A short 20-minute drive from the centre of Marrakech, toward the towering, snow-capped Atlas Mountains, sits a resort unlike any other Morocco has to offer. An urban oasis in the barren stretch between the city streets and craggy peaks, this is the Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech.
While the hotel, recently acquired by Fairmont, may represent the higher end of Moroccan tourism, its classic design and respect for local ideals mean that it exists as a typical example of old traditions and new money sitting comfortably side-by-side. Recently, Gentleman’s Journal spent some time at the resort, and we can certainly attest to its luxury.
Stretching over 231 hectares, the resort offers peace and tranquility — with break taking views of the surrounding mountain range and a spectacular golf course upon which you can wile away hours. The accommodation, too, follows this line of luxury.
Intimate villas are nestled in the heart of the resort’s olive grove, each with a private swimming pool, hammam and landscaped garden.
And, when we were quite finished golfing the day away on the 18-hole par 72 gold course, designed by Cabell B. Robinson, the four on-site restaurants spoilt us for fine and diverse dining.
Le Caravane, an international restaurant, has one of the finest dining terraces we’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. L’Olivier, by the main heated swimming pool, offers light Mediterranean cuisine. Le Bar offers sushi and cigars — a recipe for a perfect night, and Al Ain, the traditional Moroccan cooked some of the best food we tasted in the country.
But our favourite part of the stay? Curling up in a red velvet armchair in the sultry on-site jazz bar, and enjoying a cocktail. The concoctions were devised by Erik Lorencz from Fairmont’s flagship, the Savoy Hotel in London — and they’re the perfect blend of Moroccan culture and culinary innovation.
Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech
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