Charming and interesting garden guest house in the palm groves just outside Taroudant.
ABOUT: Ten minutes from Taroudant’s walls, this eco-friendly guesthouse is enclosed by a magical, maze-like garden, 100 acres and one of the Mediterranean’s very best. Within that is a pool, plus two single-storey buildings – Al Hossoun and Al Borj – constructed using local materials and able to be occupied separately or together. Initially dreamt up by French landscape designers, the Dar’s now run by friendly Olivier and Thierry, along with a fleet of cats, dogs and four peacocks.
ROOMS: Chic but understated, the 15 rooms and suites’ style is all rammed-earth walls and rustic shades. The original owners’ artefacts predominate: Mediterranean clay pots and Berber shag rugs here, pretty tiles and sharply-carved arches there. All have bathrooms, and there’s a larger suite to suit families.
FACILITIES: Divided into numerous sunken sections by high mud-brick walls, the garden contains 900 plant species, with everything from papaya palms and Brazilian potato trees, to water-lilies, wild grasses and plumbago. Slicing down its middle is a 30m-long but just 3m-wide lap-pool, apparently inspired by a similar one at Spain’s Alhambra. Elsewhere there’s a hammam offering beauty treatments and a roof terrace with High Atlas views. Delicious meals – zesty, pan-Mediterranean cuisine – can be eaten up there or on an equally scenic patio.
EXTRA INFO: The Dar can arrange guided tours of Taroudant’s souks and artisan workshops, plus golf, tennis, trekking, horse-riding, ocean-fishing from Agadir, hunting, quad-bike rides and cookery courses.
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