I have been visiting Marrakech for a few years now and the Beldi Country Club and Spa is a pearl of purity in a sea of glittering jewels. The medina has an unfair share of delightful riads both historical and contemporary to choose from, and it is well worth staying in town for at least two nights.
However this visit I wanted to take a step away from the hustle and bustle and experience the wonderful clean air and open countryside outside the city. A retreat to get away from Europe and work and Christmas craziness.
The Beldi is almost hidden down a country lane...dusty and typically ochre until you turn a corner and the rose fields come into view.
Opening the car door I was transported by the scent of roses, lavender and rosemary. I immediately knew I had come to the right place.
There is an understated style, a relaxed ambiance to the place. The architecture is sympathetic and low rise, from the evocative pavilions with their sumptuous furnishings and lamps, to the easy going poolside restaurant.
The black bar invokes a bygone age with 1930's and 40's music and excellent cocktails, served with an easy smile. The pools are not heated in winter but I would imagine they are 'just right' in the summer months.
The room was beautifully simple, fine linens, a wonderful bathroom with bath and walk in shower, sculpted from tadelakt, beautiful toiletries, gowns, all essentials provided. The furnishings have that one off, discovered and collected cool. Upstairs a most comfortable bed is the centre piece of an understated retreat, and of course the fresh roses perfume it all. A terrace provided a perfect position for star gazing in the evenings.
The gardens are seemingly endless and beautifully conceived. Running water provides a melodic note through pools and ponds, complete with ducks.
The evening restaurant, a large open room with central fireplace, berber hangings and an almost Colorado style wall of boulders and glass is wonderful. Warm and welcoming.
The food is kept to a simple cut down seasonal menu, fantastic value and cooked perfectly. Mixing fine French and Moroccan cuisines, Tajines, Cous cous, Oysters, Quail, Heavenly fish dishes (Monkfish and Sole), Fillet steaks, something for any palette. Desserts to die for.
The wine list seemed extensive but we stuck to Moroccan Sahari reserve. My guest's professed favourite.
Daily breakfast was excellent and wholesome, fruit, pomegranates, oranges, warm breads, crepes, conserves, fresh coffee and orange juice.
I highly recommend at least one visit to the Spa for a "rub and scrub", absolutely divine and a beautiful building.
It is however the owners and staff that make this place what it is, a joy to visit, somewhere to achieve the 'downtime' we all yearn for these days.
Friendly, efficient and happy, their pride in the Beldi is tangible and wonderful to observe.
Out of 10, well 10 out of ten.
I cannot wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 10 minutes from the center of Marrakech, The Hotel by Beldi sits in the magnificent 14 hectares of the Beldi Country Club. Here you will find a charming blend of Moroccan tradition and French chic. A green oasis of charm, ancient olive trees, stylish swimming pools and restaurants with views across the rose gardens to the Atlas Mountains. The 28 suites, exquisitely and individually furnished in the Beldi style, have been built to resemble a Moroccan village, with its narrow alleyway's, shady court yards and riads. The hotel has a swimming pool reserved for residents only, surrounded by olive trees and gardens. There is a garden restaurant and an indoor winter restaurant with a fireplace. There is one tennis courts and a delightful small 'home cinema'. During the winter, the swimming pool in the orangeraie of the Beldi is heated. ... more less