My wife and I stayed at this beautiful boutique hotel recently, after a few days spent at the Riad Noir d'Ivoire in the Medina. The idea was to have three nights in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech itself and then four nights in the tranquil calm of this stunning "palace" in the Palmeraie. And that was precisely how it worked out. I won't comment on the Riad in the town here, which we loved - I've posted a separate review - but we were delighted with our stay in Ksar Char-Bagh. The hotel is in the Palmeraie and it was around 20 minutes from town in a hotel car. We drove up a dusty track and then a massive door opened to let us into the wonderful grounds. The building is stunning and is based on the Alhambra in Spain. It sits in five acres of beautifully tended grounds with a lovely pool flanked by an avenue of palm trees. The hotel has an extensive vegetable garden and grows most of the produce it serves.
We were greeted by Fabien the truly excellent general manager, checked in painlessly and shown to our room. Our harim suite was spacious and well appointed with a large well designed bathroom, although some may find the lighting a little dim. The air conditioning was (thankfully) very efficient. We had a garden with its own plunge pool too. The French chef produced really excellent food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast alternated between Moroccan, French and, apparently, English. The English breakfast didn't seem particularly English to me, but all the breakfasts with delicious fresh orange juice, fresh fruit, yoghurts, bread, toast and pastries and eggs, if wanted, were very good. Dinner offered four choices of starters and main courses of very high quality at fair prices; lunch was a lighter affair. Local wines were very drinkable, which was fortunate, as French wines commanded eye-watering prices. Still, when in Rome......... We mainly ate in the hotel, although we did go back to Marrakech one evening for dinner at the Café de la Poste. The hotel car took us there and brought us back.
We only had two small gripes, one of which was completely outside the hotel's control. For three of the days, the temperature went off the scale into the 40s, which was very unseasonal and just too hot for me, although I do like the heat. Bad luck really, as it was 30 or so before we arrived and almost immediately after we left. The other concerns communications. Broadband in the Palmerie area has to be provided by satellite and this was either very slow, or not working. If you want to get away from all that, it won't be an issue. If it matters to you, however, you may find it frustrating, particularly as data didn't always work on a Blackberry either. But none of that detracted from a special place.