Thursday, September 11, 2014

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MARRAKECH

In the autumn, direct flights to Marrakech bring us closer to sun and exotic colour. Sales Manager Ulrika Thelander has visited our old favourites and a new hotel in Marrakech. Those who know Mauritius will recognize the illustrious name of Royal Palm...

ROYAL PALM MARRAKECH

Royal Palm in Mauritius is one of our classiest hotels, just oozing quality. To our delight, a sister hotel by Beachcomber has opened in Marrakech, also called Royal Palm.



Ulrika reports:

I was very impressed by the fantastic Lobby, the main restaurant where you can have breakfast outside in the morning, and the very nice lunch restaurant under the olive trees by the enormous pool.

Fantastic lobby


Lovely restaurant under the olives

I stayed in a Senior suite that has a bedroom, separate livingroom, and two large balconies, as well as a huge walk-in closet, a large bathtub and a separate big shower area – the combined bathroom closet is really huge! Nespresso coffee is complimentary in all suites; nice amenities and a warm welcome by the staff all make you really feel at home.

Attractive room details

All room types are attractive, whether on the ground floor or 1-2 floors up, but the largest suite with roof top terrace and outdoor Jacuzzi is something to dream about. All rooms face the golf course and the mountain – offering stunning views!

Sport for the whole family

A very large gym is a big plus, where you also have an outdoor (heated) pool, tennis courts and other facilities. The Kids Club is really amazing – I have never seen anything like it before; it will be a success amongst the little ones and includes their own mini-tennis court and pool.

The golf course is in really good shape; you are driven there by buggy in less than 5 minutes.  You can choose between a buggy or a trolley at an additional charge – the course is easy to walk so I recommend a trolley.

There are 135 suites and villas. Royal Palm is suitable for all type of clients who want a resort away from the hectic city; it is only 10-20 min by car to the Medina.  I believe this will be a top seller among our discerning clients.

LA MAMOUNIA

Hard to believe this lush property is so close to the buzz
and intrigue of the Medina

La Mamounia is a legendary hotel in the Medina with a huge garden. It is a large hotel with 135 rooms, 71 suites and three large Riads in the garden and various restaurants. The hotel also boasts a large outdoor pool (next to the breakfast and lunch restaurant), several outlets and a huge Lobby which is crowded day and night. There is also a big gym, a very nice indoor pool and a spa …
Authentic Moroccan finesse

A pianist plays in a pleasant bar in the afternoons & evenings, next to a great Italian restaurant.
I recommend rooms facing into the garden, and I was lucky to get an Executive Suite with balcony facing the enormous garden. This hotel is for clients with a sizable budget who want to see and be seen, and like to be in the middle of everything. You see very international clientele as well as a lot of day guests. (In this way it felt similar to Raffles in Singapore.)

Mamounia amidst its gardens
Magical indoor pool at Mamounia
Lounge

Outdoor pool in a Riad at Mamounia
Colourful and cosy Winston Churchill suite

FOUR SEASONS MARRAKECH


Stylish room

A sleek and soothing room of Four Seasons luxury

Four Seasons Marrakech is located very close to the Medina but with its large private garden it feels far from the hustle and bustle. It is great for all types of clients including incentive groups and families. They do have a nice kids club and of course a spa. The hotel has many different room types and I would definitely suggest that clients upgrade themselves to Suite or Pavilion.

The restaurants and bars are very good and there is a lovely garden and pool area, impressive lobby and more...
Exquisite lobby at Four Seasons Marrakech

At the indoor restaurant close to the Lobby  I had a fantastic Caesar salad.

AMANJENA


Perfect symmetry and Arabian feel with a contemporary slant

Exotic, aesthetic, serene - Amanjena with
Aman's superb luxury

This is a place for everybody who wants to be surrounded by calm and peace, away from everything, enjoying their own little oasis. Here you get top service, fantastic rooms/suites & villas – total privacy & still with all facilities you need including a large heated pool, Spa & Gym.  As in all hotels in Marrakech you are allowed to smoke in the bars & some restaurants.  This resort is a romantic spot for adults including golfers. Two golf courses are nearby (one just 5 minutes).



PALAIS NAMASKAR

Amazing Palais Namaskar
Palais Namaskar – What a hotel, truly amazing & fantastic! With its  41 rooms, suites and villas in beautiful gardens it lies 15 minutes from the city & the hotel offers shuttle service plus free airport transfers if you book a Junior suite or above,  even a transfer from Casablanca if you are staying a minimum of 3 nights. Soon they will have Fast track at the airports – which is really welcome! (The passport queues are long).
Moroccan grace

Pools and palms
More pools and palms

The restaurants (Fine dining and Asian) are great, the bar is amazing and the large pool fantastic. The award winning chef in the kitchen makes the food superb – I had my very best meal here together with a great Moroccan red wine. This is a place for everybody (even families if you stay in a large villa). It features a gym, spa and other facilities within the premises and in the gardens.

This is a lovely place to stay for a long weekend in Marrakech or to combine with Royal Palm for golf.

In a nutshell

Marrakech is a fascinating and rewarding exotic city, and direct flights bring it "closer".  BA has convenient connections with Marrakech from London. Norwegian fly nonstop twice a week from Stockholm and Oslo to Marrakech between October and March. So think ahead to a warm autumn break now...

You can happily spend 3 to 5 nights at our hotels in Marrakech, and if you are a golfer or wanting a lesiurely family break I suggest a whole week at Royal Palm or Four Seasons. Do remember the mornings and evenings are chilly in wnter and spring, but  most pools are heated.

Marrakech is a fantastic place to be all year around except perhaps in the heat of July-August.  But do remember Casablanca is not so far away & and Four Seasons is opening a hotel by the coast in early 2015.

All our hotels have free WIFI for their guests.

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