Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Essaouira, Skoura: rich in history and charm, they offer a lot of relaxation
With its characteristic Riads and its large palace of charm, Morocco represents a destination that embodies well-being as a true art of living. The house owners are ready to open the doors of their houses where luxury and comfort are combined with Moroccan tradition and lifestyle. Sip a cup of mint tea along the illuminated path, taste the typical Moroccan sweets, take a moment of relaxation thanks to the ritual of the ancient hammam, get a massage with argan oil with a thousand virtues, travel to the land of wonders and traditions of North Africa, whose stages are marked by a stay in one of the best Riads in Marrakech refined with Spa. From Skoura to Essaouira, via Marrakech, here are the five goals of the visit.
A stay in Skoura
In Skoura, in the valley of the Thousand Kasbahs in southern Morocco, in the palm grove of the endless oasis of Skoura, dominated by the ruins of ancient fortified fortifications, whose color blends with the red of the rocks, the Relais & Châteaux Dar Ahlam offers in its structure the architecture of ancient traditional kasbahs. Traditional wellness treatments are also traditional, from relaxing massages with argan oil or jasmine to black soap scrub rituals. To complete the wellness experience, an exclusive and “natural” gastronomic experience: each guest can enjoy the kitchen of the house every day in a private and different environment. A “taste excursion” with a balance between traditional Moroccan dishes and new flavors prepared with natural products grown directly in the Dimora garden.
Trip to Marrakech
In Marrakech, between charm and exoticism – With Jamâa El Fna Square (the largest in Africa, declared a World Heritage Site by humanity), the Koutoubia Mosque and its very high minaret, Badii Palace, souks, lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and much more, Marrakech – the southernmost of the royal cities has always attracted and fascinated travellers from all over the world. The red city is called it, because of the color of the walls that surround the old Medina for about twenty kilometers.
Between the Koutoubia and the Royal Palace, Villa Jardin Nomade is an address of absolute charm for those who want to enjoy their stay in Marrakech in search of well-being, while enjoying the regenerating treatments offered by the luxury Spa. From the traditional Moroccan hammam to the ritual of exfoliation with black soap scented with eucalyptus, up to a moment of relaxation on the warm marble wrapped in a foam of orange blossom. Still in Marrakech, but hidden in the city’s palm grove, only 10 minutes from the medina, another wellness address, the Ksar Char Bagh, a majestic palace inspired by the Moorish architectural style of the 14th century. Made of red marble, the wellness area promises relaxation after the ancient hammam ritual and immersion in baths with essential oils.
A moment of relaxation in Rabat
In the refined Moroccan capital, Rabat – Green and elegant, Rabat is the capital of Morocco, home of the king and the government. To make an extraordinary contrast with the wide boulevards, contemporary buildings, seaside resorts, there is the old town, with the medina where time seems to have stopped and the picturesque Kasbah of Udaia surrounded by walls with monumental gates. Among the latest hotel openings, Villa Diyafa Boutique Hotel & Spa is a cultural crossroads that harmoniously combines Moroccan tradition and Swiss excellence. Each room, from the bar to the library, pays tribute to the Ziryab lifestyle, Andalusian master of elegance, lived in the 9th century. In its spa, you can enjoy moments of absolute relaxation thanks to the ancestral ritual of the Moroccan hammam and a range of exceptional treatments. The rest of the well-being is gained between the sports hall and the large park pool. For the most demanding guests, a villa with a garden, private hammam pool.
Fés the royal city
An incomparable view of the medina, Fez is the oldest of the 4 royal cities of Morocco, it is considered as an intellectual and spiritual “capital”: extraordinary and rich in history, its ancient medina, still alive. You must visit the old districts of Fez-el-Bali (where the most interesting mosques, madrasas, and monuments are concentrated) and Fez El Jadida (the new city). Don’t miss a stop at el-Nejjarine Square, the most beautiful square in the old town, and in the dyers’ and leather tanners’ district.
True well-being in the city can be discovered at Riad Fez: a delicate blend of Andalusian splendor and Moroccan know-how, it is a majestic palace, an example of Hispanic architecture, with an extraordinary panoramic view of the medina and the Atlas mountains. Try the Riad Fez Spa with Five Worlds, an oasis of purity and serenity for a unique experience thanks to a selection of tailor-made beauty treatments. From the ancient hammam ritual to the black soap scrub made with the Kessa glove, to the relaxing massages with warm argan oil according to a typical Maghrebian gesture.
The mysterious Essaouira
The white city dear to artists and adventurers, overlooking the Atlas and beaten by the winds, From Orson Welles to the Rolling Stones, countless characters who have been fascinated by it. In the heart of the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Heure Bleue Palais, the Welcome Trophy 2016 opens its doors to visitors: the architecture of this residence is a contemporary and personal interpretation of the traditional Moroccan style. In its small spaornés of marble and tadelakt, the treatments follow the Maghrebian rituals. Steam baths, black soap scrub, traditional massages with argan oil, eucalyptus scrub. For those who simply want to relax during their stay, the accommodation offers a magnificent terrace with a swimming pool and a breathtaking view of the medina. From there, you can visit the women’s cooperatives that produce argan oil, a very precious elixir of Moroccan health and beauty, in the surroundings of Essaouira.
They stand between the sea and the desert and are rich in history and charm: Skoura, Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Essaouira, real moments of relaxation in Morocco.