La Pause is a a place to escape to. It's hard to describe exactly what this is. It's not a lodge, it's more of a camp, yet 'camp' suggests tents whereas the rooms here are not tents.
Whatever you decide to classify it as, it's a place owned and run by a very nice French man called Frederic. He found this area whilst out here horse riding one day, and fell in love with it. Here bought the lease and slowly built up La Pause.
It is also difficult to tell you how many people La Pause caters for! With as few as 5 people it could be classed as 'full', but then it can also accommodate up to 26 people. Why? Because Frederic has made 5 'zones' of accommodation. Once someone has taken one zone (be it one person or 4 people in a zone with two twin bedroms for example), Frederic will not sell the rest of those places to anyone else. This ensures privacy for each family or couple or party. Nice idea!
The rooms are varied - from a 'normal' twin room to a double room which only has 3 walls (the third being a huge curtain). But they have in common a comfortable bed and cosy linen, and en-suite bathroom with shower and flush loo, a sitting area inside and out, bowls of flowers ... and no electricity.
Why come here? Well, to get away from everyday life. It's simple here, so it's relaxing. You can take lovely walks in the river bed, you can go and walk to the nearby village and school, or horse ride or camel ride, or even play golf (with a donkey for a caddie!). It's also a great place for an event - be it a wedding or a big party.
At night the whole place is lit with candles and each couple of party has their own area in the main dining region where they area brought gorgeous meals.
Relax, pause, enjoy!
Open: La Pause is open all year.
Location: La Pause is located in a small desert oasis in the Agafay hills, 30kms from Marrakech.
Rooms: The spacious guest lodges have 3 walls constructed from traditional mud and straw, the fourth wall is open to air and equipped with thick curtains that cam be drawn across for privacy. The rooms are simply furnished in Berber style, with rugs, sofas, cushions and fireplaces. They have en-suite shower rooms and private decks.
Activities: Outdoor activities include â€˜cross-golfâ€™ (cross country golf), mountain biking, horse riding, walking, watching sunsets and trekking. At the camp guests can relax, read and swim in the pool.
Facilities: La Pause has a swimming pool. There are several outdoor terraces with chairs and sun loungers where drinks. Hammocks are provided for relaxation amongst the olive groves. There are tents provided for guests in various locations around La Pause, which are used for dining venues and as sleep-outs for those who want a full desert experience. On some evenings local musicians play for guests. There is no electricity and the camp is lit by candles, lanterns and camp fires at night. The food is traditional Moroccan, accompanied by a selection of wines.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Communication: There is no internet access or mobile â€˜phone reception.
From lively Marrakech to the desert peace of La Pause and the charming coastal resort of Essaouira.
"This was certainly a highlight - from the 'tent' to the food to the location - so good for the soul - peace restored!"
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499