Such Arabian allure cannot be duplicated.
The glamour in Marrakech is incomparable, due to the unique Arabian allure which cannot be duplicated by any other culture. Long before modern jetsetters, global designers and artists have loved this Red City more than any other African cities. It’s creatively liberal here, boldly opulent and undeniably charming. Due to its sordid history, Moorish palaces combine European and Arabian antiquity now refurbished for contemporary culturaltis like us.
We’ve narrowed down to five of our favorite extraordinary palaces transformed into a home of upscale staycations.
5-star, USD $550/night
A sophisticated and modern interior is embraced by glorious Moorish architecture, Palais Namaskar holds 41 trendy rooms, suites, villas and palaces exuding serenity and classiness simultaneously. Due to its exclusivity of the location, this one is perfect for made for discrete travelers who don’t want to be bothered.
5-star, USD $500/night
If there’s only one palais which firmly represents the historical glamour Marrakech truly beholds, it’s La Mamounia. Similar to The Peninsula in Hong Kong or New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, this ancient jewel was Winston Churchill’s favorite place for an Arabian staycation. Get ready for the pool-side breakfast buffet which has been hailed by many, and indulge in rooms that come with hamman-esque baths.
5-star, USD $525/night
Situated 20 minutes from Marrakech, we’re recommending Peacock Pavilions because it’s utterly authentic. Owners Maryam Montague (photographer, writer and human rights specialist) and her husband Chris Redecke (architect,) this home away from home is their hub of tranquility. Two additional villas are available for renters like you and I. Local Berber and Moroccan designs and art pieces adorn the serene property. Unlike most mainstream hotels, this hotel is made for yoga retreats and family getaways so you can do as you wish. With a massive pool, gym, cinema, and a yoga pavilion, meals here are quite unique with Berber tents that are hand painted and embroidered cushions inside.
Note: When you stay here, 10% of the profits fund disadvantage children in the local town of Douar Ladaam.
5-star, USD $250-300/night
A Relais & Châteaux says a lot about a hotel. Aside from numerous awards and recognition that Ksar Char-Bagh has won, its beauty has stood the test of time. A 14-the century Moorish palace in the midst of palm groves, lots of water running through symbolize heaven’s rivers. Hence, Char-Bagn means the connection between water and life. This is a smaller property fitting for a maximum of 26 people, but very well done around every corner.
5-star, USD $150-250/night
Es Saadi Marrakech Resort Palace is run by three generations of the Bauchet-Bouhlal family. 90 completely spacious suites and 10 stylish villas are inspired by Andalusian, Persian, Art Deco and Berber art. Despite being built in 2008, the palace still oozes old-school charm. Imagine an American-sized resort in the middle of bustling Marrakech that fills the dreams of: golfers, yogis, family vacationers, romantic honeymooners and gamers who adore a good ol’ casino.
Where’s your favorite palace in Marrakech? Share with us in the comments.