Casa Taos

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £109 per night

A luxurious but laid-back haven, set in orchards and lush gardens a 15-minute taxi drive from Marrakech and the airport
Step from your suite into 3 hectares of lawns, lemon and orange groves and pecans, apricots, peaches and plums, and head for a palm-slung hammock by the shimmering pool. First impressions suggest a glamorous desert resort, but Hicham and Karima’s renovated villa is run like a maison d’hôtes; this is not a hotel, they insist, but a family home, filled with warmth, generosity, life and soul.

Set in Souihla - Morocco’s ‘little California' - the adobe-style villa is a confection of terracotta pillars, carved cedar, tadelakt plaster and earthy talaouh, finished off with splashes of vibrant colour. The 7 guest suites and secluded villa, separated from the main house by a fountained terrace, are spacious and striking; some have distant views of the Atlas Mountains, others open onto the refreshingly cool pool, lined with parasols and rattan loungers.

Hicham used to have a gallery in Casablanca, and every pore of the décor reflects his love of art; he used to run restaurants, too, and the food here is a real treat. From intimate courtyard breakfasts to merry candlelit dinners in the contemporary dining pavilion, the variety, quality and freshness of the dishes is amazing. Bliss, too, to return from the medina to orange blossom and birdsong - and you can rely on your hosts to negotiate a fair price with the grands taxis into town.

Highs

  • Really wonderful home-cooked food, prepared with fresh fruit, veg and aromatic herbs grown in the kitchen garden
  • A tranquil oasis of lush gardens and palm trees
  • Large, super-comfortable suites, zinging with colour. Most have terraces or mini gardens and winter fireplaces
  • The personal touch - the owners and their staff are perfect hosts
  • Great for kids of all ages as well as couples, solos and friends

Lows

  • You are reliant on taxis to get you in and out of Marrakech
  • Like many pools in Marrakech, this one is unheated

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are wonderful times to be here, though in early March the unheated pool is just a bit too cold to enjoy. In winter the backdrop of the snowy Atlas Mountains is a sight never to be forgotten - and Marrakech would be great for a Christmas shopping spree. Summers are very, very hot, and in these temperatures most of us would struggle to deal with the onslaught to the senses that is Morocco.

Our top tips

Visit the local souk/market (preferably with Hicham as he knows all the craftspeople and is happy to give guided tours). We loved its quiet authenticity - it was great to see everything actually being made onsite and there were no other tourists.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Spa
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 8
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

Everything is striking about the 7 guest suites: the design, the rich colours, the sense of space. Peacefully housed in a 2-storey annex, 4 of them are separated from the main house by an Andalucian courtyard; the rest are set on 2 floors of the villa itself. Each is inspired by an artist - Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, vibrant Frenchman Matisse - and all feature natural fabrics, glowing colours, sofas and chaises longues, original art, quirky artefacts, vintage and ethnic furniture, and bowls of oranges fresh from the garden.

The largest is the Deluxe Suite (Sophia) on the upper floor of the villa - 70 sq.m of luxury with a carved four-poster, its own vast terrace and views to the Atlas Mountains. All but the 2 Pool Suites - Moon and Hichamou - have private outdoor space and open fires; but these 2 do have direct access to the pool terrace, making them ideal for those with children. On the upper floor of the annex, the vibrant Terrace Suites (Frida Kahlo and Ousmane Sow) - as you may suspect - have private outdoor space. Below, the 2 delectable Garden Suites, Matisse and Botero, have their own little sun-dappled gardens, where you can peek at the mountains through orange trees.

The bathrooms are similarly eclectic, each almost a work of art. There are tadelakt surfaces and pisé walls, antique mirrors and sprigs of fresh flowers, white bathrobes and lovely lotions. Matisse and Botero have sunken tubs big enough for 2, and Sophia has a big old-fashioned tub. Moon and Hichamou's colourful bathrooms have roll-top baths, while Frida Kahlo and Ousmane Sow have showers only. Do note that the suites can be booked together; ideal for a family or group celebration.

There's also a stand-alone villa, Pavillion M, which is more pared-down in decor but a great family option as it has a double and a twin bedroom, both with ensuite shower bathrooms, a living area and a small kitchenette.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Hicham's food is generous, original and created with passion. From the home-grown mandarin juice at breakfast to the sumptuous tagines and spicy seafood and coconut curries, the quality is amazing. Much of the produce is organic, including the villa’s own olive oil, and plucked straight from the kitchen garden. Wines include good Moroccans - red, white, rosé and gris.

Meals are normally served in a custom-built dining pavilion - a convivial glassy cube with a fireplace, Moroccan plaster motifs and big picture windows overlooking the pool. On warm evenings diners tend to spill out onto the terrace, or you can ask for an intimate table in a shady corner of the garden.

The menus are mostly Moroccan, though Lebanese specialities often find their way in. During our visit, we lunched by the pool: Moroccan tapas-style dishes including crostini, salads, and lots of gorgeous vegetable dishes made with produce grown in the gardens - we especially loved the baby asparagus salad and crispy pastilles stuffed with cheese. Dinners are a set menu but often begin with a spread of Moroccan dips and salads, perhaps hummus and olive tapenade with warm pitta bread.

Breakfast is a banquet of breads, lovely flaky pastries, Moroccan pancakes drizzled in honey, creamy yoghurts, jams (apricot, apple, plum from the garden) and bowlfuls of fresh figs and melon, along with just-squeezed fruit juices, mint teas and coffees.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Organic produce
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Head for a sun lounger on the pool terrace and let your mind drift while you enjoy the birdsong and the garden’s fragrant air
  • The pool is large enough for a serious swim. After your exertions, treat yourself to a massage
  • Take a cooking class to learn the secrets behind Casa Taos' gorgeous food
  • Vibrant Marrakech is on your doorstep. A 15-minute taxi ride will get you to the heart of the medina, where you can shop in the souks and take a horse-drawn sunset caleche ride around the famous pink city walls. If you’re feeling adventurous, Casa Taos can arrange for scooter hire or lend you a bicycle. Just be prepared for a whole new approach to driving when you reach the city…
  • Escape to the Atlas Mountains (a 90-minute drive) for a trek and some cool mountain air, or visit the southern deserts for a dune-trek on camels
  • Play golf at one of several 18-hole courses a 10-15-minute drive from Marrakech by petit taxi
  • Hot-air ballooning is available 30 minutes away

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Trekking
  • Well being

Kids

This is a great way to do Marrakech with the kids - particularly if you're nervous of the noise they might make in a riad, where sounds carry, or want a safe, quiet and relaxing space away from the bustle of the medina. It's easy to take a taxi ride into the medina from here, or to get out and explore the Atlas Mountains.

This also works well for an extended family break - you can book the whole place (excluding Pavillion M), with staff for a special getaway.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

You can add an extra bed for a child and a baby cot to all suites (except the Pool Suites which can fit one or the other). There's also a small independent villa, Pavillion M which has a double room and a twin room plus a small kitchenette and a private terrace, ideal for families.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

There's a children's menu (omelettes, burgers, grilled chicken etc) and you can discuss mealtimes with the staff; note that they will typically have later meals than you might like if you're bringing small children. Options for dining out are limited in the nearby vicinity, but the food here is terrific.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Large unheated swimming pool and separate kids' pool
  • Acres of gardens to explore, filled with fruit trees, herbs, peacocks and more
  • Petanque
  • Bicycles to borrow
  • Games

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Marrakech medina and souks, complete with the spectacle of Djemaa el Fna square
  • Horse-drawn caleche rides around the medina's city walls
  • Ziplining or walking in the Atlas Mountains
  • Camel rides at the Palmeraie, a short taxi ride away
  • Oasiria waterpark

Families Should Know:

There are a few delicate objects around and the pools are unfenced, so keep a watchful eye on younger ones.

Distances:

  • Airport: 10 minutes (Marrakech Menara)
  • Hospital: 15 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 14 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

I have just returned from a 5 day break to Casa Taos and I cannot enthuse enough about this amazing oasis of calm. I traveled solo but felt so comfortable and at ease. Casa Taos is a hidden gem - the minute you drive through the gates you are warmly welcomed and given the space to relax and unwind. Nothing is too much bother, the service is impeccable. Mohammed and Hinit look after your every need with such warmth and calm, you couldn't ask for more. Hisham is always on hand should you want anything extra or need any help and you are made to feel very much at home. The food is amazing, my room was just a gem and to have the option to lie by the pool or relax in a hammock whilst sipping a Sangria was more than anyone can ask for. Casa Taos is my 'return to' holiday because you leave feeling like you really have had a holiday. Thank you everyone at Casa Taos who made my holiday so special

10/10,

We had a lovely time. From the two very friendly dogs, excellent food and the brilliant service from all the staff. Hicham has found real gems in the guys who look after you. Even when he was not there, everything ran smoothly. Loved the ambience, the grounds and certainly, given the opportunity will return. Throughly recommended.

10/10,

My husband and I had the most enjoyable stay at Casa Taos . The only disappointment was that it was all over too quickly . We will definitely be back again , next time for longer . The staff were very attentive , nothing was too much bother . All the fruit and vegetables were home grown . Fresh asparagus for lunch and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast and grapefruit too . The food was excellent . We had beautiful weather and in the evenings when it got a bit chilly there was a log fire for us to sit in front of with a glass of wine and beautifully prepared canapés . We couldn't fault it . Thank you Hicham and all your staff . We had a wonderful stay and please give Echo the bull dog a big pat from us !

10/10,

We have just returned from four nights at Casa Taos where we were looked after beautifully by the incredibly welcoming and helpful staff. Wonderful setting and perfect for a few days in the sun at the end of February. Thank you.

10/10,

An excellent experience and break from the hustle of Marrakech. Casa Taos has a totally relaxed atmosphere, beautiful rooms and pool. The food and service are exceptional.

9/10,

A lovely friendly boutique hotel with pleasant gardens and a good sized swimming pool located in a quiet area outside Marrakesh (but within easy access by taxi). Our room was very comfortable and pleasantly furnished. Food - some from the garden - and service were excellent and the staff - and owner Hicham - were very friendly and helpful. A lovely place to relax and to use as a base for trips to Atlas Mountains and the city.

10/10,

Casa Toas, was the best hotel you can wish for! Normally I am very critical but this was excellent and even better! Thank you very much for putting this on your site. Regards, Leonie

10/10,

Everything at CasaTaos was perfect for a very relaxing stay. The room was tastefully decorated, large with a very nice bathroom. The setting idyllic, surrounded by orange trees and a palm tree lined large fresh water pool perfect to spend some quite time in the sun.
The food is delicious - an abundant breakfast with the freshest produce and beautifully cooked dinners on the garden patio. Owners were extremely helpful, it was our first time to Marrakech and everything was made very easy. A great place to stay if you want to dip in and out of Marrakech but want some chill out time. We would love to return.

10/10,

I couldn't recommend Casa Taos more highly. Every aspect of our stay was excellent, thanks to the brilliant staff who couldn't do enough to make us feel at home.

10/10,

Lovely tranquil hotel, excellent food and service. Special thanks to Mohammed and Hind who went out of their way to to make sure our stay was a holiday to remember. It was the perfect place to spend a week relaxing, when we went out we couldn't wait to get back to the beautiful garden and wonderful food.

10/10,

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