Sirayane Boutique Hotel and Spa is an oasis of calm in the semi-desert, sitting happily on the outskirts of Marrakech. Unpretentious, polished and really very relaxing, it’s a self-contained resort of 28 rooms and suites with private gardens and pools that’s popular with British and French guests.
A warm, hospitable welcome greets you on arrival, the transfer is seamless. There’s no standing awkwardly at a check-in desk; you are invited to relax on the sofa enjoy some mint tea whilst the check-in is completed. Done.
Rooms are modern and contemporary safely decorated neutral tones with a throw and splash of colour from a Moroccan weave. The bathroom is huge; it’s big enough to have a party. Book a room with a garden terrace facing the pool and relax in seclusion in the warmth of the Moroccan sun.
The restaurant serves fabulous food in the evening, western and Moroccan menu. Funky beats, Buddha bar style, mixes chill out sounds with an obvious eastern influence. It was excellent.
The spa is small, with just two treatment rooms and no hydrotherapy pools but for me the highlight is definitely the hammam. I loved the domed ceiling with round coloured glass tiles that allows streams of shaded light through to the room. I was joined by The Spa Man 2 for his first ever hammam, and where better to do it than in Marrakech.
Using black soap that’s traditionally used in the Moroccan hammam, we were doused with warm water, cleansed with soap, doused again, scrubbed thoroughly from head to toe, doused again and then washed with a shower gel. Doused again and then it’s time to rest. A hammam is a treatment to savour – do it in Marrakesh for the true Moroccan experience.
I was then led away to experience a 30 minute back massage – using argan oil this was a treat to trial, warm oil in a simple but effective back treatment.
Body treatments in the spa are based on local products – ghassoul, eau de rose, honey and Argan oil.
THE BEST BITS:
Hammam under the domed ceiling
Dining on lamb tagine in the restaurant
Mint tea on arrival in reception
Funky chilled out beats during dinner
Complementary Wi-Fi in the entire hotel
Hammam (with body scrub with traditional black soap eucalyptus foot bath with rose petals with a mini foot massage): 30 minutes – 250 Dirhams
Back Massage: 30 mins – 300 Dirhams
Rooms prices from £110 per night (low season).
Check out the website for great package deals including dinner and spa treatments.