Dar Al Hossoun

Morocco

Dar Al Hossoun

Morocco

‘A paradise for garden lovers, botanists, and those who like to meditate. The main courtyard is bursting with large cacti, tropical grasses, and palm trees’

Gift on booking: A complimentary traditional cooking class

Overview

  • Highlights

    From $200 USD per night includes breakfast

    Large courtyard and sunken garden

    The generous swimming pool 

    Constructed using natural materials

    Free bikes and guided nature walks

    Locally handcrafted furniture

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  • Top Tip

    ‘Take advantage of the delicious pancakes – they are not there every day.’

    Eco Activities

    Discover Dar Al Hossoun guided ‘Garden and Earth’ architecture walking tours, all with lunch and refreshments included.

    Take one of the hotel’s bikes to explore the medieval city. Experience the souks and markets, with brightly coloured spices, terracotta streets, and an Aladdin’s cave of street traders.

    Fancy a great wilderness tour? Then visit the Massa Natural Park, with lunch overlooking the ocean and unspoiled beaches for as far as the eye can see.

  • Rooms

    Whether you choose the patio, garden rooms or the generous suites, all the rooms have thick earth walls that provide natural insulation against the heat and the cold. The large picture windows connect the houses to the paradise gardens.

    Shower water is reused for the gardens

    Local, traditional handcrafted furniture

    Linen is replaced on demand to eco-save

      The rich collection of artefacts

  • Meet Your Host

    Meet founder Ollivier Verra, born in France, Morrocco is where he feels most at home. 

    Being French ‘good food’ is naturally important. The organic vegetable garden and orchard nearby, which grow tomatoes, spinach and artichokes are a passion of Ollivier’s.

    ‘I fell in love with the colours, silence, weather, authenticity, and the smiling welcoming locals with their simple, sometimes basic way of life here. I was also seduced by the handmade products that had almost completely disappeared from our Western world.’

  • Need to Know

    You’ll find 22 cats, a few dogs, birds, tortoises, and peacocks roaming around the grounds. A perfect place for animal lovers.

    This isn’t a place to rush through. To appreciate the surroundings, and connect with the true meaning of this place stay a while.

    Taroudant is off the beaten tourist track and the atmosphere here is laid-back.

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  • Location

    Situated on the outskirts of the vibrant town of Taroudant, Dar Al Hossoun is a beautiful eco-retreat designed and built by local artisans. The lush garden here hosts a collection of 900 different species of desert flora.

    How To Get There

    The hotel is approximately 270 kilometres from Marrakech (3-hour drive) and 9 kilometres from Taroudant (15 minutes’ car journey).

    The nearest airports are Agadir Al-Massira international airport: 1 hour and Marrakesh Menara airport: 3.5 hours.

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  • Energy
    With 200sqm of solar panels that provide 30-50% of the energy for guests. Hot water is produced with solar energy, for about 70% of it's needs...
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    Low consumption LED bulbs are used here.

  • Water
    The taps are all fitted with aerators to reduce the water flow by 30-40%. Rainwater is collected and, together with the water from the sinks and showers...
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    is reused for irrigation in the gardens. The gardens are made up of "desert plants" that require very little water.

  • Waste
    There is an on-site compost system which is used for the food waste from guests and garden green wastes. The compost produced is used in the organic vegetable garden and orchard...
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    Glass and tin are handed over to local associations to make use of. The hotel buys in bulk to reduce waste. Anything that can burn (except plastic) is used to heat up the hammam (steam bath).

  • Conservation
    Each and every team member is considered as an "environmental ambassador" within Dar al Hossoun. One person is in charge of monitoring, informing, training...
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    and keeping an eye on the daily operations to make sure all is in line with the environmental commitments here. The hotel plans to launch a restoration programme in the nearby neighbourhood to replace some dying prickly pears. The garden hosts over 900 different species of plants and is a celebration of flora and fauna.

  • Food
    There is a organic vegetable, herb garden and orchard here. What they cannot produce themselves, they go local and seasonal...
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    using local farmers as much as possible. The hotel is developing a vegetarian and vegan menu, as demand is growing.

  • Engage Guests
    The "green plans, investments and actions taken" all year around are shared with guests, staff members, suppliers and partners...
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    The hotel also "trains and educates" others on their environmental practices as often as possible. Such as the partnerships with the schools for "environmental, afternoon classes". There are also bikes available and the hotel offers a number of nature walks. The hotel also set up "clean ups" and guests are reminded to be conscious of energy use. Bed sheets and towel replacement is only on request. Guests are also encouraged to keep pool towels for the duration of their stay.

  • Architecture
    The buildings are made by a local specialist, all in the traditional way, with local, natural materials like earth, wood, stones...
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    The interesting challenge for the architects was to squeeze the buildings between existing (olive) trees. The few which the hotel had to move out of the way were replanted nearby. Large windows and the glazed door result in well-lit rooms that require less electric power for lighting.

  • Housekeeping
    The hotel uses washable and refillable glass bottles for the in-room shower gel and shampoo. The products used are biodegradable...
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    The housekeeping products (except during COVID) are eco-labels. They use Christeyns products.

  • Community
    The hotel supports several associations involved in providing food supply to remote villages in the mountains. To support disabled, single ladies, orphans etc.

Reviews

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    "Beautiful oasis near Taroudant"

    "How about a December surrounded by orange and lemon trees? I think it sounds magical and it actually was. Dar al Hossoun is one of those places that tries to keep the Moroccan traditions alive and I have really enjoyed my experience on their property. From the gate you see how special this place is when you are greeted by a huge bougainvillea and the most gorgeous peacocks. It is a truly amazing place where you can recharge and relax, but also enjoy the Moroccan cuisine and do some traditional shopping at their little store."

    Larisa C, Dec 2020 - Tripadvisor

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    "A paradise in the middle of an exotic garden of Eden"

    "Arrived at the end of a day at Dar al Hossoun, it was an amazing stay, in the middle of a masterpiece garden. The owner Ollivier and all his team are just perfects. Our room and bathroom were just a paradise."

    Alexandre N, April 2020 - Tripadvisor

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    "Loved staying here "

    "I absolutely loved staying here - with a plethora of nice touches from the owner Ollivier, it is outstanding! The gardens are of the utmost beauty and the bedrooms located to maximise tranquillity."

    Juze D, Feb 2020 - Tripadvisor

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    "Gorgeous oasis"

    "Fabulous hotel with amazing gardens which exceeded our expectations. The staff were so helpful and friendly. We used the hotel bicycles to cycle into Taroudant, which is really easy to explore on your own. Lovely town."

    Julie, Oct 2019 - Tripadvisor

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    "A piece of heaven on earth"

    "We were visiting this magnificent place during our motorcycle trip across Morocco. We made a reservation for only 1 night because we already knew the city of Taroudant from our previous journeys. But in that moment we entered the Dar al Hossoun gate, we knew that we would like stayed there longer as only one night is definitely just to short!"

    Mark Diana, Oct 2018 - Tripadvisor

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