We visited Les jardins after a few days in the desert living in fairly rough and ready conditions, and from the moment we walked through the gate, past elegant lanterns and immaculately groomed flowerbeds, we felt this was the antidote we needed. The most polite man, possibly in the world, showed us to our room, and insisted on taking our bags. A quick tour of the hotel was followed with some G&Ts and lovely French inspired snacks - buttery biscuits and salted nuts. Yum.
Our room was extremely comfortable and we were extremely glad of the effective system after some slightly chilly moments in the desert. We were on the 1st floor with a view and I would have to say that this property may not suit those with walking difficulties as the stairs to the room and balconies were steep and narrow. However the room was elegant and cosy, overlooking the many balconies littered with camelskin rugs and mattresses for guests to laze around on at their leisure and enjoy the views of the palmerie and Atlas mountains.
My one criticism of the room would be that the shower wasn't especially strong (but compared to every other we had in Morocco it was by far the best!). The highlight was the tasteful Franco-Moroccan decor which combined the authentic Berber items you see all over the South of the country with practicality and design.
Dinner was a joy. They managed to pull a fabulous vegetarian meal out of the bag for me at barely any notice. Flavours were subtle yet delicious with loads of fresh vegetables (not always easy to come by we had found in the desert), and the dining room with open fire was a lovely location in which to enjoy it. We ate their both nights of our stay - couldn't see any reason to go elsewhere.
The next day brought relaxation by the pool, in the blissful sunshine and best of all absolutely no one trying to make us go on trips / buy a carpet / look at their jewellery etc! It isn't the kind of place where you'll be constantly offered drinks all day as you laze by the water although if you find the staff they are very happy to oblige.
One of the nicest things about this hotel is the presence of 2 lolloping labradors who lie in the sun, snaffle left over food and howl pitieously at every call to prayer! for the non-dog lover they won't disturb you, but for someone like me it added real soul to the place to have these gentle sunbathers padding around from time to time.
A few things to be aware of - I didn't find any of them impacted my stay negatively:
Wifi only works in certain parts of the property and didn't in our room or at the pool
The location is fairly hard to find although there is actually a very good guidance in the form of painted red flags along the route
Food is very much around traditional dishes - if you want something different put your order in as early as possible and they will tend to oblige if they can (I had a pasta dish one night which was a welcome change of pace!)
They cant take credit cards and the nearest cash point is a LONG way away so make sure you bring plenty of money, we realised just in time and covered ourselves but it could be a real headache otherwise
Thank you Caroline and team for a wonderful stay in your beautiful farmhouse and I do hope to be back before too long.
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