The classic Marrakech hotel concept is the riad, typically a mansion in the old medina quarter, a small-scale and intimate sort of hotel, however extravagant the hospitality. The Terre resort, the first from the American-owned Octogone group, takes this concept out of town, to the desert oasis of the Palmeraïe, fifteen minutes outside Marrakech proper, and reproduces it on a larger, more lavish scale.
Comprising twenty octagonal mini-riads divided into a total of 52 suites, Terre makes the most of its open-space surroundings, sprawling over twelve acres of land, including a full-service spa and hammam, a vast central swimming pool (to add to the suites’ private plunge pools or jacuzzis) and an entertainment complex, complete with restaurant, lounge and library.
Accommodations themselves are palatial, aimed squarely at the leisure-luxe traveler; the villas and suites are above all spacious, contemporary in style, with bathrooms bordering on extravagant. And despite the desert location there’s plenty to do: a clay tennis court, a putting green, and close proximity to the Palmeraïe’s incongruously generous selection of golf courses.
What it lacks in gritty local color (the hallmark of the medina riads) Terre certainly makes up for in crisp-edged luxury sheen. It’s young yet, and a work in progress, but if all goes well, it’s just the first of a planned eight (you might have guessed) Octogone properties all across Morocco.
Terre Resort & Spa is approximately a 20 minute drive from Marrakech-Menara Airport and 10 km. from Marrakech city centre. Please contact email@example.com to arrange airport transfers.
Wahat Sidi Brahim, Marrakech
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