After we had visited the city in 2018, already, we were back in Marrakech last week. We love this magical, North African metropole with both Arabic and French influences. We love that it always presents itself wild and loud and crazy and alive. But it’s also a city where cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, donkey-, and horse-carriages share the same roads. In Marrakech’s Medina, the old part of the city, it smells of roasted nuts and grilled meat, of spices and leather, but often, it simply smells of exhaust, polluted air and horses, which is special and not to everybody’s liking. But we love it there, in the midst of Marrakech’s chaos. Especially, if we have the chance to flee from it all into an oasis of calm where one can unwind from all the noise and madness of the city in complete relaxation and accompanied by the scent of blooming orange blossoms…
Our stay at “Villa des Orangers”
It is really fascinating, though. On the streets, it is hot, bright, loud, chaotic and smelly, but once you step through the entrance door and into the corridor of “Villa des Orangers“*, you’re forgetting about the outside world straight away. A sense of calmness lays itself upon your soul. It is quiet, it smells of orange blossom and as if you had been enchanted, you feel like you entered another world altogether.
So, if you enjoy the mixture of crazy, wild Marrakech city and complete relaxation in an oasis of calm, this Relais & Châteaux* is just the right place for you.
“Villa des Orangers” is located just a few steps away from the large market “Djemaa El Fna” and the narrow Souks, where you can buy all kinds of typical Moroccan items like carpets, spices, leather goods and Argan Oil. The traditional hotel in the middle of the Medina welcomes its guests in 27 rooms and suites that surround three backyards. Our room, on the upper floor, had its own private rooftop terrace with access to a rooftop pool that was only accessible for a handful of other people, so we were mostly alone for a private swim and splash. It was perfect for doing Yoga in the morning as well, and we always had breakfast on our own terrace, overlooking Koutoubia Mosque and the impressive Atlas Mountains.
Inside the hotel, there are three fireplace salons where you can simply relax, unwind and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere while playing some Chess or Backgammon. On the garden side, you’ll find a large, heated pool and two restaurants. In one of them, we had a lovely, Mediterranean inspired dinner on the second night. The chef even created a vegan main-course for me, even though there were no veggie options on the menu.
“Villa des Orangers” really is a very special place and by itself, worth a visit. For a stay in the center of Marrakech, we would always choose this hotel again, as it is in any sense perfect. How did you like our article about this unique place? Would you consider it for your trip to Marrakech as well?
Photography: Max Bechmann, Ricarda Schernus