I have visited Marrakesh several times over the years, latest in March 2013.
My first research was a smaller hotel, close to Marrakesh, peaceful and in nature. I also looked for a hotel that offered different activities - such as yoga, excursions, cooking classes, a spa and just relaxation at the pool.
My research led me to La Ferme Berbère (www.lafermeberbere.com), just 9 kms outside Marrakesh and this is now my "home" each time I visit Marrakesh. No problem to reach the center of Marrakesh that is just 15 minutes away by the taxi the hotel organises.
I say "home" as this is the feeling one has. Your first impression is a village, a dusty road and then the hotel - a former farm of adobe, renovated and re-arranged with a lot of charm by Patricia, the owner.
You enter the hotel through a patio with flavours of lemon and jasmine, surrounded by some of the guest rooms, then one enters the the reception, relaxation room with a big, cozy fireplace (great in winter time), a big terrace and garden with pool, Berber tents and a couple big family rooms at the end of the garden.
On the other side of the road, you find the spa, olive trees, some donkeys and two more guest rooms with terrace.
The hotel no more feels like a hotel. Each time I look forward to staying in a room decorated with a beautiful color, a fireplace and all in nature using only natural products and member of an ecological label. The food is great - Patricia loves to cook and her recipes are both traditional Moroccan with a Provence twist, healthy salads - and delicious desserts that she invents herself (chocolate fudge cake with raspberries, crumbles with mascarpone-cinnamon....).
The spa at the hotel only uses natural products from a closeby botanical garden. There is a small hamman with a great full treatment with black soap with eucalyptus, rhassoul with rose water and mask. The spa also offers various massages, pedicures, manicure.
The hotel also offers cooking classes, organisation of a large choice of workshops - pottery, mosaic, visits as well as day excursions to the surrounding mountains.
La Ferme Berbère is a treat of peace and great living - with a good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "La Ferme Berbere" is an ancient farm renovated a few years ago respecting Moroccan tradition and craftsmanship. Built of natural and living materials such as earth, wood, straw, this old building tells you its story. Its walls, if they do not always respect the rigor of Western architecture, give it undeniable charm and character. We are far enough from the hustle & bustle of the city and still just on the outskirts of Marrakech. We are only a quarter of an hour away from the city centre and yet we are in the countryside. We have twelve bedrooms ideal for singles, couples, families & friends. We offer a choice of single, double, triple or family rooms either in the patio or in more secluded locations within the garden. ... more less
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