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Plan your Luxury Travel To Morocco Spa Break At La Mamounia MarrakechFriday 20 July 2018
Plan your Luxury Travel To Morocco Spa Break At La Mamounia Marrakech – As a luxury travel guide of excellence that CovetED Magazine is, today we invite you to pack your bags and take the plane to a Morocco Spa Break at an authentic paradise in Marrakech. La Mamounia is a historic hotel that makes for a truly memorable stay in Marrakech. Its gardens are almost as renowned as the city’s Jardin Majorelle; staff members take wonderful care of guests; and, as if it wasn’t enough, the beautiful spa offers a must-try experience of a first-class traditional hammam treatment.
The huge outdoor pool is also one of the best spots in the city for a refreshing swim when temperatures soar. Scroll down to get to know more of this stunning luxury palace hotel.
La Mamounia is located by the walls of the medina, and a 10-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute walk from Jemaa el-Fna square. Although you don’t have the views to Atlas mountains, you get to see the hotel’s beautiful gardens and the attractive swimming pool are sure to draw appreciative glances.
Dating back to 1923, this is the oldest purpose-built hotel in Marrakech. Following a three-year closure and renovation, it reopened in 2009 and today could be described as a Moorish palace with touches of art deco glory.
In terms of design and architecture, rooms are decked out in the same plush, richly coloured fabrics as in communal areas, but with the complement of the tiles the decor feels truly tasteful.
Suites feature a romantic, softly lit bathroom with freestanding tub, walk-in rain shower, twin sinks and separate WC; and an additional WC by the entrance.
The lobby and corridors are dark and sultry, their velvet upholstery finished in a regal gold and maroon palette. Public spaces are heavy with the hotel’s signature date scent, and the sound of trickling water is audible nearly everywhere. The vibe is extremely glamorous.
Set aside a morning or afternoon to simply enjoy the serenity of the property. Marrakech is famed for Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle, but the hotel’s own is a hidden retreat, resplendent with palm and orange trees, and an impressive cactus collection. The spa’s courtyard entrance is Instagram-famous.
The fact of lacking a hugely modern, high-spec spa, gives it an aesthetic triumph. The main pool (indoors, and insufficiently heated) has tiled pillars, art deco stained glass and mirrored doors, and is surrounded by beds – the best spot is a golden-columned, cushioned platform at one end.
Facilities include a pool, a slightly warmer separate whirlpool and also an outdoor pool for sunbathers too, two hammams and a gym. The treatment area is an immediately calming space, softly lit by lanterns and featuring decorative pools. Of the 10 treatment booths, two are suitable for couples.
Visiting a hammam is considered a grooming ritual in Morocco. For a high-end take on a traditional hammam experience, this is the place to go. For instance, if you pick the Royal Hammam treatment, you get an hour’s hammam followed by an hour’s massage. You start by lying in a black-marble steam chamber for 15 minutes, followed by a shower with traditional black soap and before being laid down on a bed and scrubbed with an exfoliating mitt. This was followed by another washing down. Thereafter came the application of a purifying green clay body mask, as well as a white clay mask for the face. Once fully washed off, however, Royal Hammam treatment clients are then taken for an argan oil massage, which provides a blissful hour of complete relaxation. In the end, you will surely feel fresh as could be and completely at ease.
Marrakech has a lively gastronomic scene. Of the four restaurants, Le Marocain offers atmospheric Bedouin-style dining, with tables tucked away behind curtains. The Italian Bar is a wonderful setting for an afternoon or evening drink, with plush rouge velvet seating, dramatic Majorelle-painted ceiling, and terrace overlooking the gardens.
The Pool Pavilion is a lovely spot for breakfast, with a buffet featuring a good selection of fruit, yogurts, cereals (including three types of Bircher muesli), cheeses, cold meats, smoked salmon and salads. Interesting and tasty hot options include roti-type pancakes, delicious with either eggs or Nutella.
The hammam treatments really are exceptional, distinctive spa experiences.
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Source: Telegraph UK