We are jolted awake at 4.45am by a loud wailing. The adjacent mosque is calling the faithful to the first service of the day, with the aid of loud speakers pointing in our direction.
With the promise of more clear blue skies and temperatures soaring well into the 40’s, early morning is a great time to relax on the shady roof terrace with a book, freshly squeezed orange juice and strong Moroccan coffee.
We stepped out from the cool walls of the Riad Capaldi straight into the middle of a game of football in the narrow lane outside, and dodged footballs, mopeds, bicycles and donkeys on the way to find a taxi to take us outside the city walls to the Delano Hotel, a new “baby grand” boutique hotel on the edge of the city, renowned for its stunning spa and authentic hamman.
After a tour of the hotel I headed down into the hamman to have every inch of my skin scrubbed with a cactus cloth while I lay on a huge marble table. The therapist explained that although the ritual of hamman was based in religious cleansing before going to the Mosque, most Moroccan women now have a weekly hamman, either in a spa (approx £35) or a public hamman (approx 10p – 50p) to keep their skin smooth and healthy.
We had hoped to visit to the 5* Selman Hotel with its Arabian stallions, however the entire hotel had been rented out for a private party this week. Most hotels here, regardless of size, are happy to offer exclusive use to their guests.
Our helpful driver offered us a tour of the other similar hotels; the Four Seasons and La Mamoumia are both on this edge of the city, but there is only so much time you can spend in a car with inadequate air conditioning, and we returned to the air conditioned comfort of The Delano for lunch in the Del Cafe and a swim on the roof top terrace before the 10 minute drive to the airport for our flight home.
Guides for Brides are grateful to have been hosted by The Capaldi Hotel, Riad Capaldi and The Delano Hotel for this trip to review honeymoon and wedding destinations in Marrakech, and look forward to returning soon.
Why not have a look at our video on the link below.