Rest Your Head - BERBER LODGE

Rest Your Head
BERBER LODGE

The latest project of talented French-Swiss architect Romain Michel-Meniere, who first visited Morocco 15 years ago, Berber Lodge is located in the tiny village of Oumnas, in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains about 20 kilometres outside Marrakech.
Michel-Meniere discovered Oumnas while he was working on Kasbah Bab Ourika, a romantic hotel in the Ourika Valley which he made his name designing. So, when he finally got round to opening his own hotel, Michel-Meniere purchased seven hectares of land just outside Oumnas, and turned for help to friends Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of French Studio KO, the design team behind Marrakech’s stunning Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
The result is a relaxed, elegantly pared-down boutique hotel of just nine rustic-chic lodgings, housed within several traditional, pink pisé village-like single-storey structures, interspersed with gardens of wild grass and ancient olive groves, replete with a 20-metre jade-coloured swimming pool.
Each cottage-style room stands alone for privacy and boasts a private garden or terrace. Inside, interiors combine a heritage feel with modern or vintage furniture, punctuated by custom-made wicker pieces, Berber bridal chests, hand-knotted rugs and fabrics plus items from Michel-Meniere’s personal collection. Bathrooms are oversized, equipped with baths and showers and laden with luxurious hand-woven towels. The overall aesthetic is effortless, stylish and serene, and, most of all, modest.
As you can imagine, such simplicity makes for a highly relaxing and laidback stay, especially when feasting on the unpretentious yet delicious contemporary Mediterranean-Moroccan dishes served in Berber Lodge’s bijou on-site indoor dining room, where you will usually find Michel-Meniere chatting to guests.