By Charmaine Hibbert
As I sit on the hotel Shuttle Bus that has picked me up from Marrakech Airport I can’t wait to see what the guys from Beachcomber have come up with at the Royal Palm Marrakech. This is the newest addition to Beachcomber's luxury hotel collection and their very first hotel outside of the Indian Ocean.
As I pull up outside the hotel entrance, the sun has just set behind the Atlas mountains that protect this wondrous city, and I am greeted by candlelit lanterns that guide me to a wood bridge that leads me over a water feature and into the magnificent entrance.
It truly is stunning and the view out on to what is now the candlelit outside pool, with the golf course beyond, Mauritian architect Jean François Adam has certainly captured the beauty and mystic that Marrakech represents to a lot of us.
The Royal Palm brand represents the ultimate in luxury and leisure and this stunning hotel does just that. With world-class service, fine dining and a fabulous location to boot. It offers the same service and quality associated with Royal Palm Mauritius.
Built on an exclusive estate the 5 star hotel is situated in the most idyllic setting imaginable with those magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains, and just 7 miles from the centre of Marrakech it makes it easier for guests to travel to and experience the charismatic "Red City" and yet still be far enough away to escape the excitement and the hustle and bustle.
Royal Palm Marrakech sits within a vast 231-hectare estate and as I am taken to my room I walk down another candlelit path with is planted with 50-year-old olive trees, some 5,000 of them have been planted around the complex and they certainly add a refined beauty to this already elegant hotel.
I all ready knew my room would be stunning, but the proportions are perfect and spacious, with a desk to work on behind the enormous bed that could probably take an entire family. My balcony with its sofa and two very large sunbeds looks out to the golf course and those imposing Atlas Mountains.
The bathroom has a stand-alone double bath and the granite and glass open shower has views out to the course and mountains, and for those on a romantic weekend or looking to capture that seductive mystic of Marrakech, there is a wooden lattice designed opening carved into the wall giving your partner an enticing look at you showering!!
The villas and suites are lavish and intimate, a spa (who could say no to this), a sports centre, an all year round heated pool, four fine-dining restaurants, a complimentary kids club, and an 18-hole golf course as well as a prestigious country club all add to Royal Palms mantra of - if you are going to do something do it right - and with class and subtlety, right down to the hand lit candles that lined my path when I first arrived, nothing is left to chance. So all you have to do is arrive and enjoy, the rest is taken care of for you.
Spa by Clarins
For any of you who have read my reviews you will know by now this is one of my favourite pastimes on my holidays and hotel stays, who doesn't enjoy a bit of pampering? For me relaxing is what it's all about. The spa opens from 9am - 8pm and access to the hammam and sauna is free of charge. There are a range of treatment areas for both men and women, and reserved areas for women only, where specific treatments are tailored to address different needs. I tried the reflexology massage, which was a perfect way to unwind before relaxing by the pool in the sports centre.
Although the Spa is not open as yet, you can enjoy treatments in an adapted room, but only by request. With Royal Palms attention to details and excellence, you know the spa facilities when they are completed will be in keeping with the high bar that has been set here.
Once the spa is completed you will be able to treat your body to the Clarins spa treatments or you could take your pick among the Royal Palm signature treatments. The treatment menu is based on a combination of Moroccan culture and the technical know-how of Clarins for maximum benefit.
The Royal Palm Spa will be open on the 15th May 2014 and is just a three-hour flight from the UK, and in the same time zone. Marrakech has always been a special place to visit, now with Beachcomber opening a Royal Palm it's the perfect way to unwind and indulge after all that hard work - you know you deserve the very best.
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