“A peaceful kasbah guesthouse set amongst verdant gardens on a working farm, in Skoura’s ancient palm groves”
The rooms and suites are spread amongst 5 mini kasbahs and the large, double-storey Palmier House. Decor is traditional Moroccan: heavy wooden doors studded with bolts, stone floors, warm pink tadelakt walls, intricate black metal furniture, brightly woven rugs and beautiful, ornate lanterns. Big beds are dressed in crisp white sheets overlain with woven bedspreads; the overall look is clean and colourful. Each Deluxe Room or Suite makes a charming couple’s hideaway.
One of the more spectacular rooms is the Panoramic Suite (Palmier Haut), it not only has a Moroccan-style kingsize bed, but it also has 2 terraces; one of which overlooks the Atlas Mountains. We can't think of anything better than lazing in the sun, gazing up at this spectacular view. The larger Panoramic Suite (Palmier Bas) is close to the pool, and oodles of room for a family.
Bathrooms have tiled shower rooms and a separate toilet; suites have double sinks, too. Although there’s no real need for air con due to the thick pisé walls the kasbahs do have it installed.
The food is fresh and delicious, boosted by the feel good factor of being grown a stone’s throw from the plate in Sawadi’s organic garden. Set evening meals are taken beneath a vine-laden canopy on the terrace or inside the lovely lantern-lit restaurant. We enjoyed the traditional Moroccan fare: leafy salad from the garden, kofta tagine with pasta and homemade breads. And French desserts - crème caramel and apple tarte. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, too.
For a lunchtime snack, we ordered omelette and a local mixed salad of tomatoes, olives, and leaves. You can get alcoholic drinks, including wine, digestifs and the essential poolside beer, which comes with a dish of almonds laced with chilli and olives.
Breakfast, taken on the terrace, is also traditional Moroccan: mint tea (or English tea or coffee), pancakes, fried pastries, yoghurt, freshly baked bread, homemade fig and strawberry jams, and juice freshly prepared from fruit trees in the garden.
Sawadi is a lovely place for adventurous families – the 4 hectares of walled gardens have lots of space to run wild, groves of fruit trees and even a mini-kasbah to play in. There's an organic farm attached (Sawadi prides itself on being Farm-to-Fork) which provides vegetable, fruit and meat for guests. There's also plenty of outdoor exploring around the nearby gorges and valleys. Babies and toddlers stay for free up to the age of 2, and there are reduced meal prices for children up to 12.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Book Panoramic Suite (Palmier Bas), which sleeps up to 5 adults and has a special child's bed and room for a cot: it has fantastic views, too. If it’s not available, Panoramic Suite (Palmier Haut) can sleep 4, plus a baby.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The food is lovely, but with no kitchenettes and a 45km-drive to the nearest restaurant, you may want to bring some snacks etc. The team are happy to prepare special kids dishes such as mashed potatoes and pureed vegetables for little ones, or non-spicy fish and meat dishes for older children.
The pool isn't fenced and the roof terraces might not suit adventurous toddlers.