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.
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Nothing could have prepared us for this magical place - after a long car journey in the middle of nothing we came to Les Jardin de Skoura.
It is perfect. Everything is perfect. The location lovely. The decoration of the Hotel and rooms absolutely beautiful - Moroccan, wonderful and colourful. The garden a jewel with lovely animals around. The food was the best we had in Morocco. The owner charming and available all the time. The staff were delightful. This place has been made with so much love and every single things has been done looking at every detail. It could not be more perfect. If in Morocco a MUST. Any room will be beautiful and decorated to perfection. But if you want more space as for a suite. A very, very special place.
Tania Forte who stayed here in April 2015.
Jardin in Skoura, an absolute gem.
Mr & Mrs Dighton who stayed here in June 2014.
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!
Alex M who stayed here in April 2013.
We loved this earth hotel in Skoura - we would have liked an additional day there really. Charming hostess and staff and lovely food.
Rosie S who stayed here in April 2013.
Les Jardins de Skoura was wonderful - though our room was very very dark....but beautiful tranquility.... and great food once again
Deborah H who stayed here in November 2012.
Absolutely delightful place could easily have spent twice as long there, best food by a mile, passionate attention to detail.
Hugh G who stayed here in October 2012.
Les Jardins de Skoura, Ouarzazate & Skoura has been rated 6 times, with an overall rating of 4.50 out of 5.
An ideal location to combine relaxation with stunning views of the lake and exploring the Draa Valley, the Dades and Todra Gorges.
The Berbere Palace is built in the Kasbah style, with a mix of Berber and traditional crafts.
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.