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Travelers' Choice #1 Destination: Marrakech

31-03-2015
Explore this year's Travelers' Choice rank 1 Award-winning Marrakech, based on millions of reviews by travelers. Travelers' Choice #1 Destination: Marrakech The new Travelers' Choice #1 Destination in the world, Marrakech is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle
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Explore this year's Travelers' Choice rank 1 Award-winning Marrakech, based on millions of reviews by travelers.

Travelers' Choice #1 Destination: Marrakech

The new Travelers' Choice #1 Destination in the world, Marrakech is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques(taking note that you may only step inside if you are Muslim).


Where luxury meets sustainability

25-03-2015
La Sultana is situated in the midst of a remarkable ecosystem, the lagoon of Oualidia. From its very inception, the hotel was planned to minimise impact on its fragile environment.It took vision, money and technical resources to achieve the result: a hotel which is unique in its environmental approach and 100% sustainable in its use of water.From the outside, with its garden and buildings made from local stone, the hotel
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La Sultana is situated in the midst of a remarkable ecosystem, the lagoon of Oualidia. From its very inception, the hotel was planned to minimise impact on its fragile environment.
It took vision, money and technical resources to achieve the result: a hotel which is unique in its environmental approach and 100% sustainable in its use of water.
From the outside, with its garden and buildings made from local stone, the hotel seems perfectly integrated with its surroundings. It imbues the place with a feeling of serenity and well-being.
But these are just the visible signs. Below ground runs a technical infrastructure consisting of miles of pipework. It is thanks to this that guests can enjoy five-star comfort with minimum strain on resources or damage to the environment.
All the water for La Sultana – from garden to hotel, from restaurants to swimming pools – is derived locally. Desalinated and filtered by osmosis, the water is soft and pure. It makes a shower or a dip in the hotel’s
swimming pools a wonderfully sensuous experience.
Water for the swimming pools is treated by ionisation. It uses a process of electrolytic hydrolysis with a copper/silver cathode and anode. The copper prevents the build-up of algae while the silver helps eliminate bacteria. It means that when the pools are drained for cleaning only pure, nonchlorinated water goes back into the lagoon.
A lot of time and effort went into finding a solution to recycling waste water. In the treatment area under the hotel, grey water from bathroom, shower and kitchen is degreased, oxygenated, homogenised and filtered.
This provides 40 cubic metres of water a day to irrigate the garden.
Sewage water is recycled along underground conduits which use vegetation to break down bacteria. This age-old system, updated for modern needs, gives the garden nutrients to help it to flourish. The final part of the recycling process is evaporation, which takes place through the leaves of the plants. 200 litres of water per day can be evaporated by a single mature eucalyptus tree.
Sea water from the lagoon, filtered and heated, is used for the jacuzzis. Guests arriving at the hotel can bathe away their stresses and cares by plunging into a whirlpool of pure, warm ocean water while feeling the
Atlantic breeze on their face.
We also thought carefully about heating and cooling systems for the hotel.
Heating, air conditioning and dehumidifying are controlled by a waterto-water heat pump which takes water from the lagoon at 18 degrees centigrade in the winter and at 21 degrees in the summer months. The water is then distributed around the hotel as needed.
La Sultana Oualidia is at the forefront of revolutionary green technology. Using resources sustainably, it manages to ensure the comfort of its guests as well as the long-term welfare of the lagoon ecosystem.


La Sultana Oualidia pays particular attention to products of the ocean

07-03-2015
Located in a superb location on the Atlantic coast, in the heart of a lagoon, La Sultana Oualidia must pay particular attention to seafood. The close proximity of the ocean is a major asset and a natural privilege indisputable. But the desire for fresh products has grown Sultana build pools of sea water embedded in its walls of stone to ensure and guarantee their quality. Also arriving on the tables crustaceans, clams and razor clams, prawns
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Located in a superb location on the Atlantic coast, in the heart of a lagoon, La Sultana Oualidia must pay particular attention to seafood.

The close proximity of the ocean is a major asset and a natural privilege indisputable. But the desire for fresh products has grown Sultana build pools of sea water embedded in its walls of stone to ensure and guarantee their quality.

Also arriving on the tables crustaceans, clams and razor clams, prawns and lobsters, of impeccable quality.

Also grilling just caught fish with brilliant shells on the beach.

The seafood tray so appetizing to begin a meal with varies depending on the fortunes of fishermen. The flesh of the crab shine on a bed of smooth guacamole and the fish of the day is the last surprise of the moment, sole, sea bream, sea bass, red mullet ... the key parameter, the fundamental value is the freshest ingredients.

Thus, the waterfront, La Sultana Oualidia offers dishes with intact Flavours so prized by a guaranteed taste for its guests.


Fine Crafts at La Sultana

21-02-2015
Artisans are guarantors of tradition and creativity. Their knowhow preserves the traditions carried on from the past and maintain them for the future. With passion and determination, La Sultana demonstrates its bond with traditional art and knowhow, while integrating it into modernity. It has committed to promote these artistic traditions, which have been integral part of Moroccan culture and heritage. La Sultana supports its own teams who
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Artisans are guarantors of tradition and creativity. Their knowhow preserves the traditions carried on from the past and maintain them for the future.

With passion and determination, La Sultana demonstrates its bond with traditional art and knowhow, while integrating it into modernity.

It has committed to promote these artistic traditions, which have been integral part of Moroccan culture and heritage. La Sultana supports its own teams who have worked exclusively for her since the beginning. It has taken over five years for La Sultana Concept to complete the work. As for fine watch-making or haute couture, any design or restoration takes time. Sculptors, engravers, painters have been working on various materials, such as marble, plaster, wood and copper.

Local artists have used tadelakt, stucco, and zelliges with innate talent inherited from generation to generation.

La Sultana shares a wall with the mausoleum of the Saadian princes, which is the most prestigious and best preserved representation of Andalusian and Moorish monuments in the entire Maghreb.

It has been inspired from this exceptional close proximity with Saadian art. Over a dozen old riads belonging to royal servants and their side street represent the basis of its establishment. La Sultana has carefully preserved this unique character.

Thus, a stay at La Sultana represents a close encounter with Moroccan history, and particularly that of the Saadian Dynasty. 


ConciergeTips - Attractions & Culture – Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna Square.

14-02-2015
The Jemaa el-Fna Square is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakesh and hasbecome one of the symbols of the city since its foundation in the eleventh century. It represents a unique concentration of popular Moroccan cultural traditions performed through musical, religious and artistic expressions. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00014.Ask the Concierge about our Urban Safaris and Private Guided Experiences in Marrakech.

The Jemaa el-Fna Square is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakesh and hasbecome one of the symbols of the city since its foundation in the eleventh century. It represents a unique concentration of popular Moroccan cultural traditions performed through musical, religious and artistic expressions. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00014.

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


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.


 
 

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