Luxury in a very simple setting on the lagoon of Oualidia.
ABOUT: Luxury doesn’t come much simpler. Situated yards from a seven-mile-long, Atlantic Ocean-fed lagoon, La Sultana Oualidia is a boutique hotel in splendid, ivory-tower isolation, and easily the area’s most sophisticated residence. The remote, seaside setting and architectural style mean it’s perfect for those seeking a genuine luxury bolthole, while fans of watersports, seafood and spas will also be in luck.
ROOMS: Elegantly styled using lots of local materials - tadelakt plaster walls, zellig tiles, wooden flooring – the 11 rooms and suites scream (or whisper, rather) serenity. They come with plasma-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and marble bathrooms, but the headline acts are outside: each has its own terrace and sea-water Jacuzzi. There are treehouse and ‘apartment’ suites, should you wish to splurge.
FACILITIES: Located near one of Morocco’s best oyster beds, La Sultana specialises in cooking salty stuff. Eat it in an unusual sunken dining room, facing the lagoon, or privately on a waterside deck. A stroll past palm trees and bougainvillea in the hotel’s terraced gardens is blissful; a splash in the 40m-long infinity pool equally so. And the spa’s indoor heated pool and massage rooms await.
EXTRA INFO: La Sultana also has its own private beach, next to another pool. Take a flamingo-spotting boat trip on the lagoon, or arrange a fishing, walking or surfing lessons.