A shuttle whisks you to/from the medina in 10 minutes (service available on request)
The mix of traditional Moroccan styling and luxe touches
Exclusive private hideaway vibe
What To Know
There’s not much to see within walking distance of the hotel
WiFi is free, but the connection can be a little patchy
The spa uses homegrown products by the brilliant Les Sens de Marrakech
Parking on site
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Lantern-lit gardens, a palm tree–lined pool and a traditional hammam make up this luxe Moroccan hideaway
Surrounded by five acres of lantern-lit gardens, Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa in Marrakech feels a world away from the roar of the Red City. In the leafy Palmeraie district, home to princes and politicians, this boutique retreat is all about rest and relaxation. Head to the pool, or to the hammam for a pummeling, and if the sounds of the souks call, you’re only 10 minutes from the ancient city walls. Opened in September, 2012, after four years of meticulous preening and perfecting, this intimate 28-room hotel is hidden within jasmine- and lemon-scented maze like grounds. Shaded by palm trees, a tangle of paths cut through a series of low-rise riad-style buildings, complete with traditional arches, intricate tiling and carved wood.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are dressed in a Moroccan color wheel of burnt ochre, rusty red and deep purple, with plenty of luxe touches (down bedding, Egyptian cotton bathrobes, Bose docking stations, tiled bathrooms with sunken tubs and/or rain showers), and all feature balconies or terraces with views of the gardens and pool — and beyond to the Atlas Mountains from the upper level. The self-contained Pavilions are worth splurging on for extra space and privacy. Styled after Moroccan cities such as Casablanca and Fez, these jumbo villas are built for indulgent lounging, from the private gardens to the gorgeous bathrooms, which have twin sinks, shower-cum-steam-rooms, and giant whirlpool tubs overlooking a shaded courtyard. The double-height ceilings and huge windows let the light flood in.
Breakfast is eaten poolside, and the feast can easily see you through until late afternoon. Tuck into French pastries and Moroccan pancakes and eggs made to order, served with fresh-squeezed orange juice and strong coffee. There’s not much to see within walking distance of the property — La Palmerie is all about gated mansions and private retreats — but a free shuttle runs to/from the medina twice a day. The beauty of the location is that you can spend days hopping from sun lounger to spa (a scrubdown in the traditional hammam is highly recommended) and the evenings rummaging for trinkets and tucking into street food in the city’s labyrinthine souks. You’re close to the action but far from the medina crowd.
In the Area
Take a day to visit the medina. Wander the souks, take in Jemaa el-Fna Square, and make time for the 16th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa — which has Islamic designs that give Granada’s Alhambra a run for its money — and the vast, eerie ruins of the Badi Palace, on the outskirts of the medina. After wandering the labyrinthine streets, take a moment to catch your breath at the Jardin Majorelle, the stunning personal gardens of Yves Saint Laurent, which have been turned into a living museum. An evening at the Megarama Cinema, beside the Almazar, gives you a fascinating glimpse into modern Moroccan life. To immerse yourself entirely, see a film in Arabic — the comedies are so slapstick you don’t need to understand the language. Run entirely by women and set in a traditional house complete with pretty gardens, Al Fassia Aguedal is one of the best traditional restaurants in Marrakech.