Maroc Lodge is a small luxury hotel in the High Atlas mountains, just 40 minutes from Marrakech. This chic retreat has 4 luxury pavilions, inspired by Berber architecture, thus perfectly attuned to the environment using natural local materials and local craftsmanship. Formerly the home of the personal physician of King Mohammed V and King Hassan II, family heirlooms and antiques sit alongside pieces from all over the world, and outside guests can enjoy views across the valley from the infinity pool surrounded by century-old olive and fruit trees. Relax in the pure mountain air, and de-stress in the hammam & spa with a traditional ghasoul clay treatment before a traditional Berber dinner using produce from the lodge's orchard and vegetable garden. This is a true paradise up in the mountains set on a beautiful 2 hectare estate.
Maroc Lodge is the ideal place from which to embark on a trip to discover the Berber villages of the High Atlas mountains. Your hosts can arrange guided walking, mule, mountain bike and quad tours and the weekly Amizmiz souk is an easy walk from the Lodge. Private taxis can be arranged for day trips to Marrakech, the Ourika valley, Goundafa country, Tinmel mosque & Asni valley, Essaouira and Ouarzazate (which is a 2-day trip) and guests can even go skiing at the Oukaimden resort.
Within the Lodge's estate, guests can wander among the almond, walnut, fig & pomegranate trees, take a walk to the natural spring which feeds the irrigation canal, a lovely trip through sarsaparilla plants past small wooden bridges, and end their trip with a cooling drink by the infinity pool which seems to flow from the mountain-side itself. The hammam & spa offers traditional Moroccan treatments with ghasoul clay, scrubs, henna, body wraps and massages.
Meals can be served anywhere on the estate, by the pool, in the restaurant, in the living room or in the privacy of your pavilion. The chef makes the most of the Lodge's natural larder, with produce fresh from the vegetable garden and orchard or from the pioneering Moroccan company Le Marcher des Saveurs which produces its goods in an eco-friendly way. Dishes often incorporate Maroc Lodge's own olive oil, pomegranates, almonds, figs, strawberries and herbs. You will be introduced to Berber cuisine with barley couscous, chicken tajine with honey, tanourt bread and some refreshing timija mint tea. For breakfast, enjoy a mix of Continental and Moroccan dishes with European and Moroccan pancakes, raïf (Moroccan pastry) with honey, traditional breads, homemade brioches, fruit salad, cheeses, yoghurt, home-made jams and eggs-to-order.