Oasis of peace and comfort set in wonderful extensive gardens.
ABOUT: A few kilometres outside walled Taroudant, ‘The Golden Gazelle’ is a luxurious hunting lodge set within 250 fragrant acres of citrus groves, cypress trees, perfectly-pruned rose bushes and towering bougainvillea. The place dates back to the 1960s and is one of Morocco’s legendary hotels; colonial-era luxury and décor with a distinctly Moroccan twist. And all around is classic Southern Morocco: canyons, palm-filled gorges, kasbahs, space and villages long ago lost to time.
ROOMS: All 30 subtle suites and cottages – ranging from Junior Suites to entire Maisons – are found scattered amid those gardens. Inside awaits air-conditioning, antique Moroccan mosaics, hand-woven rugs and large, deluxe beds. All also come with a private terrace where breakfast can be served, plus a log fire, dressing room and en-suite marble bathroom.
FACILITIES: Changing with the season, dinner is either served indoors, within beautiful salons, or out on a garden-gazing terrace. An adjacent organic farm supplies all the traditional Moroccan cuisine. Meander awhile around the gardens and you’ll find the 25m freshwater pool; a spa, massage and beauty centre – with aromatherapy a specialty; two clay tennis courts and a croquet course, not to mention riding stables (lessons are available). Back inside, the Gazelle’s lounge bar is the place for coffee, cocktails and liqueurs.
EXTRA INFO: Shoots still take place and typically commence very early in the morning, with exhausted participants often back lolling on terraces by late afternoon.
La Gazelle d'Or has been rated 2 times, with an overall rating of 4.00 out of 5.
From John Wates who stayed here in February 2015
The new Manager, Ziad, is young but very experienced. He specialised in opening hotels in Egypt and elsewhere. He is Lebanese and friends of the real owner who brought him in to sort things out. I would say he has got everything under control. It was not very busy when we were there but he says he has plenty of future bookings (he would say that, wouldn’t he). But the few people who were there were long time customers and seemed very happy with the way things are being run.
We had a very good time there.
He has two star members of staff: Adam the Northern Irish piano player (who has been there 30 years) and Fatima a wonderful woman who makes giving your breakfast order over the phone one of the highlights of the day!
From Mr & Mrs Dighton who stayed here in May 2014
The Gazelle d'OR (our choice). It is still as magical as ever and Adam remains the star he has always been. However, things you probably should know....The air conditioning which is centrally controlled was not functioning correctly and totally inadequate during our three nights there. Dinners beautifully served as always on the terraces but less than inspiring food. And for a hotel of that standard we found the Reception disappointing both on arrival and departure. Much warmer in every other hotel we'd stayed in.
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