I was at Terre with my wife when it opened in 2007 and we both thought it was a great "boutique resort". It is so much cooler to be in your "own house" with private patio and everything than a hotel room with small balcony like so many of the other places around. Plus the design is very innovative and the architecture just beautiful. So many details (each of the 18 domes is different! and there are octogons hidden ust about everywhere!). But it was brand new, the staff a bit inexperienced, certain amenities not in place, etc. Nonetheless, it had the right ingredients to become a very special place.
So I went back for a short business trip last week and was amazed at how much the place had improved! I wish my wife could have seen it this time around. They have redesigned the main hall to accomodate a small souvenir shop (cheaper than in town!), added a magnificent door to the restaurant, and so on. Definitely keeping up with the improvements: English spoken by all the senior staff (don't expect all Moroccans to speak English...), new pool house/library with PCs and internet access, etc. The place just looked magnificent.
The new chef is simply brilliant and the food was excellent. Those that complain about prices should try most of the other similar quality restaurants in town. I would nonetheless recommend having some "quick meals" in town if you are on a tight budget. For breakfast, always order it through room service and you will never be disappointed!
I believe you can find this place to be just the best for you (a businessman, a 30+ couple on a romantic trip...) if you understand that going to town will always take between 15 and 30 minutes from anywhere in the Palmeraie and this place is no exception. Cab fares have been regulated and are posted at the airport so take notice when you get there. Once in town, small red cabs will get you everywhere for less than a pound or two. After a stressful day visiting Marrakech or having had meetings, the calm of the Palmeraie (an oasis of palm trees in an otherwise desertic area) is what you need.
Finally, I would say this: Terre is the best 5-star boutique hotel/residential retreat this close to town. And it just keeps on getting better and better.
Thanks to all the staff (Meryem, Fatima Zahra, Hassan, Karim) for a very pleasant stay - albeit too short, as always.
I'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our secluded and luxury five-star getaway is located in the Palmeraie Desert, just 7 miles from the enchanting city of Marrakech. Everything at Terre (earth), from the architecture to the cuisine, is an innovative blend of old and new. Take a step into the past and be submerged in true Morocco style while being spoiled with all imaginable present-day luxuries. Our extra large suites come in various configurations to accommodate your every need. Our friendly staff and trained staff manage our full service resort offering from dinning, relaxation, activities and venturing on to the mystical red city of Marrakech. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Terre Resort And Spa
- Terre Resort Marrakech
- Terre Hotel Marrakech