This luxury 5 Stars rated Boutique Spa Hotel was designed by the renowned French architect Jacques Garcia, it is ideally located close to the Djemaa el Fna, Agdal Gardens and Saadian Tombs in the Agdal neighbourhood of Marrakech. The hotel offers luxury and outstanding service at every level with different spacious accommodations being a particular highlight. There are 56 guestrooms to choose from with something to suit most budgets and requirements with Superior doubles, Deluxe doubles, Junior suites, and Atlas Deluxe suites. All rooms are well equipped with designer feature bathrooms, toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers, separate bathtubs, bidets, shaving mirrors; large 46” LCD satellite TV, in room safe, telephone, desk, mini bars, furnished balconies, spacious bedding and the finest quality bed linen.
The rooms are comfortable and beautifully furnished with soft lighting with the latest technology carefully concealed within the furniture in the Deluxe Atlas Suites with their unforgettable vistas of the Atlas Mountains. The quality of the fittings is second to none with a blend of black and white marble bathrooms to wonderful and colourful mosaic tiles, glistening fabrics and the careful use of traditional materials giving a typical Moorish influence that is carried throughout the hotel. Many rooms have large and spacious terraces ideal for families with stunning views over the poolside facilities and surrounding landscape and manicured gardens.
The hotel offers guests two restaurants of choice for dining with the Restaurant Selman offering intimate, chic and majestic surroundings to enjoy a wonderful menu combining the very best of Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Located in the manicured gardens is the Pavilion Restaurant with its unmistakable Mediterranean menu served against the unforgettable backdrop of the paddocks with its selection of thorough bred Arab horses. The hotel is not short on places to enjoy relaxing drinks or snacks with friends and family with 3 dedicated bars, the Selman located in the centre of the complex serving refreshing cocktails and tasty snacks, the Pavilion bar with its terraces overlooking the paddocks and the spectacular Pool bar a focus point of the Selman Basin serving light meals and an endless list of beverages for guests enjoyment.
A highlight of any stay at the Selman is the huge “Espace Vitalite Chenot Spa” with four hydrotherapy rooms, a relaxation pool, two heated outdoor swimming pools, steam room and seven treatment rooms hidden behind beautiful wooden screens located around a central square pool. The Spa offers a variety of treatments and is conveniently divided into five sections including massage and beauty treatments, the hydrotherapy unit offering water jet massages, body wraps and immersion in a seductive blend of essential oils. There is a fitness and wellness centre with the
latest modern equipment for those wishing to work off a little over indulgence, a corrective aesthetics department and lastly working from the inside out a culinary department offering a selection of Biolight menus for getting the inner system functioning at its best. The package is one of the most comprehensive offered anywhere in Morocco and is designed to guarantee guests the ultimate wellness experience. Another of the more exclusive experiences the Selman offers is the opportunity to enjoy the stables which house 12 Arabian purebred horses and provides for its guests trekking horses to explore the surrounding landscape.
Overview of Morocco - Things to do in Morocco
Want to find out the latest prices for this hotel?
Had enough of checking in to a small hotel room? Fancy renting a home away from home? These guys have the answer....
Attractions in Morocco
There are so many things to see and do on a visit to Morocco that one trip is seldom enough to satisfy the visitors fascination with this unique and wonderful country. Below is a selection of the top five things to do when heading over to Morocco.
The Todra Gorge
One of the most awesome natural sights on a visit to Morocco and the Atlas Mountains is the jaw dropping spectacle of the Todra Gorge with its 300 metre tall cliffs. The gorge is a beautiful and rugged scene with its deep sided rock walls forever changing colour as you make your way through. It is the ideal place to experience the nomadic life of the local Berbers as they wind their herds of camels and donkeys through the gorge. The drive to the gorge from Tinerhir is breath-taking with dense passages of palmeries which look most dramatic at sunset, also enjoy the fragrance of the pomegranate, fruit and almond trees which are located nearby the olive groves. The rock formation allows countless routes of exploration with much to see and experience and if you want to use a local guide to seek out Berber villages, take an offbeat track or two, learn about the history of the gorge and its peoples then there are plenty only too keen to assist you in your quest.
Cascades d’Ouzoud Waterfalls
Located a few hours from the city of Marrakech are Morocco’s most famous waterfalls, Cascades d’Ouzoud a mecca for amateur and professional photographers alike. To arrive at this beautiful spectacle you pass through the small Berber village of Ouzoud a great place to experience the Berber way of life. The cascades are best viewed in the afternoon when the lighting is astounding and frequently rainbows mysteriously appear out of the falls. Although very popular with many Moroccans and tourists the area is not spoilt by over commercialisation with only small stalls selling refreshing drinks and local cuisine. The falls have a 100 metre drop and uniquely cascade down in a series of jaw dropping terraces from wide to narrow culminating at the bottom in a natural swimming pool. It is a wonderfully refreshing place to have a swim to cool down from the summer heat made even more special and unforgettable by moonlight. Further interest can be added by following one of the small paths that lead away from the cascades to a delightful grove of pomegranate and oak trees where if you are lucky enough you might just catch a glimpse of a Barbary ape or two.
The Moroccan Sahara
One of nature’s most enduring sights surely must be the Erg Chebbi sand dunes situated at Merzouga, these gigantic hills of sand are a must see attraction and getting here is so much easier these days for travelers especially using 4 x 4 vehicles. For that little extra adventure explore the region with a local guide and the ships of the desert “Camels”. Camel trekking is becoming ever more popular and makes for fantastic photographic memoire’s of your visit to the Sahara to impress friends and family on your return home. With the use of an experienced guide you will get to see things you would easily overlook such as the desert creatures who survive in such an inhospitable environment, desert fox, desert hedgehog and jerboa, Egyptian nightjars, Blue-cheeked bee-eaters, desert sparrows and many more. Walking in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes can be an awe inspiring experience as you look around and see your footsteps snaking away in the distance and fellow travelers like ants on the distant horizon. These dunes are amazing some 22 km long, 5 km wide and in places 150 metres high, it’s no place to get lost in and best enjoyed in the presence of an experienced guide. TOP TIP Avoid the summer heat it is unbearable.
Aït Benhaddou Kasbah
This huge fortification is a UNESCO world heritage site made famous by numerous film directors over many years with countless great films being shot in the unforgettable surroundings. The fortification consists of six large kasbahs and many smaller Ksours, it is one of the finest examples of pisé clay construction anywhere in the world and should be on most tourists list of things to see. It is well preserved ensuring tourists have a memorable visit, its location on top of a hill is nothing short of breath taking with a series of tall walls and towers protecting the kasbahs, ksours and earth houses within. Located on the river bed of the old Jewish Quarter are several palm groves worth visiting. The village itself is divided into two with a modern section of tourist shops and parking spaces and the highlight of any visit the untainted Ksar with its charming streets and Kasbahs. The photographic opportunities are countless and it’s easy to see why so many films are shot here. Sunset is particularly good with the golden shafts of sunlight glimmering over the fortification giving it an unforgettable glow and hue.
If you are short on time and need to make a choice of what attraction to see make sure to go to the Imperial City of Marrakesh located below the approach to the Atlas Mountains. This world famous city is of great historical importance and one of the most colourful and mesmerizing cities in Morocco. At its heart is the UNESCO world heritage site of Djemma el Fna a city square like no other full bazaars, crowded alleys, stalls of fragrant spices, tourist trinkets, belly dancers and fortune tellers. For many centuries Marrakesh prospered from its prime location on the ancient Saharan Caravan Route trading in slaves, gold, spices and medicines. It is a fun place to explore and a shopper’s paradise during daylight hours and a great location to experience Moroccan culture at close hand. During the evenings the square comes to life with a mix of entertainment with music, acrobats, fire eaters and snake charmers, the air is filled with exotic aromas from the street vendors selling the local cuisine. Any visit to Marrakesh would be incomplete without a visit to the world famous Majorelle Gardens a subtropical botanical paradise designed by French Artist Jaques Majorelle and one of the most stunning locations within this walled city.
Overview of Morocco - Luxury accommodation in Morocco. Had enough of checking in to a small hotel room? Fancy renting a home away from home? These guys have the answer....
The magical Kingdom of Morocco, only touching distance from Europe!
Situated on the North Western African coastline just across the strait of Gibralter is the magical Kingdom Of Morocco covering an area of over 172,000 square miles encompassing rugged mountain interior, desert landscape, plus Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines! It has a rich and diverse blend of cultures with an ethnic mix of indigenous Berbers, Arabs and Europeans influences with a mix of languages encompassing Moroccan Arabic, French, Hassaniya Arabic and Berber.
The country is divided into different regions; to the north is the Mediterranean area with important sea ports, market towns and spectacular beach resorts. Located in this area is Tangiers an important crossing point from mainland Europe, full of charm and character it is a popular destination with many tourists. The North Atlantic Coastal region is one of the busiest commercial areas of the country containing the country’s capital city of Rabat and the irresistible modern day city of Casablanca heavily influenced by its rich historical heritage. Further along the coast is the South Atlantic region renowned for its fabulous beaches at Agadir and the ancient sea-side town of Essaouira. Moving away from the coastline you will encounter the High Atlas region with the ever popular destination of Marrakech the only Moroccan city heavily influenced by its Berber cultural past, the Atlas mountain region is a mecca for ski enthusiasts, and serious mountain hikers. The Middle Atlas region covers the former capital and one of the oldest remaining medieval cities in the world Fez along with the city of Meknes and also parts of the Atlas mountain range. Covering the southern end of the Atlas mountain range is the Anti Atlas region going down to the border area with Western Sahara. To the east of the above regions is the large picturesque Saharan Morocco region with its hot arid dry interior topography.
There is so much to see and experience with a visit to Morocco with high mountain scenery, large swaths of desert, fabulous beaches and exciting and colourful historical cities of great cultural importance. It’s a mesmerizing place with groves of palm trees silhouetted against desert backdrops, camel safaris, rich and diverse peoples, hypnotic belly dancers, snake charmers and Arabic and North African cuisine, there’s something for everyone seeking out a unique North African experience.
Sounds lovely! When should I go?
Morocco has a unique climate thanks to its location on the north western quadrant of the African Continent and the influence of the High Atlas Mountains which divides the country into two distinct weather types, to the North cooler temperatures thanks to the influence of the prevailing westerly winds blowing in from the Atlantic and to the South hot and dry due to the dominance of the Sahara Desert. So the best time to visit depends on your plans and where you want to visit, if it’s visiting cultural centres such as Fes or Marrakech then the spring months of April to June or the autumn months of September to November would be ideal when temperatures are a lot more comfortable. The summer months are excellent for visiting Essaouira, Rabat and Tangier due to the higher temperatures being modified by the cooling ocean breezes making exploration more bearable. The winter months are often quite cool and wet in the north along the coastal plains but drier and colder in the south especially at night time.
Top Tips: If its trekking in the Atlas Mountains then April to May is an excellent time after the wet winter months leave the mountains capped in a glorious white coat. Of course it depends on how high you intend to trek and a good guide is the higher the elevation the later in the season and before the onset of winter. The summer months are ideal for beach holidays but this coincides with peak season and accommodation is more expensive. If its surfing you want then the winter months are best when the winter swells off the Atlantic Ocean ensure ideal conditions and still relatively mild sea and air temperatures. Unless you can endure extremes of temperature the best time for a Saharan adventure is during the spring or autumn months, if you are lucky you might encounter a dramatic sandstorm during March and April as the legendary Sirocco wind blows in. During the summer months temperatures can soar to 45C and fall dramatically at night so you would need to take warm clothing for a night time stay in the desert wilderness despite roasting temperatures during the daylight hours.
Things to do in Morocco - Luxury accommodation in Morocco