Ending a two week trip around Morocco, my wife and decided to skip central Marrakech and head towards what we soon found was a little piece of paradise for our final couple of nights.
Located just outside Marrakech and in view of the majestic Atlas Mountains Les Jardin D'Issil is a wonderful and tranquil collection of tented dwellings and gardens hidden behind a wall.
Each room is an individual sumptuous tented building with A/C, En Suite facilities and even chilled out music at the flick of a switch. A visit in person is the only way that you will realise how romantic and sublime the accommodation is!
The gardens are full of beautiful flowers, fruit and olive trees and are also teaming with singing birds, dragonflies and other wonderful wildlife. (This is as close to paradise as my wife and I have found in a long while)
Now onto the food - simply awesome.
The breakfast offers fresh fruit and local breads and freshly squeezed orange juice and lunch and dinner are available upon request.
Lunch, taken on the terrace of the restaurant under the shade of an olive tree, took the form of juicy,freshly, grilled skewers of chicken served with a lush green salad and was followed by a delicate fresh fruit tart.
Dinner in the evening was taken inside the dinning area of the main building (the temp drops slightly in the evening - in warmer months dinner is taken outside)
The main building is where the bar and reception area can be found.
Dinner is served in three courses - the first on our first night was a selection of wonderful vegetarian salads with fresh local olives, juicy tomatoes and lightly spiced carrots taking to the fore. Accompanied by warm freshly baked local breads - we both knew we had struck gold when deciding to stay here!
The mains were - on the first night a stunning and very generous cous cous served with slow cooked beef, chicken and a selection of local vegetables including courgette, squash and carrots (served with a rich sauce and caramelised onions and juicy raisins)
I won't go on and list the fantastic food on the second day - all I need to say is that it was as equally exceptional!
Added to all of this is a wonderful team of staff and owners all of whom are very kind and the perfect hosts and guardians of the little piece of paradise.
If you get to Marrakech and want to kick back and relax away from the chaos of the city center I implore you to head to Jardin D'Issil for an extraordinary and tranquil time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at km 13 of the Ourika road, along the Zaraba canal, the Jardins d'Issil stretch over more than 50,000 m2. Calm and conviviality are the key words of this establishment where nature takes back its rights. A desire to recharge and leave the tumult of Marrakech? Les Jardins d'Issil is the perfect address! This place created in 2005 is a haven of peace. A lush garden takes place on a large plot Where the Caïdales tents are built in rooms and suites. In total, the site has 15 tents, 3 African houses and a small house around the infinity pool. Les Tentes Caïdales are comfortable and offer services worthy of a hotel room with terrace, Dressing, bathroom and reversible air conditioning. The architecture respects the traditions of the country, with an art deco touch that gives a hint of modernity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Jardins d`Issil Hotel Marrakech