Alicja McCarthy

Fellah Hotel

  • Where:Marrakech
  • Why:Work.
  • When:September 2013.
  • Who:A group of travel journalists and me.
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The library and H.Q. of arts center Dar al-Ma’Mum. Here you can relax, read and just take time to ‘be’.

Traditional red clay entrance. At night it was lit by a blazing fire.

My large stone bedroom contained a huge bed, thick wool rug, wrap-around balcony and dressing room with hints of local décor.

Each ‘house’ or villa has an impressively large entrance hall that contains contemporary Moroccan art.

Check out my gorgeous goodie bag! Contains red clay lip stain, Argan oil, ‘Chanel’ perfume, organic ‘mascara’ and dried flowers.

View of the main house and pool from my balcony at dusk. The colours are stunning!

The view of the Atlas Mountains from my balcony while the sun set. I swear I could have lived on that balcony.

At night these huts come alive with a cocktails bar and DJ set.

Tree house! In fact Fellah has live animals and native plants dotted all over the tranquil gardens.

From the public dining room/bar you can take a dip and catch some rays.

My mega egg bath. By day it over looks the mountains. So relaxing.

Highs & Lows

  • Locale is fantastic for both city life and perfect seclusion.

  • The dedication to the arts is a real draw.

  • It is a beautiful hotel, guaranteeing serenity.

  • The little extras, such as the goodie-bag or the tray of dried fruit, were a real bonus.

  • The staff are a little laid back; unless you are too, it could get a little frustrating.

  • I found the menu a little bland. Breakfast was traditional, but I expected more of a Moroccan influence at dinner.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Creative boutique retreat.

  • Vibe

    Artsy, intelligent, bohemian, cool.

  • Location

    Twenty minute drive from the Medina and Marrakech airport.

  • Rooms

    Ten villas (69 rooms).

  • Music

    All sorts. From traditional live folk music to current house DJs.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Design led by owner Redha Moali.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, some villas have private pools too.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. A simple westernized Moroccan fare.

  • Bar


  • Children

    Yes! The Dar al-Ma’mun art centre hosts various kids programs to keep you free for spa and pool time.

  • Price

    Fairly reasonable.

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Fellah Hotel’s concierge can organize a day or overnight trip to the mountains via camel or an off-roader.

Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Fellah Hotel’s concierge can organize a day or overnight trip to the mountains via camel or an off-roader.

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