With its definitive color palette of adobe hues, it’s no wonder the pink and white scheme of the Fairmont Royal Palm fits in perfectly between Marrakech’s medina and the Atlas Mountains.
Situated on 231 acres halfway between the old medina and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is the Fairmont Royal Palm. Recently rebranded under the Fairmont name, this 134-room, six-restaurant palace offers a different type of luxury than traditional riads and kasbahs; instead, providing travelers with a fresh architectural alternative, while culturally classical at heart.
Experience a sense of exclusivity as you drive off the Moroccan highway and into a gated desert luxury, proliferated by a cactus, palm and hibiscus-lined drive to the front door. As you take in the serenity and immerse further into the property, let your mind wander on how you might spend your days here.
The 18-hole golf course teases its perfectly landscaped greens in glimpses behind the adobe suites and villas that showcase sweeping porches to marvel at sunset over the snow-covered Atlas Mountains in the distance. As you hop out of your golf cart and cross the reflection pool to enter the lobby, candles flicker and encapsulate the iconic welcome to Morocco; recognizing water as a sign of wealth and light as good fortune.
The abundance of water doesn’t end as you enter the building, with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing a 21,000-square-foot swimming pool, swirling the reflections of the lush greens and adobe pinks with the cloudless skies. It’s now when you realize you’re checking into a new aura of Morocco; with lavish experiences of solitude, wellness and local flavor ahead of you.
All about “moments,” the Fairmont brand provides plenty of opportunity to create lifelong memories throughout your stay. Start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or traditional Moroccan mint tea as you take in the sunrise on your private patio. Spend the rest of your morning on the 18-hole golf course, taking advantage of the cooler hours before the sun peaks. Refuel with lunch at the clubhouse or on the patio of the main property before heading into the medina for an afternoon of touring old Morocco then returning to unwind with sunset and a cocktail. Or simply, opt for an afternoon of relaxation–poolside of course–and give into the comforts of modern luxury, with nothing but nature surrounding you.
Surround yourself in serenity at the Spa By Clarins as you prepare to be pampered amidst Marrakech’s finest. Modeled after a traditional Moroccan riad, the 2000-square-meter-spa reflects a courtyard oasis, with an open-air fluidity and private rooms for personal treatments. Allow your body to direct your mind to the pampering it’s craving, from a signature massage with Morocco’s famed rose oil (to moisturize and deflame), or an immersive experience in the Moroccan hammam.
The spa also features relaxation areas that allow an extended feel-good experience beyond the treatment rooms. Whether you want to lounge around the pool, partake in a yoga session, or replenish with a fresh juice, the Spa By Clarins makes it easy to spend hours unwinding in restorative luxury.
In an effort to keep your tastebuds satisfied, stomachs guessing, and views varied, the property provides guests with a choice of dining areas; from poolside dining, to a jazzy bar, to the golf clubhouse, the choice is yours. To start your culinary adventure through the property, you can choose between brunch in the comfort of the red-accented Le Caravane, or pick from a variety of menus for in-room dining; with pastry baskets, eggs, meats, cheeses and fruits all accompanying your choice of traditional or healthy options. L’Olivier is the ideal mid-day lunch venue as you seek shelter from the sun under the canopied umbrellas, yet appreciate the warmth of the afternoon air. Enjoy the healthy offerings–with flavorful, herb profiles like orange, coriander and mint, from the property’s organic garden–while basking in the surroundings of the glistening pool against the neutrals of the Moroccan countryside.
In the evening, choose between Le Caravane, or the Moroccan-inspired Al Ain; where lamb and couscous take front row and local musicians serenate you with sounds from their ouds and drums. Once your senses are awakened here, you may find yourself continuing your night at Bar, over a Fairmont classic cocktail, like the Moroccan Pomegranate Paloma, or the Sparkling Royal Collins.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your stay, where you choose to indulge, or what you choose to do (or not to do) while on the ground, the property’s revamped style and accommodations have you covered, from the sporty, to the adventurer, to the wellness seeker–it’s just waiting for you to make it your oasis, and to design the modern-Moroccan experience you’ve been looking for.
Photos by Maria Rao