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Les Jardins de Skoura is an unassuming yet finely converted farmhouse, 6km from the village of Skoura, nestling in a palm grove not far from the High Atlas Mountains. Here in the oasis region between Ouarzazate and the Merzouga desert, French owner Caroline worked with a team of 20 builders over 18 months in order to create her guest house in this ideally secluded spot.
The ‘jardins’ (gardens) in question feature fragrant varieties of vines and olive, apricot, pomegranate and fig trees. A nearby 12 metre swimming pool provides a welcome cooling dip during the warmer months. Guests reside in five rooms and three suites that have each been individually decorated in their own warm and very traditional style. All rooms have comfy beds and heating (winter nights can be chilly), including fireplaces within the suites, whilst thick walls help keep them cool in summerwithout the need for air-conditioning. A living room with a fireplace looks out over the mountains, whilst the roof terrace offers a panoramic view all around the mountains and the palm groves.
Les Jardins de Skoura also has its own shop which sells crafts and Argan cosmetics. A range of activities can be organised through the hotel, such as donkey riding and picnics, trips to the Dadès and Draa Valley, and excursions in the surrounding countryside with a local English-speaking guide. This is a well-placed oasis from which to explore the astonishing sights of the area.
In the Hotel• Restaurant • Lounge • Library • Rooftop terrace • Swimming pool • Gardens • Terrace • Patio • WiFi internet access • Bicycle hire • Donkey rides • Gift shop
In Your Room• Bottled water and fruit • En‑suite bathroom with shower • Heating • Climate control
Tahouna. With an original interior design, restored in old mill, this quiet and bright bedroom, with a high ceiling and enchanting colorful alcove, links to a private patio shared with the Saguia suite.
Mechmech. original architecture with high ceilings and Berber style living room corner. Its cocooning volume of soft apricot ‘Mechmech’ colors welcomes you. Direct access to the garden. This room will take an extra bed, and can also be joined with the Haaneb room.
Zitouna. A spacious and bright Berber style bedroom with carpets and blankets of the Mid Atlas. A large living room with a view and access on the garden. This room will take an extra bed.
Haaneb. A cosy and spacious bedroom with a warm ‘grape vine’ coloured living room, thus its name “hàaneb”. Charming bathroom in taddelakt. This room will take an extra bed, and can also be joined with the Mechmech room.
Ellouze. A spacious and bright bedroom in the High Atlas Berber style with its carpets and covers. There is a large living room of soft “ellouze” almond colours and a charming sand taddelackt bathroom. This room will take an extra bed.
Atlas Suite. On the first floor a very spacious Berber inspired suite. Living room with a large fireplace and climate control, surrounded by exquisite Mid Atlas carpets, kilims and leather poufs. A huge taddelackt bathroom in pearl grey and aubergine colours. Space for an extra bed.
Saguia Suite. This large suite will charm you with its subdued atmosphere where space and cosiness combine. An open living room welcomes conviviality while a second one, more private, with its fireplace, caters to more intimate moments. Leding out into two patios, it could be a ‘riad' of its own !Space for two extra beds.
Jnan Suite. With a panoramic terrace this romantic suite is full of sunlight and has an exceptional view of the garden which at night becomes magical. Living room decorated with genuine local antique furniture. Enchanting bathroom with a double wash basin.
Luscious Moroccan and Mediterranean-style dishes are served in the dining room or out on the terrace under the stars. The restaurant uses a home-produced olive oil too.
Visitors to Les Jardins de Skoura find themselves at the edge of the Dadès and Todra Gorges, the Roses Valley and the Dràa Valley, and the Erg Chebbi and Chigaga desert.
Skoura is known for its many historical places as well as natural attractions. the kasbah Amerhidil, the small beaches along the Dadès river where you can swim and sun bathe, the Toundount salt mine where "Tazoudasaurus Naïmi", a 180 million-year old dinosaur was discovered.
A half-day or even a one-day trip away is the ksar d'Ait Ben Haddou, the almond valley, the villages of Sidi Fla.
Walkers will be able to hike the paths on Mont M'Goum, a sanctuary for nomadic peoples.
"The gardens are lovely and a visit to the local kasbah is interesting. But the highlight of our stay was a 3 hour trip (mostly walking) round the oasis. Very reasonably priced and our guide Kemal was great fun."
"The staff are very attentive and willing to please. The food was excellent, well spiced and well prepared. They made a special meal for my wife who is vegetarian. I would strongly consider staying here and was very sorry that I only chose to stay one night!!"
"We were charmed by this hotel. Everything was exactly right. The room was very clean and the decoration was lovely. The service was excellent and the owner helped so much to make the best of our visit. As well as all this, I have to mention the location: although a little difficult to get to, the palm grove is such a wonderful situation. And what we liked the most was to sit down and watch the sunset from the terrace. Impressive! "
|A Word From The Owner|
An ideal setting to meditate in peace, stroll amongst the palm groves and explore a bygone region and its forgotten villages in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
Les Jardins de Skoura conveniently lies on the route through the High Atlas from Marrakech to the edge of the desert. It's much more than just accommodation en-route though: it takes a few days at least to fully appreciate the delightful location, the charming hostess and the rugged beauty of the surroundings.
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