“Leafy La Palmeraie is the perfect antidote to the mediaeval labyrinthine gloom of the Medina. Combining the two is the ideal way to enjoy Marrakech. There are many swish villas to choose from in La Palmeraie, and whilst this is not the snazziest what sets it apart is the genuinely relaxed and family-friendly feel of place. Run by the delightful Christophe Guillemjouan (who lives on the premises) it has a definite French influence (Zola on the bookshelves) and evidently a loyal returning French clientele. It is booked out well in advance for the French school holidays. The Villa flanks a lovely pool in lush landscaped grounds. The main reception areas are in a classic Moroccan vernacular domed building and there is a separate rotunda (with riad-style inner courtyard) for the accommodation. The bedrooms are simply furnished, but comfortable, light and really spacious - which again is a treat after the claustrophobic hustle and bustle of the Medina. You can really unwind here without being fussed over which is a joy. Good basic food is served pool-side and there are spa treatments available, although the spa itself requires an upgrade.”
Written by Caroline Townsend
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
For the relaxed atmosphere and feeling of being away from it all while still having Marrakech at your fingertips.
What is there to do in the area?
Marrakech and all of its sites, sounds, and restaurants are at hand, though when staying in the Palmeraie most people are there to play golf (we have 3 of Marrakech's best golf courses within a five minute drive from the Villa) or to just relax and enjoy some down time.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer a variety of breakfast choices, from a la carte to a Moroccan breakfast to a full breakfast
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We offer all meals, and our restaurant serves both French and Moroccan cuisine, with a daily changing menu as well as a range of staples, such as tajines and delicious sandwiches.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
All of our rooms are junior suites, and have private terraces or balconies looking onto the gardens.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We have a boules court, offer games, cooking classes, and will be adding a "kids club" this summer. We can have up to one added bed in each room.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Villa al Assala is extremely well located in the Palmeraie, very close to Marrakech whilst still being away from it all. It is the ideal spot to unwind over a few days.”