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 Jacuzzi. One, Pool Suite no 39, also has 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.
From Sara R who stayed here in October 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.
From Mary C-C who stayed here in October 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.
From Rob M who stayed here in October 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.
From Virginia G who stayed here in September 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.
From Sally M who stayed here in September 2013
We had a lovely short break and would def recommend your company and Les Deux Tours to friends.
From Laura W who stayed here in September 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?
From Daniela W who stayed here in July 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.
From Annie H who stayed here in July 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.
From Marianne P who stayed here in May 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.
From Sophe C who stayed here in March 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.
From Rosie S who stayed here in March 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!
From Justine R who stayed here in March 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.
From David P who stayed here in March 2013
Les Deux Tours was really special and the service especially was second to none.
From Charles D who stayed here in March 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.
From Kirstin B who stayed here in February 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.
From Denise & Graham Few who stayed here in October 2012
We had a really great time and loved the hotel. The staff were excellent and always helpful and attentive.
From Steve Green who stayed here in October 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.
From Anne W who stayed here in October 2012
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.
From Tom W-A who stayed here in September 2012
The hotel more than lived up to expectation and could hardly be faulted; great rooms, facilities and service.
From Hugh G who stayed here in September 2012
Lovely hotel, great attention to detail, lovely food, nice honeymoon touches flower petals etc