This exquisite hotel was recommended by the two friends who came with us and who have stayed there twice before. If you need a week of relaxation and being looked after by kind attentive but unobtrusive staff in glorious surroundings, then this is the place.
Needing some winter sun, we made a late decision to fly to Agadir and spend a February week lazing about in southern Morocco. We were met at the airport by the hotel car and driven the hour or so back to the hotel, where we were met by a kind staff member with glasses of sweet mint tea...just the thing for a tired thirsty traveller.
Our suites, bungalows in the grounds of the hotel, were absolutely charming, a sofa and armchair beside a fireplace in a huge room with a comfortable bed - separate dressing area with tons of storage, room safe etc, and vast bathroom with sarcophagus bath, tiled walk-in shower and separate loo with its own window..The excellent soap is locally made with olive oil and not drenched with artificial scent.
Outside our French windows was a charming terrace with bourgainvillea and a lemon tree groaning with fruit. The decor is put together with an un-erringly artistic hand - polished plaster walls, Berber rugs and a kind of gentle hip luxury. It entirely avoids the hard edged over-upholstered mistakes of the luxury chains. Charming touches abound, external paths and steps outlined by candles in lanterns (as well as efficient discreet electric lights), a beautiful collection of local pottery jars on the centre table in the dining room, comfortable loungers by the pool....Ah, the pool. Large, pretty and heated, with the surrounding area planted with olive trees to provide shade over lunch tables. A daily buffet lunch with interesting and unusual salads and tagines and one day a celestial seafood paella makes a high point for the day before another nap! `you can go for walks around the organic farm, visit the horses and a camel with a new curly-headed baby. The hotel will provide transport for a visit to the Taroudant souk, (charming again, and best visited with a nice guide), as well as the co-operative where local women make argan oil products, Morocco's answer to dry skin.
The dinners in the pretty dining room were excellent, quite simply cooked using organic food from the farm and kindly served by more well-rained helpful staff.
Oh dear, I forgot to mention the breakfasts. The latest we asked for breakfast was 11 am, we rang room service and it arrived in 10 minutes, served on the terrace looking over the garden, porridge, Moroccan pancakes and pastries with huge thermos pots of coffee.
This is a hotel where you can be very private as as such is attractive to celebrities - yes there was one staying there and no I won't say who it was, but he was quite unbothered by the other guests and was able to enjoy his time with his family party.
We flew back to London from Marrakesh and had a stupendous day's drive over the snow-tipped Atlas mountains to get there, with a pause for lunch,
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