I was cautious about how many days to select to stay here as so few reviews have been written, and you don't want to feel trapped at a new hotel about 30 minutes outside the Medina in Marrakech. But all concerns quickly vanished upon entering this air-conditioned slice of heaven in the 45 degree heat.
You're probably going to read the same deserved rave comments about this new hotel over and over again, so I am going to try and stay clear of the obvious and say what I didn't like, but ONLY for constructive reasons.
It was early august, and far too many people are scared of going to Marrakech due to the high temperatures. However, the Palais Namaskar is the perfect place to stay at in the heat. It's a place to laze around, unwind, sleep and stroll lazily around the lush gardens. Apparently the hotel has been designed and built around the principals of feng-shui, so it's the perfect place for those who work in cities to come to to forget about the world and its relentless noise and media pollution. So I really cannot fathom why the Namaskar has a booming heavy bass sound system which is playing at breakfast. I don't want to be in Marrakech playing "what's that tune?" with soft pop lovers-rock such as Sade and Omar on heavy rotation. Here you are in the sunshine and heat, with the 'should be relaxing' sound of water, waterfalls, lakes and singing birds, and they are spoiling what should be an excellent relaxing breakfast. And they really do provide an excellent breakfast. Please, turn the music of off! Leave it for much later in the day.
Further, you hear the music system all around the main swimming pool. Is this supposed to be
a chic resort, or is this an outpost of Nikki Beach for the nouveau riche and Eurotrash?Peace/silence is now one of the great luxuries, and I have no idea why so many hotels don't want to provide it, preferring instead to pollute the air with music you just do not want to hear. For the record (excuse the pun) I had no issue with the music played at night during dinner, however sometimes it was a little intrusive when trying to have a conversation with dining partners, though we were possibly very aware of it due to the lack of people dinng.
Talking of being intrusive - and I very much hope this is a criticism that will soon vanish when the Namaskar gets more busy - but right now some of the management and staff appear to be on edge worried that everything is okay and that you are enjoying yourself. The problem is that they just do not have enough to do and are pacing around the hotel possibly longing to do some constructive work. But certainly of an evening, during dinner, you had a sense of various managers hovering in the background just waiting for the opportunity to pounce on you and make small talk.
Regards design - little to find fault with. Loved our suite. Loved our bathroom. The bed was absolutely superb - one of the best I have ever slept in. The TV and it's channels were excellent, and so was the air conditioning which is much needed in August. The only thing I do not understand is, as you enter the hotels grounds you pass these huge ponds/rectangular water features ... you'll see them on the website. I cannot help but feel an amazing opportunity has been missed. They are just grey concrete, and how much more creative the designer could have been by using Moroccan mosaic in them, or even one solid colour throughout. In a country such as Morocco which is full of creative artisinal people it seems awfully bland to just have grey concrete. I could not help but think of The Library hotel in Koh Samui which has the fabulous swimming pool covered in red mosaic tiles. The Namaskar could do something mind blowing.
So, if this looks like the sort of hotel you want to go to, then please do go, it is fabulous and already one of my absolute favourite hotels and I will definitely return, I just hope they save the music for evenings only so guests truly can feel they have escaped the outside world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than a hotel, Palais Namaskar, nestled in the heart of a magnificent park of more than 5 hectares, is a real destination. Between the Atlas Mountains and the mysterious Djebilet hills, the hotel offers its guests a space and unlimited freedom for unforgettable experiences. ... more less
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