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THIS VALENTINE’S DAY DINE ON AN EXCLUSIVE RECIPE FROM THE HEAD CHEF OF LA SULTANA OUALIDIA – GRATIN OF FRESH OYSTERS WITH WHITE WINE

08-02-2015
- This Valentine’s Day guests at La Sultana Oualidia can enjoy a natural aphrodisiac in the form of freshly-cooked oyster under a private Berber tent on a hideaway beach La Sultana Oualidia is a very special kind of retreat, an oasis situated by a lagoon located halfway between Marrakech and Casablanca on the Atlantic coast. Renowned for its seafood, fresh oysters are grown only a stone’s throw away and are the hotel’s
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- This Valentine’s Day guests at La Sultana Oualidia can enjoy a natural aphrodisiac in the form of freshly-cooked oyster under a private Berber tent on a hideaway beach

La Sultana Oualidia is a very special kind of retreat, an oasis situated by a lagoon located halfway between Marrakech and Casablanca on the Atlantic coast. Renowned for its seafood, fresh oysters are grown only a stone’s throw away and are the hotel’s speciality. La Sultana Oualidiahas created a romantic and easy to recreaterecipe that couples can enjoy from the comfort of their own home this Valentine’s Day. The recipe, Gratin of Oyster with white wine only requires a handful of fresh ingredients and the finest accessible seafood to create a truly memorable dish.

GRATIN OF FRESH OYSTERS WITH WHITE WINE

Ingredients:

- 6 freshly shucked oysters on a half shell
- 20cl of dry white wine
- 1 shallot (or small onion)
- 1 tsp. of butter
- 12 tbsp. of béchamel sauce
- Coarse salt for the presentation
- Salt and pepper

Prepare the sauce:

Melt butter over medium low heat; add the chopped shallots with the oysters and fry until softened. Add the white wine, salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare a béchamel (sauce?) with flour, butter and milk. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in an equal amount of flour and cook for just under a minute. Slowly add in milk and stir until it come to the boil and thickens for 2 minutes.

For the presentation:

Pour coarse salt in a pie plate and place the oysters on their shells over the salt.
Top the baked oysters with 2 tbsp. of the béchamel mixture.
Sprinkle some grated cheese over each oyster.
Bake in the oven at 200°C for 5 minutes until golden brown.

Tip from the Chef:

Serve hot out of the oven with a glass of white wine

 

This Valentine’s Day, guests staying at La SultanaOualidia will be able to enjoy fresh oysters for twounder the shelter of a Berber tent. This intimate dining experience is inspired by the 'One Thousand and One Nights' tale, whereby guests will find the sandy beach covered with a beautiful oriental carpet and atmospherically lit with the twinkling of Moroccan lanterns. Couples will be presented with a romantic menu featuring the ultimate aphrodisiac of fresh oysters from the adjoining lagoon.

The peaceful lagoon is a rare ecosystem, with its sandbanks, oyster beds and saltwater marshes. La Sultana Oualidia has 12 individually designed rooms and suites that make the most of the stunning views and incredible light as well as a tree-house suite hidden amongst the foliage in the hotel grounds. Each room is individually designed with bathrooms and private terraces with water features, plants and a jacuzzi.

Home to possibly the most beautiful swimming pool on the Moroccan Mediterranean coast, during the day guests can relax poolside and quench their thirst with refreshing drinks servedto their lounger. Take in the breathtaking views from the pool over the open blue lagoon or take part in watersport activities such as surfing, kayaking and windsurfing. Alternatively, an energy-fuelled day can easily be swapped, or finished with a holistic couples treatment in the underground spa.

Rates start from 3100MAD (£213) in a prestige room per night. http://lasultanahotels.com 



Saint Valentin Experience

27-01-2015
3 NIGHTS STAY*Romantic welcome in your room,*Champagne, Bubble bath with rose petals, candles...*Royal Hammam just for you two*La Sultana massage '50min’ in duo with essential oils*Late check-out and upgrade upon availability Services offered for each booking of package «The St Valentine’s Day By La Sultana»Offer valid for each 3 night’s minimum stay between 01st and 20th February 2015Package could not be combined
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3 NIGHTS STAY
*Romantic welcome in your room,
*Champagne, Bubble bath with rose petals, candles...
*Royal Hammam just for you two
*La Sultana massage '50min’ in duo with essential oils
*Late check-out and upgrade upon availability

Services offered for each booking of package «The St Valentine’s Day By La Sultana»
Offer valid for each 3 night’s minimum stay between 01st and 20th February 2015
Package could not be combined to other packages, special offers or others

 


La Sultana Marrakech quoted in the Ten Hot Honeymoon Trends

19-01-2015
If you're planning to tie the knot in 2015, your first thought might be a luxury hotel on a beach. But in a world where many couples have already travelled extensively, there's a search for something with more pizazz. More of a "wow" factor. Here, I check in with some of the UK's leading tour operators to find the key honeymoon trends to follow in the next 12 months. Mini-moonsTime-poor couples are increasingly opting for a short indulgent
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If you're planning to tie the knot in 2015, your first thought might be a luxury hotel on a beach. But in a world where many couples have already travelled extensively, there's a search for something with more pizazz. More of a "wow" factor. Here, I check in with some of the UK's leading tour operators to find the key honeymoon trends to follow in the next 12 months.

Mini-moons
Time-poor couples are increasingly opting for a short indulgent break immediately after the wedding, perhaps followed by a longer trip later in the year. Hannah Saville, of Classic Collection, says: "Morocco is a popular mini-moon choice. We recommend a couple of nights at Sir Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot, a sensational mountain hideaway in the Atlas Mountains. Opt for a Berber tented suite with an open-air whirlpool Jacuzzi overlooking the mountains followed by a night or two at La Sultana Marrakech, with its intimate spa."


Concierge Tips - Take a horse ride to the Majorelle Garden

13-01-2015
When In Marrakech - ConciergeTips - Attractions & Culture - Take a horse ride to the Majorelle GardenThe Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. http://jardinmajorelle.com/ang/Ask the Concierge about our Urban Safaris
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When In Marrakech - ConciergeTips - Attractions & Culture - Take a horse ride to the Majorelle Garden

The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. http://jardinmajorelle.com/ang/

Ask the Concierge about our Urban Safaris and Private Guided Experiences in Marrakech.


Cooking courses at La Sultana

28-12-2014
As Moroccan Artisan has become an Art, the Moroccan cuisine is present today in the biggest tables. The way of eating indicates usually the degree of a nation’s culture and from this point of view, Morocco,is a kingdom. What could be nicer than learning the secrets to amaze friends upon returning from a stay in Marrakech?La Sultana, one of the 5* Luxury Hotels of the Red city, is an accomplice in delivering its
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As Moroccan Artisan has become an Art, the Moroccan cuisine is present today in the biggest tables. The way of eating indicates usually the degree of a nation’s culture and from this point of view, Morocco,
is a kingdom.

What could be nicer than learning the secrets to amaze friends upon returning from a stay in Marrakech?
La Sultana, one of the 5* Luxury Hotels of the Red city, is an accomplice in delivering its culinary secrets by targeted cooking courses.
We learn the ancestral know-how of the Moroccan cuisine and how to dose accurately the pinch of cumin in the chicken tagine with candied lemon.
On the large terrace, looking like the hanging gardens of Babylon, in the middle of palms and flow of bougainvillea, in an intimate place a laboratory is specially equipped to practice « strum » with several hands.

The charm of this rural setting, olive groves and the huge pots of aromatic plants promote the creative inspiration and invite to a recreational focus to the advices from the chef of the house…

The course is two and a half hour long. The first half hour is devoted for the placement and the virtues of spices in the local cuisine, to the art of dosing and to the harmony of blends. It’s all the magic and the characteristic of the Moroccan cuisine that are revealed: Only the suggestion of flavors which invade gradually the palace.
Then come two hours of initiation with the Chef. On gleaming stainless steel keyboards, colorful vegetables are spread. The lesson goes on ! Advices, example, corrections… Each vegetable will become a stroke
of brush in pallet of paint once the dish is done.

Finally comes the reward of the pleasure of tasting from its own creation followed by an essential ritual of tea. And at this melodious time when the singing of tea arises like a fountain in a exquisite freshness of a minty breeze, dreams begin…


- Course duration: 1H45 followed by tasting dishes
- Rate for 2 persons: 800Mad per person
- Private course: 4 500 MAD (minimum 8 persons)


Secrets of La Sultana’s beauty - Confidences to share with friends

01-12-2014
The Sultana, advised by expert, provides an afternoon one of its spas, magical places that can be shared, in privacy, between selected friends. In Marrakech or Oualidia, enjoy these beautiful places where you lose track of time.Between massages and steam baths, one whispers the latest trends address or preparations for an upcoming wedding. As in the old baths in Rome or in one of Eugene Delacroix’s paintings.
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The Sultana, advised by expert, provides an afternoon one of its spas, magical places that can be shared, in privacy, between selected friends.

In Marrakech or Oualidia, enjoy these beautiful places where you lose track of time.
Between massages and steam baths, one whispers the latest trends address or preparations for an upcoming wedding.

As in the old baths in Rome or in one of Eugene Delacroix’s paintings. It’s unique, trendy, and in. Discreet, qualified and experienced people will particularly take care of you, pamper you, and massage you, according to ancient practices that have proven themselves. You’ll love the creams and gels from Atlas plants and algae of the Ocean. You’ll be amazed of the effects of chromo therapy and the latest technologies. And in the large heated pool, between the pink marble columns of Marrakech or carved stone pillars of Oualidia, you can swim in happiness.

The Sultana, high priestess of femininity will deliver you, friendly accomplice, on an unforgettable afternoon time all its beauty secrets.


What would the art of living be without art?

03-11-2014
The art objects shines at La Sultana ‘Marrakech’, sculptures, antiques, furnitures, paintings…, carefully put in display toamaze the eye. Over the years the private collection was enriched with paintings by famous Moroccan artists such as Gharbaoui, Louardiri, Denmati, Hassan El Glaoui, Mohamed Ben Allal... And Middle Eastern such us José-Cruz Herrera, Odette Bruno, Pontoy, Brunet Ouard... At
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The art objects shines at La Sultana ‘Marrakech’, sculptures, antiques, furnitures, paintings…, carefully put in display to
amaze the eye. Over the years the private collection was enriched with paintings by famous Moroccan artists such as Gharbaoui, Louardiri, Denmati, Hassan El Glaoui, Mohamed Ben Allal... And Middle Eastern such us José-Cruz Herrera, Odette Bruno, Pontoy, Brunet Ouard...

At La Sultana ‘Oualidia’ each art work and painting remind us of Gharbaoui, Saladi, Lala Gbouri, Regis-Dolène Bartholdi…


A 360 degree view of the terrace

06-10-2014
A moment of joy we yearn forever! Terraces in Marrakech are known for being special, but the sultana’s is fabulous.Encircled like a jewel within the ramparts of the medina, the sultana is topped by a 1500m 2 vast terrace. Like hanging gardens of Babylon, it stands with transcendent elegance. A world set apart, that owes most of its fame to the traditional and stylish look of the city, a real feast for the eyes!Hard to
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A moment of joy we yearn forever!

Terraces in Marrakech are known for being special, but the sultana’s is fabulous.
Encircled like a jewel within the ramparts of the medina, the sultana is topped by a 1500m 2 vast terrace. Like hanging gardens of Babylon, it stands with transcendent elegance.

A world set apart, that owes most of its fame to the traditional and stylish look of the city, a real feast for the eyes!
Hard to keep a dazzled look amid flagrant bougainvillea blossoms?
On mother of pearl or shiny rubies? On the picturesque minarets whose glistening roofs are covered with glazed tiles, or on the legendary snow capped peaks of the high atlas mountain chain stretching into the horizon? On the Saadian tombs that are splendidly laid at the foot of an historical party wall?

The 360° view: outright luxury! Ephemeral sensations frozen in memory


The grill of the hanging gardens of La Sultana Marrakech

08-09-2014
Located in the historical centre of Marrakech, overlooking the famous Mosques of the Medina, The Grill of La Sultana is the ideal lunch spot to combine a visit of the imperial Kasbah district originally a citadel continually occupied by the Sultans of Morocco since the 12th century with local cuisine tasting & gourmet safaris. The Grill (or charcoal barbecue) is part of the secular tradition of the Red City. At night, the Jemaa El Fna
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Located in the historical centre of Marrakech, overlooking the famous Mosques of the Medina, The Grill of La Sultana is the ideal lunch spot to combine a visit of the imperial Kasbah district originally a citadel continually occupied by the Sultans of Morocco since the 12th century with local cuisine tasting & gourmet safaris.

The Grill (or charcoal barbecue) is part of the secular tradition of the Red City. At night, the Jemaa El Fna square turns into one of the world’s busiest open-air restaurants lit only by the light of the full moon and endless food stalls lights with smoke, steam and the smell of food everywhere.

The Kasbah Street, at the doorstep of the hotel, is also full of small food stalls where fires built in charcoal grills with fresh meats and vegetables are laid out for inspection.

La Sultana Marrakech «Grill of the hanging gardens» where food is prepared hot and fresh carries out this local tradition to offer at lunch time a charcoal barbecue restaurant on its rooftop terrace. The Grill is set around lush vegetation in the open-air, perfect to enjoy the view of the nearby Mosques and spot some White Storks in the blue sky.

The Grill menu offers various salads prepared on request, seafood freshly delivered from Oualidia, tasty meats, vegetables and fruits from the neighboring Ourika valley. Grilled meat on skewers? Served with local spices or natural?
Inspired by the Moroccan folklore, the skewers are served vertically on a specific display to amaze visitors. The home made french-fries are served in a clay pot imitating the original cones made from paper.

And under the shade, lunch continues in the magic atmosphere of La Sultana: Authentic, Unique and Confidential.


 
 

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