On New Year’s Day we moved hotels, from a riad in the Medina of Marrakech to the Palmerie, a few kilometres outside the city walls. With nearly nine full days to play with, we decided to make it a two-hotel trip, with four days for exploring the city, and then four days to sit, eat, write & read in calm, luxe surroundings.
Our second hotel is Les Deux Tours, nominally a maison d’hote, but in reality a proper hotel. Built twenty years or so ago as six villas in 32.2 acres, it later evolved into a hotel of 36 rooms, with the original six villas turned into private riads for hire, and a mix of suites and rooms, some around courtyards with their own pools. The whole is set within a grove of olive trees, with much use of billowing calico curtains, and four poster brass beds & hammocks set under the trees for lounging and dreaming.
That suits us just fine: this trip has been all about taking it easy. On New Year’s Eve, not being particular party people, and with lil’sis a little wobbly on her feet, we eschewed the packed streets and the 1000+ dirhams (£75+) lengthy set menus in the restaurants here, and had a delicious take away pizza from Fritos and an early night with our books in our room at Les Yeux Bleus for a grand total of 220 dirhams. Result.
(If you do come to Marrakech for New Year’s Eve, and wish to eat at any of the well-known restaurants, start saving now – especially if La Mamounia appeals as it charges 3500 dirhams at all three restaurants – that’s about £250, and make your reservations months in advance.)