A Unique Place Where Tourism and History Meet. Installed in Morocco in 1932, Dr. Henri Dubois-Roquebert was, from 1937 till 1971, the personal surgeon of His Majesty Mohammed V, then that of His Majesty Hassan II. In the 1940s he discovered Amizmiz. Conquered by the site’s beauty, he built a vacation house where he came for rest and revitalization. Curious about his doctor’s chosen location, His Majesty Mohammed V visited him in the middle of the ’40s. This royal visit remains still in the memory of all Mizmizians, and the belvedere set up for this occasion 200 meters away from the property at Tizi Ougharne is called today “The King’s Air”.

Dr. Dubois-Roquebert was closely associated in 1953 with the development of King Mohammed V’s exile with his family.

Depository of the royal fortune during this period, he contributed by this deed to making the exile a failure for its authors, thus taking part in the active return of King Mohammed V to his throne and the accession of Morocco to independence.

His story is contained in a posthumous book, “Mohammed V, Hassan II as I Have Known Them” (Editions Takik), written by the doctor, for which King Hassan II personally encouraged the publisher in a letter addressed to Bruno Dubois-Roquebert only a few weeks before his disappearance.

“You can easily imagine with what pleasure, and often with what emotion, I have wandered through these pages that relate with precision, talent and passion the very rich Moroccan experience of your father.
“I am convinced that the upcoming generation of Moroccans and non-Moroccans will learn a lot from reading this book and it is with evident pleasure that the least I can do is to approve and assist this project.”

After the publication of the book, President Jacques Chirac would later write to the doctor’s son Bruno:

“I am delighted that you have published such a gripping and compelling story, for which I happily congratulate you.

“It is thanks to thanks to the action of people such as your father, their intelligence and their heart, that France and Morocco were able to preserve, despite the vicissitudes of a turbulent History, such close and friendly relations.”

As a sign of recognition for the doctor, King Mohammed VI decorated his son Bruno at the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the return of King Mohammed V in November 2005 with the highest distinction that Morocco confers on foreigners who have honored it: The Grand Cordon of Wissam Alaouite. (See photo).

The doctor’s children decided to create Maroc Lodge. They constructed seven pavilions which constitute this tourist guest residence of exceptional beauty, dedicated to the memory of their father, in which they put the original family furniture.

A Unique Place Where Tourism and History Meet. Installed in Morocco in 1932, Dr. Henri Dubois-Roquebert was, from 1937 till 1971, the personal surgeon of His Majesty Mohammed V, then that of His Majesty Hassan II. In the 1940s he discovered Amizmiz. Conquered by the site’s beauty, he built a vacation house where he came for rest and revitalization. Curious about his doctor’s chosen location, His Majesty Mohammed V visited him in the middle of the ’40s. This royal visit remains still in the memory of all Mizmizians, and the belvedere set up for this occasion 200 meters away from the property at Tizi Ougharne is called today “The King’s Air”.

Dr. Dubois-Roquebert was closely associated in 1953 with the development of King Mohammed V’s exile with his family.

Depository of the royal fortune during this period, he contributed by this deed to making the exile a failure for its authors, thus taking part in the active return of King Mohammed V to his throne and the accession of Morocco to independence.

His story is contained in a posthumous book, “Mohammed V, Hassan II as I Have Known Them” (Editions Takik), written by the doctor, for which King Hassan II personally encouraged the publisher in a letter addressed to Bruno Dubois-Roquebert only a few weeks before his disappearance.

“You can easily imagine with what pleasure, and often with what emotion, I have wandered through these pages that relate with precision, talent and passion the very rich Moroccan experience of your father.
“I am convinced that the upcoming generation of Moroccans and non-Moroccans will learn a lot from reading this book and it is with evident pleasure that the least I can do is to approve and assist this project.”

After the publication of the book, President Jacques Chirac would later write to the doctor’s son Bruno:

“I am delighted that you have published such a gripping and compelling story, for which I happily congratulate you.

“It is thanks to thanks to the action of people such as your father, their intelligence and their heart, that France and Morocco were able to preserve, despite the vicissitudes of a turbulent History, such close and friendly relations.”

As a sign of recognition for the doctor, King Mohammed VI decorated his son Bruno at the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the return of King Mohammed V in November 2005 with the highest distinction that Morocco confers on foreigners who have honored it: The Grand Cordon of Wissam Alaouite. (See photo).

The doctor’s children decided to create Maroc Lodge. They constructed seven pavilions which constitute this tourist guest residence of exceptional beauty, dedicated to the memory of their father, in which they put the original family furniture.

A Lodge Inspired by Berber Architecture

 

One of these pavilions is the managers’ residence.

A pavilion a little apart from the others is consecrated to the hammam and the rest and welcome of guests.

The other pavilions are reserved for lodging of 10 Maroc Lodge privileged guests. They are located near the infinity pool overflowing on the valley, 14 meters in length, with curving contours that reflect the topography of the site.

With care to preserve the calm that characterizes this unique place, the zone reserved for the living space of guests has been placed in an area remote from the restaurant and welcome center.

The various buildings that compose Maroc Lodge have been inspired by Berber architecture.

Flat flagstones of gray slate are placed at the level of the pedestals. The roof waterspouts are visible and the 50 centimeter thick walls recall with their colors that of the earth. Maroc Lodge design constitutes a harmonious marriage between architecture and nature.

A True “Eco-Lodge”

 

Maroc Lodge offers an opportunity to live a few privileged moments of close communion with nature.

On the five hectares that comprise the property, only one has been developed, out of concern for conservation of the environment.

The pavilions, which stand no more than 3.50 meters high, were built without breaking a single branch of the hundred-year-old olive trees and other species under which they are nestled. They blend marvelously with the landscape.

The songs of birds resound on every side. Among the migratory birds, the lodge hosts the magnificent “Rolliers” and the “Hunters of Africa”.or “Bee eater”.

A seguia (irrigation canal) runs across the property with its own vegetation such as Sarsaparilla. Small wooden bridges permit it to be crossed. Flagstone walks wind among the trees.

The pavilios are expansively open to the outdoors with big bay windows and terraces for every living room and bedroom.

Everything was laid out according to an architectural plan that permits the guests to appreciate nature. The landscape and the lodge compete with each other in harmony to serve your serenity.

Exceptional Accommodations

 

Five pavilions have commemorated different refuges that harbored King Mohammed V during his exile after he was deposed in 1953.

Dr. Dubois-Roquebert would visit the Royal Family in each of them.

In memory of this journey that marked forever the fate of their father, his children have given the name of each of these towns to the lodges.

Four luxurious pavilions shelter refined suites.

 

Three Pavilions are 80 square meters each: “Zonza”, “Ile Rousse”, and “Antsirabé”

They  offer :

Entryway,

Living room with chimney

Bedchamber whose bay windows open onto the terraces

Bathroom with shower

Separate toilets

These pavilions are designed for couples or single persons.

 

One pavilion is 140 square meters: “Saint-Germain-en-Laye”

It  offers :

Entrance,

Living room (1)

Bedchambers (2) whose bay windows open onto the terraces

Bathrooms with shower (2)

Separate toilets (2)

Chimneys (2)

This pavilion can be rented by a couple which care for more space or among friends.                                      

The house linens and bed sheets are made of cotton satin. All beds are doubles of 200x120 (King) and can be separated into two beds of 200x90 (Full) at a simple request.

All suites have a mini bar, satellite television, and safes. Heating is made with reversible air conditioning unit and electric convection blowers. A high-speed ADSL internet plug is available free of charge at the welcome center.

"Tananarive pavilion " is  80 square meters. It shelters Maroc Lodge lounge, boutique and hammam. ( Still under construction)    

The Decor Achieve a Union between Eternal Morocco and The Charm of Colonial Dwellings of Yesteryear

               

A grand walnut entrance gate with a traditional copper lock opens onto suites with refined taste.

Each detail has been carefully thought out with an eye toward sobriety in luxury.

The internal architecture adheres to the principle of featuring the value of local simple materials.

The floors and the friezes are of pink floor tiles and colored cement squares made in Amizmiz in tones of earth, rose, blue or green differing from one lodge to other.

The walnut woodwork enhances the beige, salmon, light brown tadlakt material of the walls.

The chimneys are adorned with friezes of engraved tadlakt that undulate around the hearth or again on columns of tadlakt.

In the spacious bedrooms, alcoves form the beds’ headpieces in tones of light aubergine or pinkish beige.

Each pavilion has its terrace surrounded with a wrought iron grill.

The old family furniture mixes, without a clash, periods such as the Napoleon III Chiffonier which accompanies Directoire furniture and orientalist paintings originating in the ’30s. It reveals its fullest historical dimension in the case of the armchair in which His Majesty King Mohammed V used to sit during his visits to the doctor, in whose company he was photographed.

Refinement and comfort are set up as an absolute rule

 

Charming lodge par excellence, Maroc Lodge offers refined and irreproachable service.

Its capacity, voluntarily restricted, favors the very personal character of its service. This is the guarantee of an unforgettable experience to be enjoyed by its guests in grand décor.

An attentive staff (10 employees) is at your disposal to respond to your needs.

A masseuse gives oriental massages with essential oils.

Maroc Lodge is a tranquil and timeless place ideal for recuperating, for learning the Berber way of life that also fascinated the founder of the property in the middle of the last century. It is an exceptional place to celebrate a unique moment (honeymoons, anniversaries…) or simply to please oneself.

A Gastronomy Favoring The Local Products

 

Maroc Lodge is also a guarantee of quality Moroccan or European cuisine that favors the fresh products of the region. It produces its own olive oil, pomegranates, plums, figs, almonds, strawberries and aromatic plants that the chef uses first in all dishes. Your hosts will take it on themselves to help you discover Berber gastronomy such as barley couscous, chicken tajine with honey, tanourt bread, timija mint tea….

Meals and breakfasts can be taken as one chooses: in the dining area of the living room inside or on the terraces of the pavilions, beside the infinity pool or at the restaurant. The area of the restaurant terrace is 80 square meters. A maximum of twenty guests can be served inside the restaurant.

As to the program of your stay….

 

Inviting as it is to repose and to self-exploration, Maroc Lodge also permits the discovery of Amizmiz and its environs with guided strolls or excursions on foot on mule or mules back.

At your request, a guide will lead you to the discovery of:

-          The Belvedere of King Mohammed V of Tizi Ougharne, as you enjoy a picnic.

-          The stone villages of the valley of Oued Amizmiz clinging to the mountain with their terraced fields.

-          The traces of Portuguese miners who settled at the sources of Imin Tala (10 Km) many centuries ago, to which place they gave the name of their queen.

-          The cave habitations of Imin Tala where tea will be served you.

-          The walnut groves of the oued Amizmiz valley.

-          The pine and green oaks trees forest that dominates Amizmiz.

-          The old mining village of Azgour (20 Km) in the midst of the High Atlas.

-          The waterfalls of Tazakka (25 Km) that flow in a unique and surreal landscape.

-          The traditional weekly souk (Tuesday) at Amizmiz and its old Mellah.

-          The traditional mills producing olive oil during the harvest season.

-          The potters known throughout the region for the quality and originality of their utilitarian pottery.

-          The various “marabouts” or sanctuaries of holy men, all the while telling you their history.

Maroc Lodge is a range of Refined Performance

 

It offers a welcoming tea

Room check-in

Mineral water is offered at will

Large breakfast and tea-time served daily

A concierge service permitting the discovery of Marrakech with the practice of sports and other recreational and cultural activities in the area (golf, tennis, horseback riding, carting, dune buggy, quad, hot air ballooning, etc….)

And with a supplementary payment:                     

Massage, laundry and pressing service.

Personalized welcome at the Marrakech airport,

Private transportation to and from the airport.