As a bit of self confessed day spa addict, it’s getting harder and harder to be impressed by a pamper experience. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a hard gig trialling and testing the exotic, the traditional and the unusual experiences, it’s just after a while they all start to blend into each other. What sets a great day spa apart are the extra little touches that make you feel a million dollars. Those little things that could go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Enter La Sultana, Marrakech.
The La Sultana hotel is a UNESCO World Heritage listed luxury riad-style property set inside the Medina in Marrakech. With it’s opulent unique Moroccan designs and boutique style service, you are immediately whisked away to a bygone era. Deep inside the hotel, lies the spa which I can only describe as a glittering gem. To reach the spa, you need to walk along the ornate corridors that then open up to the most magical fairytale crystal cave. It’s almost like you have arrived in heaven and you can hear angels strumming on harps in the background.
Guests slip into white fluffy robes and slippers and are guided to relax by the jacuzzi. The wellness services range from a traditional Moroccan hammam to a four hands body massage or a sugar, spices and honey body scrub. Sounds plush doesn’t it? It was all that and more. We opted for a couples Royal hammam and a 50 minute Aromatherapy massage. 2 hours so of pure bliss coming right up.
If you’re not familiar with a hamman; it’s a steam room, similar to a Turkish bath, where Moroccans habitually go each week to cleanse themselves. The Hammam is an incredibly important part of Moroccan culture and life. Men, women and children will visit their local Hammam at least once a week, and spend two or three hours there (sometimes even longer!!), catching up on gossip with their friends, and following the long rituals for cleansing their bodies until their skin glows. So of course I was after the most luxurious version you could find.
After checking into the spa reception and adorning the plush white robes, my partner and I were guided into a private hammam tiled chamber. I imagine this type of marble domed-roof room would be similar to that of a Roman king’s. After 10 minutes of sitting in the aromatic infused sauna, our female attendants came in to start the treatment. We were lathered up in aromatic soap, massaged and rinsed until our bodies are cleansed and feel totally rejuvenated.
Having someone wash you in a very intimate and caring manner is a littel awkward at first, but totally indulgent and natural once you are use to it. I think my partner was a little shocked at the extensive pampering us women go to but nevertheless, enjoyed it just as much. We were then robed and moved into a different marble chamber where we are exfoliated and rinsed again. This whole process takes at least 45 mins and has to be one of the most intimate yet pampering experiences yet.
After all the cleansing rituals we done, we were left to graze near the glistening aquamarine pool and sip on moroccan mint tea. Ahhhhhh… pure pampering bliss. The treatment could have ended at that moment and I would have left a happy woman. But no, the experience continued with a 50 minute aromatherapy massage. Our bodies were embalmed with an invigorating grapefruit scent that we were able to personalise before the treatment.
After experiencing a Turkish, Russian and now a Moroccan traditional bathing experience, I can say that the Moroccan is at the top of my Wood & Luxe list. I think that the La Sultana’s personalised and luxurious papering could have something do to with it. Actually a lot to do with it.
If you are looking to escape the madness of the medina in Marrakech and lap up a bit of luxury, look no further than the spa at La Sultana. It’s your oasis in the middle of the desert. I’ll definitely be booking in again on the next trip to Marrakech.
What day spas are on the top of your list?
La Sultana Spa was reviewed by Phoebe Greenacre who was a sponsored guest in April 2015.