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Bird Watching Black-tailed Godwit is back on Oualidia's lagoon

01-06-2017
We spotted the Black-tailed Godwit during the #birdwatching #LaSultanaOualidia yesterday making the most of the Natural Reserve before heading north for the summer in northern Europe. Black-tailed Godwit is classified as Near Threatened. Ask our Conciergerie for tailored guided visit of Oualidia TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 

We spotted the Black-tailed Godwit during the #birdwatching #LaSultanaOualidia yesterday making the most of the Natural Reserve before heading north for the summer in northern Europe.

Black-tailed Godwit is classified as Near Threatened.

Ask our Conciergerie for tailored guided visit of Oualidia

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 


SURF THERAPY | Waves of Happiness in Oualidia

01-06-2017
Waves of Happiness in OualidiaSURF THERAPY   At the edge of a lagoon by the Atlantic Ocean, off the beaten tracks in Morocco and in a site of great ecological importance listed as “Natural Reserve”, La Sultana Oualidia attract, captivate, energize and sooth in equal measure.   La Sultana Oualidia is a peaceful luxury resort of 12 rooms offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with luxury
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Waves of Happiness in Oualidia
SURF THERAPY

 

At the edge of a lagoon by the Atlantic Ocean, off the beaten tracks in Morocco and in a site of great ecological importance listed as “Natural Reserve”, La Sultana Oualidia attract, captivate, energize and sooth in equal measure.
 
La Sultana Oualidia is a peaceful luxury resort of 12 rooms offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with luxury facilities and unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences.

Protected by the lands, the lagoon of Oualidia is an ideal surfing spot allowing the ocean swell to come in through a narrow opening. At high tides, the current comes into the lagoon and breaks into one nice wave at a time, pushing the waves to the shore. Listed in « The World’s Best Hotel for Surfing Holidays » by The Telegraph that covers renowned places as far away as Australia, La Sultana Oualidia is an exceptional place to learn the take off in safe and easy conditions, ideal for beginners and children (from 6 years old).
 
On the other side of the lagoon, experienced surfers will be appealed by the strong conditions of the Atlantic Ocean, especially at the famous spot “Les Tomates” located near the tomatoe farm (15 km south). For surf experts, there is even a 'tube' wave near the fishing port town of Safi (50 km south), recognized by many as one of the best waves in Africa.
 
Surfing provides many health benefits including cardiovascular fitness, shoulder and back strength and leg and core strength. Besides health benefits, surfing is also a great way to relieve stress and tension. Since the early 90s, a surf school is based all year in Oualidia and hotel guests are picked up from the hotel jetty.
 
Our promise is to share a rich array of meaningful experiences in an exceptional natural landscape for individual and family adventures. Be ready to make the most of the great weather conditions to practice Surfing in the lagoon.
 
Professional surfing lesson includes:
Transfers from and to the hotel from the jetty
Full equipment: wetsuit & surf board
Surf instructor with boat assistance
 


SURF THERAPY |Waves of Happiness
From 300 MAD per session per person in addition to the room’s price
Three sessions from 900 MAD per person / 750 MAD per children (6 to 12 year old)


Ask our Conciergerie for tailored guided visit of Oualidia

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 

Ecole de Surf "Surfland" https://www.facebook.com/SURFLAND.SURFCAMP/


Culinary adventure in Morocco

10-05-2017
Located in the old historical Medina, La Sultana Marrakech offers beautiful scenery and delicious local cuisine which is an integral part of the guest experience. Join us on the rooftop to learn the ancestral knowhow of Moroccan cuisine.You can learn how to measure a pinch of cumin with precision for the tagine or learn how simply use marinated lemons available at Dima Terroir corner in the boutique.When in Marrakech,
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Located in the old historical Medina, La Sultana Marrakech offers beautiful scenery and delicious local cuisine which is an integral part of the guest experience.
 
Join us on the rooftop to learn the ancestral knowhow of Moroccan cuisine.
You can learn how to measure a pinch of cumin with precision for the tagine or learn how simply use marinated lemons available at Dima Terroir corner in the boutique.

When in Marrakech, make sure you try a “Tagine”, typical dish of the region served in cone-shaped clay pot dish. A tagine stands for both the pot and the food inside and it can be veggie, with meat, poultry, eggs with a taste of olives, preserved lemon or selected spices.
 
While you are not yet in Morocco to try, we picked one of our favorite Tagine recipe “Berber tagine ‘façon’ Ghanmi” from our Cook Book to bring these wonderful tastes of Morocco into your kitchen:

Berbère tagine ‘façon’ Ghanmi
Easy recipe - Preparation 45 min – for 4 people
Cooking utensil required : medium tagine, brazier
 
Ingredients :
- 800g of lamb                            - 4 tsp of olive oil
- 200g potatoes                          - 1 tsp of ginger
- 200g zucchini                           - 1 tbsp of turmeric
- 250g green beans                     - 1 bunch of parsley
- 250g carrots                            - ¾ cup water
- 200g onions                              - 1 tsp salt
- 150g cherry tomatoes              - ½ tsp pepper

Preparation :
1. Chop onions finely. Wash the vegetables and peel them. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Cut zucchini in four lengthwise. Cut carrots and green beans in half. 
2. Add the meat, onions, parsley, olive oil, ginger, turmeric, salt and pepper into the tagine.
3. Sprinkle water over the tagine. Cook for 45 minutes on the grill. 
4. Serve hot in the tagine. 
 
Tip from the Dada: 
Place vegetables in a dome shape during cooking. Decorate the dish with cherry tomatoes before serving.

La Sultana delivers the secrets of popular Moroccan cuisine every morning at 10h30am on the rooftop with complimentary Cook Book for each participant.
 
Price: 650 MAD per person with lunch included

Ask our Conciergerie for tailored guided visit of Marrakech 

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 

Corner Dima Terroir available at La Sultana Marrakech http://ma.maroc-terroir.com/ 


Our Living History - 100 year anniversary of the discovery of the Saadian Mausoleum (1917-2017)

17-03-2017
Located in UNESCO listed Medina world heritage site, La Sultana Marrakech celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of the Saadian Mausoleum (1917-2017) located few meters from the hotel entrance with an exclusive private visit. At this occasion, we  take a plunge into La Sultana Marrakech own history that echoes to Moroccan great Royal History. Once upon a time in the days of the Almohad dynasty (12th century), where La
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Located in UNESCO listed Medina world heritage site, La Sultana Marrakech celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of the Saadian Mausoleum (1917-2017) located few meters from the hotel entrance with an exclusive private visit.
At this occasion, we  take a plunge into La Sultana Marrakech own history that echoes to Moroccan great Royal History.


Once upon a time in the days of the Almohad dynasty (12th century), where La Sultana Marrakech is today, a granary supplies the royal family and the court of the Calife Yacoub El Mansour. The Calife just completed the Koutoubia and plans to add a Royal Kasbah to the city with access through the Bab Agnaou archway.

As a nod to this granary and the brick usage at that time, La Sultana Marrakech used the brick as the main material in the architecture of the Almohad patio.

In the 16th century, Marrakech undergo notable architectural achievements near La Sultana, under the Saadian rulers (1510-1669) when the El Badi Palace and the Saadian tombs were built. This dynasty has been a source of inspiration at large at La Sultana Marrakech with similar Moorish design in tiles patterns of the Saadian patio and white plaster work.

The Alaouite dynasty takes over in the 18th century with the Sultan Moulay Ismael dismantling the Badi palace to make a greater palace and decided to walled the Saadian tombs to see it fall into obscurity for hundreds of years.

The secret remained closely guarded until aerial photography exposed them in 1917. Today this monument is visible from above from the grand rooftop of La Sultana Marrakech.

At the end of the 19th century, the building corresponding to La Sultana Marrakech today was handed down to a former palace worker, Caïd Azzi Boujemaa as a gift for his devotion and loyalty to the dynasty. During the French protectorate, his son lovingly restored many of its original features and the address became synonymous with glamorous society balls and parties with his wife bearing for coquetry a French name Odette.

In 2001, in partnership with the Historical Monuments Organisation, it was revived once more to become a place of great hospitality. 

In its modern day apparel La Sultana captures the charm and elegance of residencies from a bygone era, offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences. Made-up of five separate riads, it feels maze-like and disguises its sprawling corridors and hidden chambers for the delight of its own guests. 

Ask our Conciergerie for tailored guided visit of Marrakech 

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 

 


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Beauty lover's guide to Marrakech

17-03-2017
We are pleased to share a “Beauty Guide” to Marrakech from Sophia Panych, Beauty Editor of Allure, travelling in-between fashion shows. Sophia was travelling with Allure Fashion Director Rachael Wang when staying @ #LaSultanaMarrakech Sophia managed to put together a beauty lover's guide to Marrakech with advice from her personal experiences and from the dozen or so hairstylists, makeup artists,
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We are pleased to share a “Beauty Guide” to Marrakech from Sophia PanychBeauty Editor of Allure, travelling in-between fashion shows.

Sophia was travelling with Allure Fashion Director Rachael Wang when staying @ #LaSultanaMarrakech

Sophia managed to put together a beauty lover's guide to Marrakech with advice from her personal experiences and from the dozen or so hairstylists, makeup artists, and fashion editors she spoke with before her trip.

We loved it and thought it might help you plan your stay with us. Here is everything you need to know before visiting the historic "red city."

“Pack considerately. Nearly 99 percent of Moroccans are Muslim, and while the younger generation tends to be more lax than their parents and grandparents, you will notice that most locals keep their arms and legs completely covered. That's not to say you need to wear a sweater and jeans in 90-degree heat, or that it's required for you to cover up (I saw plenty of tourists wearing off-the-shoulder dresses and shorts), but out of respect it's not a bad idea to pack clothes that will cover your shoulders and upper legs. I lived in silk kimonos from Matthew Williamson's beachwear line (over a tank top and cropped jeans) and floaty peasant tops in lightweight fabrics to be respectful of the culture while trying to stay as cool as possible.

Don't forget your sunscreen. Everything in Marrakech is bright—the spices, the paint on the buildings, the pottery—and that includes the sun. I didn't spot a cloud in the sky the entire time I was there, making it even more crucial to be diligent about sunscreen application. I brought along a travel-size bottle of La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60, which I slathered over myself every time I went outside. I'm not going to lie: I threw it in my bag because it was the only TSA-friendly sunscreen I had, but it turned out that the nongreasy formula was perfect for Marrakech because it didn't turn slimy in the heat.

Go to a hammam.... While everyone should experience a hammam, or Turkish bath, when visiting Marrakech, it's a requirement if you're a beauty junkie. I'd even say it was the highlight of the whole trip. There are several great hammams in the city (I've heard rave reviews about Hammam de la Rose right in the medina) from friends, but lucky for Rachael and me, La Sultana has one of the best spas in Marrakech (it's won numerous awards) tucked away in the hotel's basement (below).

...and prepare to get naked. For newbies to a Turkish hammam, here's what happens: You slip on a paper thong and a robe and get taken to a steam room, where you are quickly instructed to de-robe. Then you are splashed with warm water and left to lie there for about a half an hour. Once you're nice and sweaty and the heat is turned back down, an attendant scrubs you from head to toe and washes you like a baby. Depending on where you go, you can then tack on a massage afterward. At La Sultana Marrakech, I honestly had one of the best and most relaxing massages I've ever experienced, using natural, locally sourced argan oil to boot. My skin has literally never felt smoother and softer, but I've also never been so naked in front of a complete stranger. And a word of warning: If you wear contacts, leave them out for the hammam. You sweat a lot, and the perspiration can get in your eyes, which is fine if you don't have lenses in your eyes, but pretty painful if you do.

Buy yourself an OG lip stain. There are a lot of things to buy in Marrakech, the most popular being rugs and lanterns and spices. But for the beauty obsessed, make sure to pick up a traditional Berber lip stain, called aker or aker fassi in Arabic. It looks like a miniature clay pot, but it's actually red clay terra-cotta that's coated in a dye made of poppy leaves, pomegranate extract, and henna. To use it, you dip your a brush in either water, cream, or oil, swirl it around in the pot, and apply it to your lips or cheeks (you can also apply it with your fingers as well). The result is a sheer brick-red stain that you can layer to make more opaque.

Shop for loafers at Topolina. Again, there are plenty of places to buy clothes and shoes in the medina, but the best store I went to while in Marrakech was Topolina, a clothing shop in the Gueliz district that was not only recommended to me by friends in Paris, but also has a mention on vogue.com's shopping guide for the city. Started by a French expat, Topolina has amazing colorful, intricately patterned coats, dresses, and tops, but the highlight is the selection of printed tassel loafers. I bought three pairs—two for me and one for a friend.

Visit Yves Saint Laurent's former home. A trip to Marrakech wouldn't be complete without stopping at Jardin Majorelle, best known as the vacation home of Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. (It was originally owned by an artist by the name of Jacques Majorelle, who painted all the buildings a bright shade of cobalt, which is how the color, Majorelle Blue, got its name.) You can stroll through the 12-acre gardens, grab a bite to eat at the café, and check out the small-yet-jam-packed Berber Museum. Any beauty nerd will appreciate the ancient kohl eyeliner containers and applicators displayed along the walls, as well as the amazing collection of Berber jewelry.

Get dinner at Nomad. Tucked away in the corner of the spice market in the medina, Nomad came highly recommended and ended up being my favorite restaurant of the trip. It offers modern interpretations of traditional Moorish dishes (I had the lamb burger) and has a gorgeous rooftop (call ahead to ensure you get a table, though if you don't you'll probably find room inside, which isn't too shabby).

Sip a glass of Moroccan rosé on the La Sultana rooftop. The most picturesque place to grab a drink in Marrakech is hands down the rooftop at La Sultana (shown above and below). You can look out onto the historic mosques and souks, and it provides a breathtaking view of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains. They have an extensive wine list, but I especially liked the Moroccan rosé that was on the menu (it's the only option by the glass).”

See full article here : http://www.allure.com/story/beauty-editors-guide-to-marrakech-morocco

Ask our Conciergerie for tailored shopping tips when visiting Marrakech

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 


Easter celebrations at La Sultana

17-03-2017
INSPIRING FESTIVE EXPERIENCES  Celebrate Easter Holidays at La Sultana with your sweetheart, your family or friends. Discover all the exciting events from the Sunday Brunch and a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and enjoy gastronomy as our Chef created an amazing dinner dedicated to Easter season including 3-courses that will be served on Sunday 16th of April... Contact us to book your stay during Easter TEL. +212 5
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INSPIRING FESTIVE EXPERIENCES 

Celebrate Easter Holidays at La Sultana with your sweetheart, your family or friends.

Discover all the exciting events from the Sunday Brunch and a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and enjoy gastronomy as our Chef created an amazing dinner dedicated to Easter season including 3-courses that will be served on Sunday 16th of April...

Contact us to book your stay during Easter

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 


Vote & Win - Readers Choice Conde Nast Traveller

07-03-2017
Fabulous occasion to #Vote for your preferred hotel & have your chance to #Win a #holiday…. Vote & Win here Casting your vote will take just a few minutes and your support means the world to the entire team of #LaSultanaMarrakech & #LaSultanaOualidia. #ThankYou #LaSultanaExperience #Morocco #CondeNastTraveller #IAmATraveller www.cntraveller.com/rta  

Fabulous occasion to #Vote for your preferred hotel & have your chance to #Win a #holiday…. Vote & Win here
Casting your vote will take just a few minutes and your support means the world to the entire team of #LaSultanaMarrakech & #LaSultanaOualidia.

#ThankYou #LaSultanaExperience #Morocco #CondeNastTraveller #IAmATraveller

www.cntraveller.com/rta  


Finding Inspiration (and Shopping) in Marrakech

07-03-2017
We are pleased to share this nice article in Vogue US about finding inspiration (and shopping) in Marrakech by a design-Lover Amanda Shine when staying @ #LasultanaMarrakech Amanda Shine, of the chic New York–based ceramics line and branding agency, The Setting, recently headed to Marrakech with business partner and pal Billur Kazaz. It was a celebratory trip to commemorate their first year in business
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We are pleased to share this nice article in Vogue US about 
finding inspiration (and shopping) in Marrakech by a design-Lover Amanda Shine when staying @ #LasultanaMarrakech

Amanda Shine, of the chic New York–based ceramics line and branding agency, The Setting, recently headed to Marrakech with business partner and pal Billur Kazaz. It was a celebratory trip to commemorate their first year in business together and to gather inspiration for the launch of their next project: a hotel debuting this summer. Morocco ranked as their number one destination to gather homeware and hospitality insight, but the trip soon turned into an educational journey in culture, cuisine, and color—plus launched a serious love affair with Moroccan coffee. “One of the reasons I was most excited to travel to Marrakech was to touch and see Moroccan ceramics,“ explains Shine, adding that “Marrakech has a modern and inclusive energy full of people from all aspects of life and that was an especially enlightening and unique element of the trip.”

Between the swoon-worthy mosaic-clad interiors, lush gardens, and delectable sweets, Shine’s design-focused guide to Morocco is bound to inspire your own trip. Below, Shine shares a photo diary from her trip as well as some of her top picks on where to stay, dine, and explore in the Moroccan city.

What to See:
Jardin Majorelle
This roughly 2.5-acre botanical garden offers inspiration for every nature- and decor-lover and is perfect for a half-day adventure. Wander the endless cacti, tropical plants, and cobalt blue exteriors that were once owned by Yves Saint Laurent and where his ashes are spread.

The Souk
Get lost in this endless web of shops offering handcrafted silver, spices, leather goods, rugs, garments, and food. Take a guided tour to see the full span of the souk on your first day to help you get an understanding of specific districts that house woodworking, leather, or other specialties. You can always venture out yourself; chances are you will be back for multiple shopping trips during your stay. (Pro tip: Always have cash (dollars are a good backup for large purchases like rugs) and an extra duffel to stash your goodies.)

Jemaa el-Fna
Located in the Medina quarter, this lively square has been a main destination for locals and tourists since the early foundations of Marrakech. Games, snake charmers, cactus fruit, street food, and henna, along with an array of locals and tourists make up the famous square and is surely not to miss. But a word to the wise: If you’re taking photos of any act you will be expected to tip!

What to Buy:

Argan Oil
Made from local argan nuts that are ground on site inside the small natural remedy shops, it’s a staple in Moroccan cuisine and beauty, and truly a must for argan oil devotees.

Orange Blossom Oil
If you’re wondering what the amazing aroma is in your hotel and around Morocco, it’s orange blossom oil. You can use it on your hands and skin as an essence, in baking recipes, or put some drops in your diffuser and make your whole house smell wonderful. We both purchased this and brought it home; definitely a favorite!

Silver
Small candlesticks, letterboxes, trays or teapots are all authentic to Morocco and make for incredibly valuable and special gifts for others or for your own home.

Woodwork
The most special pieces with incredible amounts of inlay and labor. Get yourself a small jewelry box or chess set.

See full article here : http://www.vogue.com/article/marakesh-travel-diary-morocco-design-inspiration

 

Ask our Conciergerie for tailored shopping tips when visiting Marrakech

TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - RESERVATION@LASULTANAHOTELS.COM 


Bird Watching Safari | La Sultana Oualidia

07-03-2017
At the edge of a lagoon by the Atlantic Ocean, off the beaten tracks in Morocco and in a site of great ecological importance, La Sultana Oualidia attract, captivate, energize and sooth in equal measure. La Sultana Oualidia is a peaceful luxury resort of 12 rooms offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with luxury facilities and unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences. Our promise is to share a rich array of
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At the edge of a lagoon by the Atlantic Ocean, off the beaten tracks in Morocco and in a site of great ecological importance, La Sultana Oualidia attract, captivate, energize and sooth in equal measure.
 
La Sultana Oualidia is a peaceful luxury resort of 12 rooms offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with luxury facilities and unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences.
 
Our promise is to share a rich array of meaningful experiences in an exceptional natural landscape for individuals and family adventures. Founded on the deep desire to protect and celebrate this incredible ecosystem, La Sultana Oualidia raise more awareness amongst guests by providing educational Bird-Watching safaris. According to the season, you can kayak up the lagoon with a guide to observe some limicoles, grey herons, spatulas, big cormorants, pink flamingos, storks...
La Sultana Oualidia is a relaxing journey to make the most of a luxury resort facilities and be moved by the power of nature.

Raise your awareness of this ecosystem and kayak up the lagoon to encounter many bird species with the help of a guide and enjoy an exclusive light lunch at the salt marshes.
 
Excursion available all year with best conditions in Spring & Autumn for migrating birds.
 
The Bird Watching Safari includes:

  • Guided tour of bird species
  • Boat ride or Kayak depending on the weather conditions
  • Return by car transfer to the hotel

BIRD WATCHING SAFARI |Observation & Conservation Expedition
Package at 1150 MAD per person (2 persons minimum)

 

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Off-road Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles

16-02-2017
Proudly supporting the team “Fleurs 2 Gazelles” in the Off-road Rallye for Women only “Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles” taking place in Morocco March 17th– April 1st 2017. Exited to follow two sisters running the competition for the 7th time since
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Proudly supporting the team “Fleurs 2 Gazelles” in the Off-road Rallye for Women only “Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles” taking place in Morocco March 17th– April 1st 2017.

Exited to follow two sisters running the competition for the 7th time since 2008.

www.fleurs2gazelles.fr
www.rallyeaichadesgazelles.com
Photo: @Rallyedesgazelles 

#fleurs2gazelles #Offroadrallye #rallyeaichadesgazelles #Morocco #LaSultanaExperience #LaSultanaMarrakech #LasultanaOualidia 


 
 

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