we have just got back from staying here and loved our stay. The hotel/villa is approx half way to the Ourika valley waterfalls in the valley of the Atlas mountains. We had a punishing trip from Marrakesh city at 2pm in a un-air conditioned taxi with temps reaching 50 degrees - our five year old suffered from the heat of this journey but the pretty pool and some special verbena tea given to us by Abdul the manager set him straight. The food was always very good and the staff really friendly and attentive. We stayed in the Timnkal suite, which was actually a sort of small private villa within the grounds set amongst the lovely court yards, plants, gardens, terraces and other rooms facilities such as dining areas. There were fig and pomegranite trees in the gardens and plenty of places to sit/lay in the shade. There are a few shops within walking distance selling snacks and drinks. One had a pool table and football table which is where the children from the village set behind the villa hang out. They were very happy to challenge us to a game and we were thrashed at football but held our own at pool. About 10 children of varying ages enjoyed the competition all laughing and chatting in Arabic. Their are numerous fruit sellers on the roadside which is of good quality and as it was ramadam whilst waiting for a tagine at the local resturant Majorelle about 200 yards up the road on the left a fruit seller gave us some sweet pairs. The tagine (which cost 150dh four three and was divine - just look past the condition of the restuarant and keep and open mind) took an hour to finish cooking so we were grateful. Please do visit the berber village behind the hotel and meet the lovely children, offer them pens/pencils as they have little in the way of educational materials. Also do visit the argan oil shop near the restuarant and chat with the women working there they work hard to make this cure all oil and are really friendly as are all of Morrocans. Great place to stay and explore the mountains and enjoy some peace and tranquility.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled along the valley of Ourika, this intimate inn offers breath-taking views, native-styled guest suites which feature, mountain views, fireplaces, sunset setting, soothing sounds of nature. Looking for a romantic weekend or family adventure, this warm guesthouse combine a heavenly experience with modern amenities. Using vegetables grown in our own organic garden, our skilled chef will custom-make delightful meals, along with serenity and warm set up will ensure you can resource yourself. ... more less