Shane Fonner

The Capaldi Hotel

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  • Why:The wedding of our wedding planner (and our second anniversary!).
  • When:April 2018
  • Who:My lovely wife and I.
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The Capaldi Hotel Bewildered, and looking to a croquet set (just off-camera) longingly.

Bewildered, and looking to a croquet set (just off-camera) longingly.

The Capaldi Hotel Casual Sunday stroll.

Casual Sunday stroll.

The Capaldi Hotel Plant life covers the main building, which houses reception below the luxurious spa.

Plant life covers the main building, which houses reception below the luxurious spa.

The Capaldi Hotel Some strange alchemy of geometry and nature.

Some strange alchemy of geometry and nature.

The Capaldi Hotel The Atlas Mountains behind the twin palms and over the pool looking out from the reception.

The Atlas Mountains behind the twin palms and over the pool looking out from the reception.

The Capaldi Hotel The library is a serene place to escape.

The library is a serene place to escape.

The Capaldi Hotel The view from La Flouka, over Lake Takerkoust.

The view from La Flouka, over Lake Takerkoust.

The Capaldi Hotel Treasure hunting in Essaouira - as if Marrakech and Mykonos had a wild love child.

Treasure hunting in Essaouira - as if Marrakech and Mykonos had a wild love child.

The Capaldi Hotel Viewing the Atlas from an understated velvet throne in the lobby.

Viewing the Atlas from an understated velvet throne in the lobby.

The Capaldi Hotel Looking down from a terrace onto the olive tree-strewn dining patio.

Looking down from a terrace onto the olive tree-strewn dining patio.

The Capaldi Hotel Our comfortable suite as seen from the terrace - fuck a hotel tuck!

Our comfortable suite as seen from the terrace - fuck a hotel tuck!

The Capaldi Hotel Our exquisitely appointed suite, with doors to the sun-drenched private terrace.

Our exquisitely appointed suite, with doors to the sun-drenched private terrace.

The Capaldi Hotel Private tanning areas line the side of the cold pool.

Private tanning areas line the side of the cold pool.

The Capaldi Hotel The hotel as seen from the restaurant terrace.

The hotel as seen from the restaurant terrace.

The Capaldi Hotel The light following a steamy shower.

The light following a steamy shower.

The Capaldi Hotel The light!

The light!

The Capaldi Hotel The parquet flooring makes an elegant transition between room and terrace.

The parquet flooring makes an elegant transition between room and terrace.

The Capaldi Hotel The sightlines throughout the art-laden property echo the expansive views.

The sightlines throughout the art-laden property echo the expansive views.

The Capaldi Hotel Geometric corner of the heated pool.

Geometric corner of the heated pool.

The Capaldi Hotel Sumptuous lobby details - dark walls and wooden ceilings keep it cool and accentuate the view towards the mountains.

Sumptuous lobby details - dark walls and wooden ceilings keep it cool and accentuate the view towards the mountains.

The Capaldi Hotel The African salon, ideal for lounging on hot summer days and cozying up by the fire during the crisp evenings.

The African salon, ideal for lounging on hot summer days and cozying up by the fire during the crisp evenings.

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 Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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

    23

  • 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

    2013

  • 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.”

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Adults only, and best that way.

  • Price

    Appropriately luxurious.

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