I am now travelling with three friends in Morocco. We went to Jnane Tamsna just for lunch, having heard about the garden, the pools and the very good food. We liked it so much that we asked if we could book rooms for the rest of our stay in the region. Our Medina riad was gracious enough not to charge us for cancellation fees. People can be very gracious in this country. But the Medina was not for us : bikes traffic, pollution, noises, we were getting very claustrophobic.
Jnane Tamsna is a soothing place. We just fell relieved, happy, relaxed. What we liked the best was the scale of it, just the right size to feel in a private estate. Not in a big hotel nor in one of the Medina riads where we felt on top of each other.
In the morning, we would go out and jog in the beautiful Palmeraie. There is a jogging trail just in front of the gates. Then a delicious breakfasts with fresh vegetable juices ands whatever else we asked. Pool, massage, yoga, tennis, cooking classes, was organised by the desk upon request.Then walking around the beautiful old garden really gives a special feel to this place. Great service, impeccable and free pressing services, smiling staff, very stylish rooms, beautiful paintings, elegantly framed old photos... we were just in heaven. In the evening, the garden was full of candles and dinner was served under very big date palms. It was totally magic. I loved the fact that it was a set menu, diverse, fresh and flavored. That the tables were covered with roses and candles. That we could hear the birds. That we felt that nothing was artificial there. Nothing touristy.
It is a very special place. One can feel that it was made and designed by the owners, whose personal house is at the end of the property. Every thing is coherent.. I am into the design business and am obsessed with style. There was nothing to say ! Staff, style, design, food, activities, concierge services, all was impeccable but low key and understated. We met other guests. There was a London family, the mother said that they discovered the place 2 years ago and were already back for the 4th time. There was a nice group of New Yorkers who said that so many of their friends had been to parties there, that they had to come and check the place for their joint birthdays to come. I understand why people become so loyal to the place. It has no formality and yet is very elegant. All that you ask is possible and done. It was a truly perfect holidays. Next time we are coming with more friends.