30 March – 07 April 2020
Morocco is a country of contrasts: the buzz of the medina and exotic souks in Marrakech, hidden gardens, long views to the mountains and warm, hospitable people happy to share their history over a glass of mint tea.
The properties visited offer a balance between intimate courtyard gardens with vibrant plants, colourful tiles and splashing water, and country gardens known as jnane (gardens of paradise) with an emphasis on orchards and decorative plantings of herbs. We also discover a number of newly created gardens have emerged recently.
Our first hotel, the welcoming riad-style Le Beldi Country Club is situated in the countryside near Marrakech, a rural estate with extensive gardens and views towards the mountains. We move on to Taroudant, south of the Atlas Mountains, where we stay in a riad guesthouse with a fascinating garden designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, well-known French garden architects and designers.
Our group is small with about fifteen participants. We use a minibus as most travel is very local except on the transfer morning through the Atlas.
The climate in March/April will be warm. Extra layers may be needed in the mountains. Lightweight clothing is recommended, with a waterproof jacket in case of a shower and good shoes/trainers for the mountain walk.
Smart casual for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wifi is available in the hotel and riad.
Good walking ability for Marrakech gardens and the medina. The walk in the mountains requires a reasonable level of fitness, although mules are provided for those who prefer to ride.