A few years back, I was having breakfast on a chilly morning in Taroudant and asked an English couple sitting at the table next to mine how long they were spending in Taroudant. 'A week', they replied. I couldn't help but add: 'But what in the world are you going to do for a week in Taroudant ?! '. It took the gentleman a few seconds to muster his reply:'That's the point', he said. Well, Dar Zahia would be just that sort of place, if you decided to spend more than one night in Taroudant. Right in the heart of Taroudant's old medina, but miles away once you shut the entrance door behind you. Think thick pise walls (which work wonders during summer), minimalist tadelakt design, lush planting and hospitable staff. This is the sort of place to retreat to when too hot or too busy outside, walk bare footed around the house and occasionally interupt your deckchair lecture with a splash in the water basin. You'll also love the home- made marmelades served over breakfast on the roof terrace. Be aware that the rooms come with outside toilets ( and ensuite showers) and the staff are not English fluent, unless Marc or Zahia ( the owners) are around. Beer and wine are available on site. Best visited all year round.