I've been lucky enough to have some pretty cool experiences, since starting Vex in the City over three years ago, however a trip I took a short while ago, has to be the icing on the cake so far.

Recently, I was whisked away to sunny North Africa - Morocco to be precise, where I a guest of luxury hotelier, Sofitel. This is going to one of those kind of blog posts where the pictures convey far more than my words probably will, so grab a drink, sit back and get ready to enjoy the view - literally.

Upon landing in sunny Marrakech, and after making my way through a rather tedious immigration check, I was ferried off to the Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa which is only 15 mins from the airport for a grand tour by the hotel manager. One word to describe what I saw: breathtaking. From the sprawling hotel grounds, to the amazing pools and surrounding foilage and greenery, I felt as if I'd stepped onto the film set of SATC 2 - minus the awful script.

There are actually two hotels merged into one at this location; the Palais Imperial and the Lounge & Spa. The latter will better suit the traveller who's looking to pamper and relax themselves, whereas the Palais Imperial is more geared towards luxury business travel. Both hotels are beautifully decorated and the attention to detail is quite remarkable. One thing you'll notice is the smell which follows you round the hallways - each hotel has its own unique scent; the Palais is mint and the Spa & Lounge is subtle orange blossom.

In this instance, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking...


The decor of the Palais leans towards the French heritage of the company, and also borrows heavily from the local Moroccan design influence which can seen from the large wooden doors to the intricate designs surrounding the lifts. The use of colour is both eye catching and vivid and really adds to the authenticity of your surroundings.

At your service, if your shoes ever need a polish!

The outdoor pool is surrounded by cabanas, loungers and deck chairs, not to mention a separate heated pool area, pool bar, fountains and all other manner of prettiness to enable you to lounge in total luxury. If lounging by the pool isn't your thing, there are a number of more secluded areas for quiet time and relaxation.


There's even a giant chess board to play in the grounds!

The various bedrooms (just a couple are shown below) differ in theme and decor, again ranging from traditional Morrocan interior, to sophisticated Parisian chic. All house everything you could wish for to make your stay, a comfortable one and room service is only a phone call away.

The bathrooms come fitted with either separate shower cubicles or are placed over the baths. Depending on the style of room you opt for, you'll find either L'Occinate Verbana products or the high end Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte range, which compliment the level of luxury the hotel has to offer.

The bedrooms in the Spa & Lounge hotel are just as welcoming, and comes complete with amazing spa and beauty services as its name suggests. Numerous treatments are on offer, as well as a fully equipped gym and beauty salon offering hair treatments, facials, massages, nail care, indoor pool and hammam.

After our hotel tour, we were treated to a lunch fit for royalty. We dined outside, shielded from the beaming rays of the sun Every type of cuisine imaginable was on offer, served by the friendliest and hospitable staff. Okay, I'm not fooled, I think they had cottoned on that we were 'special guests' but I discreetly paid attention and noted that they treated all guests with the same level of courtesy and professionalism. There really was nothing the catering and dining staff wouldn't do for you and I I'd like to give them a special mention.

No personal pics of the restaurant areas I'm afraid (there are four in total), as I was too busy stuffing my face, but Google threw up a couple.

Images of Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa, Marrakech
This photo of Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Pictures of Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa, Marrakech
This photo of Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa is courtesy of TripAdvisor

image courtesy of Traveling and Dining

Oh and I almost forgot, the hotel even has its own nightclub, which has played host to The Black Eyed Peas, and numerous other reknown acts. Bag a private booth and sip the night away on your chosen poison!

Next up..where I actually stayed. Oh no, it wasn't here. After bidding our tour guides farewell, it was time for a two hour drive to Essaouira, where my Morroccan adventure was about to step up a gear.

Rooms at the Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa start from around £160 and at the Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial from around £230

7 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Stephanie said...

Well DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN!!! This place looks amazing! Hope you had an awesome time - LOL @ the SATC reference!

LaaLaa Monroe said...

Exciting, it looks amazing!! xo

Yewizzy said...

Oh wow..looks heavenly! :o Now Morocco is on my top 5 honeymoon destinations :)


Becky said...

This is amazing! I would love to go to Morocco and this is why! Looking forward to seeing more...

Janelle Andrea said...

This looks amazing! Morocco is my dream destination.

Sharon said...

oh me gotti I so need to be in Africa lmao! Beautiful pics&description i loveeeeeee!

Sally MacDonald said...

Wow, that looks incredible! Love to go to Morocco.

To be honest love to go anywhere that wasn't Glasgow at the moment, although it didn't rain today for once!


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