Across the Menara Gardens, a new oasis has opened doors to sun seekers, romantics, adventurers, spa aficionados, history buffs, gourmands, intrepid shoppers and fun-loving families. It the spanking-new Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech set in a 40-acre walled resort, with 141 rooms and suites, three dining options (and two more to come), a lavish spa and an experience like nothing else. Guests can lose themselves walking across riads connected by arcades, walkways and courtyards while the guest rooms and suites have its own furnished balcony or terrace with mountain, Menara Gardens or resort views. Dining options include Solano – Brasserie du Sud, named for the southerly wind that caresses Morocco, Andalusia and Sicily; the poolside Azzera Grill with its namesake stone open counter; or the Inara (Arabic for “natural light”) Bar and Lounge, while a restaurant and rooftop lounge is expected to open doors in October.
The Hotel has included two pools among its extensive gardens – one for families, and a separate pool for adults only. Four Seasons also offers the city’s only fully-supervised facility for children, Kids for All Seasons, along with dozens of conveniences for families from complimentary strollers, cribs, high chairs and other baby gear to kids menus. Connecting rooms with a private foyer mean the family stays together while the babysitting service allows family members to do their own thing if they choose. Just as well, the hotel can be a romantic recluse with its private spaces and experiences. Every room and suite has its own balcony or terrace for leisurely breakfasts or dining à deux, and the adults-only pool promises a relaxing day in the sun. At the Neroli Spa Pavilion, a separate couples pavilion with its own entrance and series of private suites opens the possibilities for shared journeys of relaxation and renewal. The Spa is reached by its own discreet entrance and features two luxurious spa suites plus a contemporary hammam. Ritual journeys may include the Spa’s signature Thousand and One Nights, including hammam bath and a traditional smoke essence ritual followed by a saffron, garnet and rose scrub and orange flower body wrap, and finally a facial with oils of rose, jasmine and orange flower. Individual hammam treatments include Marrakech Indulgence, a Gentle Hammam, and a longer Moroccan Hammam Ritual.
Celebrating its grand opening, Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech is offering several value packages. The Welcome Package offers a Spa credit and generous check-in/check-out times to maximise one’s stay, while the Bed and Breakfast package includes a buffet breakfast at Solano-Brasserie du Sud – or guests may combine both options in one. The Shop Till You Drop package includes a two-hour excursion to the souks with a private guide, ideal for those interested in picking up the region’s famous leather, brass and silk goods.