We loved staying at Les Jardins d'Issil, Our visit was a mid winter one - to brief you a little:-
Les Jardins are about 20 minutes drive from Marrakech (airport side) and about 40 minutes from the Oukaimeden ski resort in the other direction. In mid winter, the pool is chilly - I swam every day - but in a wet suit ! The tents are supplied with an adequate heater/air conditioner unit as we found elsewhere in Morocco. We turned this off for total silence after going to bed - others have commented on cockerels and the distant calls to prayer which can be heard in the early morning - but these are not sounds I dislike. In winter daytime the weather is often sunny, rising to about 22 degrees. Our tent had a little 'sun trap' terrace on the afternoon sunny side, and we spent considerable time in the sun by the pool in the afternoon.
I had a hire car which meant that day trips in either direction were easy(ish), but you have to concentrate, as the traffic comes from all directions. We particularly liked the contrast between the 'madness' of Marrakesh and the peaceful haven of Les Jardins. The hosts are very French, very charming, very laid back. We enjoyed playing cards in the games room by the bar, we enjoyed breakfasts on the terrace, and we particularly enjoyed our evening Tagine meals in this beautiful setting.
I think the effort this couple have put into creating the gardens has really paid off - our photo's of the pool and the gardens with the snow-capped Atlas in the background are breathtaking. I look forward to returning in a future year to see the gardens mature.
- 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