Just got back from three weeks in Africa, with 8 days in Marrakesh. Jnane Tamsna is peaceful, tranquil, and we want to return. My husband, a retired Navy Admiral and I found this resort in the American Airlines flight magazine. We added it on to our two week Kenya and Tanzania safari.
I just read a troubling review on the property, and felt I owe it to MerryAnn Martin, owner of Jnane Tamsna, to give a proper, honest review of the property.
First, Mary Ann was on the property every day with her beloved dog "Diva" trailing with her. She lives on the property, and made sure each day that all our needs we being met. Gary, her husband, is a renowned ethnobotanist, and in Brazil right now currenty working on a project.
Comments on the food:
Breakfast: Each morning my husband would go for coffee at about 6 to 7. As the site says, there really isn't a dining room. You can request any meal under trees, as we did frequently.
We usually ate in the courtyard, with the other travelers. At breakfast each day, we found a lovely fresh fruit, yogurt, toast, cereal buffet set up for starters, placed on a lovely white linen table clothe. Each day the buffet was set up in a different way to create interest. Fresh watermellon, mellons, pears, with citrus. Also, a large bowl of fruits that had been soaked in great Moroccan herbs. (One morning when I had a headache, they brought a tray to the room with incredible coffee they bring in from Italy, plus croissants, jams, et al.)
After enjoying the buffet, a plate of Moroccan pancakes, croissants, plus a medley of jellys, we were asked what we would like. Eggs of any kind were made available. And the waiter went out of his way to make sure we were accommodated. The only thing we did't have at breakfast was pork, and I assume that it was that the staff are Muslim. We surely did not miss it!
We told the staff in the morning if we would be eating at the property for lunch and dinner, and also the time we wanted it.
Lunch: The first couple of days we enjoyed a salad, or fresh soup, followed by either grilled fish, chicken or lamb. The vegetables were incredible. As we were traveling for over three weeks, we decided to forgo the heavy lunches and requested just salads. Each day we found our salads different with fresh greens and vegetables. One day it was a tuna salad with the most wonderful tuna we had ever had. Wonderful Rose's, whites and reds, it was a treat.
Dinner: If you want something special, ask. Our last night I requested an Osso Bucco type dish we had had on another evening. And it was Turkey! Topped with a wonderful Moroccan sauce and cured lemon. Herbed carrots and potatoes rounded it off.
Desserts each night of fruit, cheeses, "floating island."
The kitchen: I visited the kitchen each day, it is off the main courtyard, with glass on all sides. You can clearly see the food preparations. Clean, with tanginess simmering with wonderful smells. One day I saw the women separating what seems to be a collection of weeds. I motioned that I would like to know what they were doing. They picked apart a bunch of greens, that had just been picked from the ground, and offered me one. I ate the small dark green leaf, and found a taste I had never experienced. It grows wild on the property and is a delightful addition to the salads. In being curious and open, we found new and different things.
My bachelors degree is in Interior Design. Naturally I was curious as to MaryAnns style. Authentic, with waxed walls, Berber rugs, and furniture. I was intrigued with the brass bolts on the doors, and even bought a big one in the Medina for our front door here at home. No, there are no keys to the doors as you bolt yourself in from the inside when desired. Safety was never an issue. We left out iPhones and iPad charging when we were out and were Never worried about security.
Each day Samirya or her colleague would have drivers pick us up for outings we requested. One day to a 5 star resort 5 mins. away for a Hamman visit. Fabulous! Another day we had a Global Diversion guide take us for an educational tour. A cooking class was booked however, that was the day I stayed in bed with a headache. Another day we joined a couple from London on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains for lunch at a Casbah.
Given there are five pools, we never had a problem finding a lounge to enjoy with a cool dip. Plenty of magazines and books available. Surrounded by trees and greenery well planned by Gary, shade was available when wanted. My husband enjoyed photo ops of all the birds on the property. The only sounds we ever heard were the call to prayers. Other than that, peaceful and calm.
We so enjoy meeting people and made many friend from afar. Especially noted, a traveling ethnobotanist colleague of Gary's visited as his son-in-law presented a paper in Marrakesh. We enjoyed getting to know him and his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law.
The last night we were there, MaryAnne did us the favor of sitting with us at dinner and conversing until 11:30pm. We would have loved to hear more, but gave in and said good-bye. We found her to be a genuine person, interested in hosting those that want to experience Marrakesh. A fond of information.
To those who travel with designer clothes, bags, jewels, and expectations of "western style high-end", go elsewhere. No pretention here, I left all those things at home! Jnane Tamsna appeals to those who desire culture, well traveled folks, and excellent food and service.
We know of international high profile guests at Jnane Tamsna, and their privacy is guarantied.
Go, you will love it.
We were in a Garden room with private patio. The rooms are almost sound proof.
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