Shane Fonner

The Capaldi Hotel

www.palmiersdumal.com
  • Where:Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  • Why:The wedding of our wedding planner (and our second anniversary!).
  • When:April 2018
  • Who:My lovely wife and I.
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Bewildered, and looking to a croquet set (just off-camera) longingly.

Casual Sunday stroll.

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

Some strange alchemy of geometry and nature.

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

The library is a serene place to escape.

The view from La Flouka, over Lake Takerkoust.

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

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

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

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

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

Private tanning areas line the side of the cold pool.

The hotel as seen from the restaurant terrace.

The light following a steamy shower.

The light!

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

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

Geometric corner of the heated pool.

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

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.”

  • 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.

  • Children

    Adults only, and best that way.

  • Price

    Appropriately luxurious.

A short 45-minute hike from the hotel along Lalla Takerkoust (the nearby lake where you can find jet skies traipsing the placid face), La Flouka features a fresh daily menu and quite a fashionable scene of French ex-pats and stylish locals.

La Flouka

A short 45-minute hike from the hotel along Lalla Takerkoust (the nearby lake where you can find jet skies traipsing the placid face), La Flouka features a fresh daily menu and quite a fashionable scene of French ex-pats and stylish locals.

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