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Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is one of the new luxury resorts springing up within striking distance of Marrakech. While we still recommend first-timers stay in the Medina, of all of the out-of-towners, the Fairmont Royal Palm has possibly the most going for it.
There are currently 134 tastefully decorated suites (no mere rooms here) and villas with the ground floor suites leading on to private terraces and the first-floor ones all having a large balcony. The two-bedroomed suites and interconnecting suites are specifically designed for families.
Top chefs oversee the culinary side of Fairmont Royal Palm, and Le Caravane is the main restaurant, specialising in fine dining. L'Olivier overlooks the main pool and the Atlas Mountains beyond and serves lighter lunches, while Al Ain offers excellent quality Moroccan cuisine. Meanwhile, the superslick sunken bar area is a great venue for a pre- or post-dinner drink.
The enormous 38,000 sq ft spa, designed like a Moroccan palace, is arguably the finest in Marrakech, with 14 beauty and treatment rooms, several private and one communal hammam stream rooms, a sauna with cascade shower and a beautiful indoor pool. Next door to the spa are a fitness centre, four tennis courts and even a squash court.
Another highlight at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is the superb 5,300 sq ft Kids' Club, complete with enough fun and games to entertain the most distracted of children. Among the many thoughtful features in the club are a 'little chef's' kitchen and two mini tennis courts beside the play area.
With the children squared away, grown-ups can head into the Medina, just 20 minutes away, or play golf on the par-72 18-hole golf course that snakes through the Fairmont Royal Palm's 570 acres of beautifully manicured gardens full of olive groves and oleanders.
Of all of the out of town resorts in Marrakech, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech has - in our humble opinion - the best facilities.
Tom, Original Traveller