La Sultana is set within Marrakech’s imperial walls, yet is removed from the bustle of the souk. Time for you to check in for their new Style package, an homage to one of the city’s most all-time glamorous adopted residents, Yves Saint Laurent
La Sultana is one of the most impressive hotels in Morocco, located in Marrakech and on the coast at Oualidia. Right in the heart of the Kasbah area, its enviable position enables guests to get an overview of the city from on high, courtesy of its incredible roof terrace which has sensational views over Marrakech and beyond to the Atlas Mountains. Like a box of delights, it offers welcome surprises at every turn, not least of which is the remarkable, hidden indoor swimming pool.
Set within the old Imperial city walls, La Sultana oozes quintessential Moroccan charm, not to mention glamour. Comprising of five separate raids, it is an oasis of serenity; there are 28 bedrooms and suites, each individually designed to showcase Moroccan craftsmanship. And when relaxing in your room all gets too much, simply retreat to the heated swimming pool surrounded by palm, banana and sica trees, or to the resident restaurant, which serves western and local dishes.
Befitting of Marrakech’s ultimate boutique hotel, La Sultana’s award-winning spa is something of a secret hideaway offering traditional Moroccan treatments. For the authentic experience, do submit to the famous Royal Hammam, which uses black soap made from pressed olives. Massages, meanwhile, use only locally sourced essential oils and all treatments are tailor-made for your health and relaxation needs. The spa’s interiors are pleasingly sensuous, with crimson marble walls set off by wrought-iron lanterns and an irresistible glistening turquoise pool. Divide your time between two amazing hammams, plus a jacuzzi, sauna, beauty centre and balneotherapy baths. Honeymooners should book into one of the massage cabins in the open air for a spot of rejuvenating aromatherapy, balneotherapy or chromotherapy.
La Sultana recently unveiled a ‘Style Package’ to mark the opening of the spectacular new Yves Saint Laurent Museum. It was here in Marrakech that he felt most prolific and creative, his sketchbook groaning with ideas for ingenious haute couture pieces. The museum, which will house thousands of his designs as chosen by his late partner Pierre Berg, is just yards from the iconic Jardin Majorelle, which Saint Laurent lovingly created during his stays in Marrakech.
Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest is a sublime articulation of the country house blended with the boutique city hotel. Their sensational garden spa epitomises relaxation
Lime Wood’s Herb House and Spa, set in the heart of the New Forest, 1.5 miles from the small town of Lyndhurst and only an hour and a half’s drive from London, is in principle, a country hotel. However, in truth, Lime Wood is a charming, sophisticated and slickly run boutique bolthole, radiating laid-back luxury to all of its guests.
Just like a refined city hotel, Lime Wood offers the highest standard of luxury. Yet, it is luxury with a difference. The hotel has kept its traditional structure but lovingly renovated it. Hidden within the shelter of the vast surrounding trees and stunning nature, Lime Wood mixes the spirit of its past whilst adding the odd contemporary twist to arouse within us a kind of magic.
Renowned for its exceptional food, Lime Wood’s Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant opened in 2013. Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder have together created this culinary treasure and along with their team, create locally sourced Italian dishes. Exceptional food, immaculate service and superb facilities ensure Lime Wood is the only 5-star luxury hotel in the New Forest National Park.
Lime Wood has its own luxurious spa called the Herb House; a three-storey destination spa dedicated to natural wellbeing that has, without question, significantly raised the bar for destination spas. Inspired by its forest surroundings, the Herb House naturally invites a sense of serenity, bringing clients the ultimate rejuvenating retreat. The spa has ten spacious treatment rooms including two double signature rooms – the Bath House with an indoor double bath and private steam room, and the Bath Garden with an outdoor double bath and private steam room. The treat in store continues with hot pools, thermal rooms including the Forest Sauna, the Hands and Feet Room for manicures and pedicures, and private soak baths in changing rooms that feel like decadent bedroom suites fit for royalty.
Beyond its state-of-the-art roof top gym with forest views is the Herbary, a beautiful roof garden that consolidates the forest experience. Filled with fragrant herbs, including a mintarium, these herbs and their fragrances are incorporated into as many of the spa treatments as possible. The Herbary provides the ultimate dream setting for meditation and reflection.
In May 2018 two of the world’s most desirable wellness destinations; Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand and Lime Wood’s Herb House Spa are set to join forces. Both inspired by their ancient forest surroundings and dedicated to natural well-being, they share a passion for authentic, holistic treatments and ideologies that take inspiration from centuries of wellbeing tradition. John and Karina Stewart, founders of Kamalaya will take up a residency at Herb House for a series of 2-day wellness retreats, designed to give guests ‘A taste of Kamalaya’.
There are two, two-day ‘Taste of Kamalaya’ retreats, from 20 –22 May 2018 and 23 – 25 May 2018.