Updated: September 2016
Vibrant colors, diverse landscapes, exotic foods and rich textured fabrics make Morocco a coveted destination of luxury travelers. Marrakech is arguably the best city to visit. With a history dating back to 1062 AD, the city is full of amazing red sandstone and palatial architecture with beautiful and historic mosques, tombs and riads.
For an exciting look at Moroccan culture, visit the Djamaa El Fna in the evening to experience the bustling metro center of the city. Grabbing a seat at a restaurant on a terrace gives you a lovely vantage point to enjoy their famous mint tea and exotic fares, mingle with the locals and watch the performers. During the day, start in the square and explore through the connected winding passage ways to enjoy more of what the bustling city has to offer. For serious shopping, wander the souks for bags, clothing, wood carvings, rugs and spices.
An absolute luxury oasis, Palais Namaskar is a retreat a short drive from the city. The resort boasts exclusive suites, villas and palaces – yes, palaces. Perhaps not as giant as most formal palaces, but these accommodations are spacious perfection. The resort is expansive – the beautiful reflective pools, a fitness center, spa, pool, three restaurants, a bar, lounge, floating walkways and gardens make the resort feel like a city unto itself. A pampering city to say the least.
The palaces offer exclusivity with private walled garden, swimming pool, cozy fireplace in your dining room, four large bedrooms, private terrace, large dressing rooms and spa style baths. Private butler service is the icing on the cake.
With only 11 accommodations, L Mansion is truly about exclusivity, and it shows. The palace is magnificent, with ornate mosaics, hand carved details woodwork, lavish decor and furnishings, and tranquil pools and gardens, it’s really a wonder anybody ever leaves. The palace also offers an indoor pool, spa, fitness room, sauna, and restaurant.
Measuring over 3,800 sq ft, the Villa is the most luxurious accommodation, featuring two lounges, a fireplace, four bedrooms, kitchen, terrace and private garden. Fresh flowers, private butler service and evening turn down service add those perfect extra touches.
Incomparable is how they describe themselves, and I certainly see why. The Royal Mansour is a hidden gem in old Marrakech, offering blissful luxury tucked conveniently into the city. The palace has three restaurants as well as an option for private dining on your terrace. The spa is a divine retreat, with beautiful, calming, and open spaces that create a serene setting perfect for beauty and relaxation treatments. A large fitness center offers cardio equipment as well as yoga and pilates. The palace also has a pool, steam baths, cigar lounge, library, kid’s club, loggia for tea, and “chimney lounge” where you can enjoy a fireplace while piano jazz plays.
The Riads are spacious one to three bedroom retreats with ample, ornate common spaces including a dining room and spa style bathrooms.
The Es Saadi is a fabulous luxury retreat with scenic views in the heart of Marrakech. The expansive resort gardens boast palm trees, orange trees, bougainvilleas, and Marrakech roses lead to two relaxing outdoor pools. The Oriental Thermae offers herbal baths, sauna, steam baths and ice fountains for relaxation treatments while the spa offers an indoor heated pool, private steam baths, outdoor jacuzzi, and fitness room. The resort also has beauty treatment rooms, a makeup salon, hair studio, and spa boutique for beauty purchases. With thirteen dining options, a night club and three casinos, this resort is for the travelers who love diversion, luxury and relaxation opportunities all merged into one.
Amanjena, meaning “peaceful paradise” sits just outside Marrakech and feels like a paradise city unto itself, with its large open spaces, reflective pools, and expansive pavilions that feel more like a palace than a vacation accommodation. The 27-hole Amelkis Championship Golf Course is right next door, and inside the red resort walls, you find a spa, Turkish steam baths, gym, jacuzzi, a two-story library with cozy fireplace, pool, tennis courts, bicycles, and five dining options.