To begin with I will say that this is a jaw-dropping, breathtaking, gorgeous hotel. It is like a mini Taj Mahal, crammed with treasures and beauty. For example The lobby is groced with a 40m high venetian chandelier, under a bejewelled, domed ceiling. The pool is a mammoth 40m x 40m, practically an inland sea with a temple island in the middle. The rooms, even the standard ones, are also beautiful and huge, a fusion of Moroccan and Indian design done with such taste. Even more amazingly we had the place almost to ourselves - bookings must be slow in June - so our whole stay felt like we had crept into a deserted palace, a mirage in the desert.
Churlishly though, I do feel the need to mention one or two drawbacks. Nothing terrible but points you should know if you are thinking of staying here. First it is quite a long way out of Marrakesh, around 10 miles. There is a shuttle bus into the city but only four times a day. Otherwise it is a 200 dirham (around £16.50) taxi, which can get expensive. If you want the full-on Marrakesh Riad experience, this hotel is not for you. Second, this is a new hotel so there are still some snagging issues. One morning at breakfast a radiator exploded, showering the room with black water. And the service is friendliness itself but slightly haphazard. We booked an early taxi one morning only to find it didn't come. Finally the food is decent, but not as spectacular as the surroundings - apart from the prices. We had considerably better in the town for a lot less.
Overall this is an awesome hotel, but if I had the choice I would give it four and a half stars rather than the full complement.
- 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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