Les Jardins de Skoura is a fantastic unassuming retreat set in magical gardens in Skoura, a short drive from the town of Ouarzazate. The hotel was lovingly restored from a dilapidated farmhouse and now has eight rooms, each one with individual charm.
Les Jardins De Skoura's unassuming, personal vibe make it very unique - you cannot help but feel relaxed and at home here
Take a hotel bicycle out for a spin and explore this fascinating part of the world
Each of the 8 rooms or suites is completely different in décor and style
Enviably located in the heart of the Souss Massa Dràa, a short hop to Dadès and Todra Gorges, the Roses Valley and the Erg Chebbi and Chigaga desert
Les Jardins de Skoura was brought to life by the French owner, Caroline, who spent 20 months restoring this wonderful laid back retreat from an old farm ruin. She brings with her a long history of working in the travel industry and the service, food and attention to detail are second to none. This is the perfect place for a laid back break away from the more tourist populated areas around Marrakech.
There are five standard rooms and three suites and all are spacious and tastefully furnished with an emphasis on comfort as well as style. All of the standard rooms have a living area and the suites have separate living rooms and open fireplaces for the cooler evenings. The largest suite, Atlas, is on the ground floor and has its own terrace.
The food is homemade, interesting and delicious with a strong focus on traditional Moroccan cuisine with a French twist, much of it sourced form the gardens and orchards surrounding the property. There is no menu as such, and meals can be taken in the cosy dining room or on the terrace, with Caroline always on hand to ensure guests are happy.
There are a number of cosy areas to sit out and enjoy a mint tea – or an afternoon reading a book in a hammock is equally as reviving. The gardens are simply delightful and are home to a refreshing unheated swimming pool. The hotel is a perfect base to explore the local area where the tourist numbers are much fewer than around Marrakech and where you can visit ruined Kasbahs or head into the Atlas Mountains.
When to visit
Always add on an extra day at Les Jardins de Skoura as sitting by the pool and relaxing for the day in the exquisite gardens not to be missed.
Les Jardins de Skoura is located off the main road from Ouarzazate to Skoura, on the Saharan side of the Atlas Mountains.