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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Lush, secluded setting

    Home-grown ingredients

    In-room spa treatments

  • Kids will love

    Choice of pools

    Circus fun; camel rides

    Bicycles to borrow

  • Don’t expect

    Medina location

    Dinner before 7pm

    Walking-distance sights


Family-friendly Palmeraie hotel Jnane Tamsna is a luxurious home-from-home retreat, beyond the city walls of Marrakech. Riad-style suites, a tennis court and spa treatment rooms are spread across its nine gorgeous acres of palm-dotted tranquillity. Entertainment is provided, too: indulge in cookery lessons, camel rides, or circus-skill classes for your children.

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Need To Know




11.30am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 12.30pm.


Double rooms from £129.98 (€146), including tax at 10 per cent. Jnane Tamsna is unable to accept payment by credit card.

More details

Jnane Tamsna is unable to accept payment by credit card. Rates include breakfast and all soft drinks. Children Cots (free) and extra beds (€40) for under-13s can be added to Large and Garden rooms.


Spa and beauty treatments are available in your room, as well as at the spa. Tennis coaching, reflexology, or private yoga sessions can be organised on request, and staff can arrange hammam treatments for guests just a five-minute drive away.

At the hotel

Spa treatment rooms, restaurant, swimming pools, tennis court, gym, mature gardens; TV and games room with book and DVD libraries; on-site parking, concierge, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

TV, DVD player, free soft drinks, black-out curtains, Nectarome toiletries, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

Accommodation is spread out across five separate houses in the hotel grounds. The Garden rooms in Morocco-meets-Rajasthan Moussafir house have obvious allure, due to their spacious ground-floor layout, verandahs and use of a shared private garden with access to the roof terrace. Two of these rooms, Calligraphy and Casablanca, have separate living areas. Throughout Jnane Tamsna’s five houses, Large and Garden rooms can accommodate up to two extra beds for under-13s, and interconnecting room options are available across room grades. Some rooms have working fireplaces; each one is different, though they all share the same Moroccan-influenced decor.


There are five small pools dotted around the grounds at Jnane Tamsna: supervised children are allowed in all of them, but be aware that they're unheated, not fenced and there are no lifeguards. For not-quite-water-babies, the hotel can supply an inflatable splash pool for infants and toddlers (May–October).


Massages, reflexology and beauty treatments are available either in your room or at the small spa. Jnane Tamsna can also ferry you to a fanastic hammam just five minutes' drive away, for more pampering pleasures.


Clothes laundry (and pressing) is available free.

Book ahead

For the services of a nanny, book at least eight days ahead. Allow 48 hours or more for arranging spa treatments. To secure babysitting, give at least 24 hours’ notice. It's worth sorting out any bucket-list activities ahead of arrival too, especially in the school holidays.


Well-behaved dogs are permitted free, in Garden rooms only; bowls and food can be provided at cost.

Food and drink

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The kitchen at Jnane Tamsna serves a vibrant Moroccan-meets-Mediterranean menu, tasting all the fresher for herbs and vegetables supplied from the hotel’s own organic kitchen gardens. The day's lunch and dinner menus are posted each morning, so you can book your spot in the dining room or make reservations in town according to what takes your fancy. Enjoy tasty tagines, herb-flecked salads and moreishly marinaded grills in the elegant monochrome surroundings of the hotel’s dining room, or dine alfresco in the courtyard or gardens.

Family fare

There is a daily-changing (and very wholesome) children’s set menu in the restaurant at Jnane Tamsna – typical offerings include home-made vegetable soups or finger-food salads to start; pasta, grilled chicken and fries, or Moroccan kebabs served hamburger-style in barley buns. Families are welcome to dine together in the evening, from 7pm, with bookings after 8pm for adults only. Highchairs are provided, and the chef is happy to whip up baby purées or adapt dishes on request – just ask, and staff will try to accommodate you.

Hotel Bar

Head to the main sitting room to help yourself from the hotel's honesty bar: a selection of spirits, soft drinks and wines (including prosecco and champagne) is laid out nightly from 7pm.

Last orders

The honesty bar is cleared away at around 11pm. Lunch is served in the restaurant between 12.45pm and 2.45pm; for dinner, arrive from 7pm with children for the family sitting – or from 8pm without.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard; lunch in the shaded cool of the dining room, and a family dinner alfresco at dusk.

  • Room service



    Stock up on supplies for your baby before arrival: you can't buy baby food or formula milk onsite. When it's open, kitchen staff are usually happy to assist with heating up purées or milk, or rustling up snacks.


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Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Jnane Tamsna – has been selected and approved by parents.


English-speaking babysitters are available for €9 an hour (for a minimum of three hours), plus the cost of taxi fares, and lunch or dinner, as appropriate; book 24 hours in advance.


The hotel can organise childcare with a qualified nanny from a local agency for €12 an hour (a minimum of eight hours must be booked), plus transport and meal costs; make your request at least eight days ahead of arrival.


Bring your own baby monitors for use around the residence, allowing you to sit out on the verandah or retire to your building’s sitting room in the evenings. Note that your monitors are unlikely to work between your room and the main restaurant or lounge, especially in those furthest from the main house – for that, you’ll need a babysitter.

Other Services

Pack light: Jnane Tamsna has a free laundry service. However, you'll need to bring nappies, swim nappies, formula milk and other baby necessities with you, unless you want to make trips into town to track down local stores.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Baby food • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Play mat • Inflatable paddling pool

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Kids’ cutlery • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Potties • Crayons/pens • Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Inflatable paddling pool

For older children

• DVD library • Craft materials • Table tennis • Tennis court


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Things to do

There’s a tailor-made feel to entertainment at Jnane Tamsna. Consider the hotel’s secluded palm grove your blank canvas for painting in as much or as little activity as you’d like. Owners Meryanne and Gary draw on a network of expert trainers to offer their guests a portfolio of diverse diversions beyond the spa pampering, covering calligraphy classes and kitchen-garden tours… For kids, besides the swimming pools and foliage-shaded walled gardens, fun activities from camel rides to cookery lessons can be arranged. 

Hotel activities

Yoga classes, for adults and/or children, keep the mood relaxing; or up the ante with a game of tennis or personal training session. Table tennis and tennis coaching are also available. In addition, there are around five miles of jogging trails local to the hotel. Children’s activities (book in advance) include cookery lessons, nature workshops and classes in magic, juggling and acrobatics; the latter work well if you’re staying for a week or so, giving your children the opportunity to put together a special end-of-holiday show. You can join in the education with a Moroccan cookery class of your own, or perhaps an art or calligraphy workshop – all available by request. In the busy school holidays, it's worth arranging a few of these ahead of your arrival, if your kids will need a few diversions.

And there's more…

The hotel can organise camel rides, bike hire and guided mountain-bike tours of the surrounding palm groves. For a bird’s eye view, ask Jnane Tamsna staff about arranging a hot-air balloon ride.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Mojitos, delicious Thai and French fusion food, leather banquettes, cala lilies, moody lighting and minimalist fireplaces – Bô & Zin is a slice of NY in Marrakech. It's a familiar-feeling spot to hole up for a grown-up tête-à-tête (+212 (0)524 388012).

Don't miss…

Le Français: La Mamounia's fabulous French fine-diner (+212 (0)524 388600). Linger, child-free, over Jean-Pierre Vigato’s simply elegant menu of rustic Gallic fare, matched by an equally smart wine list. Tables are well-dressed, and so should you be.

Marrakech’s bustling Medina – the fortified centre of old Marrakech – is a 10-minute drive from the hotel; with its busy souk, petite museums and attractive mosques, it’s an eye-opening treat for families. Even the most reluctant shoppers will enjoy bartering for rainbow-hued treasures and watching the city’s artisans at work in the labyrinthine souk. Good buys include leather bags and slippers, pierced metalwork and spices, but prepare to haggle your heart out. If the Medina’s colourful crowd-thronged stalls overwhelm less-than-crowd-height kids, retreat to a café or rooftop restaurant – or hit one of the small museums or gardens nearby.

Find adventurous family dining at Jmaa el Fna, 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. This square is the beating heart of old Marrakech, inside the Medina. It’s at its colourful, people-watching best at sunset, when the scent of sizzling spices wafts from the plentiful food stalls.

Yves Saint Laurent-owned Majorelle Jardin is – fittingly – on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, a 15-minute drive from Jnane Tamsna. Inside there’s a bougainvillea-curtained garden café with a menu of light bites and tree-shaded alfresco setting that’s very child-friendly (+212 (0)524 313047); try the Thé Vert 1001 (green tea with rose petals) and Infusion Parfum de Sultan (rooibos with orange zest). There’s free entry for under-9s; arrive late morning and you’ll probably get the gardens to yourself.

Terrasse des Épices
– 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel – sits in between the Medina and mountains at 15 Souk Cherifia, Sidi Abdelaziz (+212 (0)524 375904), specialising in Moroccan-spiced grills, traditional tagines and pigeon pastillas. Bag a roof-terrace table or one of the restaurant’s becushioned booths. Salads and grills are served, but if dining with fussy eaters resort to pasta and the restaurant’s delectable desserts. There are no highchairs or baby-changing facilities, but there's a friendly welcome for family diners.

If you’ve hired a babysitter for the night, book a taxi for chic purple-hued dining den Le Foundouk, at 55 Souk Hal Fassi, Kat Bennahïd (+212 (0)524 378190) – a 10-minute drive south east of the hotel. This cosmopolitan riad eatery has excellent cocktails and tasty Moroccan/Mediterranean fusion food; try the grise wine (a light local rosé) with Harira soup, or a tagine with a robust bottle of red. Take the kids if they're happy to muck in: staff are friendly but there are no special concessions made. Closed Mondays.

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Jnane Tamsna
Douar Abiad, La Palmeraie, Marrakech, 40007
Hotel setting

Palm-shaded pools and paths

Getting There

Jnane Tamsna is in the Palmeraie district, north-east of Marrakech, around 20 minutes from town, outside the village of Douar Abiad.


Marrakech Menara Airport is 10km away from the hotel ( Fly there from the UK and elsewhere in Europe with British Airways (, Royal Air Maroc (, EasyJet ( and Ryanair (, among others.


At the southerly end of the Moroccan rail network, Marrakech railway station is less than 20 minutes' drive from Jnane Tamsna. The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (, runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee air-conditioning in summer.


Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, hire a car from the Avis ( desk at the airport. Jnane Tamsna is around 8km to the east of Marrakech off the N8 highway, which links the city with Fez.


If you've a thirst for overland adventure, take the ferry across the Straits from Spain (, and pick up the train at Tangier (

Parent travel tip

Booking a private transfer with Jnane Tamsna? Request car seats for little Smiths with your reservation.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Jnane Tamsna – has been selected and approved by parents.

Geography alone makes Jnane Tamsna a family-friendly boutique hotel: its serene setting is a mature garden of aromatic bushes and arching palm trees in the Palmeraie district of Marrakech. It's the ideal spot to retreat to, allowing you to explore the souks, squares and rose-hued fortifications of Morocco’s most charismatic city in child-friendly bite-size chunks.

To wax lyrical about location, however, is to do a disservice to Jnane Tamsna’s luxurious yet low-key charms. Owners Meryanne and Gary’s own children grew up in the hotel grounds, and your own little Smiths will feel equally at home. This 24-room hotel’s elegant, Moroccan-themed interiors are light-filled and airy, spaced across five dwellings in nine acres of lush gardens, shaded by lush trees and dotted with swimming pools. The welcome extended to families is warm and easygoing. Cookery classes, yoga and tennis coaching can be tailored to tots just as easily as adults. Or your kids can polish their circus skills by signing up to workshops in magic, juggling or acrobatics. Jnane Tamsna transforms what could be an exotic city break into an unforgettable family escape.

Smith & Family

Adventurers couldn’t ask for a more thrilling segue into holiday mode than a cab ride from the airport through bustling Marrakech. With the snow-capped High Atlas mountains on the horizon, we drove along roads packed with djellabah-wearing bike riders, donkeys pulling carts and a camel or two, passing the ochre ramparts of the Medina and Koutoubia’s pink-stone minaret as the call to prayer chimed out at dusk. Only three hours from London, it was an exotic new world for our six-year-old.

Within 15 minutes, the hurly burly of Marrakech gave way to Palmeraie’s palm-tree groves and signs for luxury resorts. Thankfully, our 4x4 booked by the hotel knew the discreet gate that led to Jnane Tamsna: otherwise there was little to betray where our pocket of paradise was hiding. At the end of a bumpy little track, dramatic Moorish archways beckoned us into one of the bougainvillea-draped courtyards where we were warmly ushered into the fire-lit sitting room for mint tea.

Handwoven carpets, sophisticated artworks – the decor is cultured, grown-up and authentic throughout, making the hotel utterly romantic, even for those with kids in tow. Jnane Tamsna’s front-office staff couldn’t be more helpful when it comes to booking activities: from massages to camel rides. A highlight for us was creating a tagine feast in a cookery class. We only wish we could have stayed for the Arabic calligraphy lessons happening the following week in the Easter holidays. As there were lots of other friendly families, we could have stayed in its leafy clutches the whole time straying only from our spacious suite to sun-drenched terraces or one of the many pools in the beautifully tended sprawling gardens. We prised ourselves away for a tour of the souks, 20 minutes away in Marrakech proper. But truth be, we couldn’t wait to return to Jnane Tamsna’s tranquillity where the spring air was intoxicatingly scented with orange blossom…

Anonymously reviewed by Juliet Kinsman, Smith Hotels

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