There’s no doubt about it. Marrakech is chaotic and crazy, but we wouldn’t have it other way – except when it comes to Marrakech spa life…
Whether you want to experience a traditional hammam or signature massage with Moroccan oils, Marrakech spas aren’t just a sanctuary of zen in the madness, but truly something to write home about.
From uber-modern to jaw-dropping traditional beauty, each Marrakech spa has its own unique personality that’s dictated by the hotel’s history and surroundings. Take a break from the souk shopping, turn off your Insta updates and zone out, Marrakech-style (mint spa tea in hand).
These are the Marrakech spas you won’t want to miss…
Spa Life: The Style Edit
Not sure how to transition from hotel to spa life in Marrakech? If in doubt, blend in with the Medina’s souk stores and think bright and bold with raffia and straw overload. Lisa Haynes picks out her six spa vibe staples.
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A spa with wow factor, from the decadent interiors (your body might be relaxing but your eyes won’t stop wandering), to the mind-blowing hammam (FYI, there are two hammams here, but they get booked out – fast). Treatments go beyond your average spa menu, too. Think the ‘Four Hands Massage’ with a quartet of magic hands working in unison, and the ‘Candle Massage’ that combines argan oil, prickly pear oil and shea butter.
The signature treatment: Royal Hammam – everything you’d expect from a traditional Moroccan hammam experience and then some. Be prepared for the revitalising exfoliating black soap rubdown. 400 MAD for 45 minutes (+150 MAD for body wrap).
If you prefer your spas on the more intimate side, Riad Farnatchi is a must-do. It’s monochrome heaven with black and white tiles and ornate, carved doors. Its location, hidden away in the centre of the bustling medina, means it’s the perfect pitstop from souk shopping. Take time out in one of the private hammams with vaulted ceilings. We’d definitely have Instagrammed it if we weren’t half naked and covered in Moroccan black soap.
The signature treatment: Nectarome Massage (with herbs and warm oils) – your masseuse uses warm oils and alternates dreamy fluid motions and deep pressure to tease tense muscles into submission. The treatment room smells incredible thanks to the application of aromatic herbs and spices, so it feels like you’re walking through a souk spice market. 720 MAD for 90 minutes.
The equivalent of a spa fairy-tale in Marrakech, complete with birdsong and water fountains as the soothing IRL soundtrack. Its ornate, white design and glasswork makes for a light, bright mecca that mirror the Palace’s majestic vibe. Think big – Spa Royal Mansour is spread over three floors, with 18 treatment rooms and three private spa suites. What spa dreams are made of.
The signature treatment: Hammam Evasion – the most luxurious of traditional hammams using marocMaroc. Expect an ultra-purifying exfoliation that uses the traditional kessa massage glove and detoxifying body mask, followed up by a soothing soaping using orange flower water. 1400 MAD for 60 minutes.
Make this your first pit-stop if you’re a solo female traveller – the spa is divided into separate male and female spas (though there is a couple’s suite with outdoor bath tub for the romantics/honeymooners). As you might expect from Four Seasons, the spa is slick and modern with plenty of gloss. If you’re more of an al fresco person *puts hands up*, the spa gardens are beautiful so take a post-treatment relaxation dip in the serene adults-only pool.
The signature treatment: Argania Massage – this massage fuses Middle Eastern and Western techniques and incorporates stretching and pressure point manipulation (caution: you may ooh and ahh a bit). Dictate your vacation mood with your choice of oil: rosemary (uplifting), verbena (refreshing), or orange blossom (relaxing). 1000-1600 MAD for 50-80 minutes.
We defy you to not lose yourself in the magical, low-light spa corners of El Fenn’s intimate spa. Unlike other spas in Marrakech, this recently became a guest-only spa making it even more exclusive if you’re lucky enough to stay here, aka like Madonna for her 60th birthday bash (yep, really). We don’t have confirmation Madge relaxed in the spa afterwards, but if she did, we’d like to think she went for the ‘Escape’ massage for some party recovery.
The signature treatment: Ultimate Moroccan Experience – a hammam steam for a body scrub and polish, followed by a revitalising ghassoul clay body wrap and hydrating massage – it’s like the all-you-can-eat of spa treatments that ticks everything off. 750 MAD for 75 minutes (one person), 1450 MAD for two.
If Instagram could design a Marrakech spa, it would probably look like La Mamounia. With deep blues, blacks and whites, the Instagrammable design combines traditional zellige tilework, tadelakt plaster and wooden panelling. With marocMaroc and Valmont on the treatment menu, you can expect pure luxury.
The signature treatment: La Mamounia Body Ritual – looking for a body treatment that’s exfoliating but still relaxing? Tick, tick. This uses argan oil and traditional Moroccan extracts, like almond powder, sesame and white clay, to leave sun-parched skin feeling nourished again. 1400 MAD for 75 minutes.
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