My partner and I (who are in our twenties) booked a suite for 7 nights at the Quaryati Ecolodge based on the reviews on Tripadvisor (which are pretty much all outstanding.).
Arrival: Don’t be put off by the journey from the airport to the Ecolodge. It takes about 30 minutes and the last 10 minutes of that is down off beaten roads. Book your taxi with the Ecolodge in advance as it will save you a fortune and the pre booked drivers know exactly where they are going. You’ll be greeted by the driver at the airport with a Quaryati sign.
At the hotel we were greeted by Francoise, the owner of Quaryati. She speaks fantastic English and is native in French. We were taken to the terrace and had mint tea and homemade biscuits (which were lovely!). We were then taken to our suite (109).
The Suite: If you can I really would book a suite, we had a separate lounge with a flat screen TV, dining table and chairs, two large seating areas and a small kitchen area with kettle, glasses etc. The double bedroom was big and spacious as was the separate bathroom with drench shower and lots of storage space. Outside we had a private terrace with table and chairs and also steps up to the roof of the suite where we could enjoy the evenings looking over the Ecolodge’s beautiful gardens and of course the Atlas mountains.
The Grounds: The Ecolodge has the most amazing grounds, Francoise said it took three years to plant everything and we could see why! During the day/early evening there were two donkeys roaming the grounds (mother and daughter!), sheep, peacocks with following babies and occasionally a cow! It was just fantastic and really added to the experience. The pool is big, it’s not heated but honestly it’s not necessary – within an hour or two the sun heats it up and you’ll be thankful on the really hot days! There’s plenty of sun loungers and most of them are under shade and can be moved etc The accommodation is split into two areas, rooms in one area of the Ecolodge and suites in another with the main guest area in between the two. As we were staying in August (low season) the Ecolodge wasn’t very busy (which for us was lovely) and as it’s 30 min’s out of Marrakech the silence around the grounds was perfect! There’s a free taxi shuttle every morning at 10am that takes you into Marrakech and returns at 5pm if you want to explore the souks – we did, it was fun and once was enough. When you arrive back at the Ecolodge it just makes you appreciate the spaciousness and peacefulness even more!
Food: The food was fantastic. My partner and I are not the most adventurous eaters but even for us the food was just right. Breakfast is served inside the guest building or on the terrace. It’s a buffet breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, fresh eggs, pancakes, tea, coffee etc. There’s a great selection for all. Lunch is served by the pool in the other guest area. There’s a good selection of sandwiches, kefta, salads, grills, frites. The portions are big and not expensive at all. Most dishes average around £3 - £6. Dinner is served on the lawn outside the main guest area, lit with standing lanterns – it’s just beautiful. There’s a set menu each day. You can 1, 2 or 3 courses and is priced around £13 for three courses. You won’t be disappointed, the food is fresh, organic and tastes amazing, the tagines of lamb, beef, chicken, fish are so good. Also the deserts are all homemade (the lemon meringue pie is just the best!).
The Staff: Francoise was a lovely host and she really did look after us and the other guests so well. She’s around quite a lot and always on hand if you have any questions. The maids looked after our rooms well and the waiters were polite and always willing. The waiters English isn’t the best but they really try and are currently learning English which is great. Having an Arabic/English translation book is always good to have and it’s actually quite fun trying to communicate!
Lastly: I could carry on writing and writing… All in all I would 100% recommend Quaryati Ecolodge. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, home cooked food, a lovely pool with grounds of colourful flowers, wandering animals and spacious accommodation this is the place for you! We’ve already booked for next year and we can’t wait to return!