As a member of the SLH brand as well as the Great Hotels of the World Luxury Collection, this hotel which has only 28 rooms and suites, is a quiet haven that seems to transport you away from the craziness that is the Medina and the Kasbah in Marrakech.
Although a truly modern hotel in terms of its amenities, spa, gastronomy and service, the decor is almost from another era. I loved the heavy, hand-carved wooden doors, so often a feature in Marrakech…
…But Riad Almohade was the one I loved the most: just look at this amazing pool, surrounded by tropical plants and trees! Though not as large as the hotel pool we had (as we were staying outside the Medina), I couldn’t believe that such a tranquil space could exist in such a busy city.
Every time my shutter clicked you could hear it very clearly!
The pool area seemed like the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the souks, or venturing out into the nearby Atlas mountains; and with one of the hotel’s restaurants right next to it, if you’re peckish or (more likely in my case!), thirsty, you won’t have to travel far to get your fix.
I was being a little shutterbug and was a few paces behind mum and our guide, but I could tell where we were going next as I could smell it from quite a while away! The spa at La Sultana is truly beautiful, and I really loved the look of this spa pool…
The aromas were stunning, and I really did feel relaxed as soon as I walked in – I can’t imagine what I’d feel like after having a treatment! Whether you want a hammam, a massage or even a sauna or jacuzzi, the spa here certainly has you covered.
We then moved to the next Riad, where the stunning check-in room is (as the initial reception is quite small)… I could happily see myself sipping some sweet Moroccan tea here!
Before heading up to the African room…
Where the influences were very obvious, the decor as beautiful as the rest of the hotel, and the flowers were exotic and eye-catching.
We climbed up another flight of stairs (sorry mum!), to the terrace, which houses another small swimming pool with sun-loungers aplenty…
The terrace was my favourite part of the hotel: it was spacious enough to accommodate lots of guests and yet it still felt secluded. The decor and authentic touches were so luxurious that mum and I couldn’t quite believe it.
The terrace is also home to the second restaurant in the hotel, the grill, where we were treated to a marvelous lunch.
But firstly, how incredible is this space? I could just see myself and a group of friends sitting here having a few pre-dinner cocktails and enjoying the last heat and sunshine of the day.
For me the curtains added a really luxurious touch, and even though they were drawn, made it feel very secluded and private.
We were shown to our table at the grill, which has an amazing view over the tops of the mosques, and as it was Friday lunch time we could hear the call to prayer and the prayers through their loud system. It was so nice to be able to experience part of a culture that plays such a huge part in my family history, as we lived in Saudi Arabia for the first 4 years of my life (my parents lived there for 15 years in total)
The restaurant has the same luxurious touches that we had come to expect from La Sultana, including some fabulous service, and the fact that our handbags were given their own chairs to ensure that we didn’t have to put them on the floor.
Whilst we perused the menu, we admired the glorious view and I asked mum for the millionth time to tell me about Saudi and her understanding of their culture.
The decor in the restaurant was inkeeping with the rest of the hotel in that it was equally luxurious, but also following the separate Riad theme, it did have its own personality.
I particularly loved the design on the chairs and especially the place mats with their little tassels!
Ordering a bottle of sparkling water to cool down, we loved the little jacket that it was served it; beautiful, intricate and helped to keep our water cool!
I couldn’t resist taking a few more sneaky photos of the hotel; this one being the view below the grill restaurant.
Is it just me or are these place mats really pretty?
We ordered a bottle of Moroccan Médaillon wine to accompany our lunch which was dry, fruity, with a hint of butter and all around delicious.
Our table had the perfect view of the grill itself when meant when it came to cooking time we had front row seats!
An amouse bouche of gazpacho arrived and was just the refreshing start to our meal that we needed; I particularly loved the crunch red onions that gave the dish a wonderful texture.
Some bread rolls arrived…
As well as some seriously moreish olives!
To start I ordered the scallop carpaccio with fresh basil and parmesan which was one of the best carpaccio dishes I’ve ever had. The fish itself was beautifully prepared, and the basil and parmesan added another dimension to the taste of the dish; it was incredible.
Mum ordered the Mediterranean salad, which included grilled prawns, baked tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, rocket salad and parmesan. In fact, it was so good that we argued who had ordered the better dish!
The ingredients were of a fabulously high standard; the prawns were cooked perfectly, and not remotely tough, and the mozzarella was delicious.
The main courses were just as spectacular, if not more so!
I ordered the King Prawn Moroccan Kebabs, and just look what arrived…
I couldn’t have been more impressed with the quality, the preparation or the overall presentation of the dish. It was mind blowing!
Each main course is served with a number of side dishes for sharing. Hold you breath for this because it’s astounding..!
A seasonal salad…
… and some piping hot French fries.
There was no way we were leaving the table hungry!
Mum ordered the fish of the day (which was John Dory) with ratatouille with thyme and saffron sauce.
The fish fell apart as you cut it, and the ratatouille was bursting with flavour, with the saffron sauce really adding a delicious kick to the whole dish.
She couldn’t have been happier with her dish and kept exclaiming how fantastic it was – high praise indeed from Liz!
After mains, well, we required a little break! The waiters were more than happy to let us take our time and we didn’t feel rushed at all.
I loved the addition of the La Sultana chocolate, too!
Are you ready for this ooze?!
After mopping up the very last bits of chocolate, we said a huge thank you to the staff, called our taxi and prepared, sadly, to depart.
La Sultana seems to me to be the definition of luxury right in the heart of Marrakech; I can’t wait to go back and visit, and hopefully, stay next time I’m in Marrkech.