Three unique spas to visit when next in Marrakech
Marrakech: it’s a city that inspires the Talitha aesthetic season after season and more than that, it is the spiritual home of Talitha muse and 1960s style icon Talitha Getty.
Yet it’s not just this historic city’s pink-walled medina and vibrant souk bursting with bold colours and exotic trinkets that attracts stylish winter-sun seekers. It also happens to have some of the world’s most unique spas and hammams designed to soothe even the sorest of bazaar-weary feet.
One of the chicest is La Mamounia, a splendid 1920s palace-hotel that was recently refurbished without losing any of its regal Moorish charm. The spa (above), with its heady scent of rose and cedar, is a true indulgence. Hammam, facial, massage, it doesn’t matter – it’s all blissful.
The entrance to the Royal Mansour spa
One of the most architecturally spectacular palace-hotels in Marrakech, the Royal Mansour is a dazzling display of fountains, courtyards, mother-of-pearl walls, Lalique tables, opulent Moroccan tiling and chandeliers. The spa is just as lavish with its cool white-marble floors, bird-cage like filigree walls and impressive range of treatments – you’ll easily lose a day here.
The hammam inside the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
The wildly beautiful rose, jasmine and bougainvillea gardens that frame the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech give only a small taste of the this brand new hotel. The spa is equally sumptuous with its vitality baths, enormous pool, divine treatment rooms and cathedral-like hammam – a real Moroccan treat with all the luxury you expect from the Mandarin Oriental group.