Chez Max is the original Moroccan 'ethno-chic' earth guest house. Built in a bibical Berber village called Tagadert and run like a home.
24 kms from central Marrakech, Chez Max is the original Moroccan 'ethno-chic' guesthouse. Attractively and stylishly built in the local rammed-earth style inside a biblical Berber village, it’s run just like a home, with a small team of discreet staff taking care of all cooking and cleaning needs. And talk about tranquillity: only the chirping of birds, a call to prayer or a passing donkey’s braying will interrupt the blissful serenity.
Built around three courtyards, the house has six comfortable rooms, each different and all charming. The entire property can be booked out, and is ideal for small groups of friends or family.
The pool provides a perfect summer cool-off and is heated throughout the winter months. The four walled gardens are beautiful all year round and full of hidey-holes, while the surrounding village, gentle hills and olive groves provide just as much natural distraction, be it on a stroll or viewed from the roof terrace. Tasty Moroccan and European meals are prepared by magical cook Saida, including her famous cous-cous with caramelised onions and raisins.
Saida can also prepare packed lunches (on request) for those undertaking one of Chez Max’s selection of excursions into the Atlas Mountains or along the coast. Taxis in and out of Marrakech are available to book for £27 per way (slightly more if returning after 8pm). You may prefer to have a hire car to give you total freedom and instant access to the surrounding area. A small car will cost approx £25 per day and can be delivered and collected from Chez Max.
IF YOU WANT TO 'GO BERBER' IN STYLE AND COMFORT - CHEZ MAX IS THE ULTIMATE PLACE TO STAY...
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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!
Malika S who stayed here in October 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.
Tony Allen who stayed here in October 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.
Dawn Marshall who stayed here in February 2013.
Chez Max, Amizmiz has been rated 3 times, with an overall rating of 4.67 out of 5.
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When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.