My wife and I had 4 nights here recently for our honeymoon as the first part of our twin centre trip to Morocco. The hotel is fabulous. Our room was the furthest away from reception on the whole site but this was a bonus (few minutes walk actually). Since it was our honeymoon and the hotel were aware of this we were upgraded for free into a suite with extra seated area and separate walk-in shower. We had a bottle of Brut in the room on arrival and every day the room cleaners created a variety of heart shapes and swans doused in flower petals. There was a hazy view of the Atlas mountains from our balcony and the sunrise could be seen coming up through the mountains each morning after 6am. The whole campus is incredibly well spaced out. Blocks are at most 2 storeys and it's fairly private for all. The best features are the incredible gardens, walkways, trees, flowers and ponds. It's a haven for birds and wildlife and is so well kept and tranquil. The whole site is just stunning. The downside to this is that you are nearly guaranteed to be woken at 6am each morning by the shrills of early morning birds. A small price to pay in my opinion. Staff are friendly and polite, food and drink is very good (except the cold sheep's brain - won't be trying that again) though it is a good idea to make sure you get out of the hotel to eat for variety on some nights. To be fair, the food in the Riu Tikida Palace in Agadir on the second leg of our twin centre trip was definitely a step up from the Palmeraie for food and drink, but that's a 5 star hotel).
Most importantly, this hotel is a 15 minute free bus ride from the centre of Marrakech which is such a magical, colourful and chaotic place to visit. I'm not here to review excursions but we thoroughly enjoyed the Gardens of Marrakech, the 6 course banquet in a Rhiad in the Medina, and a general day of exploration on our own through the labyrinth like souks of the Medina.
I swam each morning in the warmer indoor pool. Goggles are advisable if your putting your head down for any length of time. But the outdoor pool is very large and is more than ample for swimming, even when many others are in there in the middle of the day.
We would highly recommend this hotel and it was the best part of our twin centre trip (don't bother with Agadir if you want to see the real Morocco). We would definitely consider returning for perhaps a 4-5 night break and use this as a base from which to explore Marrakech again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening winter 2009/10 * Located in Marrakech * Main building and 2-storey annexes * 65,000 m2 gardens * 5 km from Marrakech's old quarter * 800 m from various shops * 13 km from the airport * 900 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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