“A magical oasis 10 minutes from the medina - 28 rooms arranged as a traditional village, with gardens, pools, restaurants, souks and a spa”
From the unpaved car park at the end of a dusty country road, 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.
The double and twin rooms have different layouts, but all are decorated with handcrafted furniture, textiles made on site, and antiques purchased at local markets. The doubles have four-poster beds, and all have sitting areas, a fireplace and a private garden or terrace. There are also a couple of standalone Family Suites, set in walled yards with 2 bedrooms (one double, one twin) sleeping up to 4 plus a baby.
The creamy stucco walls of our double room rose to a lofty vaulted ceiling with 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 red-striped 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 - a lovely touch, although the half-wall didn't provide enough privacy for bathing without swimming togs.
Bathrooms are luxurious, with marble counters, rain showers, bathrobes, and shampoo and shower gel in handmade pots; some have tubs, too. There are no TVs or minibars, but WiFi, air conditioning, central heating, hairdryers and coffee- and tea-making kit have all made the cut.
The hotel has 3 restaurants to choose from. In warm weather, Le Palmier Fou (‘The Crazy Palm’), shaded by a vine-covered pergola with a view of the main pool, is perfect for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. It also has a cosy indoor area with river-rock walls, camp chairs, a fire pit and large picture windows looking out over the grounds. 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 which showcases fresh, seasonal ingredients, much grown on the property in the large biodynamic garden. Expect a variety of soups and tarts, along with quail, lamb and seafood dishes and a well-chosen wine list. Spicy tagines served in distinctive cone-shaped pots are a particular staple. It’s tasty enough but not gourmet, although you’re welcome to make special requests if there’s anything in particular that you fancy.
Breakfast, included in the rates, features fruit (perhaps pomegranate or oranges), bread still warm from the bakery, crêpes with jam, fresh orange juice, and tea or coffee.
Pool and room service are also available, and private family meals or romantic dinners can be served anywhere you choose, including a silk-draped Berber tent or a table among the roses. For evening drinks, there’s a smart Art Deco cocktail bar adjacent to reception.
It’s worth taking a taxi to other eateries for a change of scene during your stay. If you’re spending the day in the medina, staff recommend Al Fassia and the restaurant at El Fenn. Alternatively, Bo & Zin is a trendy restaurant and bar set in a tented garden just outside the city.
With 2 kids’ pools and large grounds, this is a great option for families seeking a cool, calm base away from the heat and bustle of 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.
The Family Suites each sleep 4 plus a baby in 2 bedrooms (one double, one twin), with their own walled gardens. All other rooms can take a baby cot and an extra bed.
Available on request.
No specific kids’ meals, but special requests will be accommodated wherever possible - just ask
The pools are ungated, and there are unfenced lily ponds in the grounds