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ABOUT: Marrakech’s only five-star-deluxe establishment, La Sultana blends modern cons with a showstopping location inside the historic Kasbah, next to the Royal Palaces and – from its 360° roof terrace – above the Saadian Tombs. The unique hubbub of Jemaa-el-Fna square is also only ten minutes away, but you sure wouldn’t know it: hanging gardens, tiled fountains, shady nooks, a large outdoor swimming pool and open-air massages combine to create an atmosphere so languorous that you’ll have trouble keeping... your eyes... open...
ROOMS: The 28 multi-room suites fuse North African chic – handcrafted artworks, unusual antiques, dramatically-carved archways – with indulgent, Roman temple-style marble bathrooms. King-size beds, living rooms and fireplaces complete the opulent feel, while air-conditioning is available after sweaty excursions around town.
FACILITIES: La Sultana boasts a genuine destination spa: among its many offerings are customised treatments, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, a fitness centre and a Jacuzzi. French/Moroccan fusion dinners are typically served by candlelight on a terrace beside the main pool, or, for those seeking intimacy, in small, secluded rooms off the main courtyards
MORE INFO: La Sultana is famed for its service: positively desperate to go the extra mile for you, its staff rank among the city’s finest attendants. Other good news includes complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas, and an elegant bar for pre or post-dinner cocktails.