Marrakech: Palais Namaskar
My friend, Modupe, and I (it's Jenny here - this wasn't a nnyley holiday) went to Marrakech for five days on the last week of August. It's been a couple of days since I got back so I thought I'd put my holiday blues aside and get cracking with this blog post.
Our hotel was 25 minutes away from the Medina (old town), away from the hustle and bustle. After being collected at the airport, we got a glimpse of the city centre and then we were driving through the Palmaeraie. When we got nearer to our hotel, the driver told us that it may seem like a desert around but inside, it's paradise. I couldn't agree with him more. Palais Namaskar was like a dream come true and I felt like a princess throughout my whole stay. We were greeted by the general manager and the staff, who showed us around the hotel grounds and took us to our villa.
As we opened the doors to our villa, we were surprised by the TWO huge pools and the interior. Feng Shui is a really big part of interior and architecture here and you could really see that in the rooms and in the hotel grounds. Inside the villa, we were welcomed by a handwritten card by the manager, initialed wash cloths (I love these personal touches), fresh fruits and flip-flops. The villa consisted of a living room, a bed room, a bathroom with a corridor filled with wardrobes and an OUTDOOR BATH TUB (although I never used this as it was too hot for a bath!) For turn down services, people would come by to light the candles by the pool, and underneath the palm trees which gave the place a whole different feel. We actually stargazed outside one night and I even spotted a couple shooting stars.
What I miss the most about this hotel is the beautiful grounds. To get to different buildings, you have to walk through a narrow corridor with water either side of you. You could take a short cut if you wanted to and just walk through the villas but let's be honest, who wouldn't want to go on the beautiful pathways. Also, I HAVE to mention the general fragrance of the hotel. Jasmine flowers and orange blossoms are everywhere so the walks were even better and the smell just made you happier. I loved the scent so much that I went down to the spa and got an Aromatherapy candle in Indulgence which has jasmine and geranium essential oils, as well as the orange blossom candle from ila. When I burn the two of them together in my room, it feels like I'm back at Palais Namaskar.
Now that I've talked about the hotel grounds and the villa, it's probably time to talk about the hotel restaurant. We had breakfast at the hotel every day and dinner the first night we got in. We thought we might as well try some Moroccan food so had some tagine but also ordered a burger just in case we didn't like the tagine. Both were so good! For breakfast, I had the "American" breakfast everyday, which consisted of some pastries, eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, toast and fresh fruits. I also had freshly squeezed orange juice and English Breakfast tea every day. The food was so amazing but the view was even amazing-er. We always sat looking at the pool with the golden palace.
I'd give this hotel so much more than a five out of five for everything, especially for its beauty and the service. I couldn't have possibly asked for more. All the staff were so friendly and welcoming - they knew our names (called me Miss Seong!), our orders for breakfast and they had unlimited knowledge and suggestions about places to visit and dine in in Marrakech. Traveling to and from the hotel was also very smooth and easy. We could call the hotel from wherever we were and the car would pick us up within half an hour. Definitely on my "places to return to" list.