Tennis court, tennis and yoga coaching on request, bikes to hire, book and DVD libraries, free WiFi throughout, library, lounges. Some rooms have access to a roof terrace. In-room spa treatments can be arranged. In-rooms: you're here to commune with nature and gaze adoringly at ach other – that sort of thing – so all tech (TVs, DVD and CD players) is available on request, aside from a Moroccan mobile for guests' use; otherwise, rooms have a range of antiques, tadelakt ensuite bathroom, flowers and candles, free soft drinks and water and Nectarome bath products.
The Blue Animal Room – lovely and big with a fireplace. The Green Syrian Room overlooks the olive grove. The intimate Celadon Room, with a four-poster. Moussafir House has a pool and outdoor salon; the Casablanca room has a large private terrace.
There are five unheated swimming pools dotted throughout the grounds if you need to cool off. Each is large enough for laps and surrounded by lush greenery.
Bring multiple swimwear options. Sketchbook for botanical drawings and North African recipe notes.
Disabled access is good here, and there is a wheelchair on site. Private parties and weddings are a speciality at this family-friendly escape.
Very welcome: cots (free) and beds for children aged 4-11 (€45) can be added to rooms; kids 12 and older stay for €70 a night. Babysitting and activities programmes can be arranged; there's a TV and games room with DVD library, and a portable kid’s pool.
Very welcome: cots (free) and beds for over fours (€30) can be added to rooms; under-14s stay for €175–€294 a night. Babysitting and activities programmes can be arranged; there's also a TV and games room with DVD library, and a portable kid’s pool.
Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.
All of the large rooms can take an extra bed. If you want separate rooms, combine Wedgwood with the adjoining smaller Indian; Taupe with Touareg; or Edward with Celadon rooms. Casablanca and Calligraphy rooms share a verandah.
No crèche, but a nanny can be arranged to help for your whole stay (with at least two weeks' notice).
There's masses to do for active children, including playing hide and seek in the enormous garden. There's a tennis court (with excellent coaching available); and with a bit of notice, horse-drawn carriage tours, camel rides, trekking in the Atlas Mountains, bike hire and pony riding or riding lessons can all be arranged. Other options include henna painting, botanical tours of the garden, cooking lessons… even acrobats or magicians can be brought in (ask in advance of your stay, or check the in-room menus for options during your stay).
There are five swimming pools (two are always heated), plus a portable inflatable one just for toddlers.
Well-behaved children are welcome in the restaurant until 9pm, and there are always children's options on the menu. You can ask for child-friendly packed lunches, and milk and baby food will be heated up for you. High chairs are on hand for small Smiths. Menus are chalked up on a board in front of the dining room with the day's lunch and dinner options, so guests can decide if they'd like to stay in or book out, or request adaptations to the menu – if your little ones are picky, just ask the kitchen and the chef will try to tailor-tweak dishes to suit them – he's also happy to make baby purées.
This can be arranged – at least two weeks' notice is best if you want one to cover your whole stay, but sitters for the odd evening here or there can be arranged at short notice. It'll cost about €35 a half-day; €50 an evening.
No need to pack
Endless changes of clothes are not necessary: a laundry service is included in the price. Cots, changing mats, sterilisers and kettles can be provided but don't forget your little ones' favourite toys.
Moroccans have strong family ties and therefore tend to be great with kids, so expect them to be treated like mini rock stars when you're wandering around the hotel. Even very young children will love looking at all the animal trinkets in the souk, from donkeys to turtles.