After my last post on the wonderfully exotic Sahrai Hotel Morocco, I though to virtually stay local and share with you another property which is also authentically rooted in its cultural vernacular, yet so vastly different in its expression and style. The Fellah Hotel just outside Marrakech is a rich, textural and earthy venue firmly rooted to its landscape. Fellah is such a clever combination of contemporary with ethnically rustic Moroccan adobe dar-style architecture and decoration that is seems to have evolved organically rather than been carefully crafted and designed.
The Fellah is not so much a Hotel, but a cultural oasis attracting a community of artists, academics and performers, spanning 11 hectares (27 acres) full of innovative experiences and diverse amenities. Take your choice between a view of the magnificent Atlas Mountain range or a green cactus speckled terrace with turquoise swimming pool. There are ten beautiful and spacious villas containing 62 rooms in a variety of sizes and configurations. Every room’s style is unique and dramatic – combining traditional Berber patterns with modern colors and furnishings from some of the nation’s hottest artisans and designers. Fellah is casual chic with a traditional Moroccan zest!
The rustic twig screens, polished coloured plaster walls, muted earthy colours and curious objet/furniture sing lazily toghther permeated by the Moorish African light. Sooooo casual and unpretentiously authentic!
I threw in a few pics of Marrakech’s architectural delights with the 12th Century Koutoubia Mosque and Medersa Ben Youssef University from the 14th Century. The minaret of the Koutoubia was the model for the minaret of the Giralda mosque in Seville which in its turn has influenced thousands of church towers in Spain and Eastern Europe. Oh, what Europe has learnt from the Moors! Did you know that the Renaissance was born from Italian Artists and scholars learnings on their visits to Toledo in Spain to study the philosophy and science from the Arab Moors?