Les Deux Tours Marrakech - a little bit of subtle luxury
The Oasis at the most western crossroad of the ancient caravan tracks has been the favorite winter resting place for snobs and nobles since long. Mick Jagger, Freddy Mercury as well as Sir Winston Churchill have stayed here to recharge their batteries. For those of lesser importance the place offers though the same combination of warm and clear winter weather, exotic charm and calm if you look for it.
Visiting the Souks of Marrakech not exactly will provide the impression of a calm retreat. Nor will the nice and plush city hotels be entirely beyond the exhaust of the swarming motorcycles and vintage diesel lorries, let aside the smell and texture of the manure traps left by the four-legged participants of the traffic. To escape this you have to go a little bit outside the city for example in the area of the "Palmerie" becoming recently fashionable due to its proximity in sufficient isolation from the city.
In this area a lot of luxurious hotels and clubs sprang to life. However you may exactly receive what you expect when booking an internationally recognized resort.
In the last three years a small but typical resort has met its turn around, the "Les Deux Tours". It was once planed as a resort and investment for well off individuals but fell through due to the first golf war. Making the best out of a difficult situation it was turned into a hotel. This is the genetic code providing for the rather individual differences of the suites, villas and rooms cast almost at random into a plush garden oasis. We have occupied for one week with our three grown up children a pool suite and two rooms having all the space needed for rest, retreat and fun.
The whole area has plenty of sunny or shadowy spots to retreat, to read a book or to slumber after lunch. This place is by far not crowded even when sold out over Christmas and New Year. It has a spacious pool, which is maintained clean and warm for all day use. The pool side veranda serves lunch and refreshments all day. The restaurant provides breakfast - a real treat with all kinds of fruits, home made bread, jams, treats and made to order eggs and omelets included in the room-charge. The terrace has morning sun and with some luck you will have a table where you can enjoy this at 09h00am in a T-Shirt in midwinter. In Scotland one would be happy for such treat in the middle of summer.
The restaurant is oriented towards the elevated French kitchen with local influence and adaptations. Vegetarians are served with the same enthusiasm as those who can appreciate a solid porter house steak or a foie gras.
It is under German-French management which goes at all ends to satisfy any guests needs. From the gardening over the room service to the waiters, everybody wants to make you feel comfortable and any smile - and there are a lot ! - goes at no extra charge. Their recommendations for trips and tours, restaurants in the area and the city are to the point. A golf course is near by and the use can be arranged. If you want to jog, anything between a 2 mile and half marathon can be enjoyed in the safe environment of the palmerie. Spectacular views of the high Atlas and the local Fauna are provided as you trod along. The personnel speaks English, French and some of them decent German.
At the same time it is not overly boasting with luxury. Prices are reasonable, food and drink of solid and reliable quality. It is all in all a subtle form of high class recreation.
I cannot remember to have spent a more pleasant week in the recent years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by a verdant domain of three hectares including Andalusian gardens, lily ponds and fountains. Les Deux Tours is impervious to fashion and the passage of time. We offer travelers seeking beauty and wellness a parenthesis out of time. Vaulted ceilings, arcades, terraces, hidden alcoves, colored tiles (zelliges), adobe walls and the whispering of fountains...Between shadow and light, Les Deux Tours creates an atmosphere imbued with the Orientalism of the best of times in Marrakech. This past was based on sensuous harmonies, gentleness, refinement and elegance. Les Deux Tours restores this past to the present combining the best elements of modern style, simplicity and good taste. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Deux Tours Marrakech
- Les Deux Tours Hotel Marrakech