the Reads: Spa

The Royal Treatment, Morocco

the Antidote to... the heat and dust of Marrakech

The love child of the Moroccan king himself: get ready to make yourself at home in this perfect rendition of an exquisite mini medina – a showcase for the finest workmanship the royal Moroccan Dirham could buy. Every surface in the 53 private riads (with bedrooms, bathrooms, sitting rooms and rooftop plunge pools) is carved, curved and painted to high heaven. The achingly beautiful lantern-lit, bougainvillea-lined winding walkways make you want to cry happy interior designer tears. There are even canaries and lovebirds tweeting in the courtyard.

This spa is dreamy, all white, airy and ethereal with a remarkable reception. An otherwise ordinary, high-ceilinged square room has been turned into a kind of otherworldly Narnia (let’s call it, sparnia!) by clever use of what looks like giant paper doilies carved from glossy white wood.

Treatment rooms are large; three even have their own terrace and indoor-outdoor pools. The hammams, yes plural, are cold, mild and hot white-marble chambers, the plushest most polished you’ll ever see. The scrubs use local MarocMaroc products which leave skin as smooth as the marble slabs. Dr Hauschka suits the hippy types and there’s the world’s first dedicated Chanel spa treatment room for the glamour pusses. But I was knocked sideways (in a very good way) by a Sisley facial in a dark and moody treatment room with a therapist who gave me a face-lift by way of her fingers and a ‘touch’ so masterful and eye-rollingly relaxing that REM set in within minutes.

Tip: If you’re willing to spend a little more than usual, but a little less than a flight to Marrakech, and a LOT less than a bed for the night here, head to Liberty for your London version of this Sisley fix. For here you can scoop a fab facial for £50 booking fee redeemable against any two Sisley products of your choice. Yes the catch is you have to buy not 1 but 2 products. One for you and the other for, er, you?

Book here

One bedroom riad from 11,500 MAD currently (approx. £830) inclusive of continental breakfast at La Table restaurant or Riad service.

Face lift at their fingertips

The love child of the Moroccan king himself: get ready to make yourself at home in this perfect rendition of an exquisite mini medina – a showcase for the finest workmanship the royal Moroccan Dirham could buy. Every surface in the 53 private riads (with bedrooms, bathrooms, sitting rooms and rooftop plunge pools) is carved, curved and painted to high heaven. The achingly beautiful lantern-lit, bougainvillea-lined winding walkways make you want to cry happy interior designer tears. There are even canaries and lovebirds tweeting in the courtyard.

This spa is dreamy, all white, airy and ethereal with a remarkable reception. An otherwise ordinary, high-ceilinged square room has been turned into a kind of otherworldly Narnia (let’s call it, sparnia!) by clever use of what looks like giant paper doilies carved from glossy white wood.

Treatment rooms are large; three even have their own terrace and indoor-outdoor pools. The hammams, yes plural, are cold, mild and hot white-marble chambers, the plushest most polished you’ll ever see. The scrubs use local MarocMaroc products which leave skin as smooth as the marble slabs. Dr Hauschka suits the hippy types and there’s the world’s first dedicated Chanel spa treatment room for the glamour pusses. But I was knocked sideways (in a very good way) by a Sisley facial in a dark and moody treatment room with a therapist who gave me a face-lift by way of her fingers and a ‘touch’ so masterful and eye-rollingly relaxing that REM set in within minutes.

Tip: If you’re willing to spend a little more than usual, but a little less than a flight to Marrakech, and a LOT less than a bed for the night here, head to Liberty for your London version of this Sisley fix. For here you can scoop a fab facial for £50 booking fee redeemable against any two Sisley products of your choice. Yes the catch is you have to buy not 1 but 2 products. One for you and the other for, er, you?

Book here

One bedroom riad from 11,500 MAD currently (approx. £830) inclusive of continental breakfast at La Table restaurant or Riad service.