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.