“A stylish cultural complex of rooms and villas with a spa, a restaurant, a kids’ club and a working mini-farm”
Divided amongst 10 modern villas, each of the ensuite rooms is an eclectic mix of traditional Berber patterns with added twists from some of Morocco’s most fashionable designers. Mid-century radios and clocks give a sense of individuality, while all have walk-in wardrobes, spacious bathrooms with Zellige tilework, air-conditioning, and big, comfortable double beds (no twins) covered in Egyptian cotton. You may find a literary quote emblazoned across the walls, underlining the Fellah’s artistic vision, and the Suites and Junior Suites have working fireplaces.
Featuring queensize beds, Superior Rooms have double bathrooms with rainhead showers, but no private outdoor space. Deluxe Rooms are usually found at ground level and have kingsize beds plus large bathrooms with showers; some have private terraces. Corner Deluxe Rooms tend to be larger; others are a little dark. If you have your heart set on outdoor space, opt for one of the sprawling Junior Suites. But our favourite rooms were the gigantic Suites - the incredible bathrooms often hold capacious bathtubs for 2, and large terraces give you plenty of space to soak up the mountain views.
Some of the villas can be booked exclusively (great for larger families or groups), and each has an immense domed ceiling with modern art covering the full length of the lobby’s interior walls. The various Large Villas can sleep up to 20 guests, while Villa 1 is smaller, sleeping 10-14. Most have private pools, and Villas 1 and 5 have kitchens which guests can use when booking them in their entirety.
The chic poolside restaurant has wonderful views of the sky-framing, distant Atlas Mountains. Inside, there’s a grand piano, a pool table, a bar and a tadelakt fireplace. Locally sourced ingredients are used - some grown in the Fellah’s many vegetable gardens.
After a hard morning in the pool or spa, try the refreshing Green Fellah - a non-alcoholic cocktail of mint and cucumber - before moving on to an all-day lunch menu featuring the likes of tempting tapas dishes, chicken kebabs, club sandwiches and pasta, as well as smoothies, cocktails, local beer and wine. For dinner, we liked the flavoursome tagines; you may also find grilled beef, lamb shank with celeriac purée, fish dishes, and a range of desserts such as an orange flower and almond flan.
Breakfast by the pool (included in the price) is a relaxing affair - expect a dazzling assortment of pastries, cakes and local jams, accompanied by fresh coffee, juice, yoghurt, cheese and ham. Eggs are cooked to order. On Sundays, there’s a lavish buffet brunch (extra charge), and Touco’s Café serves traditional food like tagines and herb teas, though you'll need to book in advance. Room service is available, and those hiring entire villas can request private cooks.
If you tire of the menu, you’re in the perfect location to experience some of Morocco’s best restaurants. Try the pigeon pastille at the classy Al Fassia, run entirely by women and just a short drive away (book ahead).
i-escape's Best for Kids Awards 2014
Winner: Best For Older Kids
The Fellah is a colourful playground for children. There are 21 acres of gardens for them to play in, and when they tire of the swimming pool, the treehouse, the petting zoo and the old yellow Mercedes parked up in the playground, there’s a raft of free creative activities that are refreshingly unique, with additional themed programmes for the school holidays. And the vibrant kids’ club will keep younger children mesmerised.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Junior Suites accommodate an extra bed or baby cot, while the Deluxe Rooms and Suites are perfect for families with 2 children. Both have outdoor space, and the Suites have bathtubs. For bigger families, the hotel can advise on configurations depending on ages, or you can book one of the villas on an exclusive basis.
Babysitting is available by advance reservation
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A wonderful explosion of colour, creativity and culture awaits kids of all ages.
There's a special Mini Kids service for 2-4 year olds, based on a half on a full day, available with advance booking only.
Older children will love the light and spacious kids’ club (ages 4-11) with its bold colours, painting tables, blackboard walls, storybooks, soft toys and games galore. During school holidays there are specialised workshops for kids, focusing on the themes of countryside, cooking and culture. A day may involve herding the goats or whipping up Moroccan recipes. There's also an emphasis on working with the artists in residence to write, paint or invent. At night, you may be lucky enough to hear African tales by a campfire.
Simple fare (burgers and pasta) is provided for kids in the restaurant, and the staff are happy to help with requests.
The pools are unfenced, apart from the one near the kids’ club (Villa 6). Baby monitors won’t reach the restaurant.