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La Pause
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Morocco is a country where all your senses are teased at a time. After getting marvelled and intoxicated with the - sometimes rough and so different- beauty, the sounds, the flavours, the smells, the colours and the impressions of the Medina, a driver from La Pause picked us up at our Riad to take us to La Pause. After almost an hour driving, which I enjoyed absorving the landscape and crazy traffic, we arrived to the isolated oasis that is La Pause.
Mixing local materials and technics with exquisite taste, La Pause managed to unite the experience of basic accommodation with top-notch service. No electricity, spartan shower/toilet facilities and little more than beduin tents as restaurant and rooms, are compensated by the charme of the place, the tranquility and beauty of the landscape and the 1001-night atmosphere in the lovely rooms.
We stayed for a night and enjoyed amazing meals for lunch, dinner (candle light!) and breakfast. The service is excellent, the local - and of course homemade- food abundant and absolutely delicious, accompanied with good local wines.
Relaxing by the swimming pool - surrounded by olive trees -, a walk or horse riding are some of the ways of enjoying this fantastic place. I went horseriding before sunset, a breathtaking experience.
We were with a large group so I got to see several rooms, and I think mine was the best: the one located most distant from the reception building, with only 3 walls and a (thick) curtain!, offering a magnifiscent view, lots of privacy and the comfort of a good bed and warm local decoration features.
La Pause was an unforgetable experience, enjoying nature, the most beautiful night sky and a joy for all the senses.

Room Tip: There's a lot of different rooms, from real tents to large apartments, you may want to find out exactly what's available and what you'd prefer.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We have just returned from a week in Morocco and spent three days and nights at La Pause. I cannot speak too highly of this wonderful, magical establishment: Everything - the setting, the atmosphere, the rooms, the food, the service - is of the highest class. The food is perhaps the best I have ever eaten. But what makes it is the hospitality extended by the genial and ever helpful owner, Frederic. You are made to feel like a guest in his own home: nothing is too much trouble for him or his kind and smiling staff. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We were three girls aged 24-26 and visited La Pause for an afternoon and dinner.

We travelled wih our driver from our Riad in Marrakech and although the journey is a little long the sights along the way are incredible.

On arrival, we were escorted to the poolside and told to relax and make ourselves at home so we did! We swam and read our books and enjoyed the peacefulness and amazing surroundings. It almost felt like we were in the south of France until you looked out at the dunes!

We then had a bottle of wine and nibbles whilst watching the sun go down before being escorted to the "grande tent" and served a lovely meal - traditional morroccan - nothing immensely special but still wonderful!

After eating we had our dessert out on a cliff behind the tent counting the shooting stars and being dazzled by the fires lit all over the property.

Such a beautiful place, really felt like you were experiencing something special the whole time - for romance I would imagine it unbeatable.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

During our transfer from Marrakesh to La Pause, my husband and I began to exchange glances which suggested that both of us were thinking that our driver was either (a) completely lost and unwilling to turn around to try to find the correct way back to some semblance of civilization or (b) had decided to drive us the middle of the desert to inflict some variety of torture on two unsuspecting and trusting souls. We were more than pleasantly surprised when out of the desert sand arose La Pause!

The pleasant surprises continued throughout our visit.

La Pause is not, I repeat, not the right location for someone who is expecting a five-star commercial/chain resort with traditional amenities. If you are only happy at a Sofitel, Sheraton/Westin or Hilton, then do not visit La Pause, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for an adventure, off the beaten track and are open to unique experiences, you will quickly fall in love with this property, as we did.

I am baffled by the couple of negative reviews regarding the food. I can't understand as the food we ate here was among the best we had during our entire stay throughout Morocco. There was always so much food we felt more than satisfied.

The breakfasts were served by the pool and among the trees of the olive grove. Sitting amidst the olive trees that surround the pool, one almost felt as if they were in the middle of Provence, thousands of kilometers from the sand dunes which blanket the rest of the property. Breakfast consisted of baskets of freshly baked French pastries, breads and grilled Berber flatbread with homemade preserves, freshly squeezed orange juice, French press coffee, fresh local fruits, and eggs (we were served what I now refer to as the best breakfast of my life, eggs poached in a Tagine of harissa and tomatoes, scooped up with the soft flaky paratha-like flatbread, absolutely perfect!).

Lunch and dinner were served in private Berber open air tents, which scatter the property. Often we would be joined in our tent by one of the three lovely dogs which protect the property and which offer up companionship to the guests. Lunch was three courses, with a wonderful fresh salad paired with a flakey quiche to start, followed by a chicken and olive tagine over vermicelli, and finished with a delightful plum tart. Dinner was a five course extravaganza, beginning with a trio of fresh Moroccan salads, my favourite being the fresh beet salad, followed by an array of savory Moroccan pastries, then a wonderful Tagine of beef, prunes, apricots, dates and pears with perfectly light and fluffy couscous and then desert.

On one of the evenings we were quite privileged to take in a traditional show of Berber entertainers consisting of fire-throwers, acrobatics and drumming, what a treat!

Our room was quite beautiful and unique in that it was an indoor-outdoor structure, which really allowed us to feel as though we were camping in luxury. Three quarters of the walls were the traditional clay wall that you see throughout the hot desert areas of the country, but the fourth was open to the air. There were heavy leather curtains as well as lighter linen curtains that ran the length of the wall, which you would close at night for privacy and to protect oneself from the elements. Throughout the day they were tied back and the entire room was open to the huge private deck area and surrounding desert sand dunes. Each of the rooms is quite private, in its own area of the property, perfect for a honeymoon destination (which for us it was) or romantic retreat. The lack of electricity and resulting gas and candle-lit lanterns that fill the rooms and property add to the pure unapologetic romance of this resort. Many of the furniture pieces, both in the rooms and in the public areas, reflect the French heritage of the owners, they are a beautiful amalgamation with the traditional Berber furnishings and linens.

I would strongly recommend either taking a camel ride or a hike up the tallest sand dunes to watch the sunset over the desert, with the Atlas mountains in the distance. One of our favourite honeymoon memories was observing, through the lens of our binoculars, as a distant Berber community carried out the preparations for a wedding feast. We could hear the drums, dancing and calls of celebration rise into the night as we watched the setting sun.

Unforgettable.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Although the place is beautiful and in a beautiful setting, I have to say that the food was an absolute joke. I ate there with four friends and for 45 euros each, we got a portion size that might feed a kitten. It had cost us 100 euros to be picked up and brought back to Marrakech on top of that! We actually had to ask the staff at our Riad to prepare food for us when we got back. However our waiter was really nice, not his fault that terms are dictated by someone else.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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