Meryanne Loum-Martin first came to Marrakech in December 1985. She found a city of red ramparts whose intense light reminded her of Rajasthan.


She returned many times in the following years, joined by her husband Gary Martin. They visited the Palmeraie, where tens of thousands of palm trees gave it the feeling of a desert oasis. They dined under the stars to Arab-Andalous music. They were invited into private homes and discovered why the place had become a legend. At the time, it was hard for visitors to fully experience the mystery and intensity of Marrakech.


Building on Meryanne’s experience in designing luxury villas and Gary’s approach to traditional landscapes they created Jnane Tamsna, which offers elegant architecture, discreet hospitality and a sense of tranquillity to discerning travellers.


More than 20 years on, their excitement and wonder at Marrakech are undiminished. As is their enthusiasm to share it with others.