Pleasure / April 2019

Opulence Epitomised at the Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

Sprawling grounds, stunning design and plentiful opportunities for rest and relaxation make the Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech a most luxurious Moroccan base.

Marrakech will take it out of you. Bursting at the seams with a frenetic energy that refuses to dissipate, the vibrant city is a heady and intoxicating hub of activity; a busy metropolis of colour and commotion that promises a serious slap to the senses.

Whilst it’s easy to get swept up in the chaos - haggling in the souks, wandering ornate palaces and navigating your way through snake charmers, magicians and musicians, it pays to take a step back and breathe. Where better to do so than the tranquil Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech - an oasis of calm just a twenty minute drive from the madness of the Medina?

Set upon a sprawling 231 hectares, the hotel boasts 134 rooms, suites, penthouses and villas. Renowned designer Marilin Spataro (who collaborated with Jacques Garcia in renovating Marrakech's iconic La Mamounia) is responsible for the luxe interiors, which honour Morocco's rich heritage through sumptuous textures, warm tones and the tasteful integration of local art and craftsmanship. There has been a concerted effort to bring the outdoors in and natural influences abound, with a striking colour palette that features tones of dusty pink, rust orange and earthy browns, as well as high ceilings, water features and plenty of artfully carved wood. There’s certainly no shortage of space: a sizeable marbled bathroom (complete with an enormous bath), large dressing room and luxurious bedding and living area inject decadence into each of the rooms, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto spacious balconies that overlook the hotel’s lush 18-hole golf course, the majestic snow-capped Atlas mountains looming in the distance.

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody