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.