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.