Exquisite hideaway offering understated style, pampering and cultural insights
Situated in a 15-acre adobe-walled estate in Marrakech’s Palm Grove, Jnane Tamsna (“Big Garden”) is a luxurious country villa with 10 guestrooms that can be booked individually or exclusively to accommodate a group of up to 20.
The owners – Meryanne Loum-Martin, a French-Senegalese lawyer-turned-designer (and pioneer of understated Moroccan style), and her husband Gary Martin, an American ethno-botanist – aim to offer a personalised stay with an unusual cultural slant; and it is thanks to their huge knowledge and warm presence that it works so well.
Beyond lazing by the pool, playing tennis or being soothed by aromatic massages, guests may take advantage of their private Diversity Excursions led by local university–educated guides that will take you off the beaten tourist track – behind the closed doors of the medina, into the herb shops and landmark gardens, or to the nearby countryside to learn about Moroccan customs, cuisine and art.
But whether you choose to relax or explore, the Martins will go out of their way to ensure your stay in Morocco is an unforgettable one.
Jnane Tamsna in the Marrakech Palmeraie, is an elegant kasbah with 17 rooms (5 villas), with doubles costing from €250 for bed and breakfast.