The grounds of the property are something to see: wide open spaces, centered by an enormous pool, crowned by the main domed building -- all very evocative of the temples and gardens of India, particularly the Taj Mahal. (We were in India just last week).
We were initially concerned that the hotel was not in the heart of the city and were opting for a up scale Riad, but we were SO glad we stayed here. This was a most welcome respite after a long day in the bustle and cramped city. It was just such a great relief to get back and relax in that open expanse and the gigantic pool.
But the real treat here are the amazing rooms -- like a fantasy. My girlfriend and I travel a lot and both agreed that this is surely one of the best suites we have ever inhabited, if not the best. (The designer somehow got it just right: colorful, opulent, but never kitschy or over the top. Spacious and lux without ever feeling formal, stuffy or inaccessible -- just very, very comfortable. Its everything -- the woods, arched doorways, flowing colored cloth, four-poster beds -- it all magically comes together and just feels right.) It was a joy just staying put in the room. In fact, we opted to have dinner in our room more than once, on our balcony overlooking the palm groves at sunset. We felt like royalty. We did not want to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serenely nestled between the soothing Palmeraie landscape of palm and olive trees and the awe-inspiring Atlas Mountains, Sahara Palace Marrakech has been meticulously crafted with a vivid blend of Moroccan, Indian and Moorish themes that unfold from a magnificent Palace block to the four exclusive and expansive Riads. With its five glorious alabaster-white domes resting atop the luxuriant main building, the Sahara Palace Marrakech is regal and resplendent in this breathtaking Moroccan landscape. The hotel unfolds like a beautiful painting from galleries of hand painted frescoed wood ceilings and ornaments, restaurants of rich colours and texture, to the serenity and calmness of the Marie Iod Spa. The high vaulted lobby, highlighted by a sparkling 22 meter chandelier centerpiece and three kilometers of gold leaf adorning various ceilings, cornices, furniture and ornaments, makes this a truly royal experience. This palatial desert oasis features 161 well-appointed, spacious guest rooms, including 25 luxurious suites, spread between the magnificent main Palace and four exclusive Riads. All rooms and suites enjoy stunning views over the Atlas Mountains, the Palmeraie desert landscape or the calming pool and gardens. Our celebrated chefs have gathered the finest ingredients that span the Moroccan, Mediterranean and Indian in one unique destination. Our guests can wine and dine in some of the most stylish and charismatic restaurants and bars in Marrakech, whilst the warm and welcoming service makes every moment memorable. The hotel houses the renowned Marie Iod Spa spread across 3,800 square meters with 14 treatment rooms & two extensive hammams in line with the Moroccan tradition. The spa experience includes dedicated massage therapies, signature Moroccan experiences, personalized coaching services and a full range of esthetic treatments. The Yoga Temple further enhances the overall experience. ... more less
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