I had long been looking forward to visiting the Beldi for the day (370 MAD including lunch) but the experience was far beyond my expectations. There were a few niggles on arrival - as others have suggested, organisation isn't a strong point at the Beldi (one could argue the relaxed attitude is part of the charm) - but once we found our spot for the day and (literally) smelt the roses, all was wonderful.
There is a timeless and elegant feel to the club, a real sense of luxury but without any sense of vulgarity. The poolside bar service is efficient and reasonable (about 160 MAD for a G&T and a mojito) and the 3 course lunch (included in the cost of entry) was without fault (the monkfish salad to start was really very good). Wine was around 160 MAD for a bottle, so they really aren't exploiting their customers as they could do.
The pool was fabulous and being able to swim in the sunshine in those surroundings, the surrounding air infused with the scent of rosemary, was a treat I shan't forget in a hurry.
- 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