ABOUT: A decadent hotel in the Palmeraie’s beautiful Bab Atlas area, 20 minutes’ drive from central Marrakech.  Seclusion, perfect panoramas and palatial grandeur are the order of the day here: musky gardens and a lake vie for attention with deep carpets, damask fabrics and Murano chandeliers.  Dusk is especially lovely: log fires crackle, lanterns flicker and champagne flutes clink in celebration of a bolthole very well chosen.


ROOMS: Offering a modernist update on the mosaics and ornate hand-carvings found in most Moroccan hotels, Namaskar’s indulgent rooms, suites, villas and two palaces blend Oriental decorative principles with contemporary design.  Tan-coloured and spacious, most residences boast either a private pool or outdoor Jacuzzi, while Bang & Olufsen plasma-screen TVs, iPod docks, Wi-Fi, rain showers and king-size beds are all regulation provisions.


FACILITIES: The large main pool is flanked by daybeds and oversized cushions; nearby is a vast Feng Shui-focused spa with six treatment cabins, plus a fitness centre with optional personal trainers and yoga teachers.  The kilometre-long perimeter path makes for a great jogging circuit, too.  Two restaurants cover Moroccan, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine; dinners can be taken in the gardens, lakeside or on private terraces. Be sure to nurse a nightcap on the rooftop bar afterwards. 


EXTRA INFO:Golf, quad-biking, camel and horse-riding, trekking or cycling in the Atlas Mountains, paragliding and hot-air balloon rides can all be arranged.