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Bab Zouina (meaning Beautiful Door in Morrocan) is a traditional riad, a gorgeous Moroccan villa, located in beautiful grounds surrounded by trees, flower and vegetable gardens. The buildings are spacious and have many nooks and corners for the different times of the day and various terraces and peaceful places that allow guests to relax.
Beside retreats, individual or family stays are possible according to availability. Discounts are available for groups (minimum 12 people) and children staying in their parents room. Please email or call us for more details.
Guests are accommodated in traditional, large and beautiful rooms. Rooms have ensuite or adjacent bathrooms.
The meals are prepared with local produce and fresh bread is baked daily in a traditional earth oven. The Moroccan and Berber cuisine is a delight in itself. Tagines cooked by Aisha, Sarah and Mina emit the pleasant scent of Oriental spices. Every meal is a small feast and provides the therapy of healthy and tasty food. Delicious fresh juices are prepared each morning to start the day with a large glass of vitamins and energy.
The pool is available for those who enjoy swimming & sun bathing. The petanque court offers an a opportunity for afternoon entertainment. The clay tennis court is a delight for experienced players (you will need to bring the correct shoes & rackets). Our traditional hammam can be booked upon request.
Bab Zouina is located three hours by camel from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. This enchanting place, surrounded by olive trees, still lives with the rhythm of nature. The purity of the air, the invigorating smells, and the ochre soil interspersed with varied hues of green provides a wonderful opportunity to enliven the senses and to facilitate contemplation. The magic of this wonderful site is enhanced by the changing light during the day and the clarity of the starry sky at night.
The amazing Swedish artist and landscaper, Catharina von Unge, conceived and designed the sumptuous ornamental garden surrounding the property of Bab Zouina. She managed to combine a British aesthetic taste with the rusticity and simplicity of the place. By using the plant and mineral forms, she managed to enhance the alternation of light and shadow depending on the time of the day. Earthen and ocher stone trails, framed with thyme and lavender hedges, meander among lantana bushes, rose trees, agave families, and exotic flowers.
Imposing stones from underneath the earth were laid in the manner of Breton menhirs throughout the garden in order to stress the curves of the iron arches adorned with jasmine or bougainvillea. The benches, deckchairs, umbrellas, and Moroccan zellij tile tables offer an authentic and local character to the terraces and places of relaxation. Finally, with the Mexican corner and its incredible varieties of cactus, Catharina dares to hint at the Majorelle garden by Yves Saint Laurent and the neighboring garden by André Heller.
During the Spring, flowers of all colours blossom everywhere. The Summer gives the fields a beautiful golden colour. Autumn is punctuated by olive picking and pressing the precious oil. Finally, Winter allows the earth to regenerate and to regain its vitality and the Atlas looms over the valley often covered in snow.