Want to escape the cold? Don’t feel like taking pictures of sandcastles and coconut trees to show grandma? Let us propose something a little different. Something more lustful and more appealing to the bohemian within you. Marrakech is just the place to go if you’re looking for that perfectly offbeat getaway, filled with colors, sounds, smells and experiences that demand your return to discover the city’s every secret. However, Be warned, things can get hectic here. In the souks, vendors call out from every stall and your attention is divided between the plethora of exotic trinkets and traditional craft on sale. You will haggle, smell every spice, taste every delicacy and leave the city exhausted but ready for more.
So when the sun sets and the time has come to rest those tired legs, it feels great to settle inside the air conditioned space of a Porsche Panamera, knowing that your destination for the night is an oasis called the Palais Namaskar.
If you want to have your cake and eat it too, the Palais Namaskar allows for relaxation reserved for royalty and is only 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We’re holding back from abusing the word oasis in this post; but there’s just no other way to describe this luxury hotel. The tone is set as soon as you walk in the vast gardens and, trust us, you’re going to want to soak in every bit of the vista on offer here. We felt like kids in a candy store and couldn’t help fishing out our camera to snap everything in site, from the magnificent bodies of water and palm trees in the garden to the vaulted archways and minarets that give the hotel such a distinctive style. Early evenings have a dreamlike quality to them within these walls, and, if you’re visiting during the colder months, sipping on mint tea beside your private fireplace is the perfect way to spend idle time as you flick through a copy of “one thousand and one nights” to complete the immersion.
The hotel has numerous options in terms of suites and rooms and most offer fireplaces and outdoor baths (perfectly heated at 29 degrees) to ease off the strain from those tired limbs. We opted for a villa with a 500sqm private garden, complete with outdoor pool and pond, and the experience was amazing. There’s nothing quite like being lazy in your own little slice of paradise, but if you want to mingle, the Palais Namaskar is able to oblige. The Chic yet informal No mad Bar offers a stunning view over Marrakech surroundings for socialites to enjoy a drink and good music, courtesy of resident DJ Christo Z. Dining here, is a feast for the senses and the hotel offers some sweltering Morocan dishes alongside more traditional fare. Our favorite, quite surprisingly, were the Thai dishes on offer in “Le Sawadee”. Chef Kieswri Sasitorn approaches her cuisine from a different angle and gives her traditional Thaï cuisine an extra kick of spice with the local spices on offer and, if you want something completely different, just kick back and enjoy the “fashion brunch” as models walk by the tables showcasing the work of local designers. It’s great if you want some fresh new ideas to spruce up your wardrobe ; Marrakech definitely has some talent when it comes to fashion, but the occasional inclusion of more well known designers is an absolute treat.