HOTEL REVIEW: Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca

Casablanca means white house, and the city is famously called The White City because of its beautiful white buildings and structures. Its original name was Anfa in Berber language and was later renamed by the Portugese in the 15th century AD.

Location

Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is superbly located within the affluent Anfa Place along the Corniche overlooking the exquisite Atlantic coastline. Anfa Place is the first master-planned development on the White City's shore that combines "live, work, play, learn and shop" concept redefining modern urban living. The upscale Anfa Place Shopping Centre is walking distance from Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca. Mall of Morocco, the largest mall in Africa and Hassan II Mosque as well as other top tourist attractions like the colourful traditional markets, medinas and art deco are only a short drive away.

Chauffeur Service

Our Four Seasons Casablanca experience began with a luxury chauffeur service. As soon as we arrived in the airport, Four Seasons' designated driver, Tariq, welcomed us and led us to the car, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Like a true gentleman, he politely opened the car door for us, handed us two bottles of cold mineral water and helped us put our luggage in the vehicle. Immediately when he got into the car, he offered us free mobile wifi and chargers which we happily used. There was also Four Seasons Magazine that's available for us to read on our trip. It was a smooth 40-minute drive from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport to Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca. More so, it's worth mentioning that Tariq was very professional in every aspects from his appearance, attitude and behaviour. 

Arrival

Upon arrival on property, we underwent a security check before continuing our way inside. As soon as we stepped out of the car, we were welcomed by a bunch of Four Seasons staff. One of them is Nabil, the doorman, who courteously escorted us all the way to the Front Desk.

Front Desk

It was a very quick registration and once finished, Nada, a sweet lady in Front Desk guided us to our room - a Grand Premier Ocean-View Room.  

The hotel was built in a unique and intelligent layout where the lobby is placed in the uppermost level of the building. 

Hallway

This is the hallway to our room - classy and cozy.

Room 434

Each guestroom door comes with an RFID card reader.

While Nada was explaining to Rock Licker about the room features, I checked the view from our huge private balcony. This is what we got - an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean and the hotel's manicured garden. It was amazing. I loved the feeling of the sea breeze touching my face and the peaceful sound of the waves was so relaxing.

Going back inside the room, we were presented delicious welcome treats such as Moroccan pastries, dates, Belgian chocolate crisp ice cream, assorted fruits and juices. But what made us more delighted was the lovely welcome note from one of the managers of Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca wishing us an enjoyable stay.

On the coffee table next to the ottoman chair, there's a bottle of cold Moroccan mint tea and two henna hand-painted drinking glasses . It was my first time to try this and I loved it! The light taste of green tea and the distinctive flavour of spearmint leaves make it a refreshing beverage. It's an excellent welcome drink especially after a tiring long-haul flight.

Bedroom

Our 506 square feet bedroom features a contemporary design with a Moroccan flair. Its distinctive pieces include the Moroccan drop lights that serves as bedside lamps. These Moroccan lamps are extraordinary pieces of art that combines decor and functionality. The hand-chiseled fine artwork in this lamps creates an intricate, spell-binding patterns of relaxing soft and ambient light when reflected on the walls. 

Bathroom

The full marble bathroom includes a separate rain shower room, single sink with vanity mirror, toilet and bidet room and dedicated bath tub. It also boasts luxury amenities from the House of Fragonard's latest product line, VRAI.

Mini Bar

As usual, when it comes to luxury hotels, Nespresso is always the preferred coffee maker.

There's also a selection of exclusive Moroccan teas in the mini bar.

Did you know that Rosenthal is one of the oldest porcelain makers in the world? It's first porcelain was made at the factory established in Selb, Bavaria, in 1880. Now in it's over 130 years, Rosenthal china is still being produced in Bavaria.

Mint Lounge

The intimate Mint Lounge, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is an ideal venue to rendezvous with associates and friends. 

This is Khalid, our favourite guy in Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca. He is the manager in Mint Lounge. He is very welcoming, friendly and helpful!

Garden

After spending some time in Mint Lounge, we went outside for our late afternoon stroll and indulge ourselves in admiration of the view of the manicured garden and stunning swimming pool.

Latitude 33

At the farthest end of the garden, there's Latitude 33 which features poolside lounge ambiance and small plate dining delights such as tapas, sandwiches, salads, grills and desserts.

It is also a perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy a refreshing Moroccan drink after a great swim.

Swimming Pool

I am so in love with this swimming pool which is  surrounded with colourful flower walls and immaculately white lounge chairs that's half - immersed in the water. It's very unique and beautiful.

This is the prettiest outdoor shower I've ever seen!

Mint Lounge

We came back to Mint Lounge at dinner and upon Khalid's recommendation, we ordered surf and turf caesar salad, pigeon pastille and seabass tagine.

First came a bottle of distilled water, and a basket of bread with olive oil dip.

Not too long after we got the bread, our surf and turf caesar salad arrived. It was fresh, crispy and delicious.

Then, there came the famed pigeon pastille. Pigeon pastille is a Moroccan traditional dish originating from the city of Fez. It is usually served in special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and holidays. It's fillings is made of shredded fledge pigeon, ground almonds and variety of spices. C'est trop bon!

After that, our main course was served. I'm glad that we sampled the seabass tagine. The fish was slow cook to perfection and it was very tasty.

When it's time for desserts, Hicham served us Moroccan sweets and gleefully showed us the Moroccan style of pouring tea. C'est parfait!

Ladies Powder Room

After dinner, I used the ladies powder room and I was impressed with what I saw. It is clearly one of the best. It is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, tastefully decorated, smells really good and, most of all, very clean.

Hallway

The lobby hallway is fitted with elegant and stylish furnitures and art pieces - a very distinctive characteristic of a Four Seasons Hotel.

Reception

This is what the elegant Front Desk reception looks like at night. During the day, its skylight glass ceiling allows natural light to brighten up the whole area and creates a natural ambiance.

Swimming Pool

Look at the pool. It's so inviting.

Valet Drop Off Area

Oh, and those luxury cars! The perks of being rich.

Breakfast

The next morning, we started our day early and had our breakfast at Mint Lounge. It was excellent. It has a good selection of quality food like fresh fruits, yoghurts, breads, various jams and spreads, cold cuts, cheese and cooked food.

We sprinkled our sunny side up with salt and cumin - the Moroccan way.

Royal Suite

After having our breakfast, we had the opportunity to view the hotel's Royal Suite. This suite has everything you need for a stay that combines luxury and comfort. It features a breathtaking 180-degree ocean view, enormous living room with full-glass windows, spacious dining area, fully-stocked kitchen, large workstation, huge private terrace with a spectacular one-of-a-kind indoor-outdoor fireplace, up to three stylish bedrooms and all-marble bathrooms. An insider told us that this is the suite of choice for Hollywood celebrities visiting The White City.

I was love-struck with these accent lights that magnify the suite's air of opulence!

Signature Ocean - View Suites

After viewing the Royal Suite, we went to the 4th floor to check the Signature Ocean-View Suite. This suite has up to 188 square metres of floor space. It is overlooking the Atlantic, and has up to 2 bedrooms, full-marble bathrooms and a powder room. Additionally, it has wide private balcony, generous living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, large work desk and dining area that features elegant blend of Moroccan and contemporary design.

Premier Suite

After being wowed by those two suites, we then proceeded to the Premier Suite. This suite is also a stunner. It has an attractively designed living and dining areas, powder room, large private balcony, cozy bedroom and lavish bathroom. 

Le Spa

We also had the chance to see Le Spa. This spa features luxury skin care and massage treatments, and boasts 10 spacious treatment rooms, 2 couple's spa suites and changing lounges that include heated whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas. There is also fitness gym and outdoor pool for an enhanced overall spa experience.

Bleu

Come lunchtime, me and Rock Licker had a scrumptious meal at the BLEU restaurant.

BLEU restaurant specializes in finest seafood cuisine as well as delicious meat dishes. It's name is inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, while its decor is influenced by Casablanca’s exquisite coastline. The restaurant's design gives emphasis on curves, seashells, white and brown hues that creates seaside ambiance.
 
At the centre of the restaurant is a custom-made grill that allows guests to see BLEU chefs create masterpiece cuisine, while the raw bar features tartars, oysters and seafood tastings.

On the terrace, guests can enjoy Casablanca's scenic coastline, including the 100 year-old El Hank Lighthouse.

I wanted to try BLEU's fresh catch of the day, so I ordered a seared monkfish with Moroccan pink rock salt, parsley cream, lemon oil and  baby potatoes. While, Rock Licker gobbled up beef tenderloin steak with peppercorn sauce and truffle french fries. 

The monkfish was fresh, I can easily tell by its texture and its sweet and mild taste. Whereas, the beef tenderloin steak was tender and very tasty. We were quite happy with our food. Both were deliciously indulgent and full of flavour. 

CONCLUSION

Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca sets the standard in elegance for business and leisure travellers. It’s an ideal oasis for travellers seeking a reward and wanting to indulge after a successful business obligations.

 

Given it’s superb location, it is an excellent launch pad to the country for all travellers alike. While it's outstanding hospitality makes it a perfect home base for people visiting The White City.

 

We were the happiest travellers during our staycation in The White City. Thank you Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca for making our very first trip to the African continent such a memorable experience!