On the outskirts of Marrakesh, you will find Peacock Pavilions, a family-run boutique hotel nestled amongst a lush olive grove. It is an oasis dreamed up by designer and humanitarian Maryam Montague and her architect husband Chris, who have created a delightful blend of luxury retreat and a welcoming family home.
The pavilions are reminiscent of an ochre coloured ksar (a Moroccan fortified castle) albeit filled with garden roses and olive tree groves. The large open plan rooms act as nomadic emporiums, filled with all manner of Moroccan and global treasures no doubt collected during Maryam's many travels - Berber rugs, colourful pottery, giant bones, tassels, artworks & photography, herringbone terracotta tiles and wood sculptures. There's an intriguing object or textile at every turn.
Central to the pavilions is an azure blue pool hemmed with colourful rugs, perfect for reclining next to on one of the striped deck chairs. To credit Maryam's wonderful hospitality, on our arrival the pool was covered in fresh rose petals!
One of the stay highlights was sipping orange-scented and rose-petal filled cocktails, followed by a twilight walk through the olive grove to a desert camp style canvas tent, complete with low dining tables and floor cushions to see us through dinner.
When she's not acting as hotelier, Maryam splits her time working with her non-profit organisation Project Soar, writing and photographing for her blog as well as curating an amazing collection of textiles & objets for the M.Montague Souk located in the pavilion grounds. Follow her Instagram @mmontagueliving for a wealth of information on the local makers and crafts of Morocco.