ABOUT: A five-star-deluxe sister property to the original Es Saadi hotel next door, the family-run Palace is located in the residential L’Hivernage neighbourhood and just ten minutes’ walk from Marrakech’s wondrous souks and Jemaa-el-Fna square. Hidden inside 20 acres of bougainvillea, orange and lemon-tree parkland, it’s a paradise of pools, plush suites, fine dining and some of Morocco’s best service.
ROOMS: All of the 92 opulent suites look towards the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and all offer air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and a terrace. Options range from Junior Suites, decorated in typically-Moroccan earthy tones, up to large, Italian-style Deluxe Senior Suites on the penthouse floor, boasting large furnished terraces and separate lounges.
FACILITIES: The heated outdoor pool, in the gardens, is lake-like and features a columned swim-up bar. Inside, an extensive and attractive spa surrounds an ancient eucalyptus tree and offers a heated pool, 12 treatment rooms, a hammam, hydrotherapy pathways, a Dior Institute and the Oriental Thermae: Eastern-inspired heat baths. There’s even a barber shop. Food-wise, La Cour des Lions serves high-quality Moroccan cuisine, with international alternatives available in the Lagon & Jardin brasserie. Palace guests can also visit Es Saadi’s casino and nightclub.
EXTRA INFO: The Palace has a kids’ club and is ideal for families.
"If I had to live in an hotel in Marrakech, it would most certainly be the Es Saadi." - Max Lawrence