Morocco in “slow” state

Once again accessible, the country opens the doors to a smart camp to discover biodiversity, a ksar in an extraordinary garden or an intimate guesthouse.

From Agafay to Amesguen, called by the desert

For travelers who want “Discover biodiversity, commit to it and help fund it”Thierry Zaoui has created “Gem by Less” a collection of journeys that combine the art of living, well-being and participatory experiences around the conservation of an ecosystem. Several programs are available, including Butterfly, a nomadic base camp closer to nature to observe and protect it. In Morocco, two locations were chosen to broadcast Butterfly, including a micro-oasis in the Agafay desert, 50 minutes from Marrakech. The setting: a camp staged by Valérie Barkowski in a lush orchard. From this privatized pied-à-terre, customers live to the rhythm of ecological missions supervised by a member of Eco-Med – counting and identifying fauna (birds, lizards, rodents), plantations (palm trees, eucalyptus, cacti) – but also hiking, camel trekking, excursions to Ouirgane via Lalla Takerkoust lake. All complemented by sports coaching and massage, healthy meals and 5-star service.

From € 5000 per person for 7 days all inclusive (excl. Flights); 10% donated to Eco-Med. Reservations: Red carpet.

In the countryside of Essaouira, in the heart of a divine garden

Le Jardin des Douars, the bohemian-chic hotel in Essaouira, has retained its soul as a guest house. Press service

Le Jardin des Douars, the bohemian-chic hotel in Essaouira, took advantage of the break imposed by the pandemic to treat itself to a facelift. Regulars can be reassured (and there are many of them), these are cosmetic changes. The appearance and soul of the guest house, so endearing, remains unchanged. About ten kilometers south of the port of ancient Mogador lies here a ksar surrounded by a stunning 4 acre botanical garden surrounded by a dull wadi. Behind the bay windows in the dining room, while tasting the delicious homemade breakfast (thousand-hole pancakes, semolina pancake, artisan honey, amlou, dates, figs and oranges from the orchard …), you will never get tired of the beauty of the landscape. . The day revolves around the two swimming pools, the park, Amina’s table, sports excursions (golf, horseback riding, surfing), a walk in the city, then a moment of coziness in the oriental spa, before tasting Yassine’s cocktails in the bar or in the living room facing the fireplace. Simple happiness.

Le Jardin des Douars (Tel .: + b212 700 083233); 19 rooms, 6 suites, 6 large villas. From € 150 for a double room and € 600 for a villa. Breakfast included.

In Dakhla, a balcony overlooking the lagoon

The Otoctone building in Dakhla reveals 6 rooms with an oriental spirit without splendor. Alexandre Moulard

Otoctone is a portfolio of enchanting places to rent: a lodge in Combloux, a villa on Lake Geneva, a sailboat in the Mediterranean … and many others. Since January 2022, a guest house in the heart of Dakhla, the former Spanish Atlantic port in the Sahara, in southern Morocco, has been added to the catalog. In love with the desert and the famous white dune about thirty kilometers from the city, but also in this high kitesurfing place, Magali – the founder of Otoctone – acquired an old dilapidated house facing the lagoon in the center of the city. The building has been completely renovated and now houses 6 rooms with an oriental spirit without splendor (tadelakt, linen, objects found in the four corners of Morocco). On the roof, you can enjoy a tasty Moroccan breakfast while listening to Anaelle, the hostess’ wise advice, to organize your activities and excursions for the day. You can also just sunbathe, lulled by the wind …

Otoctone Dakhla (Dakhla@otoctone.com). From € 100 per room and € 600 for the whole house, per night.

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