When you drive up to the front entrance of the El Morocco Inn & Spa with its stone fortress-like walls guarded by tall palm trees and approach the heavy wooden & iron-studded door, you almost want to say "Open Sesame!: But your Arabian nights momentary fantasy fades and you ring the doorbell! But when you are admitted into the darkened hallway with its potted palms and gauzy curtains illuminated by brass pierced lanterns, your desert dreams sweep you away like a soothing sandstorm of Saharan sensuality. The concierge leads you to your room along the poolside walk covered with oriental rugs, surrounded by high walls with ramparts, arabesque arches,and "littered" with lounges and canopied daybeds upholstered in exotic Middle Eastern fabrics as well as plump tasselled pillows. Soft middle eastern music plays all day long here. All the 18 or so rooms/suites have Moroccan-inspired names - ours was the "Marrakesh Express." All the rooms have impressive wooden and iron studded doors painted in an alluring sky blue hue with a placard proudly displaying its individuality. We understand that the owners imported all these doors from Morocco and even painted them!?
Without saying open sesame to that blue door, we were led into an exotic tent-like room with a large four-poster bed canopied with billowing transparent curtains, festooned with tassels and cluttered with puffy pillows. There was a beautifully snuggable window seat settee and the room was subtly lit with those pierced brass lanterns. I believe the Trip Advisor photo for the Inn is the room in which we stayed!? Even the bathroom was delightfully decorated in Moroccan motifs, including wooden and brass boxes and ceramics to hold soaps, shampoos and even Q-tips! The towel racks were of mid-eastern wrought iron, like the kabob skewers we bought in Tangier years ago. A large Moroccan armoire housed the plasma TV and the fridge. The shower, though ,needed a little work on the fixtures and some spackling in the porcelain.
That evening, guests gathered around the circular bar lit by torches and those lanterns and enjoyed complimentery Moroccan martinis made with sake and citrus juices with a sugar rim. You could even munch on dried apricots and dates. No details were missed here.Then you could either walk or drive out for dinner or have nearby retaurants deliver it to you. A glass or two of port wine was waiting for you upon your return in the elegant salon replete with fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs and the movie "Casablanca" was playing in an endless loop on a large TV!
In the morning, wonderful coffee and tea were served from Moroccan urns and pots. The tasty breakfast consisted of fresh fruits and juices, yogurts, cereals, eggs and breads. Then, off to the huge tented hot tub, the Olympic thermally heated pool or the two person sauna. There was even a gigantic tent for yoga meditation. The massive garden area here is undergoing landscaping and should be a knockout soon!
But, there's more! Expert masseuses are available to soothe you with a myriad variety of massages and/our beauty treatments. We had the Moroccan Rain and the Pashas Pleasure! Now, they are fit for a sultan or two! The mud is said to come from the rivers at the base of the Atlas Mountains
And when you are able to tear yourself away from this sensuous salon of sights, sounds and smells, the check out process is simple and just what you asked for is on the bill. There was no Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves awaiting you with resort fees and scimitars!
We cannot wait to return here and have already let our circle of friends in on this oasis in the desert.
What really stands out here, after having visited Morocco and it's Six Royal Cities as well as Agadir, the Sahara and Tetuan on 4 or 5 trips, is the absolute attention, perhaps even obsession, with the details of Moroccan culture, history, architecture, decorative arts and cuisine that the owners have lavished on this wonderful hideaway. They have, literally and in actuality, created a mini-Morocco in the Western USA, which, coincidentally (?) resembles the geography of North Africa alot. If you squint your eyes a little in the Desert Hot Springs sun, you might even mistake the heights of Palm Springs for the Atlas Mountains of Morocco!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Want to get away and feel like you've really done it without the high cost??? Try our little Moroccan oasis featuring a warm and natural, spring-fed mineral swimming pool & jacuzzi spa! Each of the 12 guest Bedchambres features a Cal King "Dream Deeply" bed, microwave & minifridge, exotic textiles, bistro table and chair, beautiful lamps & Moroccan furnishings & artwork. A Lavish complimentary continental breakfast is set out daily in the Kasbah Lounge and we offer a complimentary nightly Happy Hour featuring our signature cocktail,the "Morocco-tini"! Besides having 2 pools filled with those healing warm springs mineral waters, you can also choose from a wide range of deeply relaxing Spa treatments including Massages, Body Scrubs, Clay Wraps and Facials! We also offer Discount Spa Packages year 'round! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- El Morocco Hotel Desert Hot Springs
- El Morocco Inn And Spa
- Hotel El Morocco
- El Morocco Inn & Spa Desert Hot Springs, CA