Shane Fonner

The Capaldi Hotel

with Shane Fonner
  • Where:Atlas Mountains, Morocco

  • Why:The wedding of our wedding planner (and our second anniversary!).

  • When:April 2018

  • Who:My lovely wife and I.

Highs & Lows

  • The hotel’s sight lines and sun-soaked stone facades compliment the olive trees and assorted flora throughout the property. The main reception and spa building is covered in dangling vines and leaves, creating a captivating backdrop opposing the panoramic view of the Atlas from the hotel’s main entrance. Additionally, various terraces and rooftops give alternate vistas on the Atlas, which act as a set for your leisurely indulgence.

  • The wife of the couple who own the hotel’s father was a chef – not sure if that’s the reason, but holy moly do they offer some fantastic food. The menu is inventive and wide-ranging, offering everything from a simple lamb burger to an innovative take on a traditional beef tagine. The desserts were breathtaking (not the least of which was the chocolate lava cake and the “chocolate cigar” – you’ll have to try that one for yourself).

  • The staff is quietly attentive to your every need. There when you need them, out of sight when you don’t.

  • With such an impressive snow-capped mountain range less than a half hour drive away, The Capaldi is perched with views throughout the property. A short hike leads you to Lalla Takerkoust, the nearby lake with waterfront dining.

  • This feels like a weird assessment, and one I’ve never felt the urge to mention before – although we didn’t speak with everyone else there (near impossible since at times it feels like you’re the only ones around), the other guests added an intangible appeal to the place. Everyone there was well appointed and gentile, and for whatever reason, that made it feel very nice.

  • It was my first hammam, and I’ll always hold a special place in my heart and on my charred skin for it. The delightful attendant made it all the better, and I felt like a new man as I walked out, fresh as morning dew and quivering like a newborn lamb.

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Plastic Free

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Takable Treats

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 49/50

    Important Bits

    • Type

      Laid-back luxurious design hotel in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains

    • Vibe

      Laid-back Luxury with exquisite views on the Atlas.

    • Location

      In a rustic, quiet village on the way to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

    • Rooms


    • Music

      Vibey local music along with some jazz…but the sounds of the birds chirping in nature really completes the mise en scene.

    • Year Opened


    • Designed By

      Tara Ford (who also did the interior design of The Capaldi Hotel and Riad Capaldi in Marrakech), in a style described as “Comfortable, yet sleek; modern, yet touched by tradition.”

    • Pool/Gym

      Two pools and a fitness room with a heavy bag.

    • Restaurant

      Yes, with world-class cuisine.

    • Bar

      Yes, with a lovely assortment of cocktails until midnight…

    • Minibar

      No real mini bar, but everything available through the on-site restaurant upon request…including a phenomenal local wine (my favorite Moroccan) Domaine de Sahari Gerrouane gris.

    • Wifi

      Free throughout the property, but best in the common areas (which was actually quite nice).

    • Children

      Adults only, and best that way.

    • Price

      Appropriately luxurious.

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