- Tours & Ideas
- South & Sahara
- Atlas Mountains
Chez Max is the original Moroccan 'ethno-chic' earth guest house. Built in a bibical Berber village called Tagadert and run like a home.
The house is built around three different courtyards. There are only six rooms, all different and all charming. The chirping of birds and the occasional braying of a donkey and the call to prayer, will be the only sounds to intrude upon the silence. The small team of discreet staff take care of all your cooking needs and keep the house spotlessly clean.
Two swimming pools are welcome in the warmer months and one is heated in the winter, the gardens are beautiful all year round and the village and its gentle hills and olive groves invite you to stroll peacefully around, contemplating stunning natural scenery.
Tasty Moroccan and European meals are prepared by Saida the housekeeper and cook who has a magic touch when it comes cooking. Traditional salads, tagines (lamb, beef, fish and vegetarian), and her famous couscous with caramelised ognions and rasins leave one feeling grateful to be alive! Fresh fruit salads and home made Moroccan pastries with mint tea served on the top roof terrace overlooking the stunning olive groves, simple berber earth village scenes and the Houuz plane beyond. Breakfast is served either in your room, or in any courtyard or garden you choose (the house can always offer both sun or shade as it has four peaceful walled gardens, facing in all directions to suit). Packed lunches / picnic baskets are available on request for those who wish to go exploring for the day (to the lake or further up into the Atlas mountians).
We can also offer you a selection of excursions from the house, both in Marrakech and to the Atlas or the coast. Taxis in and out of town are available to book for £44 per return journey (slightly more if returning after 8pm).
Ideal for small groups of friends or family get togethers.
IF YOU WANT TO 'GO BERBER' IN STYLE AND COMFORT - CHEZ MAX IS THE ULTIMATE PLACE TO STAY...
From Tony Allen who stayed here in September 2013
Chez Max added a whole new dimension to what was already a wonderful trip, giving us a flavor of Berber culture and allowing us to explore further into the Atlas mountains.
We were lost in admiration for the imaginative and sympathetic way you had developed the concept of a traditional village house and translated it into a bold modern design. We loved your light, spacious, high ceilinged rooms and rambling roof terraces and the cool peace of the classically Moroccan courtyards and garden. Saida and the household staff were lovely people and unfailingly attentive, and Saida herself created a wonderful selection of local meals for us. Everyone we met in the village, as you had led us to expect, was friendly and welcoming and simply walking around the village and meeting people going about their daily life was a delight.
From Malika S who stayed here in September 2013
We had an excellent time at Chez Max. The house is beautiful and we were well looked after. We were slightly taken aback at the prices in Marrakech etc which were on par with London!
From Dawn Marshall who stayed here in January 2013
Chez Max is a haven. On 3 of our days we did nothing but eat, read, swim and, after dinner each evening we played scrabble or crib. No telly - not even radio and I am an addict of radio. I love that you left the olive trees in situ - and I assume added some. And the bourganvillea are sumptuous. The layout and design are gorgeous. One of our delights was to watch the sparrows from the swimming pool - seeing them on their own level was fun. The various seating areas outdoors are inspired - we loved to catch the last rays of the sun sipping mint tea in the one en route to the Pool. But I would suggest adding a couple of comfortable chairs to sit outside and read in the sun during the winter months when the sun is short-lived and not so hot. The best place is by the pool but the loungers are not really suitable.
Saida and Mohammed looked after us wonderfully. I found it difficult to be waited on at first but it was wonderfully relaxing. We did not ask Saida to teach us to cook because we felt that our communication skills were not up to it. But she fed us wonderfully well, ably assisted by Mohammed. The huge fish dish she did midweek stands out - probably because it was unexpected as every meal was delicious. Mohammed explained one of the salad recipes to us so I have it noted as Mohammed's Salad. He is a master fire builder. What a gentle and conscientious young man he is. We want to send him a photograph so would appreciate it if you could you let us know the correct postal address for Chez Max. Thank you.