My Home from Home
I hope you liked my little taster outfit post below which gave a little glimpse into the incredible village/park/commune hotel in which Kit, Russ, Kate, Alexxia, Rachel and I stayed in when we first arrived in Morocco. It’s now time for a closer look!
I was incredible honoured to have been able to stay at the globally acclaimed cultural centre that is the Fellah hotel, a serene village 20 minutes out of the center of Marrakech which donates a proportion of profits to the heritage projects and acts as a support system for local start ups and initiatives. My room was jaw-droppingly large and boasted a view over the Atlas Mountains that did make my eyes prick a little. Then there was the pool and the cacti and the farm animals and the calm and the sun and it was just all too good.
I ‘lived’ in villa number 4 of 10 which also houses the complex’s beautiful communal library; the Dar al-Ma’mûn International Cultural Centre. Walk in, look up and you see a stunning arabic script engraved in the ceiling and rows of lanterns suspended above desks. When we first visited, it took about half an hour to realise that in an adjacent room there were 20 impeccably well behaved children painting in silence, totally absorbed in making the best representation of their mummies!
Next on the tour of our new home, through winding paths lined with beds ready to grow crops for the hotel kitchen, was a thai spa and beyond that you could spot the village girls playing about next to a huge art sculpture which had been entered into the famous Marrakech Biennale. In another villa, a team of artisans sat on the floor carving into wood by eye a series of reproductions of car engine parts which would all be joined together to form the center-piece for this years Biennale show.
In the evening, after sniffing and stroking the shops impressive stock of weird and wonderful powders, leaves and dried plants, we were joined by the hotel founders and treated to a spectacular feast by one of the top chefs in Marrakech. Deep fried foie gras in a lentil soup with lavender caramel was a sure fine way to start it off and with different Moroccan wines with every one of the many courses, it was more than happily washed down too! It was the first time that we all tasted ‘gris’ wine, a stage between white and rose, which started a pretty strong
love affair obsession with the drink that reared its head at almost every meal time!
I wouldn’t have wanted to stay anywhere else. Thank you The Fellah Hotel!
The Fellah Hotel is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and rooms start at around £130 per night.