Sirayane Hotel & Spa is the latest edition to the Thomson programme for winter 2012/13. So when I was given the chance to try out this uber-cool, Marrakech hotel – how could I say no? Don’t think Marrakech can do cool? Well read on…
As I make my way from Marrakech airport to the hotel, my view is shared by the Atlas Mountains on one side, and brand new hotels being built on the other. Dotted around are golf courses, apartment/ leisure complexes and the most amazing villas. But the next thing I know, there’s a gap off the main road which leads us down a side road. Where are they taking me I wonder? The uncertainty doesn’t last long though. The Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa is there in front of me, and it looks like I’m in for a treat.
So, I make my way in. Check in is done so I’m off to my room – can’t wait to see it.
Nothing less than a Prestige room (a superior) is just the ticket. There’s load of space. I’m loving the walk in shower, and the fab TV and DVD player are great too. My bed is showered with rose petals and my towels are sculpted into swans and fans – what a lovely touch. As for getting outside, all rooms either have a balcony (mine was a really good size) or a ground terrace. I’m here at the beginning of February and although it’s a sunny 17 degrees in the day, it gets cold at night so I’m happy to see there’s heating and a cosy, thick blanket if I need them.
If you are celebrating a special occasion though, you’ve got to go for the Junior Suite. It has its own private garden and plunge pool. And the bath actually looks out into the garden, so you almost feel like you’re bathing outside!
Onto the food. I booked in for half board, and at first I thought it seemed quite an expensive option. That’s until I discovered I can choose from the full menu. They have a traditional Moroccan menu with a choice of 3 starters, 9 main courses and deserts. Or, there’s a more French style menu, with the same amount of choice. You could stay here for a week and have a very varied menu. Drinks are not included but you can buy wine by the glass and I’m happy to say, the serving is very generous.
After dinner, there are plenty of places to go and relax. The hotel has a cosy lounge area with an open fire – now that’s a real crowd-pleaser. And as for the bar – amazing wrought iron lights and tables that are designed to be like traditional Moroccan trays, compliment the fantastic metallic bar.
If you’re a bit of a spa fan, you’re in for a treat. The Spa is down by reception and like the rest of the hotel has a lovely zen feel. On offer are the traditional Moroccan delights such as hammam and massage. An absolute must is the Moroccan steam bath if you want to get into the mood for the place.
The hotel has really been designed for Couples, and around the pool the double sunbeds each have their own parasol and butler service. A lovely calm relaxing atmosphere reigns, so it is great to alternate one day in this haven of calm, and the next in the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
The mix of the 2 means a 7 night stay is in fact, perfect. It is actually only a 15 minute drive to the centre of the city, and the hotel offers a free shuttle with a regular timetable with the last return at 23:30. So, it’s late enough to have dinner in town and soak up the atmosphere. For those of you really late birds, you can pay for a private car transfer with drinks aboard and flexi-timing which costs pretty much the same as a return local taxi.
This urban chic hotel offers a really fantastic experience, and I would thoroughly recommend it for its helpful, friendly staff, contemporary Moroccan style and especially for the lemon drizzle cake they served at breakfast. One word for it – delicious!
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Author: Karen Charles
Published: May 14, 2012
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