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WHAT WE LOVE...

Selman Marrakech opened in 2012 and was created by a wealthy Moroccan family with two passions: horses and hospitality. It lies 15 minutes southwest of the city, a five-star, palm-lined contemporary oasis with 15 acres of well-kept grounds. The star attraction is its majestic stables housing some 15 thoroughbred Arabian horses and every night their trainers put on a dazzling, free 20 minute show for guests. Even without this fillip, a stay here is both splendid and memorable thanks to superb interiors by Jacques Garcia and a statement pool that stretches for 262 feet. With three dining venues, a Henri Chenot Spa and a complimentary kids club, couples and families can look forward to an indulgent break that mixes sensual delights with a sense of wonder.

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Nigel Tisdall
Freelance travel writer and photographer
Nigel Tisdall is an award-winning travel writer who contributes frequently to leading UK titles such as the Telegraph, Times, Mail and Financial Times. He has visited over a hundred countries and specialises in luxury, adventure, heritage and the Caribbean.

THE DETAILS

Location

After the mayhem of the Medina it is bliss to retreat to this pampering, palm-lined oasis with its tranquil rooms, fabulous pool and serious spa.

The hotel is 20-minutes south of the city centre, where you'll find the Medina, Bahia Palace and Menara Gardens.
By plane: direct flights from London to Marrakech Menara take around 4 hours. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

The hotel suits horse-lovers, spa fans, romancing couples and connoisseurs of hotel design. This is a palatial destination hotel that can be hard to leave. We loved jumping out of bed to swim several lengths of the pool before breakfast. At 262ft, it's the longest in Marrakech.

Service & Facilities

There are over 150 staff here who wear stylish blue and grey uniforms and provide friendly and thoughtful service.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Kids' club
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The first floor Deluxe rooms overlooking the pool offer good views (for people-watching); larger Prestige rooms include a lounge area. The corridors and guest rooms are enlivened by eye-catching black-and-white photographs of Arabian horses that make them look like supermodels.

Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Prestige Room, Suite, Villa, Selman Villa
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, private terrace, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We enjoyed sitting in the morning sunshine having a leisurely buffet breakfast of delicious local fruits, cheese, yoghurt, honey and freshly-made juices. We recommend the lobster tagine in Assyl, followed by a floodlit equestrian show in the adjacent arena with mint tea.

Assyl: garden restaurant, Moroccan cuisine. Open daily for dinner. Set menu from 750 mad.
Le Pavilion: garden restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily, brunch served on Sundays.
Selman Bar: cosy alfresco lounge, sushi and snacks. Open daily, 9am-8pm.

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