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.
Les Deux Tours has been rated 30 times, with an overall rating of 4.50 out of 5.
From Mike Unwin who stayed here in March 2015
Les Deux Tours: Excellent hotel. Fine suite, service and food, and very welcoming manager. We appreciated the complimentary transfers into town. Also an excellent location from which to leave Marrakech and drive south without having to negotiate city traffic.
In town, we explored the Medina and other sites by ourselves. Couldn't have been easier and was more hassle-free than anticipated. Ate out one night at street restaurant in Jemaa el F'naa.
From Annie Peake who stayed here in February 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.
From Sue Melly who stayed here in October 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
From Neil Ashford who stayed here in October 2014
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
From Jill Mitchell who stayed here in July 2014
Our only disappointment was Les Deux Tours which was a little worn around the edges.
From Graham Ayres who stayed here in June 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!
From Douglas who stayed here in May 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.
From Serena Ede who stayed here in April 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!
From Patrick Booth-Clibborn who stayed here in March 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 there 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.
From Tony Besse who stayed here in March 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.
From Prudence Lynch who stayed here in March 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.
From Anna Barez-Brown who stayed here in March 2014
Le deux Tours felt spécial, 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.
From Kate Berger who stayed here in February 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.
From John Wates who stayed here in January 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.
From Sally Wellman who stayed here in December 2013
We had a lovely time in Morocco and the weather was wonderful. Both hotels were good. 'Les Deux Tours' was excellent.
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 Sally G who stayed here in October 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.
From Judy M who stayed here in October 2013
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.
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.