Just 10 minutes from the Souks and central square of Marrakech lays the oasis that is Selman Marrakech. The hotel is sumptuous, elegant and a modern take on Marrakesh, featuring deep purples, dark woods and an opulent feel. Enormous chandeliers dominate the restaurant and bars and the total package verges on the OTT, but manages to pull it all off blending Moroccan design with a contemporary edge. The vision of famous architect and interior designer, Jacques Garcia, it’s a sight to behold.
It’s a vast complex with large 80 metre pool the centre piece of the resort. It is the perfect setting to relax by the pool, enjoy the sun or escape the winter blues of Northern Europe.
With a warm welcome, exquisite food and the lux surrounds, I felt at home in an instant. I loved the onsite stables, home to 12 purebred Arabian horses. Ensure your stay includes a Sunday so you can enjoy the Arabian horse show and brunch.
Each room has a private terrace with views over the pool and are created with fine Moroccan design and the mod cons you would expect: Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, Nespresso Coffee Machine and plasma TV.
The spa is purpose built in a separate building to the rear of the hotel in its own gardens. Treatment rooms are situated around a central pool, with relaxation beds hydrotherapy pool, hammam and steam and sauna.
Again dark woods and mosaic dominate the design and style. It’s a calming oasis, restful, relaxing and based on the Chenot spa concept. Henri Chenot pioneered his detox concept more than 30 years ago, and his fans are said to include Princess Caroline of Monaco, Elle Macpherson and, a little less glamorously, the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger. His “biontology” method promises to balance the mind, the unconscious and the physical body. You can follow the method as strictly as you wish. This includes the famous Bio-light Menu in the hotel which delivers wholesome food that’s filling, good for your body and mind.
Keen to experience the Chenot Spa at its best, I opted for the Hydro Energetic Cure Session. This began in a hydrotherapy bath with a sequence of jets, bubbles and colour therapy. It proceeded through various stages that stimulated muscles and circulation in a detoxing and then relaxing process.
Once fully relaxed (around 25 minutes) I was towel dried and led to another room, painted from head to toe in algae minerals and essential oils, wrapped in cling film and then placed in a water massage bed. Stimulating and really rather hot, it’s designed to make you sweat and allowed the algae to work its detoxifying magic. After 25 minutes I was escorted to yet another room for hosing down. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s called a jet shower and you are hosed down with what’s almost like a fireman’s hose. It’s warm, invigorating and not as bad as it sounds. A cool – well actually, a cold shower completes the sequence after which you head to the pool to relax and reflect on the transformation that’s just taken place. It was refreshing, revitalising and really rather amazing.
THE BEST BITS:
Dining at The Selman Restaurant
Watching the Arabian horse show
Tasting Moroccan wine
Enjoying the Moroccan sunshine
Being hosed down after the Hydro Energetic Cure Session
Hydro Energetic Cure Session – 60min : 1700 MAD
Including : Hydro-Aromatherapy 25 min, Phyto-Mudtherapy 25 min, Jet shower 10 min
Start price for a double room with breakfast (average rate): 450 euro
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