We stayed at the Maroc Lodge after a few days in the bustle of Marrakech. Amizmiz is an ordinary little town about an hour from Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas mountains but gives a flavour of ordinary life in Morocco. The lodge is on the edge of the town in an elevated position with wonderful views over the town, countryside and the snowy peaks in the background. The approach is via a rough road past some basic local houses but you then turn into the lodge gardens and get a complete surprise. The gardens are terraced and beautifully maintained and organised with fruit and nut trees and a huge range of flowers and shrubs. The five lodges are spaced out well and surround the pool/terrace area which looks out over the hills and the town minarets. We were met by David and his staff and later in the week met Beatrice but not the other owner Bruno on this occasion. The small reception/restaurant and patio are the centre of the facilities where you can have drinks and meals indoor or outdoor. The food is a fixed daily menu which we loved as it was real home cooking - typically 3 courses and large portions. We stayed in the 2 bedroom St Germaine lodge overlooking the pool. Beautifully clean, two bathrooms/showers and the lodge is uniquely furnished with antique furniture which is extremely comfortable and welcoming. Meals can be taken at the restaurant area, in your lodge/terrace or at the poolside and are served with an option of wines/beers from a small but adequate drinks list. There is a small hammam/massage room near the reception which was relaxing but I cannot compare as I had not had a hammam or massage before. Whilst the facility is the small, the girl who attended was lovely and very friendly. The whole ambience of the Maroc Lodge is one of relaxation and David and the team are very easy going and allow you to eat when and where you like and come and go as you please. There is a fridge in the lodge with cold drinks and hot drinks/fresh fruit are freely available via reception at anytime - the only comment is it would be nice to have a kettle in the lodge for early late hot drinks to avoid contacting reception - a minor improvement only. The staff are wonderfully attentive and really friendly - we appreciated practising our French with Saeeda in particular. The pool is cleaned daily and is great to relax around but you MUST experience a hike into the Atlas foothills arranged by David. We went with a local guide called Nourredine and paid extra for 2 mules and their owners Mohammed and Moustafa. The walk was fantastic and well narrated by Nourredine with local Berber history and local life in this part of Morocco. We were treated to lunch at a their house way up in the foothills where we spent a couple of hours with the lovely family, drinking tea and sharing a tagine - a truly remarkable experience which we shall never forget. We stayed four nights to include two days around the pool and a days hiking. A lovely touch to end our stay was some jars of homemade marmalade and olive oil from the Lodge garden olive trees to take home with us. This is a real relaxation spot with wonderfully clean facilities and superb hospitality and is well worth adding to a few days in Marrakesh for a great weeks holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maroc Lodge offers its guests various garden villas scattered in a large and beautiful garden around an infinity pool overflowing on the Amizmiz valley located on the foothills of the High Atlas Mountain 45 minutes from Marrakech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maroc Hotel Amizmiz
- MAROC LODGE Boutique Hotel & Resort Morocco/Amizmiz