There’s no denying that Marrakech is a city that delights all the senses. From its salmon pink walls lined with palm trees and its exquisite arts and crafts scene, to the fragrant aromas of the spice souks and the explosion of color, energy, and life waiting for you around every corner, it’s a sensory overload that is bound to capture your heart, mind, and soul as soon as you set foot on its bustling streets.
But Marrakech is also home to some of the finest hotels in the world, where unparalleled service and stunning surroundings come together for a stay so sweet you’ll never want to leave. The Fairmont Marrakech is one such place, and is reason alone to visit The Red City. Here, Savoir Flair reveals why.
Location, Location, Location
The Fairmont’s setting couldn’t be more magical if it tried. Nestled in the heart of an age-old olive grove in a stunning 231-hectare estate, with the Atlas Mountains providing a picture-perfect backdrop, it’s hard to believe you’re just 12km from the hustle and bustle of the center of Marrakech.
It also happens to be slap bang in the middle of a luscious, unbelievably pristine golf course, so if you’re the next Annika Sorenstam in the making, you’ll be very happy indeed. Avid shoppers and culture vultures won’t be disappointed – as the property offers regular free shuttle busses to whisk you to the city’s sights and delights in just 20 minutes.
From the moment you step foot inside the Fairmont’s impressive sun-drenched lobby, with its soaring ceiling, dark wooden details, oriental blue accents, and ornate Moroccan chandelier – you’ll instantly be transported to another world. Here, luxury and simplicity marry together perfectly thanks to designer Marilin Spataro, who combined Moroccan tradition, rich fabrics, and a sumptuous color palette with clean, sleek lines and timeless modern touches in homage to the city’s famous souks and spices.
Amongst the olive, orange, and palm trees and fragrant lavender gardens you’ll find one of the 134 suites and villas – each boasting views of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains. And space. A lot of space. The smallest suites feel like mini apartments, offering 72 square-meters of space for you to call home. Inside you’ll find a huge walk-in wardrobe, intricate artisanal crafts, rich textures and fabrics, and an enormous marble bathroom complete with a tub big enough to fit your whole family in, with Le Labo amenities to boot.
With renowned French chef Yann Meinsel at the helm of the Fairmont’s culinary offerings, you know that you and your taste buds are in for a treat. Having worked at some of the top hotels in the world (including the exclusive Plaza Athénée in Paris), he now heads up the numerous restaurants on offer.
Inside travel-inspired Le Caravane, with its warm colors, soft lighting, camel leather, and old trunks, you’ll find the perfect spot to indulge in a topnotch meal. Whether you’re after a romantic dinner for two or a gathering with family and friends, its variety of settings and private lounges, hidden away behind Mashrabiya panels, offer the perfect setting.
For a meal with a view there’s L’Olivier – a relaxing spot located beside the 200-meter, year-round heated and ozonized swimming pool – where you can tuck into a salmon carpaccio while gazing out over the lush green lawns as they disappear into the horizon. There’s also The Sabra, where you can enjoy a light lunch under the shade of the olive trees as you watch the golfers do their thing.
But when in Morocco, you need to try the rich, fragrant tagines and crunchy pastillas at Al Aïn. Not only is it visually beautiful, with its glass lanterns, wooden panels, olive green hues, and Zellij tiles, but it also serves up some of the finest Moroccan food in the city. Its rich menu has all the Moroccan dishes you’d expect, including Settat suckling lamb, couscous made from barley, whole wheat, or quinoa with local vegetables and spiced chickpeas, and fresh fish served with black olives and confit lemon, and incorporates touches of Berber, Arab, and Moresque traditions. The creamy risotto with artichokes and argan oil is not to be missed.
If all that souk shopping has left you in need of some serious chill time, the enormous Clarins Spa is just the ticket. Designed like a modern riad, it’s a whopping 3,500 square meters of pure pampering bliss. There’s a stunning indoor pool that sparkles under the sunlight streaming in through the glass skylights, traditional hammam rooms where you can be washed and scrubbed to your heart’s content, a state-of-the-art gym where you can burn off all those pastillas, as well as tennis courts, squash courts, and a fresh juice bar where you can recharge and refresh ahead of another day roaming the city’s ruins or practicing your best bartering skills.
It’s safe to say that that whatever you want from your Marrakech adventure, be it mouth-watering cuisine, to enjoy the breathtaking landscape, or simply to relax and unwind, The Fairmont ticks every box, and then some. We’ll raise our Moroccan mint teas to that.
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