Surrounded by acres of private gardens, Es Saadi is a quiet haven in the heart of bustling Marrakesh. With the hotel's timeless 1950s decor, five-star atmosphere and views over the snow-capped Atlas mountains, there really is nowhere better to stay.
A magical resort set in 20 acres of palms, banana trees, roses, bougainvillea and bird-song, you feel transported the moment you step into Es Saadi's lair. Constructed in Morocco's heyday in the swinging sixties, set in the heart of Marrakech's Golden Triangle, this is ideal for romantics with a nose for authenticity.
Located in lush greenery in the heart of Marrakech's luxurious Hivernage neighbourhood, Es Saadi is quick 15-minute trip from the airport. Set behind elegant stone walls, the resort feels worlds away from the bustling city. It's a 10-minute drive from Marrakech's famous souk and 15 minutes from the newly-opened Yves Saint Laurent museum - you truly have the best of both worlds.
Built by Moroccan architect, Aziz Lamghari, Es Saadi's design is based on the ancient palaces of Marrakech. The palace lobby sets the tone, with high, vaulted ceilings, hundreds of fresh roses and candles, an enormous fireplace, mosaics and carved stone fountains. It is a beautiful fusion of Oriental architecture and Berber flair. The palace was used in the filming of the Night Manager.
The pink-hued 1950s-style Es Saadi hotel is less opulent in design than the adjacent palace but offers much better value. The hotel is home to its own Oriental spa and pool, as well as two restaurants. Many of the rooms offer lovely views over the gardens and pools from their balconies. The entire resort is surrounded by lagoon-style pools and blooming gardens.
Es Saadi Palace has 92 suites in total along with 10 private villas and are eight ksars (which are Berber-style two story houses) each with their own distinctive interior design.
Suites in the palace feel airy and spacious with romantic four-poster beds and sitting rooms decorated by Moroccan and French antiques, local art, and colourful carpets. Suites offer marble bathrooms in a deep dark green hue and feature sunken oval baths. Luxurious toiletries are provided for one's own private hammam experience.
The 148 rooms in the hotel are straight-forward in design, with attractive splashes of colour across the bedsheets and curtains, balconies overlooking the gardens and pool.
There are six restaurants; three at the palace, two at the hotel and a late-night restaurant, Epicurien.
'La Cour des Lions' at the palace is the standout. It blends traditional cuisine with more modern tecnhiques and is overseen by Fatéma Hal, who's restaurant 'MANSOURIA' in Paris is Michelin starred. Le Saadi, located at the hotel, opened in 1966 and serves a mixture of traditional and French gourmet dishes. Es Saadi uses locally-sourced produce in all its restaurants along with organic produce from their own nearby private farm. Fresh breads and chocolates are all made locally.
The salad bar and smoothie menu are ideal for lunch, and an extensive buffet breakfast is served next to the pool. Those seeking nightlife will love Es Saadi's TheatrO nightclub, which has welcomed the likes of Maurice Chevalier and Kate Moss.
The extensive resort is home to no less than eight restaurants and four bars, as well as a casino and a nightclub. Guests staying at the palace can use the extensive spa, built around a 100-year-old Eucalyptus tree, complete with hamman, sauna and the only Dior Institute outside Paris. Those staying at the hotel have access to their own smaller Oriental spa.
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