Es Saadi Resort
If you’re not familiar with Es Saadi Resort – prepare to be stunned! This luxury five star resort is located in the up-market Hivernage neighbourhood of Marrakech. Founded by Jean Bauchet, the former manager of the Moulin Rouge, he transformed 8 hectares of land into lush green gardens and plush rooms furnished with an opulent 1950s feel from floor to ceiling.
The resort includes eight restaurants, four bars, three outdoor pools (two heated) and a huge indoor hydrotherapy pool, hammam and sauna, casino, nightclub, tennis courts, children’s play area, fitness studio, library and several boutiques…and literally everything you could ask for for a five-star experience.
Depending on your budget and the experience you’re after, there are four different accommodation options available at Es Saadi Resort:
- Resort Villas: These individually styled private villas are the ultimate luxury experience. Get access to your own private heated pool, private garden, electric cart and dedicated butler – yep that’s right – your own butler! There are only 10 Resort Villas available and they’re the top pick for honeymooners and celebrities so these spots fill up very quickly.
- The Palace: The Palace offers spacious suites with access to the largest swimming pool in the resort, a great option for couples and small groups.
- The Ksars: Ksars are mini two-bedroom castles with direct pool access to the lagoon swimming pool which is perfect for families and larger groups.
- Five Star Hotel Rooms: These are hotel rooms that overlook the main garden and pool with rooms suited for couples and smaller groups.
The price of your selected room or villa can depend on the season and what special offers Es Saadi Resort has available so make sure you check the special offers before booking your stay.
Regardless of your accomodation selection, you’ll be greeted with a traditional Moroccan mint tea and sweet treats on arrival and escorted to your room by an electric cart by the wonderful hotel staff.
The Palace Spa
The Es Saadi Palace Spa is built around a 100 year-old eucalyptus tree symbolising balance and regeneration. Es Saadi has a holistic approach to wellness which means their spa offers an impressive well-rounded selection of treatments and experiences including: steam baths, Moroccan hammam, aromatherapy, massages, jacuzzi, solarium, treatments and make-up packages at the Dior Institut…and of course, the instafamous indoor swimming pool.
Swimming Pool & Spa
The Indoor Swimming Pool
The Indoor Swimming Pool is a hydrotherapy pool located in the heart of the palace and costs 500 MAD to access (approximately $75 AUD). To take advantage of your pool and spa access, we recommend booking yourself in for a massage or treatment during your visit to the pool.
When we arrived at the pool, the sunlight was bouncing off the marble walls and we couldn’t wait to jump in. We were quickly escorted to the change rooms – equipped with showers, lockers, hair products and all the essentials. After a quick rinse we popped our robes over our swimgear and made a B-Line for the pool before anybody else came. To our surprise, we had the pool to ourselves most of the time.
After a few hundred Insta-snaps (can you blame us?), we swam around exploring the jets and whirlpools until the spa team told us that our massage treatment appointment was ready …and gosh, we did not realise how tired we were from exploring the medina until all the knots came undone at the massage!
The Outdoor Swimming Pool
The Palace Pool is the 2,400 sqm outdoor pool available to The Palace guests and pool visitors. We literally spent all day in the indoor pool until our spa treatment and rolled out for a drink from the island bar ringed by faux Roman columns for a touch of elegance.
We found the perfect circular sunbed for our lazy afternoon and the drinks menu had cocktail options and even healthy refreshing smoothies and juices.
Food and Drink
There is such a big range of lunch and dinner options but the restaurant that stood out to me was the Lagon & Jardin Restaurant. This lunch spot located right infront of the Palace Pool serves up delicious healthy food and drink options made from wholesome organic ingredients and superfoods straight from the family farm. The menu also had a great selection of organic and superfood foods and a famous lemon pie by renowned chef Hervé Paulus.
We noticed a lot of guests fussing over the Salad Bar which had an impressive selection farm grown vegetables, fruits and proteins to make a hearty bowl of your choice (make sure to fill that bowl all the way to the top!)
In the evening, La Cour des Lions Restaurant offers a gastronomic Moroccan adventure. Experience unusual dishes such as the 12th-century mourouzia dish or treat yourself to French-influenced fine dining at the L’Hotel restaurant or international menu at Epicurien.
Es Saadi is conveniently midway between the medina and the New Town in Hivernage. To give you an idea of the distance, it’s about a 10 minute taxi ride to the Jemaa el Fna Square or a 20 minute walk.
- Jemma El-Fna Square
- Majorelle Garden
- Medersa Ben Youssef
- Museum of Marrakech
- Marrakech Souks
- The Secret Garden
- Bahia Palace
- Museum of Photography
- Koutoubia Mosque
- Menara Gardens
- Saadian Tombs
- Dar Si Said Museum