Marrakech is one of my favourite destinations. It’s a 3 hour flight from London, the weather tends to be very good from mid-April until the end of September, and it offers a huge range of beautiful hotels (most of which with very good prices).
My most recent trip to Marrakech took me to a new hidden gem: the Capaldi Hotel, nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. I only had lunch here but fell head over heals in love with this place. It’s about a 40 minute drive outside Marrakech’s medina, so this is really a place to come to if you’ve visited Marrakech before or if you’re just looking to completely relax and get away from everything.
As you turn off the main road onto a dirt track you wonder where you’re going to end up. But like so many Moroccan hotels and Riads, beauty often lies behind unremarkable walls or gates. Having said that, the Capaldi has a stunning arched carved ‘entrance’ which leads you into the hotel and its grounds. Through these doors you can already catch a glimpse of the snow capped Atlas Mountains and a turquoise pool, surrounded by generous gardens. Stepping across the threshold you find yourself in an oasis of lush green lawns, olive tree lined paths and heavily scented Bourgainvillea.
The Capaldi is all about rest and relaxation. About getting away and properly unwinding. And at a place like this it’s hard to find a reason to leave. Owned and run by a charming English couple, they will ensure you are more than well looked after. Hang out on expansive white day beds by one of their two pools, or get pampered in their hammam. Have a seriously good (the chefs are Michelin star trained) fresh and healthy Mediterranean lunch on their roof terrace overlooking the mountains. Or retreat back to your room – spacious, with tasteful Moroccan interiors and huge beds – for an afternoon siesta.
If you get restless and crave more action, grab a 40 minute cab to the medina, where you can immerse yourself in the souks and the colours, smells and noises of the enchanting Jmaa el Fna UNESCO World Heritage Square (for more tips on Marrakech check out my blog from my previous visit). For those who appreciate art and like bright colours and gardens, visiting the Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens is a must.
Or, if you prefer some exercise and fresh air, go trekking in the beautiful Atlas Mountains, stopping off at one of the Berber villages for a cup of sweet mint tea. Alternatively, the beautiful Lalla Takerkoust Lake is only a 5 minute drive from the hotel (or a 40 minute hike), where you can enjoy a picnic and a cool dip.
The options are endless. And best of all? It’s so affordable. Booking.com are offering 3 nights in September for £433 in one of their Farm House rooms with Terrace. Yes, I triple checked that. I will have to go back to have the full Capaldi experience.
Km 39 Route d’Amizmiz,
Lalla Takerkoust, 42202, Morocco
Photos the Capaldi’s own