The spa at the Royal Mansour was jaw droppingly beautiful. A quiet unprepossessing corridor led to a room with enormously high ceilings and separate alcove waiting areas seprated by beautiful bird-cage like structures in white. We arrived 2 hours early to relax in the pool and were greeted by lovely staff. They lost my reservation (I booked for an hour of hammam and a facial) and was told I had only booked a hammam but that was quite quickly sorted out and I got what I wanted after several rounds of speaking to the staff. The pool was set in an enormous greenhouse with high glass ceilings which let the light in and kept the temperature nice and warm. The courtyard outside was filled with lemon trees which were pretty and kept the place looking beautiful and green.
The real fun started when we were led in luxuriously thick fuzzy bathrobes to the hammam and scrubbed within an inch of our lives with a gorgeously thick black soap on an almost unbearably hot marble slab. Once clean, I was offered a fresh robe and ushered into a gorgeous waiting room with daybeds and hot tea and fluffy pillows and sheets. My facial was the best I have ever had. I had the purifying facial using maroc maroc products and the extraction hardly hurt which is a surprise. They didn't have availibility in the ordinary rooms so we were upgraded to the spa suite. A super confortable bed/chair was positioned directly underneath a skylight conveniently shaded from the searing afternoon sun. You can watch the clouds scudding lazily by as luxurious products are smoothed onto your skin. The sun was shining (but not in your eyes) the birds were singing (and none of them were doing it too loudly to preventing you from having a bit of a snooze). It felt like unicorns and fairies were consipring to make me truly happy. It was an unbelievable experience.
They lost my dinner reservation (as well as mucking up my spa reservation!) but everything turned out well as they were able to squeeze us in at the Moroccan Restaurant. Again, the unicorns and fairies were hard at work because dinner was divine. Yes, the 50 euro flute of champagne was exorbitant, as was the 25 euro glass of fruit juice but the chicken tagine was divine and the orange pearls for dessert (little pearls which exploded with fresh orange juice when you bit into them) were sublime. Staff were charming and very hospitable, genuinely getting excited about introducing specialities and making sensible recommendations.
We were a little sad to see our humble little taxi motoring its way along the drive alongside the bentleys and rolls royces to take us back to our Riad but I'll be back one day to try out the hotel
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