“A magical oasis 10 minutes from the medina with rooms arranged as a traditional village, with gardens, pools, restaurants, souks and a spa”
It’s a 10-minute hop by taxi to the medina, and staff can arrange lakeside picnics at their Atlas Mountains kasbah, with snow-capped peaks shimmering in the distance. Return each evening to find dozens of lanterns glowing along serpentine paths to the bar and cosy salons, creating a sublimely magical and private setting.
- A peaceful haven just outside the city - it's an easy taxi ride to Marrakech's medina but the bucolic gardens of this elegant county club hotel feel a world away
- Spacious and beautifully designed bedrooms with sitting areas, fireplaces and private gardens or terraces; some even have outdoor bathtubs
- Wow-factor facilities: 4 pools, an excellent spa and hammam, tennis courts, tents for private dining, evening concerts and a stunning double-height plant-filled greenhouse
- A sustainable and authentic experience: produce and flowers for the kitchen and spa are grown in the grounds, and everything from dishes to linens was handcrafted on site or in nearby villages
- Romantic but good for families too
- Service can be slow and disorganised
- Some parts of the property, such as the spa, pools and souks, are open to day visitors, so they can feel busier
- The French/Moroccan cuisine in the restaurants is satisfying but not gourmet, and other eateries are a taxi ride away
- Finding a taxi to get back from the medina can be a bit of a hassle - best to book in advance if you can
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Private family meals or romantic dinners can be served anywhere you choose, including a silk-draped Berber tent or a table among the roses.”
- Boutique Hotel
- 3 restaurants and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
- Books and games
- Occasional concerts
Rooms and Suites have different layouts, but all are decorated with handcrafted furniture, textiles made on site, and antiques purchased at local markets. Many have four-poster beds, all have sitting areas, a fireplace and a private garden or terrace.
The creamy stucco walls of our Double Room rose to a lofty vaulted ceiling with turquoise-painted crossbeams. The bed faced a small brick fireplace and a traditional Moroccan sitting area with a low brass tray table, a cushioned bench and a Berber carpet. Shuttered doors led to our flower-filled garden where, in addition to cushioned loungers, we had an outdoor tub set under a pergola of tree branches.
The Suites are newer, with an Art-Deco slant- they feel wonderfully romantic. There are also a few standalone Family Suites, set in walled yards with 2 or 3 bedrooms. The largest has a stunning atrium-style living area flooded with natural light.
Bathrooms are luxurious, with rain showers, bathrobes, and shampoo and shower gel in handmade pots; some have tubs, too.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
- Terrace or garden
The hotel has 3 restaurants to choose from. In warm weather, Le Palmier Fou (‘The Crazy Palm’), is perfect for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Tables are shaded by a vine-covered pergola with a view of the main pool. It also has a cosy indoor area with a fire pit and large picture windows – beautiful on a chillier night. Elegant Le Messraf Café spills out from curtained arches, with an open bread oven, while Le Badya takes the form of an open-air poolside café; both are open during the daytime only.
Whichever you choose, you’ll find a daily changing French/Moroccan menu showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients grown in the property's large biodynamic garden. Our classic chicken, olive and lemon tagine was excellent. You can also expect a variety of soups and tarts, along with seafood dishes and a well-chosen wine list. For evening drinks, there’s a smart Art-Deco cocktail bar adjacent to reception.
At breakfast, we were presented with breads, pancakes, jams and fresh juices. It was one of the best of our trip; the French crepes and traditional mint tea were a particularly nice touch.
For a change of scene, staff recommend Al Fassia in the medina and Bo & Zin, a trendy restaurant and bar set in a tented garden just outside the city.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Organic produce
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Stroll in the gardens, find a peaceful spot to read among the flowers, or soak up the sun by one of the swimming pools. If the weather’s cool, there’s a covered heated pool with a fireplace at one end
- Indulge at the excellent spa. Book a traditional hammam or treat yourself to one of the dozens of massages, facials and body treatments offered by European-trained practitioners
- Browse the on-site souks for unique handmade pottery, embroidered linens, Berber carpets, pretty glassware. You can often watch the artisans at work
- Brush up on your skills with a professional tennis coach, bread-baking class or pottery lesson using the age-old Safi method
- Get a taxi into Marrakech’s bustling medina and the huge Djemaa el Fna square, then chill out in the peaceful beauty of Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle
- Head into the Atlas Mountains for a day at the hotel’s kasbah, set on the shores of Lake Takerkoust (30km away). It has beautiful gardens, 2 pools with sweeping views, and a seating area where picnic lunches are served under the shade of an old tree
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Tennis coaching
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
With 2 kids’ pools and large grounds, this is a great option for families seeking a cool, calm base away from the medina. There’s no organised kids’ club, but for good reason: the hotel was designed for families who want to spend time together. Activities such as pottery-making and excursions to the Atlas Mountains are fun for all ages, and parents with younger children can book babysitters while they head off for spa treatments or romantic dinners.
Family friendly accommodation:
The spacious Family Suites each sleep 4-6 plus a baby. Most other rooms can take a baby cot and an extra bed.
Parents with younger children can book babysitters while they head off for spa treatments or romantic dinners.
No specific kids’ meals, but special requests will be accommodated wherever possible - just ask.
Kids Activities on site:
- Two kids' pools
- Large biodynamic kitchen garden, with ducks, rabbits and chickens
- Moroccan cooking lessons and bread-making
- Pottery atelier (kids can practice pottery and keep their masterpiece)
- A tennis court (coaching available)
- Cycling around the 15-hectare grounds
- Books and games
Kids Activities nearby:
- Marrakech medina
- Trips into the Atlas Mountains
- Oasiria waterpark
Families Should Know:
The grounds include unfenced pools and lily ponds.
- Airport: 15 minutes' drive (Marrakech Menara)
- Shop: 5 minutes' drive
- Hospital: 15 minutes' drive (central Marrakech)