“The Mosaic Palais Aziza may have a regal name, and with good reason – it belongs to the Saudi Prince Bandar who lives opposite – but its ethos is firmly grounded on solid service and as a place to unwind without the on-edge vibe of many luxury hotels. You may feel a bit out of the way as it’s a 10-minute drive from the Medina, but that’s the appeal; you can enjoy poolside living surrounded by lush grounds and birdsong rather than the city’s market-stall clamour. It’s ideal for couples; six super stylish pavilion suites are kitted out with a curated selection of ornaments and furniture from each of the Moroccan cities they’re named after, plus the little private garden, lounge area and oversized bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower-cum-sauna make it that bit more special. The authentic Moroccan charm runs throughout the hotel; the atmospheric entrance hall with its carved ceiling, water fountain and Moorish lanterns is instantly welcoming. The 28 rooms are all individually styled, blending traditional décor with the chic boutique look – some rooms are more modern than others, so it’s worth specifying what type of room you’d like. As for food, the main restaurant, Maroliano, offers a delicious fusion of Moroccan and Italian; the chef is really passionate about his fish here, so opt for that. Breakfast is the usual continental offering, but the homemade yoghurt and fresh orange juice makes up for it.”
Written by Charlotte Luxford
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa is a true Moroccan retreat: a peaceful haven amid the madness of Marrakech – yet perfectly positioned for exploring North Africa’s most compelling city. Guests love the hotel for relaxation, and escape – the best of both worlds
What is there to do in the area?
There is plenty to do in the area, from a base at the hotel. Guests can choose a cooking class at Mosaic, or venture out for a bicycle tour of the Palmerie, led by expert hotel staff, with a big picnic to enjoy. There is also the chance to go on camel rides locally, explore the ancient Medina, and visit the Jardin Marjorelle. Venture further afield --- for balloon rides at sunrise, day trips to Bedouin camps in the desert, of 4x4 adventures.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Breakfast is a mix of a fresh buffet brimming with handmade bread, local jams and honey, and traditional Moroccan treats. There is also food cooked to order – eggs ‘any way’, and Berber pancakes are a highlight.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Maroliano restaurant offers a blend of Italian and Moroccan dishes – from scallops to tagine. The food is united by a focus on local, seasonal produce, and the rich flavours of Marrakech. The hotel’s second restaurant, the Pergola, offers ‘cuisine du soleil’ – delicious salads and lighter bites for lunch time, and fresh fish straight from the grill.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
The six Pavilions dotted throughout the gardens are the star of the show. With double height ceilings, hammam showers, and plenty of space, these are deeply private – and all different. Each is individually designed, from white walls to dark teak wood.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers
Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa is a haven in a hidden garden – a true Moroccan retreat. Set around an outdoor pool awash with roses, the hotel has the feeling of a stylish private home – with superb service, delicious food, and a charming spa combining to create a relaxed, chic atmosphere, perfect for Marrakech”
The Mosaic Palais Aziza & Spa, in Morocco, is a Marrakesh hotel offering elegant rooms, a good restaurant and two swimming pools...
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