“Set amid extensive gardens filled with exotic species, roses and citrus groves, La Gazelle d'Or is a truly hidden gem. The thirty suites and pavilions are spread throughout the grounds and each offer luxuriously appointed accommodation filled with Moroccan antiques. The feel is classic understated elegance, and perfect for a getting away from it all after a few frenetic days in the city. There is a large outdoor pool, surrounded by shade giving trees and a spa with traditional hammam if you want a little pampering. Other activities include horse riding and hunting.”
Written by Sarah Empson
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
La Gazelle d'Or is an oasis of tranquility set in the Souss-Massa, one of the most spectacularly beautiful areas of Morocco. The hotel's opulent bungalows and extensive gardens make the hotel the ideal setting to unwind. The familiar faces of the staff are there to welcome guests back year after year. The formal dining and superb piano playing of Adam have enchanted guests for decades. Under new management, the hotel is once again defining true luxury in a captivating setting.
What is there to do in the area?
Hunting is a popular pastime and the hotel works with a number of specialist tour operators who are able to handle all of the particulars of hunting in Morocco. Taroudant is a gorgeous medieval walled town, said by many to be like Marrakech in the 1960's. The argan forests and the many co-operatives extracting the precious argan oil are enjoyable to visit as are many of the local craft ateliers. The hotel has a special programme working with a local charity that allows guests to both make and learn various crafts, but also to participate in charitable activities.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
A full range of Moroccan, French, and English style breakfast ingredients are available…the food is abundant, fresh, and delicious.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
La Gazelle d'Or has a number of indoor and outdoor dining options, with terrace dining, an opulent luncheon buffet by the pool, and formal dining in the evenings. The hotels bar and piano lounge continue to enchant.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All of the rooms at the hotel offer incredible comfort. All rooms can be paired with another room, making them ideal for friends and families travelling together. All rooms look out onto gorgeous lawns, and have their own lawn chairs for sunning. Our smallest rooms, Bougainvillea, are 70 square metres, have a private outdoor terrace, all rooms have fireplaces, all bathrooms have separate bath and shower and separate sinks for the couple as well as a separate toilet and bidet room. All rooms have dressing rooms, safe, and complimentary wifi. All rooms have a desk and work area, pullout couch and lounge area. The Jacaranda rooms are 80 square metres and also all have a separate enclosed solarium and private garden. The Jasmine rooms are 110 square metres with more opulent lounge space, private garden space, and dressing room. The Jasmine rooms also all have television. La Maison is our most opulent room, and has 145 square metres, a guest bathroom, a small kitchen, two living rooms, and two outdoor dining terraces.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We have a non-traditional kids club that involves exploring and learning about Moroccan arts and crafts techniques, where children can learn and make mosaics, carvings, and other items. We can also design specialised programmes for kids. We have an enormous pool, as well as a croquet lawn, board games and can organise tennis and horseback riding in the area.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
A rare combination of opulence, relaxation, and a warm-hearted welcome into Moroccan culture at its very best.”