We stayed at Auberge La Terrasse des Delices by luck really - we were on a four day desert trip booking through Desert Majesty, so we didn't choose the hotel. The trip was 2 nights in the desert and one in a hotel so we just thought of it as a night we had to do in order to get to the real highlights of the trip - the desert proper - but it was so much more than that!
At the end of a long dusty day we drove through the strange town of Ouazazarte, which look a bit like a film set because that's mostly what it's used for. Out the other side there's a new building area where the infrastructure of a town - the roads and street lights - have been put in place but nothing build yet. It's strange and eery. Then we drove across a black, barren place like the surface of the moon, pretty much just wondering if there had been some kind of mistake. Until the oasis appeared.
Dropping down into the lush, green, river valley, we clattered along the bumpy road in our 4x4, through palm trees until they parted and we drove straight into the river and over to the other side to park outside our hotel. What a way to arrive in paradise!
Like everywhere in Morocco, we were greeted with 'berber whisky' (sweet green tea) and introduced to the owner. It was fantastically friendly.
Our little room was basic and I loved it, with brightly coloured throws on the bed and a palm straw ceiling. It was clean and comfortable, with a functional little en suite bathroom. Definitely not high-luxe - you can hear lizards crawling over the straw in the night, and sometimes there are bugs in the shower - but absolutely charming and a welcome relief after a day in the heat. The rooms are arranged around a cool, lush garden courtyard and there's a sense of staying in someone's home as you pad around the place. It's just lovely.
On the terrace is sapphire pool you can take a dip in and watch the sunset over the hill opposite. I was just constantly blown away by the staggering beauty of the place, the fading light, the peace - it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life. As the light faded it turned the hill red, against the dusky blue sky, then the sky went bright pink. It was an incredible sunset. I feel so lucky that we go to stay here - there are other hotels they use on the tour and obviously I don't know what they're like, but I can't image they could be a patch on this place.
We had a delicious chicken tagine dinner in the the dining room and then there was the usual evening berber drumming entertainment and singing on the terrace, but gazing at the stars in the inky black night was my favourite bit of the evening.
I'd recommend this hotel in a heartbeat. I think most people are just travelling through on their way out into the desert - if you do, make sure this is your stopover, and make sure you arrive while it's still light! If you have an extra day or two to linger though, I recommend that. It's just incredible here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and join us in our beautiful hotel situated in the mountains overlooking the Oasis of Fint,a magnificent landscape!. You will be able to escape from the city life to spend time surrounded by nature, being only 15 kilometers from Ouarzazate. The Terrasse des Delices is a family hotel with 13 rooms all equipped with reversible air conditioning, individuals bathroom and toilets. Hotel endowed with a swimming pool.Spending time with us, you will enjoy calm, serenity, and live music at night. ... more less
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