Selman – Marrakech, Morocco
Quite possibly one of the most luxurious places to stay in Marrakech, Selman is an Arab Moorish palace style haven in 15 acres of gardens and date palms. It has wildly romantic views of the snowcapped peaks of the Atlas Mountains, and an enviably long pool running the length its key-hole arch fringed courtyard. Interiors are splendidly ornate with typical Moroccan styling and bold, contemporary touches – vast chandeliers, monochrome tiling, and silk and velvet furnishings.
Outside, the gardens are immaculately tended, and there’s even a private stable of Arab horses. It’s a decadent and opulent oasis and the place to stay away from the bustle and heat of the Medina, and perfectly placed for heading to the mountains or desert.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:For its peaceful location; stunning centre-piece pool and glorious Spa.
Style:Lavish and opulent Middle Eastern palace.
Location:Southwest of the city – 10 minutes from the airport.
Rooms:50 rooms, 5 suites, 5 villas.
Swimming:An 80m pool running the length of the central courtyard.
Children:Families are made more than welcome, with extra beds in rooms and a kid’s club for children over the age of four.
Accessibility:The hotel is fully accessible, with some of the suites especially adapted.
Open From:All year round.
Riad-like, refined and elegantly furnished, with rich fabrics, latticed woodwork, wonderfully comfortable beds and dark marble bathrooms, each room, suite or villa is an intimate haven. Superior, Deluxe and Prestige Rooms get larger and larger, whilst the Suites are opulently decorated, with a separate living area and views out over the gardens. The Villas are closer to Middle Eastern palace, set within their own private gardens, with a pool, pergolas and a personal butler.
Dine on traditional Moroccan fare by the pool; enjoy delicious French cuisine in elegant Baroque surroundings; snack on sushi or Mediterranean dishes in the quiet of the gardens, brought directly to your lounger, or watch a horse display over dinner. Each of the four restaurants serves an excellent range of local and international cuisine, with an element of theatre.
Whether you’re looking to wander the souks and historic Medina, or head up into the Atlas Mountains and explore traditional Berber villages, Selman is perfectly placed. The hotel organises a wide selection of tours to the city and beyond – some include an unusual choice of transport from side cars to vintage cars. Within easy reach, there are thirteen golf courses from which to choose, suitable for beginners to pros.
One of the crowning glories of the Selman is the Chenot Spa which offers an exceptional range of detox, hydrotherapy and relaxation therapies, together with bespoke wellbeing programmes in its opulent hammam setting. Then maybe, just spend the rest of the day on a lounger by the pool – you’ll always find a quiet spot.
Whilst Selman is a very grown up place to stay, it is very welcoming to families. Many rooms can interconnect, extra beds are easily put into rooms and the kid’s club takes children from four. Babysitting can also be arranged.
Southwest of the city – a 15 minute drive from the Djemaa el-Fna and the Medina, and 10 minutes from the airport