The Palais Paysan, Marrakech
Situated 20km south of Marrakech, there is nothing bumpkin about the Palais Paysan! In the middle of 4 hectares of land, this atypical hotel can be found just beyond an impressive 12m high arch. The 6 – vast – bedrooms boast absolute comfort that mixes design and tradition. All of their terraces overlook the valley and the Atlas Mountains. The food menu is adventurous and uses products from local farms and orchards. The cuisine goes with the seasons, taking particularly inspiration from Moroccan traditions. After a traditional Hammam session perfumed with essential oils, slip into the spa for a relaxing traditional oriental massage, or a reinvigorating facial treatment or a mani-pedi. The best bit? Try a horseback trek, at VTT or even a hike on foot, a cookery workshop or Arabic calligraphy…Finally, the Palais Paysan is 15 minutes from the Samanah and Royal Palm golf clubs, 20 minutes from Noria and 25 minutes of Assoufid golf. In short, you can never get bored at the Palais Paysan – never has a countryside stay ever been so chic! A. F.-M.