Very charming, small French run hotel, in the beautiful palm groves of Skoura. Very charming and simple with lovely gardens.
Skoura’s vast palm grove: a final frontier of greenery before the Sahara takes over. Les Jardins de Skoura sits in the heart of this oasis, a simple but charming rammed-earth hotel which provides a genuine dose of rural life in a place where plants and trees are vital. Taking over a former mill, owner Caroline has imbued the interiors with French flair; outside, a natural style abounds as olives, apricots, pomegranates and figs grow in fragrant gardens.
The five rooms and three suites are individually decorated in a warm, traditional style. Thick-walled rooms come with tadelakt (lime plaster) bathrooms, winter heating, summer air-conditioning and a small garden or terrace. Most also have a fireplace. The suites throw in lounges with pouffes and exotic kilim rugs.
The gardens hide a 12m pool, perfect in the heat of summer. So too is the hotel’s gorgeous roof terrace, with views of the Atlas mountains and surrounding palmeraie. You can eat up here, as well as among olive trees, in the main dining room or on a chosen verandah: wherever you sup it, the food will be oriental-influenced, with dishes including beetroot gazpacho and coriander-edged citrus terrine.
Les Jardins can arrange a variety of local adventures, from donkey-rides and romantic picnics to climbs up to tours of the kasbah-covered Dadès and Draa Valleys with an English-speaking guide. Back at base, massages can be also be supplied on request.
From Mr & Mrs Dighton who stayed here in May 2014
Jardin in Skoura, an absolute gem.
From Rosie S who stayed here in March 2013
We loved this earth hotel in Skoura - we would have liked an additional day there really. Charming hostess and staff and lovely food.
From Alex M who stayed here in March 2013
Jardin de Skoura. Liked it a lot even if getting there across the riverbed etc a bit daunting. Excellent room and lovely terraces and grounds. Encouraged by Caroline to go on donkey accompanied tour of Palmeraie with our small child. Worst behaved donkey in world who threw our 5 year old off and refused to cross running water. Which was tricky as we crossed about 40 irrigation channels! 2 hour walk with non talkative guide, in heat with bad donkey and small child = mistake!
From Deborah H who stayed here in October 2012
Les Jardins de Skoura was wonderful - though our room was very very dark....but beautiful tranquility.... and great food once again
From Hugh G who stayed here in September 2012
Absolutely delightful place could easily have spent twice as long there, best food by a mile, passionate attention to detail.