Palais Rhoul and Spa, Morocco

Surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech has stood for almost 1,000 years, and today enchants travellers with its UNESCO-listed old city, colourful souks, 18th-century riads and winding derbs (alleyways)Friday, March 3, 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech has stood for almost 1,000 years, and today enchants travellers with its UNESCO-listed old city, colourful souks, 18th-century riads and winding derbs (alleyways). On the tranquil outskirts of the city, Palais Rhoul & Spa can be found among 3,200 ares of palms, known as the Palmeraie.

Originally, the palace was the residence of the celebrated Rhoul family who later decided to share it with guests from all over the world. Tucked away in a 12-acre park, the secluded Palais Rhoul & Spa has been designed to create a relaxed ambiance. The entrance opens out onto gardens, where guests can escape the heat of the day in the hidden Indian pavilion or read in the shade of the palms and olive trees.

The boutique hotel is crammed with treasures gathered from around the globe, including an eclectic mix of sculptures, books, paintings, prints and lithographies. In addition to 15 suites — many overlooking the gardens — eight traditional caidals (tents) are dotted throughout the grounds, individually decorated to evoke a nomadic ambience, with modern-day luxuries also in the mix — think rich textures, jewel tones and Islamic flourishes.

Framed by soaring arches and Doric columns, the authentic Moorish Spa is splashed with ochre hues to evoke the warm colours of the region’s soil, illuminated by softly lit wall torches. An array of Teksila holistic treatments draw on centuries-old cultural traditions and Arabian beauty secrets, from a nourishing massage using argan and rose oils to a black soap hammam to clean and exfoliate skin.

Health-conscious foodies not only have the chance to sample organic Moroccan specialities at Restaurant Palais Rhoul, but they can also learn how to prepare the likes of tagine, seksu (couscous) and zaalouk (smoked aubergine dip) themselves. The Moroccan Culinary Journey is a cooking class taking guests through the rich dishes that are embedded in the culture, and learn about Marrakech’s way of life through first-hand preparation of its cuisine.

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The Moroccan Culinary Journey, a cooking class taking guests through the rich dishes embedded in Marracech’s vibrant culture

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Key Treatments

• Teksila holistic treatments
• Massages using argan oil and rose oil
• Orange flower water therapies
• Black soap hammam

Key Facilities

• 16 suites
• 8 caidals (tents)
• 2 swimming pools
• Restaurant Palais Rhoul Private spa

Contact Information

palais-rhoul.com
T: +212 524 329 494
E: info@palais-rhoul.com

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