‘First rate massage with local ingredients..in luxurious surroundings’
Most people visit Marrakesh to give in to the lure of the souks and allow themselves to be waylaid by charming merchants in winding alleyways! Can I make a suggestion….after the adrenaline rush of Djemaa El-Fna and the Kotoubia minaret, why not take some time out to really relax?
The Mosaic Palais Aziza and Spa is amongst one of the best of the cities new rash of boutique hotels, it’s only 10 minutes from the bustling medina and yes…crucially has a spa! From the moment I arrived and my taxi passed through its high gates and weaved up the drive through the gardens it was clear that I had escaped the sights and sounds of the city and would begin to relax. With enticing views through to the pool and the heart of the hotel -the gardens are awash with flowers and colour and I was surrounded by a sea of roses. Crucially the Mosaic Palais Aziza and Spa itself feels more like a grand home than a hotel, and featuring traditional Moroccan decor and fabrics and the main Palais, the Pavilion Suites and the Garden Villas all feel very established and ageless.
The Spa itself meanwhile successfully mixes tradition with the most modern of luxuries! From the exhausitive treatment menu I chose the Scented Oil Massage, where the benefits of traditional Argan-based Oil with added Jasmine or Verbena were central to this rejuvenating deep massage therapy. My practitioner was firm and gentle in equal parts and soon had me drifting off and blissfully suspended between sleep and consciousness! No doubt it helped that the Mosaic Palais Aziza and Spa uses products from a local company Les Sens de Marrakech and its products harness the power of locally-sourced ingredients such as Argan Oil, Pear Seed Oil and Shea Butter, scented with Orange Blossom, Rose, Yasmine and Verbena.
Tester: Nick Cox Editor The Grooming Guide
Verdict: ‘tip top top to toe massage!’
Price: 450DH, aprrox £30.00
Available: Mosaic Palais Aziza, Mejjat 3/38, Cercle Ennakhil, Commune J’nanate, Marrakech. BP: 7212, Sidi Abbad, 40000, Marrakech. Morocco +212(0)524329988 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mosaicpalaisaziza.com
Currently their winter package includes ‘Nuits d’Hiver’ at Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa – which is two nights from €690 based on two sharing on a B&B basis. This includes a ‘Hammam & Scrub’ spa treatment each, two tickets for the Jardin Marjorelle, and €80 credit per day per couple for food and drink.
Additional Research: H. Eltayeb
1. Hotel Interior
2. Desert Sand Body Scrub from Les Sens de Marracech
3. Relaxing Poolside at Mosaic Palais Aziza
4. Dining at La Pergola
5. Mosaic Palais Aziza decor
6. Delicacies from Maroliano
7. Mosaic Palais Aziza pool