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May 30, 2012

Queen of the Desert: Selman Hotel,  Marrakech

You’ll say “desert first” when planning your next exotic escape after glimpses of Jacques Garcia’s latest project

By Nancy Staab

Selman Palace Hotel makes a splash in Morocco with an 80-metre pool and plenty of designer drama.

The dining room of The Selman Hotel, Marrakech, designed by Jacques Garcia The dining room of The Selman Hotel, Marrakech, designed by Jacques Garcia

The Selman Hotel in Marrakech, just opened in March, and already it’s made the pages of multiple glossies, including Conde-Nast Traveler. The Moorish-style palace at the foot of the Atlas mountains boasts a rose-colored compound on 15 acres; spectacular views; a record-breaking axial pool of 80-meters fringed by palm trees; five private riads with their own heated pools; 56 rooms and suites; a garden; spa and fine dining. Illustrious Hotel Côstes (Paris) designer Jacques Garcia, fresh off a refurbishment of the iconic Marrakech hotel La Mamounia and the hipster haven NoMad Hotel in NYC, brings his exotic-luxe aesthetic to Selman’s settings. Architectural details such as mosaics, high arches and columns are complemented by Garcia’s plush interiors and high-voltage palette of rose reds, ochres, lemon yellows and regal purples. The lavish dining space is splashed in purple with a statement crystal chandelier. The spa incorporates 15 treatment rooms, a Turkish Hammam, and both indoor and outdoor pools into its programs. Even the hotel owner’s famous collection of 12 Arabian horses get the star treatment with an equine spa of their own. However,  be warned-- these beautiful purebreds are for admiring rather than riding—that’s left to the hotel’s trekking breeds.

For more info: www.glahotels.com/hotel/selman_maroc/

SEE SLIDESHOW AT BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF THE HOTEL.

The exterior and 80-meter pool at The Selman Hotel. The exterior and 80-meter pool at The Selman Hotel.