“A magical oasis 10 minutes from the medina with rooms arranged as a traditional village, with gardens, pools, restaurants, souks and a spa”
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.
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.
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.
The spacious Family Suites each sleep 4-6 plus a baby. Most other rooms can take a baby cot and an extra bed.
Parents with younger children can book babysitters while they head off for spa treatments or romantic dinners.
No specific kids’ meals, but special requests will be accommodated wherever possible - just ask.
The grounds include unfenced pools and lily ponds.