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Palais Ronsard

Marrakech, Morocco

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

Surrounded by rose-scented gardens with century-old olive trees, Palais Ronsard occupies an elaborately adorned 1930s mansion, with interior design by architect Gil Dez, who did not hold back on the stylish hanging lanterns, potted plants or objets d’art. The restaurant duo alone is worth a stay – one is a fully gourmet affair and the other is an eco-friendly alfresco spot with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s beautifully manicured gardens. There’s also a pool (you’ll have your own, too, if you book a Pavilion) and a decadent spa with classic hammam treatments. Too relaxing for you? The hustle and bustle of the Marrakech medina is a short spin away.

Palais Ronsard

Propriété SALAH 7 ABYAD Marrakech, 40000Morocco

Lobby

SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

One hammam experience and a glass of wine each during lunch or dinner (champagne for GoldSmiths); GoldSmiths also get a 30-minute massage each

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates usually include breakfast; French or Moroccan Continental breakfast is available, and dishes from the à la carte menu start at MA$110.

FACILITIES

Free WiFi throughout, spa, fitness room, bikes to borrow, vegetable gardens. In rooms: TV with Apple TV, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, Moroccan pastries, laundry service (from MA$50), free bottled water and Guerlain bath products.

PACKING TIPS

Bring your retro swimwear for poolside lounging and flowing cover ups and buttery-soft sandals for leisurely breakfasting in style.

CHILDREN

The hotel only accepts babies under 24 months and children over 12 years. Babysitting is available for MA$150 per hour until 8pm and MA$200 per hour thereafter.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Ingredients used in the restaurant are sourced from farmers or the hotel's gardens (which are watered with grey water and plumped with compost). All outdoor lights are powered by solar panels and there's a staff shuttle to minimise the carbon footprint of commutes. There's also a bee-keeping project underway.

SPA

Petite Le Ronsard spa has three treatment rooms – one kitted out for couples – a hammam, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Choose from classic hammam scrubs, stress-melting massages and youth-giving facials, all using Sothys, 1944 and Palais Ronsard products. Fresh fruits, nuts and herbal teas are on offer in between or after treatments. There's also a fully-equipped fitness room with classes and personal training sessions available to book.

POOL

The long outdoor pool sits pretty in the gardens, with a pergola-shaded bar at one end. It’s heated and flanked by rows of paired-up sunloungers. There's a small area of the pool that can be used by supervised children.

ALSO

Wheelchair users may be able to navigate the hotel’s common areas, but there are no dedicated accessible rooms.
Golf sessions, tennis lessons and personal training can be arranged on request.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Please inform the hotel of any diary restrictions or allergies in advance. All rooms are non smoking and the use of Shisha is not permitted inside. Company cheques are not accepted. In the case of early check-in, guests may be directed to other facilities while the room is being prepared. Late check-in may be accommodated, subject to availability, up to 3pm latest. If check-in exceeds 6pm, the guest will incur 50 per cent charge of the nightly rate. One way transfers to and from Marrakech airport are MAD600 for a Mercedes Vito, MAD800 for a Range Rover and MAD900 for a Mercedes S class vehicle. For Casablanca airport, one way transfers are MAD3,000 for a Mercedes Vito, MAD4,000 for a Range Rover and MAD4,500 for a Mercedes S Class.

Rooms 

The Pavilion and Grand Pavilions are separate from the main building and each has its own private pool and lounge terraces overlooking the gardens.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Gourmet restaurant Le Jardin d’Hiver is decadently cosy, with a beautiful fireplace, a generous helping of artwork, tassels lights and plump seating. Helmed by Chef Alexandre Thomas, under the watchful eye of chef Xavier Mathieu, it had an international menu flavoured by Mediterranean influences. Start with citrusy crab cannelloni, debate between bouillabaisse and salt-crusted sea bass and save room for desserts of grapefruit pavlova or ice cream-topped chocolate fondant. Le Jardin d’Hiver is also open for daily breakfeasts, er, breakfasts, of homemade breads, Moroccan pancakes, fruit salad, yoghurt and honey, eggs-many-ways, freshly squeezed juices and Traditional Moroccan mint tea, rich coffees and perfectly sweet hot chocolates. Le Verger du Poète dishes out leisurely lunches of prettily plated seasonal produce – all plucked from the hotel grounds and local farms – under greenery-strewn pergolas.

Liquid Bliss 

Dive into a drink surrounded by the deep colours and rich velvets of the lounge bar – it’s to your right as you walk through the main doors. And for mood lighting? A chandelier, naturally. Rather remain permanently poolside? You can also order drinks from the pergola-shaded bar. How refreshing.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

Have a long leisurely lunch at Le Verger du Poète after soaking up the sun, catlike, on the poolside loungers. Escape to the shade in the afternoon with a serene stroll around the hotel’s gardens. And when it’s time to explore further, the Palmeraie is pleasantly separate – but tantalisingly close – to the hustle and bustle of the medina, so it’s effortlessly easy to dive into relaxation at Palais Ronsard, then hop over to explore the medina when the mood strikes. Fancy a spot of shopping? Chabi Chic is stocked with modern ceramics, geometric jewellery and sweetly scented candles – jasmine, orange blossom and orange cedar. Popham Design Showroom & Workshop, open by appointment only, is the place to go if you’re in the market for beautiful Moroccan tiles. Palais Ronsard-inspired home-improvement project, anyone? Culture buffs can take a photographic tour through Moroccan history at Maison de la Photographie, home to a hefty collection of documents and pictures – including a rare set of 800 glass plates on the High Atlas – that span from 1870 to 1960. It can draw quite the crowd (and rightfully so), so be among the first early risers to arrive at Le Jardin Majorelle & Yves Saint Laurent museum and book a combi ticket - if you head into the museum first, you’ll be able to skip the queue into the gardens.

Transportation 

The hotel is located in Marrakech’s Palmeraie, about 15 minutes by car from the medina.

Planes 

Marrakech Menara airport is 35 minutes away by car; transfers can be arranged from MA$600 - MA$900 each way. Alternatively, transfers to and from Casablanca airport, a two-hour drive away, are priced between MA$3,000 - MA$4,500 each way.

Trains 

Trains from Casablanca, Fez, Tangier and Rabat pull into ONCF Marrakech station, 15 minutes by car from the hotel. Transfers by private limo or van can be arranged from MA$300 each way.

Automobiles 

From airport or train station, follow the way to the Palmgrove, then follow the Palais Ronsard signs; there’s free valet parking at the hotel.

Location

Propriété SALAH 7 ABYAD Marrakech, 40000Morocco

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