Ksar Char Bagh, the tower among the Palms of the Oasis
There is a river in the dry countryside of Morocco, called the Tenesift, which descends from the Atlas Mountains, where the city of Marrakech drinks deeply from it as it runs east to the sea. The valley alongside the river is an elongated sort of oasis, green and filled with date palms, and this is where you will find the Ksar Char Bagh, a five-star luxury resort at the edge of the Sahara Desert. Situated on four hectares of gardens, including an olive orchard that produces the estates very own olive oil for the chef’s kitchen, the Ksar is designed in the grand Moorish style of the Andalusian civilization. Throughout the estate arches feature Arabic calligraphy and the central tower is decorated with medieval crenellations, offering an amazing vista of the Atlas Mountains soaring above the landscape to the southeast. Visitors to the Ksar will enjoy bespoke services, including babysitting and introductions to nearby Marrakech, as well as strolls through the estates’ vegetable farm, herbal garden, orchards, and visits to the elegant Library and Cigar Cellar in the center of the grounds. The main building also features a 34-meter long swimming pool, which is heated in the cooler seasons, and perfect for refreshing dips in the summertime.
A Tower With a Pool and a View
The Ksar Char Bagh is a boutique resort, providing 14 suites designed in the Harim style of Morocco, filled with Moorish motifs and intricate woodwork. The penthouse options offered by the hotel include the Tower, which occupies the top of the central building’s wide and crenellated minaret. The Apartment is the second penthouse, filled with impressive antique décor, its own ensuite bathroom, and a private pool with terrace. Each of the Harims is spacious and elaborately designed in Andalusian themes and warm earth tones, with great attention to detail and luxurious amenities. Among the bespoke services offered by the estate are golfing excursions to any of the nearby courses, such as Palmerie, the Amelkis, and the Almaaden ranges, as well as visits to the Ksar Char Bagh Hammam and Spa, founded on Roman ruins on the grounds of the estate. The hammam is based on the ancient principles of the Turkish bath, and the hotel maintains full spa services for all its guests.
A Taste of a Moroccan Marketplace
If you are interested in a bespoken exploration of Marrakech, including the fascinating souks, or marketplaces, and the medina, or town square, the Ksar will be happy to arrange your visit there. More intrepid guests can be guided to treks along the Atlas foothills, and the hotel can offer horseback riding on local grounds, or perhaps a camel excursion as well. You may wish to dine in the city, or return to the excellent hotel restaurant, Le Grand Salon. There chef Antoine Gonzalez will provide an exciting introduction to Moroccan cuisine, featuring fresh produce and herbs from the estate gardens and blending many of the amazing spices of the region into the olive oil made from the olive grove on the hotel land. The Salon is just one more example of the countless luxurious pleasures found in Morocco, at the palace called Ksar Char Bagh.