139-room hotel with spa
Marrakech’s residential area, L’Hivernage, is also home to several international hotels - and the Sofitel is one of the best. A blend of Moorish magnificence and French flair, the five-star resort particularly suits families thanks to its facilities, separate children’s pool and (unrivalled among the big hotels) proximity to Marrakech’s old town and chief sights. To top it all off, there’s a lovely garden area and spectacular views of the frosted Atlas Mountains.
There are 139 rooms and suites, each in red and amber hues, and each with private balconies or terraces, as well as air-conditioning, internet sockets and satellite TVs.
In addition to two pools (a main one and a kids’ one), there’s the So Spa, providing Oriental-style treatments and massage, a fitness centre, a sauna, another heated pool and a Dessange Paris beauty salon. The Sofitel also claims an equally impressive array of food and drink venues including gourmet cuisine in L’Orangerie and (our favourite, obviously) Le Lawrence, a low-lit piano bar that serves cocktails and wine to the tune of gentle jazz music.
An opulent, languid ambience exists here: it comes from the orange trees; from all the polished marble and the arches with amethyst blooms; and from the many cushion-heavy sunbeds, trickling fountains and romantic, candlelit corners.
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When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.