This stunningly beautiful place in the Atlas foothills is the work of English owner Paul Foulsham, who has lived amongst Berber Moroccans for many years. Just 30 minutes from Marrakech, they will collect you at the airport if you wish, at very reasonable cost. Approached by a mountain road, perched along a ridge, its architecture has much in common with the fascinating ancient Berber settlements that surround it. You are greeted on arrival and looked after throughout by extremely friendly and helpful staff. Any tipping is purely optional, only on check out.
It's Ideal for moderate or energetic mountain walks, motor tours of the region, overnight excursions, visits to Marrakech, the interesting local weekly souk and a wide variety of guided and unguided activities, all of which can be arranged through the hotel. It has all the amenities you expect in a comfortable hotel, whilst avoiding vulgar embellishments often found in multinational corporate establishments. Every stone and tile has been hand dressed and laid by local labour. Fittings and furniture are locally crafted, some on the site itself. Green technology is not neglected. Water is heated by solar panels. In hot weather the air conditioning works well and is quiet. The views in all directions are to die for. The landscape of the 10+ acre site is lush and beautiful.
The restaurant menu is based on traditional Berber dishes. Produce is grown organically on site; fresh meat is locally sourced. Fruit juice is fresh squeezed; the watermelon juice is a particular delight. Nothing is frozen or reheated.
Every room is individually designed and of generous proportions. Some are flexible for family accommodation if needed. Beds are large and firm. The area is slowly being opened up to tourism. Some of the tiny settlements were without road access or electricity until very recently, and this is an opportunity to experience authentic local life before it is gone forever. Out 5 day stay was truly memorable. The only regret was not having a large suitcase in which to fit more of Morocco's superb crafts, from Paul's own shop, locally or from the Marrakech souk.