This stunning Marrakech resort, in the Hivernage neighbourhood, has been attracting the rich and famous for many years. It’s little wonder when you consider the central location close to the medina, eight acres of lush gardens, lit up at night by a plethora of lanterns, and stylish, art-filled interiors. It’s a family-run affair, and has been in the competent hands of the Bauchet-Bouhlal family for three generations.
Es Saadi Palace Spa is a 3,000 m2 space built around a 100-year-old eucalyptus tree. As you’d expect, you’re spoilt for choice here – with the Oriental thermae providing herbal and steam baths, a Finnish sauna, laconium and ice fountains; the Dior Institut dispenses beauty and wellness treatments; the hair salon takes care of female guests’ hair using Phyto products – there’s also a manicure bar; and the barber shop keeps unruly male hair in place.
There are seven courses within easy reach of the resort, including Royal Golf of Marrakech, Atlas Golf Resort, Samanah Country Club and Palmeraie Golf Palace and Resort.
The accommodation is as beautiful as the rest of the establishment – with a wide choice of rooms and suites available in the hotel and the palace, as well as family accommodation in the Ksars (two-floor villas located in the gardens) and ten very individual private villas with butler services and names such as 1001 Nights Villa, Maharaja’s Villa and Casablanca Villa. Whichever you choose, the level of luxury is unrivalled, with the finest Moroccan fabrics and furnishings throughout, a private balcony or terrace and direct access to the pool.
It will be hard to drag yourself away from the resort, with its relaxed ambiance, indoor and outdoor pools, beautiful garden and excellent facilities (such as a clay tennis court and two gyms, not to mention the Casino of Marrakech), but step outside and the possibilities are endless. As well as a visit to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square and Koutoubia mosque, the Menara and Majorelle Gardens and Museum of Moroccan Arts, you can go skiing at Oukaimeden, an hour away.
There are some beautiful restaurants to choose from: Cour des Lions marries modern and traditional in a highly decorative setting, serving delicious tagines, couscous and other Moroccan favourites – seven-hour lamb, anyone? – alongside more unexpected dishes such as tataki scallops. You also have Lagon & Jardin, where you can eat light meals on the terrace, and the spa’s Bio du Bled for natural, healthy choices made using vegetables grown on-site. Drinks are served at the poolside Island Bar and the swanky Egyptian Bar.
Rue Ibrahim El MaziniHivernageMarrakeshMorocco