Probably Marrakech's best kept secret...peace, tranquility and rest all within easy reach of Marrakech's madness...
Despite boasting a fairytale setting and sharing its name with a Lord of The Rings sequel, Les Deux Tours is wholly, happily real. Located 15 minutes from central Marrakech inside the Palmeraie (a vast palm grove dotted with sheep clusters), the hotel is a series of villas scattered across a walled garden thick with heavy scents. Thanks to architect Charles Boccara, the exotic style is 1920s-meets-Arabo-Andalucian: but there’s also a strong eco vibe via locally-sourced materials and home-grown vegetables.
The 12 standard rooms and 12 junior suites come with fireplaces and, in some cases, impressive domed bathrooms; all have air-conditioning and satellite TV. There are also six premium suites and six luxurious pool suites, each hiding a heated pool - though one, no. 39, has a jacuzzi instead, with a garden, lounge and dressing room for good measure.
Decisions, decisions. You could do lengths in the heated swimming pool. You could hit the small hammam for a quality massage or beauty treatment. You could dine in the two top-class restaurants: one antique and indoors, the other under a pergola. You could sip cocktails in the cool bar. Or you could simply meander around the huge grounds, littered with hammocks and even the odd four-poster bed...
There’s free Wi-Fi throughout. Breakfast can be taken in-room, as can treatments. Due to its size and looks, the hotel is ideal for weddings or large parties.
Freelance travel writer, Anna Melville-James, stayed at Les Deux Tours in Marrakech with Lawrence of Morocco in January 2013, writing for the Sunday Times Travel Magazine
The Secret Garden
Marrakech is a city of secret gardens, everyone told me before I went. A city of riad walls sheltering courtyards of fountains and songbirds from the colourful Medina mayhem outside the door. But I didn’t really fancy battening down the hatches – I wanted a bit more room to breathe. On Max’s recommendation I head out to the Palmeraie, at the edge of town, an oasis of calm where the only noises are palms rustling and the haunting calls of the muezzin over the sand.
Here, down a winding lane, the luscious walled garden of Les Deux Tours hides its surprises behind natural fronds and manmade design quirks like a coquettish fan dancer. A door to a room here amid the jasmine, a cosy seat behind a beaded curtain there.
Sitting, straw hat perched over my nose, breathing sunshine in our private pool villa courtyard, I feel palpable peace like a gong sounding deep inside my chest. Swimming in tea-temperature water or even reading seems a bit industrious. So I put my book down and just…am for a bit. And how often are we just…ourselves these days? Running from one activity or thought to another. In this most frenetic of cities I have found a still point. A private world (my villa) within a private world (the hotel) that has become my private world for a week.
Of course I venture out – occasionally – to walk down paths patterned with foliage shadows or eat breakfast on the terrace, as birds cluster round me like a Disney movie (the crumbs…). I see people, occasionally, disappearing up a path to the hammam, or in the distance, by the pool. But we are all in our own worlds really.
And when the sun sets, and tea lights appear along every path and terrace, the hotel takes on an even more enchanting air. The sky above is slate covered with spilt flour. The lanterns cast speckles of light in front of our feet like petals. The restaurant, where open fires crackle and a musician plays the hypnotic Moroccan lyre, calls us in.
And all is right with the world. Wherever the rest of the world is. Perfect.
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Thank you, yes, a really excellent holiday – superbly choreographed by Denise.
EasyJet was a new experience for me (as Denise knows). I did not have very high hopes, which was the right approach since the flights were delayed out and inbound.
We did not particularly take to our cynical and plump little guide to Historical Marrakesh – clearly in cahoots with the Soukees, he would sit in the background while a rather obvious attempt to fleece us was made; tiresome and not especially educational.
As for the hotels Denise chose (Deux Tours, La Pause, Kasbah Bab Ourikah), they were exceptional and a wonderful combo. You should know that the current manager of Bab Ourikah (one Damien) is a superstar who made a huge, and unwarranted, effort to make sure we enjoyed ourselves (we did).
I am very glad we organized our holiday through you – thank you.
David Hansell who stayed here in October 2015.
Les Deux Tours was beautiful, our room wasn’t ready on arrival but we had lunch and lounged around the pool. Again – we loved this hotel (brilliant recommendation from you!) staff were attentive, girls loved the gardens and our suite was amazing with its own little pool which was welcome when the main pool was busy and after a hot morning in the city. If I was going to find one niggle, a few things in the room needed repair (shower was a bit rickety/handrail in bathroom coming away) but didn’t detract from our stay one bit. The hammam was fantastic – I took the girls with me for the experience and they were spoilt rotten, I also took advantage of a massage which was excellent. The guide you arranged was great, tailored the tour for us and the girls, was very informative, good mix of culture and pottering the souks and looked after us very well, certainly well worth it as we felt confident about going back to the souks the next day on our own for an explore. Both meals Souad arranged were fantastic (even though we turned up a day early to Le Fondouk – they managed to fit us in!), my favourite was La Maison Arabe – absolutely incredible setting and food, again they were brilliant with the children, food was incredible. We ate at the hotel on the last night and that too was excellent.
Karen Lloyd who stayed here in May 2015.
Les Deux Tours - stunning gardens, lovely and relaxing after a day in town, staff also exceptionally friendly, though (inevitably) more geared towards family holidays: young children, crowded pool (our negative feedback would be: staff should remove towels from beds by the pool left when people go to lunch or into town, it is not fair for the others who were waiting to relax and swim!) Food was exceptional, and evening dinner is a real treat. A beautiful hotel, although at this time of year, the mating calls of the frogs in the pond below our room made sleep impossible! They did, however, have a certain charm all of their own...
Ali Pery who stayed here in April 2015.
Les Deux Tours is in a league of its own, and we felt hugely spoilt being there. Such a beautiful place close to Marrakech, it couldn’t have been better.
Annie Peake who stayed here in March 2015.
A beautiful place, fantastic setting. And like Les Orangers, service was impeccable, dining was excellent, it was the perfect place for the final part of our stay. I was entranced by the Sufi guy playing his weird guitar in the evenings
Neil Ashford who stayed here in November 2014.
Les Deux Tours. The hotel was great in itself but not as relaxing and friendly as it could be. The weather was a bit cooler too strangely. I was confused by the shuttle bus times and when the driver said he’s pick us up at 2.30 in the same spot I hadn’t realised this was as a private taxi rather than the shuttle, so I didn’t have the money to pay him and I was very embarrassed. In our room we could hear the people above and they seems to walk about early and late, and our neighbours had to go past the patio window to get to their room. Bit inconvenient! Food was just OK and several dishes were unavailable, the amuse bouche was just nonsense, not in keeping with the rest of the style in my opinion. The staff were nice and friendly though. And finally we didn’t have 2 rooms in the same building – why couldn’t we have had the one mentioned above that went right past the patio? As for the Medina I hated the hustlers who pretended to befriend you but got used to the bartering and the mayhem quite quickly – reading your notes was very useful and gave me confidence, thank you. Also the city could do with better sign posts so us poor tourist can find the various attractions a little bit more easily.
Sue Melly who stayed here in November 2014.
Our only disappointment was Les Deux Tours which was a little worn around the edges.
Jill Mitchell who stayed here in August 2014.
Les Deux Tours, was really relaxing and we loved it. Trips into Marrakech were awesome. It is great to know that such madness still exists so close to home!
Graham Ayres who stayed here in July 2014.
Les Deux Tours stay was very lovely and it was indeed a peaceful oasis of calm outside of the city and great to return to after the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. The room we had (Room 18) was very spacious and that we enjoyed although throughout the hotel some fitments could be upgraded (e.g. handles falling off cupboard doors, some of the loungers around the pool are in need of repair, the door to the poolside loo would look more in place in a Berber village setting and needs replacing) but I guess part of the charm is the fact that it is not 5 star but more charming and cosy. We arrived at around 6 pm and had to wait for around 10-15 minutes before we were shown to our room – not an unduly long wait – but we did think a welcome drink would have been a nice gesture. All the staff working at the hotel – and also the hotel’s driver who took us into the city centre and back when we visited the souks on our own - were lovely there and breakfasts great with lovely location and our one dinner there was very nice although that night only two other tables were used – but it was our first night. All in all we would return to this hotel although perhaps for a week-end break we might stay in a more central location and avoid all the taxis in and out visit the sites and then later in the evening again to the various restaurants. In hindsight we might have eaten another dinner at the hotel.
Douglas who stayed here in June 2014.
The weather was amazing and pretty hot throughout especially in Marrakech - Les Deux Tours is really a superb hotel and the service and environment extremely relaxing - our junior suite was large and quiet and very tastefully equipped, even down to the kettle/tea in our room which was a magical touch for us Brits!
Serena Ede who stayed here in May 2014.
Les Deux Tours felt special, great mix of old and new – family villa with pool would have been better – pool got quite full in the end, massage was weak, spa was great.
Anna Barez-Brown who stayed here in April 2014.
We had a fabulous holiday at Les Deux Tours and Maroc Lodge. Accommodation at both places was superb, better than we could have imagined, with les Deux Tours stylish and elegant and Maroc Lodge more period, food and service excellent in both.
Prudence Lynch who stayed here in April 2014.
My daughter and I stayed at Les Deux Tours for 5 nights/6 days, and were extremely happy with the rooms that you managed to obtain for us as well as the value for money that these represented. The hotel was beautiful : absolutely what we were looking for and more. The staff were friendly and the grounds and rooms had real character and charm.
On the downside, some of the appointments in the bathrooms (particularly the showers) were a little rickety and in need of modernisation. Also, on the last two days of our stay the hotel was running at full capacity, which put some visible strain on the infrastructure and service. Some examples :
waiting times at some meals became very long on one evening we were denied a table at the restaurant despite having booked with the reception that morning it was impossible to get loungers by the pool because there was too much demand
However, these were minor inconveniences and bearable.
Tony Besse who stayed here in April 2014.
Arriving at Les Deux Tours we were really delighted. It was spot on for us to be outside the bustle of Marrakech itself in such a beautiful hotel and garden, yet it was so simple to pop in to Marrakech when we wanted to. I would certainly stay here again. The rooms were comfortable, clean and spacious with the balcony. However, it was great that we were on the first floor as the ground floor rooms are less private.
The food at LDT was very good and we loved the evening atmosphere there – so relaxed with different areas for eating and drinking and chilling. We’d love to host a big party there one day!
The service was excellent apart from when we arrived at reception – they should really offer a drink while they ask you to wait to check in... and they momentarily lost our passports!! However, this is a tiny gripe as everywhere else they were charming and friendly – doing all they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible. This was exemplified on our last day when Anna fell ill. She decided to try to join us for supper after having spent the day lying down with a headache and sickness. Unfortunately she only made it to the bar before feeling dreadful and fainting rather dramatically. The barman and chef were so kind and attentive to her, bringing her water and ice and then carrying her back to our room (quite a distance!), insisting on staying with us until we were sure she did not need a doctor.
Patrick Booth-Clibborn who stayed here in April 2014.
Absolutely wonderful hotel. Beautiful rooms. Perfect pool. Captivating gardens - just as you described them - wonderful nooks, loved the turtles, the beds, the little farm, the swings. Breakfast lovely. We enjoyed eating in Marakesh in the square in the evenings. Really friendly staff. The shuttle was great. ALso enjoyed walking in the area - visiting the houses and children nearby.
Kate Berger who stayed here in March 2014.
The hotels were excellent and we had superb rooms at both. Room 5 at Villa des Orangers was particularly good. Les Deux Tours was absolutely excellent with the grandchildren. I got the impression that coming through Lawrence of Morocco ensured extra special attention.
John Wates who stayed here in February 2014.
We had a lovely time in Morocco and the weather was wonderful. Both hotels were good. 'Les Deux Tours' was excellent.
Sally Wellman who stayed here in January 2014.
We had a brilliant time in Morocco and found the combination of the Les Deux Tours and the Maroc Lodge an absolutely perfect balance. Room at Les Deux Tours great (one slightly disappointing lunch, but that's just nitpicking!)
Many thanks to you all for putting together an excellent package at such short notice.
Judy M who stayed here in November 2013.
Les Deux Tours was an incredible, beautiful hotel. I can't imagine staying anywhere more idyllic. However, that said, it was possibly a bit too much for our family as we are used to staying in simpler accommodation and felt a little bit uncomfortable and out of place! Please don't take that as a criticism of the staff who catered to all our needs and were very hospitable. We did however really enjoy the contrast of being able to chill by the pool (a lot hotter here) and then head into Marrakech for some market action
Had 3 good trips into the city which we loved, and headed into the markets from all directions
We did look a little longingly at the Atlas mountains and felt maybe we could have snuck in that 2 night trip by taking a day off each of the other destinations (but it was me that thought that may have been too much originally) Dan our son (who's a keen cyclist) headed out on a road bike on Sunday morning (through Argan) which made the holiday for him. For the children (17,15 and 13) it was their first experience of travelling outside Europe and a real eye opener. I think Morocco was the perfect destination from that perspective.
Sally G who stayed here in November 2013.
It was a splendid holiday.
Les Deux Tours is such a fabulous hotel and the weather was so good that we only managed to drag ourselves into Marrakech twice.
Rob M who stayed here in November 2013.
I realised when I got to Les Deux Tours that I had been there before (for an engagement party in 2007) but this still didn't stop me getting lost a few times. They were charming about the mistake on the first night and quickly upgraded me to one of the pool suites which was fabulous. The food was great too - I can still taste every mouthful of the local goats' cheese salad, with just a bit of fig honey, which I had two nights running.
Mary C-C who stayed here in November 2013.
Les Deux Tours - again this was a fabulous place and we were made to feel special and welcome right from the start - we had a note on our bed on arrival saying that we were honoured guests of Lawrence of Morocco! Our rooms were amazing - our girls had a double day bed in their private patio area and the most elaborate turreted bathroom ceiling! The staff were unobtrusive but extremely helpful. Again, a really magical place. We caused slight chaos on our first night at dinner - my husband was the only one who wanted a starter - and this seemed to cause some problem in the order of dishes being served (my husband's starter arrived at the same time as the main courses for the rest of us, so he ate his main after we had had ours). It was very busy that night and there was quite a wait for food. However, the other two nights we ate there were great and the food was lovely. Breakfasts here were buffet style with a wide selection and worked very well.
Sara R who stayed here in November 2013.
Les Deux Tours also made me a very nice birthday cake one evening! And, although we didn't travel with children, I loved that this hotel was very family friendly. It had an elegant feel yet it was nice to see kids enjoying it as well. I kept wishing my daughter was there, she would have loved it. Maybe soon?
Laura W who stayed here in October 2013.
We had a lovely short break and would def recommend your company and Les Deux Tours to friends.
Sally M who stayed here in October 2013.
Les Deux Tours - The superior room was very good, although the sink was blocked, it was fixed eventually. the pool was good ( and warmer!) and the food, whilst expensive, was consistently good. The free bus trips into the city were reliable and helpful, and the manager, Mr Jerrentrup, was around a lot to make sure everything was ok. The massages were also excellent! The children and I enjoyed visiting the goats and chickens and vegetable garden enormously. Wifi was not available for the first couple of days in the room, but that is the only fault I could think of.
Virginia G who stayed here in October 2013.
Les deux tours is a stunning hotel, very civilised, used shuttle bus which was great but dropped us off in the 'cockfosters' of Marrakech, it was a bus station and going to souks was another 10 minute taxi from here. Great food and service at this hotel, beds in garden and by pool were great. Not so keen on jemaa el-fnaa, very busy as Ramadan over, just had maybe too romantic view of what it would be like.
Annie H who stayed here in August 2013.
The Les Deux Tours is a lovely Hotel and you were right to suggest to stay in the Palmeraie at this time of the year. We went to the centre in the mornings and evenings to explore and get a taste of evening life during Ramadan. It was maybe a bit unlucky that our time coincided with the holy month, because it was very calm and reduced.
Daniela W who stayed here in August 2013.
We though Les Deux Tours was a very good choice for us as it was nice to get away from Marrakech and relax in the lovely surroundings.
Marianne P who stayed here in June 2013.
Les Deux Tours just felt commercially more aggressive. Water or other snacks all carried a heavy price tag and there was a slight feeling that the meter was running the whole time that was completely absent at Bab Ourika. The menu at Les Deux Tours also had a bit less variety.
However I would emphasize that we had a very good time there and would go back again so these are minor quibbles.
Charles D who stayed here in April 2013.
Les Deux Tours was really special and the service especially was second to none.
David P who stayed here in April 2013.
Les Deux Tours was just a delight. The staff and hotel were beyond perfect. They all got to know by name, our children who enjoyed the safety of the beautiful gardens, turtles (!) and amazing swimming pool! I'm sure we were upgraded to a Pool Suite because we had booked with you! Pure heaven and an oasis outside of the madness of Marrakech…We'll be back for sure.
Justine R who stayed here in April 2013.
What can I say about Les Deux Tours - just fantastic in every way and with a heated swimming pool (the only one on the trip). We won't forget the frogs. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble - wonderful breakfast - it's a pity we had to leave so early on our second day as we missed it!
Rosie S who stayed here in April 2013.
Les Deaux Tours was all I had dreamed of. What a beautiful and special hotel! I was very sad to leave the sunshine, bird song, scent of orange blossom and beautiful gardens but I have hundreds of photos to keep those memories alive.
Sophe C who stayed here in April 2013.
Les Deux Tours was a welcome respite after each busy day in Marrakesh. The staff was very friendly and I felt like it was a value for the money. I just wish I had more time to enjoy the gardens and the pool. We did enjoy a Hamman there and that was a very nice, private experience. We felt welcome and never rushed.
In summary, all of the services were very much appreciated.
Kirstin B who stayed here in March 2013.
Les Deux Tours was delightful, staff, gardens, room, food, everything was super. We were impressed by the very hands on manager who seemed to be everywhere all the time, making sure all was well for his guests. We especially enjoyed breakfast on the beautiful terrace. Sweet staff in the spa too.
Anne W who stayed here in November 2012.
Les Deux Tours was a fabulous location, couldn’t fault it, food excellent when we eat there. Only gripe was it would have been nice to have some sun to hang around the swimming pool.
Steve Green who stayed here in November 2012.
We had a really great time and loved the hotel. The staff were excellent and always helpful and attentive.
Denise & Graham Few who stayed here in November 2012.
Lovely hotel, great attention to detail, lovely food, nice honeymoon touches flower petals etc
Hugh G who stayed here in October 2012.
The hotel more than lived up to expectation and could hardly be faulted; great rooms, facilities and service.
Tom W-A who stayed here in October 2012.
Les Deux Tours, Marrakech has been rated 39 times, with an overall rating of 4.46 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.