Just back from a wonderful 5 day break in Marrakech - we stayed at Les Jardins after reading some UK magazine recommendations and some reviews on here.
What a marvellous place - about 20 mins drive from the center of Marrakech and situated in open land teeming with wildlife. We had the company of peacocks, tortoises, frogs and numerous local birds during our stay.
Meals taken in a wonderful central area with a tree filled terrace, bar was lovely with great service throughout and the meals we ate onsite were excellent, lovely tagines with fresh ingredients and local flavour.
Our accommodation was a smaller 'tent' - although you can hardly describe this as camping - with concrete walls and a full hotel room contained within, this was not like the camping trips you know! We had a canvas roof, but under it was fantastic comfortable bed, a lovely bathroom (with sometimes quirky Moroccan plumbing!), air conditioning and a dressing room/wardrobe - we even had a window for a birds to peck at in the morning.
The hotel was peaceful, with a remote call to prayer being heard in the morning as well as sounds of wildlife - but no noise from other guests and a calm, relaxed approach to service and hospitality throughout.
Be aware of the drive in and out of Marrakech - it is a good 20/30 minutes - but for me, this was a perfect way to see some life away from the touristic areas of the city AND get some peace and quiet away from the bustle. This is not a hotel to go walking out into the souks from.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here - perfect, quality time for us and a wonderful oasis away from the medina of Marrakech and it's assault on ALL the senses.
- 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