3 hours from Paris, the former Moroccan imperial city is getting some color back with the reopening of its borders. The offer to stay here is huge and of high quality. We chose 3 of them: villas in an olive grove, an equestrian palace and the maze of a guesthouse in a riad.
54 villas spread over an olive grove of 20,000 ha. The hotel has managed to invent a contemporary Moroccan style, building on the Berber heritage to provide a modern atmosphere. It’s a total success. All materials used are noble, but the result is refined. Every look around sees only luxury and yet an air of relaxation floats in the air. Hide the villas by beautiful gardens. Jewels, designed as a mini Ryad, with an entrance door that opens onto a patio with its pond. The interior combines modern design with the oriental atmosphere that you would expect in such a place. Everything is huge and the bathroom can be a place of life in itself!
No pitfall disturbs the perfection of the place. And certainly not the gastronomy, from the extensive breakfast in the Salon Berbère, through the lunch by the pool, Mediterranean chic, to Ling Ling, a trendy Asian restaurant that has every reason to be.
From 900 euros
It is owned by a wealthy Moroccan family, which they transformed into a beautiful palace under the leadership of Jacques Garcia. In a hushed atmosphere, covered with purple velvet, huge chandeliers and silk curtains, Selman is a wealth of the second realm steeped in Arabic influences. But above all a passion, even an obsession, for the horse. His presence is everywhere. In pictures, along the huge corridor (perhaps the longest we’ve ever seen in a hotel!) of the rooms. And “in real life”, at the end of the 80m swimming pool, in the stables where Arabian thoroughbreds live, of an amazing class, in harmony with the whole. And they come to show off their princely looks for the customers who sit at the outdoor restaurant. For the other 2, international and Moroccan, the show is on the plate with high-quality gastronomy.
Almost in contrast to the immense volumes of the hotel, the 55 rooms play the card of intimacy and conviviality. Just like the spa, bathed in a soft, soothing light and an enchanting scent of darkness. A place to add to your bucket list.
From 480 euros
The villa of orange trees
The first Relais Châteaux in Marrakech combines the advantages. Located in the heart of the city, a few hundred meters from Jemâa Square, it is also a total retreat, away from the noise and crowd, once you get inside. And what an interior! 27 rooms spread over 2 buildings in a Ryad spirit and a decoration of great taste. Characterized by oriental influences, of course, but also more “African”, as in the lounges and library bars of the more recently completed section. In addition, two beautiful patios provide an ideal setting for lunch, another for swimming in a real pool. And dine around it at night, in a mesmerizing light show. You almost have to ‘force’ yourself to get out and visit the city. Especially if you lie by the second pool, on the roof terrace, which overlooks the city.
From 290 euros
2 good plans to eat
Grand Cafe de la Poste:
It is a legendary table in Marrakech. And we know how hard it is to maintain a reputation and tradition. In this case, that of French cuisine, simple and effective as they say. This is the case here. In a very successful colonial brasserie decor, we find great classics on the plate (small salted lentils, pieces of beef, but also tagine or kefta…) and an elegant retro-chic atmosphere. A fortiori upstairs, in a comfortable lounge bar, which overlooks the room.
It is one of the most festive addresses in Marrakech. At the gates of the city, with no space restrictions, the place is huge! But a maze of nooks and crannies, inside and out, where each table sacrifices nothing for the intimacy desired during a meal. The interior is modern and vegetal, especially in the exotic gardens and summer lounges. The cuisine is Asian-inspired, but doesn’t hesitate to offer western-style meats and very brasserie-style desserts, such as the tasty floating island. Even hanging out after dinner is a good idea to party to the sounds of the DJ.