“Stunning private palace inspired by 14th century Moorish architecture and 21st century minimalism - spa, restaurant and magical grounds”
The enormous suites are located off the central courtyard with its magnificent fountain. Each has a living area with a fireplace, a bedroom with a kingsize bed, a bathroom with a shower and a bath, a dressing room and a large private terrace or garden. Some also have private swimming pools. The high vaulted ceilings, marble floors and tadelakt walls in colours ranging from pale and burnished beige to soft yellow ochre make these suites feel cool, spacious and very private. The antique rugs, doors and artifices, the walk-in wardrobe, the hidden TV, DVD/CD player and minibar, the hand-made furnishings and drapes, the fresh flower arrangements (only fresh white and red roses are used) and the perfumed candles are just some of the details that make each room utterly enchanting.
In the large ensuite bathrooms, it is a true delight to lie in the sunken marble bath looking through the wooden shutters out over the gardens. Walk-in monsoon showers, rose petals, soft robes and hand-made toiletries are what one would expect of life in a palace.
There are 2 larger spaces: La Tour and the Apartment. They’re similar to the suites, but they have 2 living rooms each and their own private pools (as do 2 of the Large Harim Suites). Terraces have tents with traditional rugs and cushions from which to feast on the views of the palm grove, and La Tour has panoramic vistas to the distant Atlas Mountains.
The French chef (who trained under Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse and Pierre Hermé) prepares a blend of traditional French and Moroccan cuisine, as well as specialities which are unique to Ksar Char Bagh and have a modern twist. Many of the fresh ingredients and herbs come straight from the vegetable garden and the hotel makes its own jams and olive oil.
Breakfast can be a private affair served in your suite or out on your private terrace or garden, or you can dine by the pool or in the light-filled restaurant area. Alternate French, English or Moroccan delights are served. Await to be surprised by French croissants with fruit preserves, English pastries with pear confit or Moroccan flat bread with marmalade, honey and clementines.
A 3-course fixed menu lunch is offered by the pool, in the dining room or anywhere else you should want. We were served confit of vegetables in ravioli, followed by roast monkfish with saffron and a cold pear soup with verbena sherbet. Simple snacks are also available throughout the day for those who don't fancy a full blown lunch and every Saturday the hotel prepares a Moroccan lunch at its farm using specialties made on-site.
Dinner is served in the restaurant overlooking the pool, or in-room if you prefer. The menu continues in the same vein as the lunch, light French dishes of elegant pastas, rich meat dishes and fresh fish. Alternatively, the hotel can arrange transfers into the city for authentic Moroccan cuisine - ask for restaurant recommendations.