In Marrakech much of what is truly fabulous is behind closed doors.
Like La Sultana, a hotel in the heart of the golden triangle and only minutes away from one of the world’s most famous souks.
La Sultana in Marrakech, invited me to stay for a few nights and with an address that includes rue de la Kasbah, I could not help but be curious.
I had no expectations.
Marrakech is a popular tourist destination, especially with the French. The comfort of their language and the proximity, makes Marrakech one of their favourite cities. After my few days, count me in.
I think I fell in love.
I fell in love with the colour, with the sounds and the scents; the vibrancy of Marrakech took my breath away. Every moment was a visual extravaganza, a feast of colour and an adventure into the unknown.
La Sultana, is hidden away.
It is a treasure that unfolds as time passes. There is so much to discover in one visit and the hotel is a labyrinth of spectacular architecture and interior design. From the minute the massive wooden entry doors are opened there is something wonderful to behold. Yes, the hotel is superbly comfortable and well located with all the amenities that travellers require. We were looked after beautifully and the food was delicious but that is not what I am thinking about when I reflect on our stay.
La Sultana is old school; it is traditional and original. There is nothing overdone and nor is there anything minimalist about it either. The cool marble and mosaics are a respite from the business of Marrakech and the sheer volumes of the internal courtyards never cease to surprise. Light bounces into hidden corners at different hours of the day showcasing the varied textures.
Everywhere, there were roses.
In water features, in bunches, floating in fountains or standing tall in stem vases. Each space had a colour theme; golden, peach, vermilion or pink. There wasn’t a surface without thought. Did I mention the hotel was perfumed with fleur d’oranger?
Fleur d’Oranger; you know by now I adore this fragrance.
I’m leaving the best until last, the Spa at La Sultana.
I had a massage with Fleur d’ Oranger body oil, which managed to send me soaring into the never-never for a full sixty minutes.
If Marrakech is on your travel list La Sultana is waiting for you; I stayed longer than I meant and cannot wait to get back there.
Can you tell I am enamoured? xv