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Jnane Tamsna

Marrakech, Morocco

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The Premises 

Jnane Tamsna is a family-friendly hotel that benefits from a wonderful sense of space and light. A walk from bedroom to reception is likely to pass pools, covered pathways, and a discreetly located tennis court. It’s an extremely photogenic location, and as you walk around it’s easy to imagine yourself posed artfully in some shot accompanying an article entitled ‘The Wonder of Marrakech’. The fairy-tale gardens have been lovingly tended by ethno-botanist owner Gary Martin, and his wife Meryanne Loum-Martin's elegant touch and exquisite taste is felt in each of the colourful and cosy rooms.

Jnane Tamsna

Douar Abiad, La Palmeraie Marrakech, Morocco


Compliments of the House 

Organic bath products and 50 red roses in the room

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Flexible.
Rates include breakfast and soft drinks. Extra beds can be added to larger or garden rooms.


Tennis court, tennis and yoga coaching on request, bikes to hire, book and DVD libraries, free WiFi throughout, library, lounges. Some rooms have access to a roof terrace. In-room spa treatments can be arranged. In-rooms: you're here to commune with nature and gaze adoringly at ach other – that sort of thing – so all tech (TVs, DVD and CD players) is available on request, aside from a Moroccan mobile for guests' use; otherwise, rooms have a range of antiques, tadelakt ensuite bathroom, flowers and candles, free soft drinks and water and Nectarome bath products.


Bring multiple swimwear options. Sketchbook for botanical drawings and North African recipe notes.


Very welcome: cots (free) and beds for children aged 4-11 (€45) can be added to rooms; kids 12 and older stay for €70 a night. Babysitting and activities programmes can be arranged; there's a TV and games room with DVD library, and a portable kid’s pool.


There are two heated swimming pools (one is saltwater) throughout the grounds, each large enough for laps and surrounded by lush greenery.


Disabled access is good here, and there is a wheelchair on site. Private parties and weddings are a speciality at this family-friendly escape.
Yoga classes, pilates, tennis coaching, reflexology and massages can be arranged on site. Jnane Tamsna has a rotating programme of residential events, including respected spa retreats by the likes of In:Spa, culinary courses in Jnane Tamsna's kitchens, literary salons and children's activity weekends; these must be booked in advance. There is also an excellent hammam, five minutes away by car, that the hotel can book guests into.


Please note, the hotel can accept Visa and Mastercard payments for extras.


The Blue Animal Room – lovely and big with a fireplace. The Green Syrian Room overlooks the olive grove. The intimate Celadon Room, with a four-poster. Moussafir House has a pool and outdoor salon; the Casablanca room has a large private terrace.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The kitchen serves delicious Med-Moroccan fusion, using fresh ingredients from Jnane Tamsna’s own organic herb and vegetable gardens. Simple, with a touch of French elegance, fully organic dishes such as delicately spiced chicken, aubergine tartlettes and fabulously fresh salads are served amid olive trees and date palms.

Liquid Bliss 

There is an honesty bar in the sitting room, and waiter service from 18h45 until dinner.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

As well as camel rides, horse-drawn carriage tours and hot-air balloon rides, Jnane Tamsna can organise tennis coaching and yoga lessons on site – plus plenty more bespoke activities, including excellent Moroccan cooking lessons with the house chef. You'll gather ingredients from the herb gardens, vegetable patches and orange and lemon groves before whipping up Moroccan classics. If you're dedicated to learning local culinary skills – or you're quite hungry – take the three-day cookery programme. The hotel also hosts writers for cultural retreats. There's a fantastic hammam recommended by the hotel that's just a five-minute drive away. The hustle and bustle of the ancient Marrakech medina – with its busy souk, petite museums and attractive mosques – is an eye-opening treat. Stroll the labyrinthine souks to barter for a rainbow of treasures, and to spy craftsmen at work. Good buys include leather bags and slippers, pierced metalwork and spices. Securing them, however, is not for the faint-hearted: prepare to haggle your heart out. Balance a stint around the souks with a retreat to a café or rooftop restaurant, or hit one of the small museums or gardens.


Jnane Tamsna is in the Palmeraie district, north-east of Marrakech, around 20 minutes from town, outside the village of Douar Abiad.


Marrakech Menara Airport is 10km away from the hotel ( Fly there from the UK and elsewhere in Europe with British Airways (, Royal Air Maroc (, EasyJet ( and Ryanair (, among others.


At the southerly end of the Moroccan rail network, Marrakech railway station is less than 20 minutes' drive from Jnane Tamsna. The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (, runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee air-conditioning in summer.


Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, hire a car from the Avis ( desk at the airport. Jnane Tamsna is around 8km to the east of Marrakech off the N8 highway, which links the city with Fez.


If you've a thirst for overland adventure, take the ferry across the Straits from Spain (, and pick up the train at Tangier (


Douar Abiad, La Palmeraie Marrakech, Morocco

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