HOTEL REVIEW: Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is a place of tranquillity, exclusivity and unfathomable natural beauty - a perfect respite for people seeking quiet and peaceful escape.

Location

The resort is set in a sprawling 40-acre property surrounded by lush gardens, wide-open sun-filled spaces, framing courtyards and swimming pools. It is located in the heart of Menara, right next to the 12th-century old Menara Gardens and a short drive to historical landmarks such as Medina and Jemaa el-Fnaa.

Check-in

It was afternoon when we reached the property and we instantly felt a deep sense of calm and we were enveloped in total peace and serenity of this magical place. It was the stunning nature that was central to the experience from the moment we arrived.

As soon as we stepped out of the car, Four Seasons staff welcomed us and led us to the reception where we were served with hot mint tea by Abdelaziz, the Guest Relations Officer who was wearing a traditional maroon fez and white djellaba. 

It was a very unique an warm welcoming. Serving mint tea is a Moroccan traditional way of welcoming guests. Preparing tea is a masculine role in Moroccan culture, and because of the high honour of this role, it is usually performed by the head of the household. Regional variations exist, however the basic ingredients for mint tea is Chinese green tea mixed with fresh or dried mint leaves and a large lump of sugar in a tall silver or stainless steel teapot. It is served by pouring hot water into the vessel and allowing to steep for a few minutes. The tea is then poured from an almost standing height in a thin stream into the small glasses arranged below. This extravagant pouring gesture aerates the mint tea into the room and fills the space with its refreshing aroma.

After enjoying our mint tea and the check-in procedure was completed, we were taken to our room by the staff via golf cart. 

Golf carts are available for in-house guests' use at any time during the stay. 

On our way to our pavillion, we got the chance to relish the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. There were beautiful trees and colourful flowers everywhere we look. Even our pavillion was covered with greenery.

Pavillion Room 28

Our pavillion was wonderful, with a huge private terrace overlooking the beautiful swimming pool and lush gardens.

Our private terrace is spacious with a nice lounging area where we can relax and bask in the sun.

It also has a comfortable sitting area where we can unwind and enjoy the resort's magnificent view. 

Our 538 square feet bedroom features a combination of contemporary and Moroccan design using soft neutral tones, handcrafted Moroccan woodwork and Zelige tiling. It is furnished with one king size bed, ottoman with coffee table, refrigerated private bar and dining table. Additionally, it has 42-inch LCD television, DVD player, multi-line telephone with voicemail, iPod docking station and media hub with cables for iPods/iPads, USB and HDMI as well as a universal charger.

After looking around our room, we found that there were welcome presents in the dining table. There's cold Moroccan mint tea, distilled water, mixed nuts, Arabic dates, fruits and pastries. 

There's also a personalized note from the Resort Manager.

After seeing all those delicious goodies, we inspected the bathroom. It is Moroccan-style and is as great as the bedroom. It has rain shower room, dual vanity sink, toilet and bidet room and dedicated bath tub.

Signature Suites

There are two Signature Suites in Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. The Presidential Suite and the Royal Suite. During our stay in the resort, we had an opportunity to view both suites. Thanks to Four Seasons Manager who graciously granted our request.

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

ROYAL VILLA

Restaurants 

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech has four remarkable dining facilities - Inara, Solano, Azzera and In-Room Dining.

INARA

Inara is the resort's lobby restaurant that specializes Moroccan-inspired cuisine with a fusion to Turkish and Lebanese dishes.

On our first night in the resort, we decided to have our dinner at Inara. Yunes, one of the waiters at the restaurant helped us choose our food. He recommended us to try the Mezzes particularly the sardines, octopus and baba ganoush. For the main course, we had Mixed Grill Platter which includes lamb, beef and chicken. All food are simple, yet very delicious. We can honestly say that we really enjoyed everything.

 At night, Inara serves as a bar and lounge where guests can enjoy delicious and skilfully prepared specialty cocktails.

SOLANO

Solano is the resort's main restaurant. It offers an outdoor terrace dining and serves International breakfast buffet as well as Italian cuisine. 

This is where we had our breakfast everyday during our stay. It is pure pleasure in this place - great view, yummy food, and lovely tamed birds that hang around with us during meal! 

Inside, the restaurant is spacious and the food counters are lined with different kinds of food.

There are deli meats, cheeses, dried fruits and nuts.

And a wide variety of cooked food.

There are different kinds of breads, cereals, jams, oil and honey.

 Along with that, there were also yoghurts, fruits and fresh juices.

At night, it serves as an Italian restaurant.

AZZERA

Azzera offers poolside dining such as fresh selection of grilled meat and fish specialties, and an à la carte menu that includes an assortment of sandwiches, snacks and international favourites. 

IN-ROOM DINING

In-Room Dining allows the guests to experience the delicious tastes from the diverse menu and the attentive service of the resort's restaurants in the comfort and convenience of their own room. We tried the In-Room Dining on our 3rd night in the resort. We had Char Kway Teow and Grilled Chicken with Roasted Vegetables. 

Le Spa

For complete rest and relaxation at the resort, Four Seasons Marrakech offers Le Spa. It features wide range of pampering treatments including facials and massages infused with local ingredients, such as eucalyptus, saffron, rose, olive, orange, argan oil and ghassoul clay that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from the time you arrive to the moment you leave. 

It has 15 treatment rooms including a luxurious couple's suite, steamy hammams, plunge pools, relaxation rooms and fragrant private gardens. 

Fitness facilities such tennis court, yoga room and swimming pool are also available for an enhanced day spa experience.

Swimming Pool

There are two swimming pools at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. Both have whirlpools and heated year round to an inviting temperature. It is a great place to work out with an early morning lap, to relax and read favourite books or to simply indulge in an evening swim under the stars. It is also a nice venue to enjoy poolside drinks and light snack in the comfortable sun loungers under the beautiful towering palm trees.

Gardens

Another highlight of this resort is its stunning nature. Its lush greenery induces an immediate sense of calm, peace and serenity that is hard to come by in a modern day hustle and bustle. 

Thanks to the hardworking staff of Four Seasons Marrakech that makes the resort so beautiful!

Zest

Zest is a large rooftop terrace occupying the third floor. Its quietness and peacefulness make it an excellent spot to hang out with family and friends, and enjoy the amazing view of the resort and the Atlas Mountain.

Lobby

The resort's lobby is spacious, inviting and visually awesome. It is a combination of contemporary and traditional Moroccan style. It is abundant in colours and patterns, and accented with Moroccan art pieces such as sculptures and pottery that adds up a craftsman's touch.

Did you know that these gorgeous orange roses that beautifully adorned the lobby are thoughtfully replenished daily and freshly hand-picked from Four Seasons Resort's lush gardens? This is one of the personal touches that you get as a guest of Four Seasons Resort Marrakech.

Look, even the lovebirds are photo ready!

Library

The library has a discreet elegance and timeless style. Its relaxed and peaceful atmosphere makes it a perfect place to lounge and unwind after a busy day exploring The Red City.

Maarifa Cultural Centre and Lounge

Maarifa, or “knowledge” in Arabic, is the cultural centre of Four Seasons Resort Marrakech dedicated to Moroccan art and culture. It was my favourite part of Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. Although, I loved everything about the resort, this particular place has left the strongest impression on me. The plan was only to check Djellaba but surprisingly, we ended up hanging out in this amazing place for more an an hour. Thanks to Chaimaa and Maha who graciously gave us fantastic informative lecture about the Moroccan culture and the Kaftan dress. Chaimaa even showed us a video of her friend's wedding ceremony which she specially arranged for her. For a completely memorable experience, they allowed me to try the beautifully embellished Kaftan dress. 

The Kaftan is a traditional Moroccan dress. It is a result of spreading of the Middle-Easterners to North-Africa, which introduced the dress around the 6th and 7th centuries. Kaftans was worn by both men and women from the era of the sultans and have been made by Moroccan dynasties over the centuries including the Almoravids dynasty. Today, Kaftan is usually worn during festive occasions and wedding ceremonies. 

Aside from Moroccan traditional clothings, Maarifa Cultural Centre offers a fine selection of books on Moroccan Art de Vivre, as well as photographs of Morocco from the 19th century. Additional items for sale include Moroccan handicrafts; designer items for women, men and children; beautiful pieces of vintage mottled leather; jewelry with semi-precious stones; accessories, handbags and clutches such as printed python leather pouches with stylish bright red or cobalt blue gussets finely embellished with gold; and Berber carpets. Professional-led workshops such as bargaining tips, Arabic calligraphy, argan oil making and mint tea rituals are also available by schedule.

Collection of Original Paintings by Local Artist, TAHA SABIE

Maarifa Cultural Centre also welcomes aficionados of art and culture through art exhibitions coming from great names of Moroccan painters and orientalist. When we were there, there was an exhibition of original paintings by local artist, TAHA SABIE. Originally from Baghdad, Sabie has lived in Marrakech since 1977, where aside from being a passionate artist, he devotes much of his time to helping children in need.

Four Seasons Private Residences

While exploring the resort, we chanced upon the sales and marketing office of Four Seasons Private Residences. We went inside and we were assisted by their knowledgeable and friendly property consultant. We found out that Four Seasons Private Residences is opening a new phase for their new project called Marrakech at M Avenue. The project aims to build a mixed-use complex designed around a “live-work-learn-play” concept and will include residential, commercial, cultural, wellness and retail & culinary development. 

Isn't it brilliant to have your own sophisticated apartment that is not only defined by elegant style and luxurious finishes, but most importantly, equipped to deliver the legendary Four Seasons service? WOW!

CONCLUSION

An ultimate luxury holiday for me and Rock Licker is going somewhere we would feel relaxed and at home in a wonderfully peaceful setting. Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is a splendid, magical place where privacy, style and tranquility is the name of the game. Me and Rock Licker had a fabulous 5-day staycation in the resort and we definitely felt rested.

We highly recommend Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. It is a perfect sanctuary and a true oasis of peace and beauty amidst the vibrant spirit of The Red City!