Marrakech is a fascinating city. It’s where north and south, Arab and Berber, Mediterranean and Sahara, meet in an explosion of exotic colours, sounds and armoas. The only snag with Marrakech, is that it can all be quite overwhelming to the newcomer. So having a retreat that is quiet, relaxed and luxurious can be priceless. Fresh air, green vistas and distant mountains add even more to the appeal. Which is why Beachcomber Hotels has just opened Royal Palm Marrakech: a purpose-built, five-star-plus hotel set in a green oasis about seven miles from the city. It is only 15 minutes by road, but a world away in terms of pace.
Luxurious, well-appointed suites run along an avenue of olive trees. All suites have spectacular views towards the Atlas Mountains. For families there is a choice of accommodation including 12 opulent villas, with their own pools and hammam.
Mouthwatering dishes are offered from a choice of four restaurants, all overseen by the hugely talented Executive Chef Philippe Jourdin. There is everything on offer, from authentic Moroccan cuisine at Al Ain to the relaxed pool-side setting of L’Olivier.
For guests looking to relax and soak up the Moroccan sunshine there is a huge swimming pool and for those looking to be a little more active there is more than enough to keep even the most athletic happy. From a state-of-the-art gym, floodlit tennis courts and squash courts, to personal trainers, who are on hand to offer support and advice.
Beachcomber has a long-standing relationship with top beauty and cosmetics brand Clarins, which was the natural partner for the hotel’s luxurious spa (the only spa by Clarins in Morocco). Designed to resemble a Moroccan palace, it includes saunas and hammams, pools, and an effusion shower. It offers hydrotherapy, numerous massage options, among a whole array of treatment and techniques to make you look better and feel more relaxed.
The final string to Royal Palm Marrakech’s very impressive bow is the superb Cabell B. Robinson-designed, 18-hole golf course. With special privileges to hotel guests, the course is set to be one of the most sought after rounds of golf in Marrakech.
To find out more please visit: www.beachcombertours.co.uk