‘Wonderful’ guest house in Morocco

By Edna R.S. Alvarez
This item appears on page 28 of the August 2017 issue.
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Edna R.S. Alvarez (center), flanked by the chef de cuisine and the guest house owner, receiving a cake for her 78th birthday —  Sel d’Ailleurs.

On a week-long bird-watching trip to the High Atlas mountains in Morocco in March 2017, the tour group I was with stayed at a wonderful boutique guest house, Sel d’Ailleurs (KM 59 Imarigha, Road of Taroudant, 42152 Asni, Morocco; phone +212 6 66 57 14 77, www.seldailleurs.com/en).

About one hour south of Marrakech, Sel d’Ailleurs is situated down a dirt road from the tiny Berber village of Marigha. Surrounded by a nature reserve as well as village homes and farms, it’s an absolutely quiet and restorative environment with clear, clean air. 

The guest house is comprised of nine accommodations plus a dining room/restaurant, an inside lounge with a fireplace, a large outside patio with cushioned seats, and a pool with hillside views. All is surrounded by a lush landscape of fruit trees and ornamental plants.

Beautifully furnished in a modern manner with traditional Berber accents, each suite has an outside entrance, outside table and chairs, an interior sitting area and en suite facilities. The floors have lovely tiles and Moroccan carpets. The bed was particularly comfortable.

Common sitting area at Sel d’Ailleurs. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez

The website shows the nightly price of a room to be 65 (near $74) for a double or 45 ($51) for a single, including both breakfast and dinner. 

English was spoken by the welcoming owner/host, and the talented and charming chef de cuisine — young and innovative — spoke French. Gourmet meals were prepared using organic vegetables grown on the property, and people had traveled from as far away as Marrakech to have dinner there. (The website states that Moroccan cooking classes are available upon request.)

This guest house definitely deserves its TripAdvisor 5-star rating. 

EDNA R.S. ALVAREZ
Los Angeles, CA


One of the suites at the guest house Sel d'Ailleurs, near Marigha, Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
Blossoming fruit trees and mountains can be seen near the guest house Sel d'Ailleurs, near Marigha, Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
Mosque in the High Atlas mountains village of Marigha in Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
Patio at the guest house Sel d'Ailleurs, near Marigha, Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
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Edna R.S. Alvarez (center), flanked by the chef de cuisine and the guest house owner, receiving a cake for her 78th birthday —  Sel d’Ailleurs.

On a week-long bird-watching trip to the High Atlas mountains in Morocco in March 2017, the tour group I was with stayed at a wonderful boutique guest house, Sel d’Ailleurs (KM 59 Imarigha, Road of Taroudant, 42152 Asni, Morocco; phone +212 6 66 57 14 77, www.seldailleurs.com/en).

About one hour south of Marrakech, Sel d’Ailleurs is situated down a dirt road from the tiny Berber village of Marigha. Surrounded by a nature reserve as well as village homes and farms, it’s an absolutely quiet and restorative environment with clear, clean air. 

The guest house is comprised of nine accommodations plus a dining room/restaurant, an inside lounge with a fireplace, a large outside patio with cushioned seats, and a pool with hillside views. All is surrounded by a lush landscape of fruit trees and ornamental plants.

Beautifully furnished in a modern manner with traditional Berber accents, each suite has an outside entrance, outside table and chairs, an interior sitting area and en suite facilities. The floors have lovely tiles and Moroccan carpets. The bed was particularly comfortable.

Common sitting area at Sel d’Ailleurs. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez

The website shows the nightly price of a room to be 65 (near $74) for a double or 45 ($51) for a single, including both breakfast and dinner. 

English was spoken by the welcoming owner/host, and the talented and charming chef de cuisine — young and innovative — spoke French. Gourmet meals were prepared using organic vegetables grown on the property, and people had traveled from as far away as Marrakech to have dinner there. (The website states that Moroccan cooking classes are available upon request.)

This guest house definitely deserves its TripAdvisor 5-star rating. 

EDNA R.S. ALVAREZ
Los Angeles, CA


One of the suites at the guest house Sel d'Ailleurs, near Marigha, Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
Blossoming fruit trees and mountains can be seen near the guest house Sel d'Ailleurs, near Marigha, Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
Mosque in the High Atlas mountains village of Marigha in Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez
Patio at the guest house Sel d'Ailleurs, near Marigha, Morocco. Photo by Edna R.S. Alvarez