Royal Mansour is a stand-out hotel in a city that has many amazing and luxurious hotels. Hidden within the walls of the old city, the Medina, it has everything you could ever need in a hotel, including a library and art gallery, a piano bar and a cigar lounge. The restaurants are overseen by 3* Michelin chef Yannick Alleno.
There are no rooms at Royal Mansour, but 53 "Riads", or traditional Moroccan houses, each with a private plunge pool, solarium and fireplaces on the roof. The larger ones have private Bedouin tents, too.
Royal Mansour's army of staff move around the hotel complex via a series of underground tunnels so as not to disturb guests' peace and privacy.
Le Spa Royal Mansour is set over three floors. The first impression is one of space and light -- sun streams through the ornate white lattice-work of the central pergola. The colour scheme is very much white on white with white marble floors in the spacious reception area on which sits beautiful white and gold sofas. The white decor provides a wonderful contrast to the vibrancy and heat of the city beyond, and the overall effect is one of great calm.
Le Spa has its own library filled with beautiful books and a fireplace. This alone is enough to detain you for a few hours. There is also a Wellness lounge, an indoor pool, a gym, a Pilates studio, a manicure and pedicure suite, a Leonor Greyl hair salon and a make-up studio. The Wellness lounge serves a selection of light, spa-friendly food including salads, smoked salmon and foie gras. You can also order a selection of Champagnes, wines, teas and freshly-squeezed juices. A large retail area sells the products used in the spa: Sisley, Chanel, Dr Hauschka, and local organic skincare brand Maroc Maroc.
In keeping with the exclusive atmosphere, three private spa suites are available to hire. Each has its own hammam and terrace where you can have the full range of spa services in the privacy of your own spa within the spa.
Treatments to try
The hammam is a must-try treatment in Morocco, and Le Spa Royal Mansour may well offer the ultimate luxury hammam experience.
However, there are many other beautiful treatments to try at Le Spa Royal Mansour. How about the "Richnesse d'Arganier" facial which uses argan oil and melted honey to nourish dry or irritated skin? Or maybe the Ceremonial Maroc Maroc massage which uses Monoi butter (made by soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias)? The Ceremonial Massage finishes with a special rose moisturiser treatment for the chest.
Le Spa Royal Mansour also offers a range of face and body treatments by Sisley, Chanel, Dr Hauschka, and Maroc Maroc. Also on offer is reflexology, Thai massage, shiatsu, lymphatic drainage and a Mechanical Slimming Massage to treat cellulite.
Who would like it?
Chanel fans: Royal Mansour is the first spa in the world to offer Chanel treatments.
Luxury lovers: Your every need is catered for here -- there is even a socket inside your locker so you can leave your phone charging while you spa.
The ultimate relaxation room: This large, white-marbled room has individual beds, each surrounded by white wooden lattice-work and screened with pale gold silk curtains. Once cocooned inside, there are duvets and raw silk cushions, and a built-in engraved silver table for your belongings. The sound of the fountain in the centre of the room will ease you into your post-treatment haze.