Spotlight On : Riad Tigmi Nomade
My recent trip to Marrakech culminated in a two-day retreat with my son and my sister in the Berber village of Tahanaout, a picturesque village set at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and only 25 miles from Marrakech. It’s the perfect place to head to if you want to take a break from the tourist spots and enjoy some quite time with nature.
Boasting a local market and a range of cultural offerings, Tahanaout is great if you want to experience local village life where people enjoy a much slower pace of life. It’s also an ideal spot for exploring the outdoors. Trekking is particularly popular in the area. Ouirgane and Ourika Valleys are splendid spots to enjoy long walks or picnics by a waterfall.
I was after a complete sensory detox with and Tigmi Nomade looked like the perfect answer to my wish.
You can drive or take a bus or a shared taxi from Marrakech to Tahanaout. Your hotel can also arrange a private transfer for you. Shared taxis are large SUV type of cars that can take up to 6 people. They are comfortable and air conditioned and they usually drop you off at a known landmark but you can ask the driver to drop you at your hotel or a specific point for an extra small fee. The journey from Marrakech takes around 40 minutes.
Riad Tigmi Nomade is in the outskirts of the village and not accessible by public transport. If you are driving, you would need to cross the whole village and drive up a dirt track for a mile or so before you reach the property. The owner kindly picked us up from the village where our taxi dropped us off.
The journey didn’t take more than 15 minutes but Marrakech already seemed like a world away as houses became scattered and replaced by a terrain of Rocky red peaks and green valleys.
The villa looked majestic from the car, standing alone on a hill facing a backdrop of softly rolling hills. We gasped as we spotted the beautiful garden and the huge pool. They looked better than the pictures. We were warmly greeted by the owners and the staff who informed us that we were the only guests during our short stay. We were thrilled.
Tigmi Nomade is designed to look like a modern villa from the outside and a traditional riad from inside. At the entrance after you cross the garden, there is an open sitting room where you will be served Moroccan tea and mint before you are taken to your room. There is a lovely courtyard with a little interior garden and fountain that connect to the back of the house.
There are 4 bedrooms on the ground floor and 3 bedrooms on the first floor arranged in the traditional square layout to face the open courtyard.
All seven bedrooms are decorated differently and named after a colour. We stayed in the Turquoise room, an elegant large family room with high ceilings and wooden beams. It has a window overlooking the pool and a balcony with stunning views of the mountains.
The shower room is designed to look like a traditional hammam with arched walls and a pretty turquoise mosaic basin made of Moroccan zellige.
The king size bed was comfortable and it didn’t take me long to fall into a deep and relaxing sleep.
Time stands still at tigmi Nomade and I might have slept until lunchtime if it weren’t for some excited sheep from the nearby farms. 100% better than my phone alarm!
As soon as I woke up I headed to the balcony to admire the 360 ° view of the peaks and distant valleys and listen to the silence. There is no place for air and noise pollution in this remote desert paradise.
I spent most of my time in the garden sunbathing on the many loungers that we didn’t have to fight for and splashing in the pristine pool while admiring the breathtaking backdrop of hills and red clay houses. I loved watching the landscape colours change as the sun moves. We had dinner around sunset and sat in the garden in the evening to watch the spectacular night sky and brightly lit stars. I had never seen the moon so close before. It was incredible to have the whole place to ourselves. There were only 3 staff members with us who were very discreet and never bothered us so we felt entirely at home.
We had all our meals in the garden. Breakfast is a generous affair at Tigmi Nomade. Khadija the house cook delighted us with freshly cooked bread and Moroccan pastries all accompanied by a selection of jams and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Dinner is home cooked and must be requested in advance. Khadija cooks lovely tajines using vegetables from the garden and the hotel’s own olive oil. Everything was so fresh and full of flavour.
Lunch is not offered and there are no shops around so unless you have a very late breakfast, you might feel slightly hungry but you can always request an early dinner. If you have a car you can drive to the village where you find several options for a quick meal or a snack
We didn’t feel like doing much but there’s plenty of activities to keep you busy at Tigmi Nomade.
You can book a cooking class where you get to visit the local village market to shop for food and bring it to make your tajine of choice with one of the house cooks.
If you are feeling adventurous, the hotel owners can arrange a number of excursions from trekking in the nearby valleys to a multi-day hike in the Atlas Mountains where they will also arrange a stay for you in a gîte or with a local family.
There are also horseback and camel riding activities if you don’t want to walk.
I had a memorable time at Tigmi Nomade and was able to enjoy total relaxation and decompression. I highly recommend Tahanaout village if you wish to get off the beaten track and enjoy a cure of authenticity far from the tourist spots of Marrakech
- Price (2 nights minimum): £57-£80 per night
- Location: 4/5
- Riad: 5/5
- Cleanliness: 5/5
- Customer service: 5/5
- Comfort: 5/5
- Food: 4/5
- Value for money: 5/5
Thank you for sharing this article. I have never even heard of Tahanaout. It looks like a great trip!
Thank you for taking me to Tahanaout, a place where I have never heard of, let alone visited. It seems like a very peaceful and quite place to chill abd eat some of te freshly made bread, jam and Moroccan pastries; the Food Explora in me definitely explore the food culture of Tahanaout.
As a foodie, i’m sure you would love the food in Morocco!
This looks fabulous, what an impressive place to get to stay. I love the look of the rooms and the outdoor area is amazing. Especially lucky that you had the place to yourself, that made it even better I’m sure. My friends stayed in a riad in this region and had a similar experience of the place to themselves. Keeping my fingers crossed I have the same luck if I make it there
I hope you get a chance to visit soon, there are so many beautiful places of similar standard in and around Marrakech but this one really stood out!
Molly | Transatlantic Notes
All round this looks and sounds like a wonderful experience. I love that breakfast was special as it’s often my favourite meal of the day (when it’s like this)! I’d love to visit here; it seems like I could really relax and enjoy everything!
Yes, the thought of breakfast on holiday is the only thing that gets me out of bed early! You won’t be disappointed here 🙂
I have never been the only guest at a hotel, what a unique experience. No fighting over the loungers I see!
I’ve heard a lot about the beauty of the Atlas Mountains and one day I will get there. I could see them from Marrakesh, tempting but I never got there.
This resort sounds idyllic, and that silence of the mountains would be something I would adore – I’m a bit of a city-boy so it would be so different.
Same here, I love city life but occasionally need my fix of a remote and quiet environment where I can be by myself and reconnect with nature. It’s a good balance I think 🙂
You were the only ones there for your stay? How lucky! It looks like a gorgeous place and I was shocked by the price; I definitely thought it was going to be more expensive. The landscape looks beautiful and it looks like a great place to contrast your time in the city 🙂
Yes, it’s a fantastic price for all it has to offer 🙂
What a dreamy place to stay. The whole experience seems to have been fantastic and the Riad inspires to rest and enjoy your time. Thanks for the share
Oh, you are tempting me! I would absolutely love to stay here. I have Marrakesh on my list just because of the architecture and unique places to stay just like this one. I also love that you can book a cooking class where you get to visit the local village market to shop for food to make your tajine with one of the house cooks. I would never pass that opportunity down. Saving this for future reference.
I love getting out of the hustle of the city to experience that slower pace of life like you describe. Your room and the pool both look incredibly relaxing and a perfect detox place! I would love to do the cooking class and learn how to make a traditional meal.
This is a lovely place to fully switch off from work and modern life. I like the look and authentic feel to it and your pictures have captured the character of the place very well. It also feels quite intimate with a private Riad house cook and no fighting over sunloungers.
Carolin | Solo Travel Story
This sounds like heaven to me. I can only imagine what it was like being the only guests. You must have felt like you were living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. A cooking class would have been a fun thing to do but then again I’d find it difficult to leave the pool.
This sounds like a lovely accommodation, located in a beautiful yet quiet area. This is the type of place that draws me in. I love staying and exploring the local area, accommodations, and activities and I’d love to visit here sometime.