A dream of the desert. A dream of the endless pastures that look like they are scattered in the green islands of Ireland or New Zealand. A dream of the mountains far away, with snowy caps that are slowly melting under the persistent North African sun. Fairmont’s five-star marvel of the hotel and Golf resort, Royal Palm Marrakech, is a dream of its own, but the one compounded of many others.
Surrounded by palm trees, lavender bushes and over 4,000 olive trees with spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains, Royal Palm Marrakech is considered one of the best hotels in Marrakech.
Located just 12km from the red pearl of the desert- Marrakech, Fairmont Royal Palm is close enough for daily visits to the medina and other historically important places, but definitely far enough to make you feel like you are separated from anything that could distract you from fully enjoying your vacation. Spreading on the property of 231 hectares, Royal Palm is so large that can be seen as a completely autonomous entity within which premises one can find all that could possibly want. It is one of the most luxurious hotels that we ever had a chance to visit, made with only one intention – to make you feel like you have been transported to some kind of strangely modern and very sophisticated oasis, where everything and everybody is at the service of your well-being.
The impressive lobby is entered across an over-water footbridge. Inside, the decor is a harmonious blend of contemporary design and traditional Berber motifs.
Within its separate buildings and villas, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech boasts 134 rooms. Unlike any other hotel that we visited, the size does matter to Royal Palm: smallest are the Deluxe Rooms (there are 20 of them) with a size that can overshadow many junior suites of the world, a very generous 72sqm. Junior Suites of Royal Palm are even larger with its 86sqm and it is the most common category in the hotel- 64 in total. Deluxe Suites are a notch above, just like similarly sized Family Suites from 124 to 198sqm. Near the top of the offer are the hotel’s Penthouse Suite with 214sqm and the luxurious Presidential Suites, no less than five of them, with enormous 310sqm. But, the true exceptional are Royal Palm’s ten Prince Villas, a largest premises in the hotel with a breathtaking 741sqm, private swimming pools, hammams and landscaped gardens. Marble bathrooms with sunken tubs also feature outdoor showers in the opulent Prince villa.
The decoration is inspired by the Berber culture, with Moroccan architectural elements and native materials, where European pieces of furniture are embedded, with the seal of exclusivity. A noteworthy detail is that all rooms have exterior views, with terrace or balcony overlooking the golf course.
The hotel is divided into several buildings
Dining experience at Fairmont Royal Palm undoubtedly lives up to the already high expectations. The hotel’s restaurants and the bar are very stylish and inviting: whether you prefer a dinner at our favorite, posh and refined Le Caravane, a lunch at L’Olivier, situated right next to Royal Palm’s impressive swimming pool, or maybe a journey through traditional Moroccan cuisine at Al Ain, you will be overwhelmed with regal atmosphere and an abundance of culinary masterpieces. Le Caravane, under its executive Chef Yann Meinsel, will win you with its creative approach to both national and international cuisine, always prepared with fresh and seasonal products. In the dining area, Le Caravane boasts an amazing wine cellar with truly impressive selection of quality wines. On the other hand, for the lovers of more ethnic cuisine, Fairmont Royal Palm prides itself with Al Ain national restaurant. The unparalleled meals presents the creative combinations of Arab, Moorish and Berber cuisine.
Le Caravane restaurant
Le Caravane restaurant
Le Bar is a chic lounge featuring a sunken gold bar and hanging Moroccan lanterns. It is a friendly and relaxed place to enjoy live music over a cigar or a house cocktail. Sushi Menu at the bar is open from 7 pm to 10 pm.
One of the highlights of the Royal Palm Marrakech is the spectacular 18-hole, Par 72 golf course designed by Cabell B. Robinson; one of the most impressive in the Marrakech region. Designed to suit amateurs and professionals alike, the Royal Palm Golf Club is the only course in Marrakech to be built within the grounds of a resort and access is reserved exclusively to hotel guests and owners of the villas. Assuming that Fairmont Royal Palm is mostly for Golf aficionados is actually quite wrong, although it is pretty much a perfect spot for them. Or maybe for the swimmers? There are numerous water surfaces in the hotel, for sports and decoration alike, and the actual swimming pools are endlessly large, with tiles in the colors of a freshwater forest lake. Instead of classical gym, Royal Palm’s sports center, located in a separated building with its own swimming pool, is dedicated to the various forms of physical exercises: from Technogym-equipped fitness rooms for weight, cardio and kinesis training, to yoga classes and terrains for tennis, squash and table tennis.
With its riad-like design, the Spa is a pretty large affair, with its own 3,500 sqm building and a myriad of services offered: from chilling indoor swimming pool, to the hot Jacuzzi bathtub, from hammams and saunas, to the beauty care area that features Leonor Greyl hair salon and an area for manicure and pedicure services. There are no less than thirteen massage cabins inside the Spa in the sports centre.
Indoor swimming pool
A dream within a dream within a dream. Maybe that is the only way to describe our fascination with Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech. During our seemingly endless walks under the starlit Moroccan sky, we felt as if we were the only beings on the planet, at least the only ones that matter something. We felt so special, so important…and at the same time so small compared to the always visible celestial formations and gargantuan Atlas Mountains in the distance. We had a times of our lives in this place, we found our peace and our turmoil, our rest and our inspiration… Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is more than a hotel, more than a golf resort. It is an entity of its own which is entirely dedicated to relaxation and tranquility, both material and spiritual where the keys of the Pleasuredome belongs only to you.
Address: Km 12 Route D Amizmiz،
Phone: +212 5244-87800
We give very special thanks to Morocco Luxury Experience- an exclusive transportation service that assisted us on our trip. With their professional help tailored to our needs we could quickly travel between different locations.
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