Casa Taos

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £110 per night

A luxurious but laid-back haven, set in orchards and lush gardens a 25-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; be aware not all taxis are roadworthy and many don't even have seatbelts
  • Like many swimming pools in Marrakech, this one is unheated, but the pool area is very attractive
  • The dogs at the villa are friendly but there were inevitably some renegade dog leavings in the garden

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
  • 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's 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 an on-site 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. You can pick your own in the vegetable gardens and orchards too

Kids Activities on site:

  • Large unheated swimming pool and separate kids' pool
  • Acres of gardens with hammocks and tree house to explore, filled with fruit trees, herbs, peacocks and more
  • Petanque
  • Table tennis
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • 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
  • Quadbiking
  • SUPaddleboarding on the lake
  • Oasiria waterpark

Families Should Know:

There are a few delicate objects around and the pool is unfenced, so keep a watchful eye on younger ones. Also be aware that many local taxis don't have seatbelts in the front or back, so ask the owners to arrange one for you that does.

Distances:

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

Location

Casa Taos is located in Souihla, 8km northwest of Marrakech.

By Air:
Fly into Marrakech Menara (12km away). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange an airport transfer - see Rates.

By Train/Bus:
Marrakech has good rail and bus connections with the rest of Morocco, including Casablanca and Agadir. You can take a taxi from the station or bus terminal to the hotel, or arrange a transfer.

By Car:
If you want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations. Secure parking is available at the villa.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Morocco and getting around

Airports:

  • Marrakech Menara 12.0 km RAK

Other:

  • Beach 185.0 km
  • Shops 8.0 km
  • Restaurant 10.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 11 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

Fabulous oasis approx 20/30 mins from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Stunning gardens and pool area. Super helpful hosts and staff and the arrangement with a local taxi meant we almost had a private driver. Only negative (which can also be a positive) is the isolation of the location, but in better weather I don't think we'd have noticed. Highly recommend.

10/10,

Large, very well decorated room and bathroom. Beautiful grounds. Large pool. Great dinner. Homely atmosphere. Feels very private. Great value for the money.

10/10,

This was a really wonderful place - an oasis amid the bustling area of Marrakech. The owners Hicham and Karima could not have been more helpful and friendly and all the staff likewise. It is easy to get around by arranged and safe taxi and we also had an amazing trip arranged by Hicham with his friend Mostapha up the Atlas Mountains...breathtaking. Many people we met there were on their 2nd or 3rd visit which speaks for itself.

10/10,

We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of our holiday and loved it. We had a lovely room, very comfy and as it was March, it was chilly at night. The bed had an electric blanket! I didn't think I'd be interested in an electric blanket but it was so cosy and a great touch! During the day, we lounged in hammocks, occasionally moving to a sun lounger to catch some rays. We roused ourselves for a delicious lunch, we petted Echo (beautiful dog), we napped, we read our books. Then it was time for a beer, dinner and then off to sleep in our warm and cosy bed.
This place is very special. The owners live there and it does feel like they are inviting you into their home. It's very welcoming and laid back. The food is lovely with a special mention to the delicious breakfast, the staff are all friendly and helpful. We were getting the bus to Essaoura and the owner went into Marrakech to get our bus tickets for us. That is spectacular service. We didn't leave the hotel for two days as we were staying in Marrakech later in our holiday but it's easy enough to go into the city to shop and explore. It's equally easy to lounge around and recharge your batteries which is what we did.

10/10,

We had a fabulous stay at the family friendly Casa Taos. Highly recommended.

10/10,

Great hotel with super friendly Service. Our kids were made to feel very welcome and it's very close to the centre of Marrakech. Highly recommended.

10/10,

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,

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