Comprised of five riads, La Sultana Marrakech is a marvel of a luxury boutique hotel set in the heart of Marrakech’s magical Medina and home to 28 uniquely designed brimming with the character of the hotel’s historical origins.
Taking a privileged location a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace in what is notably known as the Golden Triangle, you descend from what can often be one of the busier streets in the area to a hidden oasis as doormen usher you into this private sanctuary.
The palatial surroundings are a nod to the past in which the building was once home to royalty before eventually being gifted to Caid Azzi Boujemma, a devoted palace worker whose son restored many of its original features, thus putting it on the map for glamorous soirees and balls in the height of its former glory.
Fast-forward to 2001 and following an extensive renovation and today, it counts an extensive spa, outdoor heated pool and the largest rooftop in the Medina as it pays homage to the past and continues to enchant guests looking for a spot of downtime away from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced surroundings.
By day, the hotel is an exploration of the senses; La Sultana oozes the Morrocan flair, which is evoked through the different riads, a whirlwind of stucco and marble. The décor is awash with exotic artefacts; there is a play on African influence at matrimony with the zellige tiling and intricately detailed wood that all form part of the eternal elegance of the hotel.
Rooms carry the same majestic opulence that is subtly whispered throughout the hotel’s grounds; there is a sense of nonchalance to the relaxed vibes, while raised ceilings and ornate detailing add an element of high drama.
Marble-clad bathrooms and elegant copper finishes set the scene for the rooms, most of which overlook the central patio of its riad. Furnished with traditional pieces reminiscent of Marrakech’s vibrancy, plush beds and hidden chambers add to the heightened luxury and privacy La Sultana is built on.
Positioned almost as a centrepiece of the hotel, the outdoor pool takes pride of place, offering a daytime retreat with blue waters and sumptuous beds at either end. The collection is also adjacent to La Table de La Sultana, the hotel’s signature restaurant serving as a destination for external guests, a culinary voyage through seasonal menus showcasing Morrocan and French cuisine flavours by night.
Also worthy of a sojourn during your stay, La Sultana is home to an enviable rooftop terrace, notably overlooking the UNESCO-listed Medina and the Moulay El Yazid Mosque and perfect for a spot of lunch at La Table du Souk serving Morrocan street food or for evening cocktails into the early hours at The Odette, a rooftop bar and Mezze serving signature cocktails and small plates.
The hotel also hosts daily cooking classes every morning on the rooftop in a specially kitted-out kitchen looking out to the Atlas Mountains. Try the tagine spices and Morrocan cuisine secrets to master your culinary skills with a pit stop to the food market to source local produce before a two-hour cooking class and the chance to enjoy your tagine atop the luscious terrace.
Be sure to save some time for an indulgent visit to the spa; lit by ornamental lanterns, it houses a hammam and dedicated treatment rooms with Darphin facials at the helm, the hero treatment, La Sultana’s Signature Ritual encompasses a Royal Hammam (a purifying exfoliation using a kessa glove and black soap) and a body massage using argan oil.
There is so much to see within this vibrant hotel that you’d be forgiven for not actually leaving to venture and explore the magic of Marrakech, but if you do, rest assured the hotel has a whole array of enticing experiences to make doing so even more memorable.
Text by Jaz Grewal.