Le Palais Paysan | UK WEDDING BLOG

By Laura

Well, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend in Morocco after spamming the SYGM Instagram story with countless photos and boomerangs! We stayed at Le Palais Paysan a 16-room hotel nestled in the Moroccan countryside and only 30 minutes away from Marrakesh. Despite its proximity to the city, the hotel was the picture of serenity and bliss and the antithesis to Morocco’s busy souks and markets. Although we were only there for 2 nights, we got to witness a traditional tea ceremony, join the head chef in the kitchen to learn how to make hearty Moroccan dishes and meet with the owners to pick their brains about the weddings and events they hold there.

  

The first thing that strikes you (literally!) upon arrival in Marrakesh airport is the heat! We had 42° degree sunshine the WHOLE time we were there and even for me, an absolute sun-baby, it was a lot to deal with! The drive from the airport took us out of the sprawl of the city and into the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. I love the anticipation that builds on the journey between airport and accommodation, there is so much excitement about what you’re about to discover, but the dirt track leading to the hotel was more than I had bargained for. My bones were almost rattled loose on the approach to our destination, but this just served to make my jaw drop when we finally entered the grounds of Le Palais Paysan. The scenery is utterly stunning – manicured lawns as far as the eye can see, dotted all over with rose bushes and latticed with beautiful sandstone paths. Our welcome was punctuated with a refreshing mint smoothie and a rose-scented cold towel, both of which had us sighing with relief in the heat.

We proceeded to check-in and were shown to our rooms; mine was on the first floor and it was just divine. Serious interior inspiration! The pink feather centrepiece that sat above the bed immediately caught my eye- I instantly started hatching a plan to try and take it home with me! I loved the hessian rugs, tasselled cushions and collage mirror wall and the whole space was well-lit by the huge bay windows that opened up onto two separate balconies. Not to mention THAT bed. Not a crease in sight, I knew as soon as I saw it that I was going to sleep like a baby!

  

A sit-down with Philippe and Horst, the partnership that bought Le Palais Paysan to life, gave me the chance to learn a little more about the hotel’s background. It took them 5 years to build using locally sourced materials and throughout it features a mix of traditional and modern architecture. Their dedication to local culture is clear, and when they gave me a tour, I found little nuances and touches of Moroccan influence hiding in every corner. LPP sits in grounds of 7 hectares and is sufficiently spacious that if you were to honeymoon here you wouldn’t feel like you’re on top of the other guests. Equally, if you were to hire the hotel out for your wedding, it offers enough space to accommodate large parties of people; they allow weddings of up to 350 people with room for 45 people to stay at the hotel.

The pool – oh my. From the dark tiles beneath the water to the thatched umbrellas, I could have happily sat there all day taking in the views and catching a few rays of course 😉 Easily the most tranquil part of the hotel, it is the perfect spot for you and your hubby to chill out after your big day.

Sea bass with saffron clams and prawns to start, followed by braised breaded duck with garlic butter and vegetables and a poached pear with cardamom and vanilla for dessert – a foodie’s heaven.

As my other half never lets me forget, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so after a delicious selection of pastries got my morning underway, we were treated to a traditional Moroccan tea ceremony! I love a good cup of tea so I was really excited to try a new flavour – the best thing is that they can infuse so many different herbs and leaves to flavour the tea. You can literally pick them from the gardens and they’ll make it for you! I tried sage and geranium but you can also have lavender, thyme, rosemary amongst others. Not for the diabetics mind, as they do add a lot of sugar!

Chef Hafid was waiting for us in the kitchens to teach us how to make chicken tagine which I’m sure you all saw on the SYGM Insta story. It was so much fun and we got to eat it all for lunch of course. If you liked the look of it I can always do a separate post with the recipe? Pop a comment below if you fancy it.

A visit to the inhouse spa awaited me next (just look at those tiles – I’m in love), and I had a full body massage booked and, let me tell you, I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. The famous Hammam is also available within the spa but I wanted something a bit less intensive. They say the test to a good massage is to see if you fall asleep – well I did and it was heavenly. The masseuse used Argan oil, which is notably made in Morocco, and it smelt so good! The only thing that I found a bit odd, and that you definitely don’t get here in the UK probably because it can make some women uncomfortable, is that they massage your boobs. Without any warning. There I was enjoying the head massage and then she whips down the towel and massages my entire top half! Don’t worry, I asked the other ladies to see if they had the same deal so it wasn’t just me who got the special treatment!

My 2 days at Le Palais Paysan was more than enough to see that this hotel is an oasis of calm and the ideal place to decompress after weeks of hectic wedding planning. There is a lovely atmosphere and ethos to the place, and it is borne out in the phenomenal standards of service and upkeep throughout. With fantastic, plentiful food and a breathtaking setting completing the experience, Le Palais Paysan is a gorgeous setting for an unforgettable honeymoon abroad.

{I was a guest of Le Palais Paysan but as ever we’d never promote somewhere that we didn’t truly love}