Alicja McCarthy

Fellah Hotel

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

The library and H.Q. of arts center Dar al-Ma’Mum. Here you can relax, read and just take time to ‘be’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2013

  • Designed By

    Design led by owner Redha Moali.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes, some villas have private pools too.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. A simple westernized Moroccan fare.

  • Bar

    Yes.

  • 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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Atlas Mountains

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