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#TravelMorocco: Heure Bleue Palais - Essaouira, Morocco - A gracious riad at the edge of the Medina

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Heure Bleue Palais - Essaouira, Morocco
A gracious riad at the edge of the Medina

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Heure Bleue Palais, Essaouira, Morocco
“Essaouira, long known, as Mogador, is Morocco’s most distinctive city. Perhaps I’m biased, because it’s where my great-grandfather grew up…but there’s no doubt that Relais & Châteaux’s L’Heure Bleue Palais is the outstanding jewel in Essaouira’s crown.” - Geoffrey Weill, President

L’Heure Bleue Palais sits at the edge of the Medina of Essaouira. Known as Mogador well into the 1950s, Essaouira is a port and Atlantic beach resort two hours west of Marrakech. Essaouira’s white and blue houses are protected by the terracotta battlements built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Long a crossroads of trade connecting Africa, the Arab world and Europe, the town’s romantic souks, alleys and houses are reminiscent of the charming and intimate Marrakech of decades ago.

Once the palace-riad of the Pasha of Mogador, L’Heure Bleue Palais was built with a floor for each of his four wives. Long abandoned, the building was transformed a decade ago into an elegant, tasteful, lavish, antique- and art-filled boutique hotel. Its 33 guest rooms and suites are in four different styles: African, Moorish, Portuguese and British. The riad surrounds a palm-filled courtyard where drinks, breakfast and afternoon tea are served. The elegant restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine. And the rooftop sundeck and pool are ideal for a day’s sunning, lunch and lazing.

The Spa:

Journey to the heart of Argan oil

A 3-day journey with Heure Bleue and Argan

Here at Heure Bleue Palais we are justly proud of coastal Essaouira’s colourful heritage and its intrinsic links with hinterland and region. Bringing it all together we have created a unique Argan oil journey – a very personalised 3 day journey including a trip to a working cooperative, an Argan based Hammam ritual in our Petit Spa and as ‘pièce de résistance’, a dedicated menu and cooking class with our Head Chef Ahmed Handour, celebrating Argan oil as a terrific taste enhancer, discovering why it has a firm place in traditional and modern Essaouiran cooking, plus the introduction to his signature dish: Royal chocolate & crispy ‘Amlou’.

• Price: 149 euros per night & per person.
• Contact us at +212 (0) 524 78 34 34 or for more information.

Heure Bleue Palais - rooftop pool & lounge


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