"Traumhafter Aufenthalt, der in Erinnerung bleibt."

Stayed at Chez Max in November 2015

Wir haben uns mit 2-jähriger Tochter entschlossen, im November einige Tage in Marrakesch zu verbringen und waren auf der Suche nach einer ruhigen und kinderfreundlichen Unterkunft etwas außerhalb des Trubels. Unsere Erwartungen wurden bei weitem übertroffen: schöne Lage in einem typisch marokkanischen Dorf, tolle Architektur mit vielen versteckten Ecken und Rückzugsorten, verschiedenen Dachterrassen mit herrlichen Ausblicken und – das wirklich Einzigartige am Chez Max – die wunderbaren Gastgeber Bettina und Kevin, die es möglich machten, dass wir uns ab der ersten Minute wie zu Hause fühlten. Danke auch an Saida für das hervorragende Essen! Hoffentlich ändert sich nichts am Chez Max in Zukunft, wir fanden es perfekt. Bis bald!

"Entspannte Tage zwischen Hohem Atlas und Marrakech"

Stayed at Chez Max in October 2015

Das Chez Max ist der perfekte Aufenthaltsort zwischen dem Hohen Atlas und Marrakech. Zwischen einer Trekking Tour auf den Jbel Toubkal, Bummeln durch das faszinierende Marrakech und einigen Tagen am Meer haben wir uns von Bettina und Kevin verwöhnen lassen. Danke euch Beiden für unvergessliche Tage in diesem wunderbaren Land. Eure Warmherzigkeit und Aufmerksamkeit gegenüber euren Gästen macht aus dem Chez Max etwas ganz besonderes. Das sehr persönlich geführte Haus gibt auch Gelegenheit, sich mit Gästen aus anderen Nationen auszutauschen, ganz toll.

Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder und freuen uns schon jetzt auf das Wiedersehen mit Bettina und Kevin.

"Chez Max – comme à la maison!"

Aude F who stayed at Chez Max in October 2015

Nous avons séjourné 4 nuits avec nos 2 enfants (7 et 4 ans) chez Max cet automne. Dépaysement total à quelques km de Marrakech! Un village berbère authentique avec son berger et ses moutons. Une maison incroyablement charmante avec ses multiples cours intérieures et des terrasses en hauteur permettant d’admirer un paysage bluffant et des couchers de soleil incroyables.

Outre la beauté de la maison et l’environnement, l’accueil, la chaleur et le dévouement de Bettina et Saida ont fait de notre séjour un moment précieux rempli de douceur. Bettina a été aux petits soins pour nous tout au long du séjour et Saida nous a gâté avec sa délicieuse cuisine!

Recherchant toujours l’authenticité et le plaisir de découvrir de mieux en mieux la culture et les traditions marocaines, nous avons aimé se sentir comme à la maison chez Max. Aller en cuisine demander à Saida quelles sont les épices qu’elle met dans sa délicieuse omelette berbère, demander à Bettina de nous conseiller sur l’achat d’un plat de tajine…et hop on se retrouve chez son vendeur de terre cuite au bord de la route…avec de vrais prix marocains et tous les précieux conseils de Bettina comment préparer et utiliser le plat! Génial!

Enfin, nous avons fait 2 excursions pendant notre séjour (désert de Marrakech en jeep et une petite marche dans l’atlas avec repas chez l’habitant). Bettina nous a organisé tout ça comme une cheffe à notre arrivée le premier jour.

Un très très grand merci à Bettina et Saida pour cette belle aventure Chez Max qui restera longtemps dans nos coeurs.

Nous recommandons mille fois cette magnifique maison d’hôtes!

"An exceptional place."

Stayed at Chez Max in October 2015

My boyfriend and I have just got back from the most wonderful stay of five nights at Chez Max. We were looking for a place to escape from it all, that wasn’t far from Marrakech and we found exactly what we wanted (and more!). Chez Max is a stunning property, we spent the first couple of days getting our bearings in amongst the numerous pretty gardens and courtyards and terraces dotted around. This is a space with private spots and corners to relax EVERYWHERE, in the sun, shade on sofas or on sun loungers. There’s a pool to cool off in if you need a break from the sun. The hardest decision of the day was which spot to plant yourself in with your book.

The house has a lot of soul and character; beautiful rooms and pretty, rustic and antique furniture. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated with comfy beds and stylish, earthy bathrooms. The lounge where you can relax and eat dinner has amazing high ceilings and a colonial feel to it, with fire places for the winter.

What we loved about Chez Max (and surpassed all our expectations) was the personalised service, and that we felt so at home m; we could have breakfast and dinner at times that suited us-what a treat to be able to stick to our timetable! We were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves and felt like royalty; Bettina who manages the house is a warm and wonderful host, she makes every effort to get to know what you like and cater to you; it’s these kind of details which made the stay exceptional-nothing was too much trouble. We ate most nights at the house, feasting on the most beautifully cooked Moroccan food made by their chef Saida, three courses created from delicious and seasonal local produce with slow cooked tagines made just for us and tropical fruit salads – all so reasonably priced.

We chose Chez Max to escape the UK and largely just hung out at the house, but it is also very well placed for trips into Marrakech, the coast or the Atlas Mountains. It’s situated in a Berber village where life of everyday Moroccans goes on around you; the call of the mosque, the cluck of the hens and the sound of school kids playing. With the 6 rooms it would make for a perfect getaway for a break with friends or family, but as a couple on our own
we would wholeheartedly recommend a stay there;
It’s romantic, magical, peaceful and a perfect place to get away from it all and experience Morocco.

We hope to be back soon, thank you Bettina, Saida and Max for an unforgettable holiday!

"Berber Village Idyll."

Tony A who stayed at Chez Max in October 2013

Chez Max is a spacious, stunningly beautiful and luxuriously appointed guesthouse in the heart of the charming Berber village of Tagadert in the foothills of the Atlas mountains about 25 km south of Marrakesh.

From the outside it could be just another traditional, red mud-walled Berber house. Inside you step into another world. Designer and owner Max Lawrence has taken the concept of a Moroccan riad and translated it into a bold modern design of light, spacious, high ceilinged rooms and rambling roof terraces clustered around a series of interior courtyards and garden. Traditional Moroccan architectural features and artefacts blend sympathetically with clean, simple modern decor and furnishings.

Each of the five large, impeccably equipped and furnished ensuite guest bedrooms looks out on its own garden or courtyard, allowing visitors space and independence even when all are occupied. There’s also a very large and elegant, high ceilinged, split-level shared sitting and dining area, again with plenty of room for visitors to enjoy their own space. There are two, usefully sized, pools heated in winter, all bedrooms are air-conditioned and the free wi-fi extends throughout most of the house.

From the roof terraces we were able to enjoy the daily life of the village going on around us – women tending flocks of sheep, children making their way to school and worshippers to the mosque, games of football on dusty makeshift pitches, men loading their donkeys. Further afield are delightful views over the village’s extensive olive groves and the romantic battlements of the Kasbah Oumnass beyond.

But perhaps Chez Max’s greatest assets are the impeccably courteous and welcoming live-in household staff presided over by the charming and ever smiling housekeeper/cook Saida. She unfailingly anticipated our every need, was always really with mint tea and delicious little cakes when we returned from an expedition, and conjured up a wonderful range of tasty local dishes whenever we chose to take lunch or dinner at home.

Chez Max makes a splendid and luxurious base for exploring the country around Marrakesh or into the Atlas Mountains, or simply relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of a Berber village. Thanks at least in part to Max Lawrence’s personal contribution to the life and economy of the village everyone we met on our wanderings greeted us warmly. Simply exploring the village was a delight.

We booked through Max Lawrence’s specialist travel company Lawrence of Morocco, who organise tailor-made individual holiday programmes. Their impressive and ever-helpful local team of support staff, drivers and guides ensured a truly memorable and impeccably organised holiday from arrival to departure.