Travel Diary: Berber Lodge, Morocco
I always leave Morocco with a heavy heart and this trip was no exception. Having spent 4 days and 3 nights at the charming countryside escape, Berber Lodge, I once again found myself on the last day weeping into my tagine. Something to do with leaving a beautiful place and with it my little pal pictured below.
Berber Lodge is located a mere 12 miles outside of Marrakech, but the tranquil retreat feels worlds apart. This perfectly formed 9 room hotel is comprised of pink mud structures nestled in amongst ancient olive trees, complete with a large outdoor swimming pool and plenty of stylish and comfortable common areas to lounge with a book, savour local wines, daydream (or shoot a lookbook in the dusky evening light!).
The interiors are tastefully rustic and understated Moroccan. Every nook and cranny is effortlessly chic (vintage Hermes lamps, thoughtfully selected African artefacts, plush textiles, large displays of cut flowers - hello, my dream home!) Each ensuite has its own fire place and a terrace. It was an absolute dream returning to a burning fire each evening and falling into a deep slumber to later awake to the sound of birds and bright morning light making its way through the shutter cracks.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the food at Berber Lodge. I was astounded by the freshness and the intensity of flavours (and generous portions) of their lunches. Dinners were lighter affairs, but equally as blissful. Each mouthful was interspersed with "this is SO good" and "THE POTATOES are amazing." Gosh, those potatoes were really something...
The staff were sweet and attentive and the hosts, Romain and Cosette, were charismatic and a pleasure to get to know. There was also a sneaky peek into their kitchen, laden with fresh produce, where we had the chance to sing our praises to the young talented chefs.
It's an absolute gem of a place and if you'd been thinking about a trip to Morocco I would urge you to escape to Berber Lodge for a few nights and book-end your trip exploring Marrakech.
It's fair to say I'm hooked and I very much look forward to returning for seconds... later this year.