Need to know
16 Ludovic Petit-designed double or twin rooms; the hotel can also be hired for exclusive use.
11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 12.30pm.
Double rooms from $193.47 (€173), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.00 per person per night on check-out.
Room rates include Continental breakfast with home-made goodies, including cake, crêpes, pastries and croissants.
Donkeys, sheep, chickens and goats reside on the estate’s farm – guests can help with feeding and egg collecting, or simply make a furred or feathered friend. The hotel restaurant uses ingredients from the farm, their small vegetable garden and the surrounding olive groves. Spend any idle afternoons lazing in a hand-crafted souk-sourced deckchair, admiring Philippe Taburiaux’s monolithic building and breathing in the heady scent of Moroccan flowers and herbs.
At the hotel
Swimming pool, farm, spa (with hammam, steam bath and Jacuzzi), lounge, mini boutique, gardens, library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV.
Our favourite rooms
All of the hotel’s rooms are equally stylish: cerise Indian headdresses, coffee tables made from vintage bread trays and artfully deconstructed lamps liven up dove-grey furnishings and exposed-brick floors. A Ground Floor Room with a bath tub offers views of the Atlas Mountains and the landscaped gardens. The Zellige-tiled bathrooms are a treat too, and a soothing, rose-scented soak to soothe your hike-worn muscles will easily sway you from a room with a shower; there are also his ’n’ hers sinks and the tub’s big enough for a party of two, too.
The unheated, 28m infinity-edged swimming pool is a five-minute walk from the hotel, sunk into open countryside, with breathtaking views; lined with midnight-blue anthracite tiles, it resembles an inky mirror. Tiki-style parasols and pairs of day beds line the poolside area, alongside thatched pagodas – one of which is the Pool House restaurant and bar. There’s also a Jacuzzi in the spa that overlooks the valley.
Hunter wellingtons or a past-it pair of Converse for mucking in on the farm. Pack some pashminas and chunky cardigans for stargazing in the cool night air.
An energetic little guest might be a squeeze, but children under-six can stay free (otherwise extra beds are €70 a night and available in ground-floor rooms). Kids will love meeting the farm animals and exploring the gardens.
The hotel uses an energy-saving cooling system in communal areas and a partially solar-powered heating system.