The Weekend Luxury Getaway: Majestic Morocco

Step into an ancient, exotic world of deserts, mountains and a culturally rich history. Marrakech has become one of the hottest city on the planet. Filled with colourful souks, royal palaces and riads, and a vibrant mix of stylish hotels and traditional restaurants, its truly an exotic oasis.

Head out into the desert for sunsets over beautiful sand dunes and Arabian adventures or escape to the old fort town fishing villages of Essaouria and Oualodia. Picturesque Atlas Mountains give the setting a dramatic back-drop giving you a sense of adventure to your Moroccan Adventure. 

[divider]Angsana Riads Collection[/divider]

 Marrakech Morocco

The Overpoweringly exotic experience of staying in the heart of one of the world’s few authentic Medieval cities. 

With streets the width of a donkey, arranged in a labyrinth-like puzzle the Marrakech Medina is an intoxicating mix of sounds, smells, sights. For more than a thousands years people from all over the globe made their way to the city’s golden red walls to trade in their famous souks. Riads were the opulent inner city palaces built from the proceeds. Disguised by plain walls and plain doors on the outside, these palaces are the oriental personification of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights on the inside.

The hotel is a collection of six opulent Riads, with a Moroccan restaurant in Riad Si Said. It’s not just a case of which room but rather which house you stay in; each has a distinctive style such as ornate Si Said and traditional Bab Firdaus. The latter has a spa which is open exclusively to guests from the Angsana Riads Collection. The Angsana Spa combines Asian healing with the Moroccan culture of the hammam.

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Explore the south of Morocco via the Tichka Pass and Telouet Track. Ouarzazate is a gateway for excursions across the Draa Valley and the desert. Visit ‘Glaoua’ country and the UNESCO World Heritage village (‘ksar’) site of Ait Ben Haddou, the Skoura palmgrove and the ‘Street of the 1000 Kasbahs’.

Ouarzazate is located in the middle of a bare plateau, south of the Atlas Mountains. The town is inhabited by Berbers who constructed several ‘kasbahs’ or palace quarters. It is a famous location for making films. ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Star Wars’ were shot in Ouarzazate.

Camel Ride

After visiting Ouarzazate, go on a camel ride into the Sahara desert at sunset.

4×4 Drive

Drive from Marrakech to a desert tent camp.


Angsana Riad Si Said
N. 1-2-4 Derb Abbes El Fassi
Riad Zitoun Jdid – Medina
40000 Marrakech – Morocco
T: +212 524 388 905/+212 524 388 906

[divider]Palais Namaskar[/divider]

Marrakech, Morocco

Regarded as Morocco’s finest hotel, Palais Namaskar never fails to delight even the most seasoned of traveller.

This is the ultimate in palatial enchantment with a wide range of spa, dining and cultural settings to complement more than 12 acres of incredibly well maintained grounds. There’s literary a king’s courtyard of space for every guest and once you’ve strolled around the scented gardens, admired the mountain views and experience the positivity of Feng Shui, you’ll be relaxed and revived in not time at all.

If you dare to retire from the sanctuary of the outside world, you’ll discover your personal living space continues in the same vein and with outdoor jacuzzi, heated pools and you own private terrace area, so it’s easy to slip into something more comfortable as you lay back and let your dreams take hold.

And take hold they will as, wherever you turn on this incredibly decadent residence, you’ll discover pocket upon pocket of opulence and splendour. None more so than in the dinning areas which consist of three extremely well-considered locations that allow the outdoor beauty and the interior décor to work in harmony as you spoil yourself in style.

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Absorb the scents and surroundings of the exquisitely colourful Majorelle Gardens, designed for the renowned fashion creator Yves St Laurent. Discover the Mellah (the former Jewish Quarter), the opulent Bahia Palace and the stunning Koutoubia mosque. Plunge into Djemaa El Fna the city’s iconic square pulsating with snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and acrobats. Stroll in the old medina’s narrow lanes and souks crowded with spices, leatherwork, jewelry, books and crafts.


Route de Bab Atlas

No.88/69 Province Syba

Marrakech Morocco

Tel: + 212 (0)5 24 29 98 00

[divider]La Sultana Oualidia[/divider]

Oualidia, Morocco 

An exotic hideaway situated on one of North Africa’s beautiful and least-known beaches. 

La Sultana is a palace on the coast – an imposing structure of arches, terraces, domes and private spaces that cascade down a steep hillside to a splendid lagoon. It is a place of luxury that surpass even the most imaginative mirage. This tiny fishing village is possibly the most engagingly beautiful spot on Morocco’s entire Atlantic coast. It is blessed with sandy lagoon, imposing dunes, crashing surf and no tourists.

Despite its imposing size, the hotel has only eleven guest suites which are better described as apartments rather than rooms. The ambiance is open and spacious and the detailing is authentically Moroccan. The ceilings are lined in Oleander, the walls are of stone and tradelakt and the wooden furniture is painted in the traditional fashion. It’s an exotic variant on the idea of a beach hotel.

[divider]Legatto Highlights – Carter Spa[/divider]

There is nothing more natural than to offer Moroccan products, for their exceptional properties are famous all around the world. Imbued with ancestral traditions, they convey, above all, a life of simplicity and authenticity much sought after by globe-trotters. La Sultana selected a range of natural aromatherapy and cosmetic products from the Nectarome laboratory which has for many years used the best Moroccan organic plants and essential oils.

The rose, the emblem of love, honey, a generous gift from nature, almond, the hospitality gift, the shines and golds of lemon, cumin, strong and sensual, orange flower, sweet and magical, olives, the base of black soap, Henna, skin and hair friendly, Argan, exclusive of Morocco, an oil of divine powers, prickly pear or even dates, Rhassoul, Morocco’s Heavenly clay, all natural products with a thousand and one virtues for an eternal beauty.


Parc à huitres N 3 Bled Gaïlla Oualidia, Morocco

[divider]Kashab Tamadot[/divider]

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kashbah Tamadot is a stunning retreat set at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, one hour from Marrakech.

The view in every direction are inspiring, while inside the protective walls guests will discover beautiful gardens and an extensive and inviting complex of staircases and courtyards. There are 27 bedrooms and suites all individually designed using traditional Moroccan furnishing and antiques, with a hint of the contemporary.

In the beautifully tended gardens, find the seasonal pool bar and terrace for light lunches, from which a grand staircase leads down to the infinity-edge pool and a gym. Past the two tennis courts you will find the herb and vegetable garden, where some of the ingredients are incorporated into the restaurant menus. Local and international cuisine is served at the main restaurant Kanoun. Unwind by the indoor pool, in the sauna, or perhaps with a spa treatment or traditional hammam in the Asounfou Spa.

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Relaxation is certainly on the agenda when visiting Kasbah Tamadot. Take a dip in the indoor or outdoor infinity pool or work up an appetite playing tennis, table tennis or working out in the gym. For a much slower pace indulge in a spa treatment or traditional Moroccan Hammam, meander around the fragrant gardens, curl up in front of the fireplace in the salon or star gaze through the telescope.


T: 0800 716 919 (toll-free from within the UK)
T: +44 (0)208 600 0430

[divider]L’Heure Bleue[/divider]

Essaouira, Morocco

Within the ancient walls of the medina in south west Morocco, the Heure Bleue Palais sits majestically as a testament to the area’s glorious past.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Essaouira has allowed continents and civilisations to meet and intertwine and the influences of Africa, Europe, and Arabia are prevalent throughout. The Heure Bleue Palais is designed in traditional riad style with relaxation areas, restaurants and rooms opening onto a courtyard with an ornate bubbling fountain as the centrepiece.

Subtle lighting, wooden shutters and cooling floors tiles allow guests to enjoy peace and tranquillity away from the bustling souks and bazaars of the city. The residence consists of 33 rooms and suites representing Africa, Orient, Britain and Portugal and contemporary amenities really do allow you to have the best of both worlds.

[divider]Legatto Highlights – City Tour of Essaouira [/divider]

Essaouira is a historic city, the picturesque port was fortified under Théodore Cornut, who originated from Vauban. Now the port is a buzzing tourist destination with never ending attractions: art, culture, festivals, beach, wellness, golf, water sports to name but a few.



In-House Editor

To say Hamyar has traveled would be something of an understatement. His passion for travelling has taken him from Tanzania to Dubai and an enviable number of places between, and the memories he captures always make for interesting reading. As well as travel, other subjects which fall into his expert remit include culture, design, fashion and cars - in other words, a born globetrotting who is destined for great things if his aspirations so far are anything to go by.

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