The Terre Resort is a good choice if you are looking for somewhere with an exclusive feel to it, out of the city centre. It’s a 20 minute taxi ride from the Medina area, at a cost of 150 Dirham (£12) each way using the hotel’s recommended taxi service. We didn’t try our luck with the city centre taxis due to a previous dubious experience with a foreign taxi driver, however if you look like a hardened traveller and negotiator you might get a discounted ride, who knows.
There are no neighbouring properties at Terre apart from Chez Ali, which is a kind of showground next door which has a show every evening involving Moroccan horsemen and suchlike. Noise isn’t a problem though, as the only thing you can hear is a dozen fireworks (or gunshots?) at around 11 pm. Apart from Chez Ali there is only desert type scrubland outside, which I wouldn’t recommend taking a walk in or looking under any stones.
Having said that, the resort’s own grounds are large and well kept with a number of seating areas, one main pool and a large Jacuzzi pool. The accommodation is set around the gardens in impressive individual 2 storey buildings built and furnished in traditional Moroccan style. The interiors are spacious and well decorated, some have private patios although I think only the largest ones have a balcony. Overall I thought the room was very good, only let down by aircon that didn’t seem to work after the second day. I have to admit though that the aircon has packed up in the last 3 hotel rooms I have stayed in so maybe its me.
We stayed in late April and the daytime weather was warm, bordering on hot, about 30C. The evenings and overnight were still cool though so we didn’t really miss the aircon.
The resort claims 5 star status however I have to say as far as the food is concerned we didn’t think that was really justified. There is only one restaurant, which seems to keep the same menu all week and although the prices are 5 star the food is nothing special. Breakfast was also a bit short on choice and had no day to day variation. This is of course less of a factor if you are intending to travel into the city regularly and eat there.
On the plus side, the Terre staff were all very helpful and did everything they could for us. There is also free internet access, a (small) bar and areas of lit garden to walk around in the evening.
Overall I would recommend the Terre for its exotic Moroccan appeal, its helpful staff and the quality of the gardens and rooms. It is somewhere a bit different to the average hotel.
- 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