Myself and my partner recently returned from a weeks break over the Christmas and new year period at this hotel.
On arrival, we were greeted by Francoise, a very friendly welcome, and we were left to drink mint tea. Our room was extremely pleasant - a suite overlooking the gardens with a superb view of the mountains, and a lovely sun trap for most of the day. The bed was also very comfortable - nice soft pillows, and its was great to have a comfy duvet !.
We ate lunch and dinner here most days - the tagines were varied every day and were always very tasty and made with local grown produce. All the staff were very friendly and helpful - yes, the English barrier is a little bit of a problem sometimes, but it's a great reason to learn some more french, and we had some great fun explaining to Yousef in the mornings how we wanted our eggs - by the method of charades !. The great thing with this place is the laid back feeling - and you soon learn that if you want something, you just have to ask.
This Ecolodge gives you the feeling of being part of an extended family, and during our week here we met some great people and generally felt very at home with everyone staying there. The grounds within the complex are lovely and well maintained, and the peacocks roaming the gardens give the place a tropical feel.
New years eve was a fantastic night - Francoise hosted a party with plenty of drinks, food, wine and entertainment all through the night - it was certainly one of our more memorable new years. The traditional tent outside, with fires burning and a crystal clear night sky added to the ambiance.
We can thoroughly recommend this place to anyone who just wants a chilled break where you can still enjoy the bustle of the city, but escape when it gets too much !.
Thanks to Francoise again for being such a good hostess, and to all her staff for making this one of our more memorable trips - for all the right reasons !.
We hope to be back...