ayniwen you can choose between different cold and warm Moroccan starters, for example an “Assortiment de 4 Salades” with for example , Hummus, or Merguez Épicées (spiced minced meat sausage). Always delicious are highly recommended. The main courses at Dar Ayniwen are a selection of traditional tajines with fish, beef or vegetables. Herefor, they always serve couscous.

The food was very tasty and as Moroccan cuisine is – very sumptuous. The staff at Dar Ayniwen is very friendly and courteous, as we were used to from Moroccans in general.

  • Recommendation: I saw that you can also book a Welcome Dinner for 35€ / person.
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dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakesch
dar ayniwen hotel marrakech marrakesch

And so our unforgettable stay in this beautiful oasis flew by. We will definitely come back. A warm shukran ! to Stéphane and his assistant Aziz, who always helped us politely.

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All the red tones | peplum top & bouclé skirt

Hello sunshine! I’m afraid you’re only reading from me again today. After the press trip to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis I was really torn apart and laid sick in bed. Usually I’m never sick. The ski trip was super nice and I can’t wait to be back on the slopes. This season I have been skiing 12 times. I have never made it so many times in the past winter.

Today there is a short post with this winter look. Recently I noticed that I wore this winter mainly dark / wine red. I try to bring colour into my looks as good as I can. And now let’s kick this Monday!

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winter look seidenfelt tasche studio italy clothing
winter look seidenfelt tasche studio italy clothing
Outfit details

Studio Italy top F/W ’19 on sale here
Hallhuber
coat old
Seidenfelt bag here
Mango skirts F/W ’18
Peperosa patent leather boots old

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winter look seidenfelt tasche studio italy clothing
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Happy Monday!

What’s worth buying | my favorite winter pieces

The winter sales are already in full swing. Brands have already started with further reductions which will last until the end of the month. Quite tempting, right? Like every year, I try to stay away from sales. Why? Unless I liked it before, I won’t now.

Shopping just doesn’t bring me any joy any more. I want to invest in more high quality pieces which I would wear every single day. Still, I have so many pieces hanging in my closet which I haven’t worn for year (I love my blazers but rarely wear them!).

Over the years some winter items have stayed in my wardrobe for ever. Unfortunately, some of them aren’t on sale right now. I tried my best to link a cheaper alternative.

1 BOOTS! BOOTS! BOOTS!

Boots are definitely one of the best sale investments you can make. I rarely buy trending pieces, which I won’t love the season after. Here are three styles which I’ve bought in the past two years and still love!

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#1 A PAIR OF WARM CHELSEA BOOTS (with fur inside & water proof!)

I always have cold feet. Therefore, these EMU Australia Pioneer boots have saved my life. EMU Australia has one patent and one suede leather model. Apparently, both of them are water proof. I bought mine two years ago and apart from repairing the sole once they in perfect condition.

Price: 189€ (if you sign up for the newsletter you’ll get 10% off)

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#2 SUEDE LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS

Undoubtedly, Pura Lopez makes some of the most beautiful winter boots (and shoes in general). I’m madly in love with the Spanish brand. Thanks to my intelligent Shoptagr-tool I scored these beautiful ankle boots for € 99.99 instead € 329.95 off. When? In May.

  • Tip: Save your items for longer. The best winter shoe deals are made in summer. Likewise for winter jackets e.g.
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#3 MOUNTAIN STYLE BOOTS (also with fur inside!)

This was probably the best bargain from last winter’s sale. I love the fact that mountain style boots are high in fashion again. I scored these boots 50% off at Boden (which also have great clothing pieces too) last year. Aren’t they beautiful (and oh so warm!)?

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2 PULLOVERS

I’m usually a blazer person but during winter time I prefer to wear a cozy pullover instead. A couple of years ago I realized that I don’t really own any cool pullover and got myself a couple of them. Looking back to last year, I think I only wore 3-4 pullovers all the time.

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My all time favorite pullover is the classic JULIANNA navy blue cotton pullover from Ralph Lauren, which I bought at the outlet in Barcelona four years ago. I also got another one second hand in beige in autumn.

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3 A BLACK BLOUSE

I love blouses and one of my latest additions is this gorgeous black blouse from Studio Italy – a simple timeless piece!

photo credit: Studio Italy

4 LEATHER LEGGINGS

Leather leggings are definitely part of my capsule wardrobe. Surely, they’re not going to go out of fashion any time soon. Unfortunately, my favorite pair from Hallhuber got holes and I had to give them away. Right now I only own one pair from Marc Cain which are still in perfect condition.

  • Tip: I recommend to buy a pair with leather parts in the front and normal textile on the backside. This makes them more elastic and comfortable.
Arma Provence 7/8-Lederleggings - Taupe (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42)Arma Kim Lederleggings - Schwarz (40, 42, 44)

photo credit: Tracdelight

5 A WARM DOWN-PADDED JACKET

Down-padded jackets are definitely the best for winter. I’m not a huge fan of layering. Therefore, I prefer wearing a warm jacket and keeping it simple underneath. I’ve accumulated quite a selection of down-padded jackets during the years. My favorite ones are still the ones from Bomboogie (I bought my first one at the early beginnings of this blog) and Duvetica. All of them are super classic and easy to style. They’ll probably last for the next 20 and more years.

Unfortunately, most high-end jacket brands still have a lot of models with fur. I’m not going to buy any jackets with fur any longer and removed it!

  • Tip: you can get great jacket deals during summer time. During that time most of the jackets are 50% off.

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A black lace body with leather leggings and sequin jacket

Happy weekend! Not only during the week, but especially on Fridays and Saturdays the same question keeps coming up – what do I wear? My wardrobe is pretty stuffed, but there are only a few pieces hanging for a night out. On the one hand, if you want to get into certain techno clubs in Berlin, you shouldn’t get too overdressed. On the other hand, I’d like to dress a bit more chic when going to a bar with my friends. That’s why I usually wear a complete black look. Leather leggings always go, but are extremely hot on the dance floor.

My girlfriends gave me this pretty black lace body for my birthday, which is not only very comfortable to wear underneath, but can also be worn casually under an oversize blazer. Well, the look might be a bit too much and too sexy for one or the other. For me it is just right.

How do you like bodysuits? Better just underneath or even more daring in a solo look?

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how to style a body night out
how to style a body night out
Outfit details

Tezenis body
sequin blazer
Marc Cain leather leggings
Peperosa boots

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Have a relaxing weekend!

Berlin Restaurant Favorites | Chinese at Shaniu’s House of Noodles

I almost would say that Chinese is my favorite food. Could I really eat every day. But by Chinese I mean really authentic Chinese cuisine. Especially since my China round trip, which is now an eternity ago, I am constantly looking for good restaurants.

One of my favourite Chinese restaurant in Berlin is the Shaniu’s House of Noodles in Wilmersdorf. If it weren’t so super far away from Mitte, I would definitely be a regular customer there. Memo to myself: I urgently need to go there again!

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best chinese restaurant berlin - shanius house of noodles wilmersdorf

Chinese Restaurant Berlin
Shaniu’s House of Noodles

Shaniu’s House of Noodles has a small dining area with only a few seats. Accordingly it is always super crowded here. Next door is also their daytime café, which is also used as a dining room in the evening in case of overcrowding. The first time we ate in the “real restaurant”, the second time in the café next door, which wasn’t too bad. The main thing is that the food tastes good.

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Shaniu’s House of Noodles
FOOD & DRINKS

At the first visit our hunger was not so big. We shared the spicy beef and a portion of Xiao Long Bao Dumplings (unfortunately not the ones with the soup in it like I knew it from Shanghai) and afterwards everyone took a noodle or soup dish. Both were super tasty. The second time we really enjoyed the menu: Kung Pao (one of my favourite Chinese dishes), Stir-fry Pok Choi, as well as the eggplants are fantastic.

  • The surcharge for the homemade noodles is definitely worth it!
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Shaniu’s House of Noodles
RÉSUMÉ

Already emphasized in the intro – here I would come again and again. The last time it was always so crowded that you should reserve in any case.

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Chinese Restaurant Berlin
Shaniu’s House of Noodles

Pariser Straße 58
10719 Berlin (Wilmersdorf)

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