Zineb and Jean Pierre chose to settle in Ouarzazate more than 20 years at the crossroads of southern valleys of the Atlas and Sahara. Originally, the purchase of the old house was made for theirs own home, without water, nor electricity, and no telephone, through a dirt track at the time. Distance from Ouarzazate allowed access to amenities and ADSL arrived in Dar Daif … Today, the Wi-Fi is available in every room.
Together, Jean-Pierre and Zineb built, restored their personal home, where they invited their customers and camel caravans to come drink tea and eat the couscous. Their friends suggested them to create one or two bedrooms for accommodation rather than going to the hotel. Year after year, their house with a few rooms has become a real guesthouse, like a caravanserai where camel cross, guides, drivers and guests used to stay.
Gradually, they bought neighbourhood ruined houses to enlarge theirs living and accommodating space. Between two tourist seasons, they resumed the restoration work with their team of master craftsmen and workers, then made what was to become after 10 years of work, the Kasbah Dar Daif.
Jean-Pierre has managed to balance restoration, reconstruction and expansion of the kasbah, using natural materials such as dirt, clay bricks and sun-dried reeds, wood, stone, lime, jlij Tamgrout, marble Tiznit solidity and reinforcements, by the use of modern materials.
Dar Daif continues to offer accommodation with high comfort and harmony between the warmth of collective spaces and intimacy of private spaces.