“Extravagant country estate in the low Atlas Mountains: 2 pools, a gourmet restaurant, a spa/hammam, and hosts who pamper you like close friends”
Rooms and suites range from cheaper Farmhouse rooms in the original mud-brick building to Deluxe Pool Suites with their own walled yards and private 7x3m swimming pools.
All come with super-kingsize beds and fireplaces, and most have both a shower and a window-facing bathtub in their ensuite. All but the Standard Farmhouse and Prestige Rooms have private outdoor space, ranging from small Juliet-style balconies to furnished roof terraces and courtyard patios that overlook lush lawns. Luxury amenities include Egyptian linens, fresh flowers, complimentary mineral water, robes, slippers and artisanal soaps.
Our favourite option was the mid-range Atlas Room, set on the second floor of the contemporary main building and popular for its commanding view of the grounds and the snow-capped peaks beyond. We also liked the indulgent cosiness of the Farmhouse rooms. But the 2 Deluxe Pool Suites are a worthy splurge if you can afford it, offering 70sqm of living space, a 30sqm tiered patio, a private pool and a covered loggia.
The minimalist style mixes grey and black accents with warm earth tones from brick, stone, tile and tadelakt finishes. This creates a sharp backdrop for shimmering red-silk pillows, sumptuous curtains, hammered brass light sconces and Moroccan lanterns that spin mesmerising shadows across the walls. Thanks to market finds such as lattice partitions, kilim rugs and low circular tables, no two rooms are alike.
See Rates for full details of the different categories available.
Enjoy breakfast on the shaded patio or by the pool. There's a selection of tasty hot and cold options - scrambled eggs and salmon, homemade breads and jams, perfectly cooked omelettes - all served with tea, coffee and juice.
Lunch and dinner are served on the patio or in the restaurant, which has sophisticated black and white décor, Moroccan arches and lanterns, a double-sided fireplace and a retractable glass skylight. You can also dine on the roof terrace with its panoramic views. The internationally inspired cuisine emphasises local produce - some from The Capaldi’s own herb and salad gardens. Dishes change with the seasons, but options might include beef carpaccio with rocket and parmesan, jumbo prawns with grilled vegetables and an almond sorbet, and chocolate croccant with homemade ice cream. Just ask and the French chef will whip up delicious vegetarian alternatives or accommodate other dietary requirements. There’s a short list of hand-picked wines, too, and half-board supplements are available if you plan to eat in every night.
An abbreviated menu of tapas-style dishes is available poolside or via room service, and there’s also a bar. The loggia and fireplace by the smaller of the 2 swimming pools make wonderful places to relax on cushioned couches with a cocktail.
The restaurant has a private dining room for special occasions, and staff can arrange picnic lunches in the countryside. Ed and Tara can also give you directions to a charming lakeside restaurant and pick you up afterwards.