We spent a day on the spectacular and dizzying drive from Marrakesh through the Atlas mountains to Tarroudant. As we drove close to the hotel we were almost blinded by a brief dust storm, but the grounds are beautifully landscaped with gardens and other plantings - really an oasis in a dry land. No dust except when we went into town.
My wife favors "casita" style accommodations - your own bungalow with privacy, opening directly to the outdoors. That's exactly what they offer here, and the rooms were perfect. Dark and comfortable when you wanted to sleep or nap, bright and cheery for sitting and reading, with a delightful patio for breakfast, reading and relaxing. Many hotels these days have "rainshower" shower heads, but never so perfect as this large and inviting round shower with its very attractive modern tiles. The patio let on to a large lawn shared among the guests, and a short walk across the lawn lead to large and inviting swimming pool.
The staff was warm and accommodating, never overbearing or in your face.
Breakfast was served every morning on our private patio and was very good. The other meals were not quite as good as we would have hoped for a destination resort, but this usually seems to be the case for us. We were much happier with the Moroccan dishes than the European (I'm a vegetarian so never that big on continental cuisine). Not sure we'll ever make it back to Morocco, but if we do we'll also return to Gazelle D'Or for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel La Gazelle d'Or, a unique and blissfully peacefully retreat, is one of the last few private-owned places in the world where you can find complete quiet, tranquillity and serenity. Although it is only a short three-hour trip from major European cities, you will still find a vibrant exotic culture, bright colour and beautiful weather. In less than half a day, you can leave behind the stress of modern life, and nestle into the comfort and peace of this sunny corner of the world. Only 30 suites in stone cottages in an organic country estate of over 125 acres, boutique hotel La Gazelle d'Or is a place which will leave you steeped in the mystery and magic of the orient, while cosseted with all the latest modern conveniences. The real world seems a million miles away... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Gazelle d`Or Hotel Taroudant