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“Beautiful in all ways” 4 of 5 stars
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Km 6 Route du Barrage | BP 210, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #196 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Beautiful in all ways”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

After many day visits to the Beldi for lunch and a day by the pool, I decided to stay overnight in the hotel. The hotel is built in a "country" (beldi) style and is one of the most comfortable and beautiful small hotels I have ever stayed at. It is set about 6km outside Marrakech amongst large fields of roses, olive trees and flowering plants all well tended by an excellent staff. The room/suite I stayed in was very large with a private patio including outdoor bath--there was also a large indoor shower. Linen and bathroom amenities are of the highest quality. Service is friendly. My only reason to give it less than 5 stars is that the food, while good, does not live up to the quality of the hotel in my opinion.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

When leaving the airport and heading towards the Beldi Country Club you might wonder, did I make a mistake? Fear not. Once you turn off the paved road onto a dusty way and go over a few bumps you turn a corner and bam the gates to paradise await you.

The Beldi is about a ten-minute drive from the airport. It is not in the Medina, the walled city of Marrakech. This is its advantage. It stretches over a large lush overgrown but manicured property that was once rock barren land.

Getting out of your taxi or hotel transfer vehicle you are greeted by a field of blooming rosebushes – they are quite fragrant. As you wind your way along paths that lead you to the reception, ornamental grasses and flowers galore surround you. You quickly forget the journey’s stress as the properties beauty overwhelms you.

The check-in area is intimate and you are served a refreshing lemon drink. After the formalities you are taken to your room. There are many pathways leading to the accommodations; the rooms are spread out in sections and the buildings are one story. Although this is a newly constructed property it does not feel that way since it was done with a traditional sensibility and ancient techniques. It feels more like a quaint village then a hotel.

The over-sized rooms are decorated with handmade Moroccan furnishings with a contemporary esthetic. There is often a living area as well as a sleeping area and some rooms have a fireplace. Fresh cut flowers are placed throughout the room and bath. They are impeccably clean. The pure fragrant toiletries boost a sense of well-being. Note that the toilet is separated in the bath by a heavy curtain and not a door. I believe every room has a terrace for private relaxation.

Breakfast is served in the garden under a flourishing canopy of greenery. It is a full Moroccan breakfast including fresh baked breads, crepes, fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice. Lunch is a lighter menu unless you decide to eat poolside in the area near the spa. Dinner can be served in a tent or on the same patio as breakfast. I have never been disappointed by the food or the friendly service.

There are two very large pools; however, one is only for hotel guests offering privacy. The water is fresh and comes from underground springs and is crystal clear. Hotel staff is available to insure your comfort. A few shops are on one end of the property where you can purchase handcrafted gifts, rugs or home furnishing.

The spa is an enjoyable ten-minute meandering through gardens from the lobby. It follows the same traditional esthetic as the hotel. Spoil yourself with a hammam, gommage and massage. You get to choose from a variety of essential oils, you are bathed on a warm marble bed covered with herbs and flowers and you are served mint tea. The massage is ok but if you have experienced a great deep-tissue massage in the past you might be disappointed, but do not let that prevent you from what the experience does offer.

There is a magical mystique staying within the walled city of Marrakech and there are many magnificent choices for accommodations. Riads are great havens to escape the bustling city and capture a sense of Moroccan life. However, they are more intimate since you are confined to a small walled area and it is not my preference. If you chose to stay in the city, I strongly advise you to take a taxi (about 20 minutes, costing 100 dirham) to the Beldi Country Club for an escape. It will be a moment of serenity and you will be glad you did.

You can relax under the shade of mature olive trees or bake in the sun in private garden areas conducive to relaxation. They have a tariff to use the pool or you can opt for the lunch tariff, which includes pool access. They are both reasonably priced. The food is prepared fresh and is both stunning and tasty.

The Beldi Country Club is owned and run by a passionate French Family, which offers a more personable experience. I am a repeat customer. It is an easy destination from Europe, a perfect three-day romantic weekend or a retreat to clear the mind.

It is also a painless trip from the East Coast of the United States and it offers enchanting cultural diversity. The hotel is very reasonably priced. I think it is the same cost all year long. It is a relaxed atmosphere intended for comfort not pretense.

Day trips can be arranged as well as events. If you are planning a conference, wedding or birthday they have designed the perfect traditional set-up creating Moroccan enchantment; again the food or service has never disappointed me.

If you are looking for an exotic get-away and a sanctuary for relaxation this is the perfect place. It is easy to go back and forth to the city if you so desire. You feel like you are in Morocco even if you choose to remain on the magical compound.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Perfect place if you already know Marrakech as you are close to the medina and can enjoy beautiful gardens and swimming pools, much appreciated when it s sunny and hot.
and even if it's your first time in Marrakech, I really advise this charming hotel, which is just different from the other luxury hotels over there. You really feel at home.

Great decoration in the rooms and restaurants
Food: simple and good, exactly what you need in the sun
Service: staff is always very happy to help

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

15 mins away from the center of Marrakech, this is a very quiet place to chill out for a couple of days. Beautiful and vast gardens, very well designed, a very long swimming pool for the hotel residents and the same model elsewhere open to outsiders, lots of areas to rest or sunbath, read or have a drink. Great spa, spacious and as much in the Moroccan style as possible. The bedrooms are not so big though, but comfortable, and with private terrace and solarium on the roof. Only disappointment, the food: average quality and choice, and the service can very slow (on our 2nd evening we had to wait for 1h15 to get our first course...).

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2011

We recently had our wedding at Beldi Country Club in mid April, and it could not have been more magical. We chose Beldi because of the organic beauty of this place and the extraordinary hotel buildings and grounds which are beyond breathtaking, especially the rose fields when in full bloom, which sit beneath a panorama of the Atlas mountains. There are many beautiful places to stay in Marrakech most of which we have visited (when trying to book a wedding venue), but Beldi has to be one of the most special, in terms of the design and the overall ambience of the place. It is a characterful blend of Provence and Marrakech, with it's organic olive groves, fragrant flowers and Moroccan inspired architecture. The fragrance of roses reaches you wherever you are and it has to be one of the most relaxing places we have ever visited.
The hotel is well managed, but there is still some work to do here, perhaps to make the restaurant run more effectively, this would not put us off returning to Beldi though, especially for a warm Spring or Autumn weekend, where you can take time to relax by the pool, or take a pottery class or have some delicious lunch at the Beldi club enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
We hope that the recent terrorism in Marrakech doesn't stop tourists from visiting the city, as it really is a gem, and staying just outside the city at Beldi is even better, because it is in complete contrast to the busy frantic atmosphere in the medina. If you like places of contrast, you'll be sure to like Marrakech.
It's probably not the best hotel for young children, and the food for children probably isn't varied enough, however this shouldn't deter you from visiting this beautiful place.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

We were stunned by the beauty of this place - every room is individual and the gardens are lovely. The problem is the appalling service. It was terrible. This place touts itself as a luxury retreat, but the luxury soon fades when you have to deal with incompetence. The staff simply have no idea how to wait tables, serve drinks at the bar or make you feel comfortable. There are not enough staff, and they are not managed or trained in hospitality whatsoever.

The management consists of the owner who periodically shows up and looks smug, but there is no identifiable Hotel Manager who runs things and acts as a go to person. You end up having to get off your sun lounger and go searching for a drink, and then get to the bar which is empty, and have to figure it out yourself. No one offers you anything and the staff are incapable of memorising orders correctly. The food is poor, and really expensive. One night we were all dining together (30 people) and they brought the starters to one table after another table had finished desert! They also had a real issue adding 3 places to the layout, an initially even refused to do it!

Overall - spend your money elsewhere, or go for only 2 nights and plan to eat out. And DON'T expect to be waited on hand and foot. Or waited on at all! Shocking.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

Well-known as a day trip to use the pool and have lunch in the beautiful gardens, especially on Sundays, the Beldi Country Club, hotel and spa is a great place to chill after spending a few days in the Medina.
We arrived after a hectic few days in the city and were amazed by how beautiful this place is. As practically the only guests in the hotel we had use of one enormous swimming pool, reserved for hotel guests only, to ourselves for entire stay.
It's only 15 mins drive into the city and the hotel provided friendly and reliable drivers whenever we needed. we spent our four days mainly relaxing by the pool but it's a good spot to head into the city for a day or out towards the Ourika valley where the hotel can organise a variety of day trips etc.
Food was great, a mix of Moroccan and French served either by the pool that's open to the public or on the terrace by the hotel's pool.
highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Km 6 Route du Barrage | BP 210, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #196 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel by Beldi is built amid acres of beautiful gardens in the style of a douar (small Moroccan village) with its narrow streets leading to the hotel rooms nestled in houses and private riads. The 29 bedrooms and suites are elegantly furnished and individually decorated. they all have a private garden or terrace and offer en-suite bathroom. At Beldi we prepare a pure, artisanal cuisine for a guest to enjoy. ... more   less 

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