With an enviable position between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills, 20 minutes by car from the medina in Marrakech, Palais Namaskar is the latest opening from one of Bon Vivant’s favourite hotel collections – The Oetker Collection.
The buildings are Moorish in design with traditional domes, arches and sumptuous materials. The designer has used the essence of feng shui throughout the property, along with the influence of the elements – each room has its own pool or Jacuzzi and an open fireplace.
The grounds offer ample space to relax with numerous hammocks and benches from which to enjoy the scenery, with the overall effect of a calm, serene yet stylish setting.
Walking down a stone path over a pool of water, under a bougainvillea-draped walkway, we reached our Pool Villa (pictured below), which was a standalone villa with its own private pool, providing the ultimate private setting.
Despite the grand, historic architecture, the interiors are modern in style with many design features including stunning Murano chandeliers.
A minor quibble is that the interiors seemed to be a little too stylised, with the design of the curtains being such a consistent statement throughout the property that they became a bit of a distraction.
The main building is focused around the large pool with (very) comfortable day beds, conveniently positioned next to the restaurant where lunch is taken with your toes dipped in the water.
Pre and post dinner cocktails are served on the rooftop terrace with a menu of Moroccan, Asian and Mediterranean dishes for dinner in a stylish restaurant that would look at home on the chicest streets of Paris.
Palais Namaskar offers an alternative take on a visit to Marrakech – one that focuses on relaxation, indulgence and serenity in beautiful, lush surroundings.
Some of these photos were taken by me through my new Instagram account – you can follow the photos I take of the hotels I visit here.
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