La Pause is a Berber desert retreat created by a Parisian with great taste. There's a seductive and honest authenticity to this place but it's also faultlessly stylish.
The rugged simplicity of this retreat is in step with the brutal but beautiful severity of a desert. The textures of the mud walls and the natural hand-woven fabrics reinforce the beauty of a ‘style pauvre’.
Just an hour and twenty minutes southwest of Marrakech is a proper desert. The kind where there is no water nor anything remotely green. La Pause is the kind of place straight out of Bertolucci’s film of Paul Bowles's novel; The Sheltering Sky.
Berber rugs in vivid red, mud walls, lots of cushions and candles and a fireplace are the ingredients that set the style of the guest rooms. These are the seductive ingredients of a style with cultural authenticity.
Set in a genuine Berber tent made from durable but very scratchy dark brown goat's hair, the restaurant is as it has been for hundreds of years - a traditional venue for hospitality in the desert.
Butterfly chairs in a dusty desert. Is there a better venue for an ‘aperitif’ anywhere in the world?
Barren, rugged, foreboding... Devoid of any reassuring foliage... The setting of La Pause is everything a desert should be.
Douar Lmik Laroussiène Commune
Agafay - Morocco
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