Contributor/ Andrea Magrath
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An achingly hip setting that melds luxury relaxation with local community spirit.
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Fellah Hotel is a rustic oasis on the outskirts of Marrakech. Terracotta villas are dotted amongst wild gardens of cacti. The understated pool is at the heart of the property, surrounded by sun loungers and grass strewn with colourful blankets and throw pillows. If the intense Moroccan heat becomes too much, you can retreat to Wat Po, the Thai spa offering traditional treatments and hammam. The UNESCO-listed cultural centre not only educates guests on Moroccan arts and culture, it is open to the local community as a library and place of learning.
A DJ spins tunes while guests recline and sip cocktails made with fresh herbs from the grounds. Here you will find crafts made by local artisans, next to contemporary art, next to a shrine to Arnold Schwarzenegger, next to a farm with resident donkey and goat. And it works. It is sophisticated yet bohemian, luxurious and quirky.
Inside the hotel – 8/10
A self-contained paradise with everything you need to unwind after negotiating frenetic Marrakech in a cool design setting.
Outside the Hotel – 6/10
Not much. The Medina is a 20-minute taxi ride away, and it is well placed for a day excursion to the Atlas Mountains, but there are no shops and restaurants in walking distance from the property.
Image courtesy of Fellah Hotel