Be inspired by the wonder of the Rose City… with a luxury escape at La Sultana Hotel
By Andrew Forbes
Anyone with a passion for design, interiors or the exotic can’t have escaped the
allure of Morocco. With its fascinating mix of Arabian, African and European
influences, the country makes for a seductive, inspirational destination for the
From the sand dunes of the desert to the ancient palaces of the cities, from
bohemian to luxury… this is where you can lose yourself in a fantasy world of
One Thousand and One Nights.
Marrakech, although not the administrative capital of Morocco, is without
doubt the nation’s capital of style and glamour. This progressive, fashionable
city somehow manages to maintain the balance between its traditional way-oflife
and its modern lifestyle of trendy eateries and upscale hotels.
Found in the mediaeval Kasbah district, set back down an alleyway which is carefully
laid with Berber carpets and decorated with artisan lamps, is a remarkably beautiful
hotel; a place not only to be pampered but also to be inspired. For here you find a myriad of fine Moroccan craftsmanship that can’t help but fire your creativity
Five authentic, historic Riad patio houses have been painstakingly restored and
sympathetically brought together to create an intimate five-star hotel. So if you
are looking for that authentic Marrakech Riad experience but want to be lost
within a five-star luxury enclave, then this is probably the place.
Food plays an important role in this magical place – from the rooftop cooking
school where you can learn the secrets of the flavourful and colourful Moroccan
cuisine, to the acclaimed restaurant that serves gourmet French and imaginative
Moroccan dishes. Choose a table around the indoor pool, shaded by
exotic palms, or eat under the stars, surrounded by romantic candlelit lamps.
For the design conscious, the serene and elegant guest rooms and suites are
full of details that please the eye, including classic zellige geometric mosaic
tiling, silky smooth tadelakt walls, richly coloured Berber carpets, exquisite fabrics
and intricately carved plaster ceilings. Each element of the public spaces is
also a celebration of craftsmanship, from the evocative arches, marble fountains
and intricately carved cedar wood beams to the carefully engraved and crafted
metal work and exotic African furniture.
The highlight of La Sultana Marrakech is her spacious roof terrace: with areas
for sunbathing, including a refreshing plunge pool; tranquil corners for enjoying
a mint tea or an evening cocktail; and tables for al fresco dining. Yet more
than anything, it’s the view that you remember; yes the classic springtime view
of Marrakech, across the medina and the Kasbah rooftops, the city’s ancient
terracotta and salmon pink ramparts, out to the distance and the snow-capped