The Spa Shortlist: The Four Seasons MARRAKECH


Where does the sun spend winter? Where would we rather be come November? Marrakech.

Preferably superglued to a sunlounger by The Four Seasons pool with a menu of spa treatments to ‘work’ our way through.

The spa philosophy at The Four Seasons SPA embodies a “Middle East-meets-West” aesthetic, but in addition to the Maroc-inspired Hammam Treatments, there’s an eclectic selection of signature and ritual therapies, including:

THE FOUR SEASONS MASSAGE – this is a head-to-toe aromatherapy treatment using aromatic herbs like mint, rosemary, lavender and verbena, all picked in the hotel gardens.  The massage therapist focuses on gentle stretching, deep flowing massage movements and meridian line balancing, and this particular treatment is very much a multi-sensory experience thanks to the use of essential oil inhalation to relax, rebalance and awaken your spirit, mind and body.

This is a wonderful treatment to have, especially as the Four Seasons SPA is luminous and fresh, full of outside-in natural light which pours in through the windows- so if you’re not keen on very dark spas where you can barely find your way out of the changing room or see your own spa slippers by the glow of a sole lantern amid the hushed darkness, the Four Seasons is a breath of fresh air.

Sun-lounger + book + mint tea after lunch = heaven

Another unique treatment is THE COCOON PREGNANCY RITUAL –  this is a nurturing and comforting pregnancy massage to relax the body and help reduce tension and swelling.  Finished off perfectly with an Instant Glow Green Tea Facial to boost skin’s radiance. 

If you’d rather focus on soaking up the sun outside, there are Poolside Cabana Treatments.  Need to unwind your mind? Try the Scalp and Head Reviver.  Fatigued feet? Try the Flawless Feet.  You can also opt for something as simple as an express manicure or pedicure – brilliant if you’re just here for the weekend and want to spend more time sightseeing than in the spa.

What if you’ve already over-toasted yourself in the Marrakech sunshine on Friday morning, though? No problem. Book yourself in for a 30 minute SUN COOLER treatment to cool and calm sun-stressed skin, with the help of ILA SPA’s exquisite products.

Royal Villa at The Four Seasons

Pass the dates…we could sit here all afternoon

After the Marrakech sun has set – burnt orange with fuschia clouds – a night of sweet and spicy feasts beckons

Drinks and dinner before a stroll in lantern-lit gardens under the stars

Magical and Marrakech both begin with “M”

See you at the pool tomorrow, around about 10 (or 10.30!)

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