Hotel by Beldi

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £139 per night

A magical oasis 10 minutes from the medina with rooms arranged as a traditional village, with gardens, pools, restaurants, souks and a spa
Designed in the traditional style that is the heart and soul of Morocco, Hotel by Beldi was built of earth, plaster, wood and iron, and furnished entirely from local markets. At the end of a dusty country road just outside Marrakech, you enter into another world. A short stroll through lush gardens brings you to reception, where a cool glass of lemonade is waiting. From there, you follow a narrow alley through arched courtyards to your room, hidden away in one of the buildings scattered around the grounds. These form part of a living, breathing Moroccan village with craft workshops, a bakery and souks selling Safi pottery, hand-embroidered linens and Berber carpets. Three restaurants serve authentic Moroccan dishes as well as French cuisine; 4 glassy swimming pools and a decadent spa up the luxe-factor. All around are 15 hectares of magnificent gardens, filled with palms, olive and fruit trees, tall grasses, herbs and 15,000 rose bushes.

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.

Highs

  • 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

Lows

  • 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
  • Service, though charming, can be a little slow or disorganised
  • Finding a taxi to get back from the medina can be a bit of a hassle - best to book in advance if you can

Best time to go

Marrakech is at its best in spring and autumn, when it's warm but not oppressively hot. The city bakes in the summer months of July and August. By the end of October the evenings are cold, although the midday sun is still warm enough to bask in. The weather in winter, from November to March, ranges from cold and rainy to balmy and clear.

Our top tips

While you could happily spend your entire holiday without leaving the property, hotel staff can help you incorporate different experiences of Morocco into your trip. These range from a picnic at a kasbah in the Atlas Mountains to a few nights at sister hotel L'Iglesia in the up-and-coming Unesco World Heritage Site of El Jadida, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast; just ask.

Private family meals or romantic dinners can be served anywhere you choose, including a silk-draped Berber tent or a table among the roses.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Honeymoon
Spa
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 37
  • 3 restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycles Available
  • Books and games
  • Occasional concerts
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Terrace or garden
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tennis coaching
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being

Kids

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.

Best for:

All ages

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.

Babysitting:

Parents with younger children can book babysitters while they head off for spa treatments or romantic dinners.

Children's meals:

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
  • Cinema

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Marrakech medina
  • Trips into the Atlas Mountains
  • Oasiria waterpark

Families Should Know:

The grounds include unfenced pools and lily ponds.

Distances:

  • Airport: 15 minutes' drive (Marrakech Menara)
  • Shop: 5 minutes' drive
  • Hospital: 15 minutes' drive (central Marrakech)
Kid Friendly: Pottery lessons

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Rooms
7/10
Food
7/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

Generally good, however attentiveness could have been better at times (for example - waiter service was somewhat slow at times).

7/10, , April 2016

We loved it. But the quality of the food was not high enough, especially lunch. But we'll be back for more.

9/10, , March 2015

Peacefull, spacious place, (even when it was fully booked), perfect service, thanks to Abdallahim en Jalil...we made a daytrip to Ourika and Asni valley with 4x4 camel tours, short but nice with kids...

9/10, , December 2014

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