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Questionnaire feedback – 100% of guests would ‘definitely recommend’ Les Borjs

Monday, January 18th, 2016

We have been delighted to note that Expedia’s ‘Insiders’ Select’ award (see October’s blog article), presented to us in September in recognition of the high standards maintained at Les Borjs over the past year, tallies with the results of our own recent analysis of questionnaires completed by guests at Les Borjs de la Kasbah over the six months from May to October 2015.

This revealed that under no less than 33 of 36 headings in nine categories (including value for money) satisfaction levels exceeded 90%, indeed, under 29 of the headings satisfaction ratings exceeded 95%.

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Les Borjs chosen for TV ad location

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

When the SPAR supermarket chain decided to shoot a commercial in Marrakech for Austrian TV last September Les Borjs de la Kasbah was chosen as one of the locations. A 42 strong Austrian/Moroccan crew descended on our small hotel to film a German celebrity chef and her four sons promoting a new range of Moroccan cooking products.

 

The shoot began at 7 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m when the entire crew sat down to a hearty meal prepared by our own chefs at Les Borjs!

Another prestigious award for Les Borjs de la Kasbah, Marrakech – Expedia’s ‘Insiders Select’ Award

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Les Borjs de la Kasbah has just collected another prestigious award from Expedia, the largest online booking platform in the world, for its achievement in being named not only one of the best small hotels in Marrakech but one of the best in the whole of Africa!

The “Insiders’ Select” award is given annually to a very small number of hotels which have achieved consistently excellent reviews on the Expedia website.

This year just two awards were given to hotels in Marrakech and only four elsewhere, in other words just six awards were made to hotels on the continent of Africa of which Les Borjs is one, an achievement of which we are very proud.

Presenting the award to Les Borjs de la Kasbah’s Director, Tom Bruce-Mitford, at an informal dinner at Les Borjs last month is Expedia Market Manager, Nicolas Descate.

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Les Borjs de la Kasbah enters Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Having won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row, Les Borjs de la Kasbah has just been awarded a further accolade – entry into the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’.

The Certificate of Excellence

This is awarded annually to hotels and riads having received consistently great reviews on TripAdvisor, the largest travel site in the world; the ‘Hall of Fame’, by contrast, is comprised only of those which have won the certificate five times in succession.

Here are some of the many reviews that have contributed to this significant achievement:

“An enchanting, unforgettable experience. We had not expected the excellence we found at this delightful Riad. Staying at Les Borjs was a truly wonderful experience”

“I have just had the most amazing 4-day stay (with 23 other ladies). Staff were awesome, the Hamman was amazing. We thoroughly recommend.”

“An absolute marvel. A beautiful home away from home in Morocco. Attention to detail found everywhere: in the design and concept of the hotel, the genuine care, attentiveness and attention of every member of the wonderful staff and the exquisite cuisine… Les Borjs definitely made my first visit to Marrakech magical. Merci!”

“Best holiday ever! After a week-long stay at Les Borjs, we were genuinely saddened by having to leave: the people, the place and the overall experience were everything you could dream of for a perfect holiday.”

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Marrakech in May – upcoming events

Friday, May 15th, 2015

From festivals taking place in Marrakech itself to those in the surrounding area and slightly further afield, every one of the popular events listed below is well worth adding to your schedule of things to see and do when planning your holiday in Marrakech.

Babyboomer’s Adventure Rally, 05/05/2015 – This light-hearted sightseeing rally takes in some of Morocco’s most scenic landscapes and routes. Winners are not determined by who reaches the final destination first but by whose car (and driver) are considered to be the ‘best turned out’ for the occasion.

Gnaoua & World Music Festival, 14/05 to 17/05/2015 – Taking place in coastal Essaouira, this annual event celebrates local gnaoua music but also features regional and international acts. The free public concerts regularly attract thousands of visitors from around the world.

World Sacred Music Festival, Fez, 22/05 to 30/05/2015 – Aiming to ‘highlight the spirituality and musical traditions which have served human and social development through the ages’, this wonderful festival, featuring some of the world’s best exponents of a diverse range of musical traditions, explores a vast repertoire of rhythms and musical genres.

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Themed Break Bargains in Marrakech

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

While enjoying a short sunny break in Marrakech there are many activities you can indulge in, from golf to trekking in the Atlas Mountains and shopping in the souks. But there are many other options for getting the most out of that precious weekend away.

At Les Borjs de la Kasbah, for example, in the Marrakech medina, one can join a cookery class on Moroccan cuisine, enjoy a series of spa treatments including the traditional hammam bath, or visit Marrakech and its surroundings with a series of excursions.

There is even a Romance package with champagne, flowers and more for that special occasion.

The big difference at Les Borjs, however, is that these themed activities are included – i.e. there is no charge at all beyond the cost of a room!

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Tips for a cheap Marrakech break out of season

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

If you’re looking for an off-season holiday bargain Marrakech should certainly appear high on the shortlist of likely destinations. With its wealth of exciting, yet surprisingly inexpensive things to do, combined with the prospect of soaking up some winter sun while enjoying the facilities of a comfortably affordable four or five star hotel, you could say there is no need to look further than Morocco’s tourism capital.

Les Borjs de la Kasbah

Widely regarded as one of the best 4 star hotels in Marrakech, Les Borjs de la Kasbah currently offers rooms and suites at prices ranging between 750 dh (£55) for a single room in low season (December and January, Christmas/New Year excluded) to 1650 dh (£122) for a suite. These nightly rates include local taxes, airport welcome and transfer to the hotel as well as breakfast for one or two.

Bargain Breaks

In addition, this luxury boutique hotel also features regular special offers that are well worth looking out for, not least its ‘Bargain Breaks on a Theme’ deal (where a range of activity options is included in the room price at no extra charge) or the ’4 nights for the price of 3′ promotion.

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Gommage at the best Spa Hotel in Marrakech

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Like most of the best spa hotels in Marrakech, Les Borjs de la Kasbah’s facility, the Arganier, offers exquisite hammam sessions (with or without full seaweed or volcanic clay body masks) followed by the traditional ‘gommage’ (a vigorous scrub down with black ‘beldi’ soap).

Gommage

Basically, a gommage involves the application of ‘beldi’ soap, made from black olives and eucalyptus leaves, to the damp skin. Some five minutes after the application the soap is then vigorously frothed and scraped off the body, together with layers of dead skin cells, with the help of a ‘kessa’, a glove made of crinkled, coarse fabric.

The Benefits

Rich in vitamin E and featuring both anti-microbial and moisturising properties, the black beldi soap serves to deep-cleanse the skin, removing toxins from the body and softening the skin in preparation for the exfoliating scrub with the kessa. Combining the cleansing, moisturising effect of the soap with the increase of lymph and blood circulation resulting from the exfoliation process, the gommage helps in treating problem/oily skin leaving it feeling soft and invigorated, the better to absorb subsequent skin care treatments.

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Themed Breaks in Marrakech

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

If you’re hoping to embark on a cheap holiday to Marrakech but are looking to experience more than sun and souks alone, you may wish to take advantage of the themed breaks in Marrakech currently on offer from one of the best 4 star hotels in Morocco, Les Borjs de la Kasbah.

What’s included in the Offer

Including a four-night stay for two in one of the hotel’s standard or premium rooms and suites, with airport to hotel transfer, local taxes and breakfast included, this special offer provides a choice of five different themed breaks in Marrakech:

  • Romance Package
  • Discovery Package
  • Spa Treatment Package
  • Moroccan Cuisine Cookery Package
  • Multi-Option Package

Costing between 2150 dh (£159) and 2550 dh (£189) each, these themed options can be enjoyed as part of the hotel’s ‘themed breaks in Marrakech’ offer with no additional charge above the price of the room.

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Exchange Rates Favour Morocco

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Having risen against most currencies during 2013, the Moroccan Dirham (MAD) has eased by some 8% during the past few months and is currently fluctuating at around MAD 13.45* to the pound sterling and MAD 11.25* to the euro; holidays in Morocco are thus even better value, with spending money going that much further.

Cost of dining in Marrakech

Take, for example, a restaurant meal for two. Whilst a fine dining experience (and there is no shortage of opportunities for experiencing the very best of European and Moroccan cuisine) will vary between MAD 600 and 800 a meal at a midrange restaurant will average around MAD 400; if that’s not reasonable enough a street food experience can be yours for less than MAD 100!

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