I have been so slow in uploading this post that I am posting all the pictures of food together.Ã‚Â We stayed at the Sirayane Boutique Hotel outside Marrakesh in Morocco and it was absolutely beautiful.Ã‚Â Sorry that the pictures are not beautifully laid out but believe me the hotel was outstanding and we would return like a shot.Ã‚Â Mehdi Bennani Smires, the owner, is passionate about what he is doing and creating.Ã‚Â The hotel was a complete treat, we had our own private garden although we didn’t use it much as the pool was so quiet and attractive.Ã‚Â All the sunbeds were double beds which is such a good but simple idea, the parasols went round according to your need, (I like sun and Tony likes shade) and the staff were very attentive without being intrusive.
The styling of the whole hotel had been carefully and successfully thought out, I didn’t realise that the hotel was absolutely full but because of the way it was built I never felt crowded, there was lots of space and the whole experience was of luxury.
An example of this is the spa, there were many treatments on offer but Tony said the ideal for him was that he was given space after his massage to relax and slowly come round, there was no rush to move on and he really appreciated that.Ã‚Â The spa offered a number of top quality treatments which were not too expensive and very well executed.
The rooms were delightful.Ã‚Â They were luxurious and traditional yet had discrete modern fittings as required.Ã‚Â Great wifi (as you know always number one in our priorities), extremely clean with lovely toiletries and great room service.Ã‚Â As I said we did have our own private garden which I used a couple of times but the whole place seemed almost deserted, Mehdi spent a lot of time with his architects making this work.
There was a free shuttle service to and from the main town which took about half an hour and we used this several times although it was hard to leave the pool.Ã‚Â The staff were magnificent, for example the driver taking us into town gave us great information about what to look for and what to avoid.Ã‚Â They were all utterly charming and very well trained.
There were several trips on offer and I suspect you could have whatever you asked for.Ã‚Â You could go to the Atlas Mountains,Ã‚Â go to a traditional Berber village or some of the natural beauties such as waterfalls and deserts.
Now the food.Ã‚Â I have included some above, the breakfasts had about 7 sorts of juice including cucumber and the orange juice was the best I have tasted.Ã‚Â There was a wide selection of cooked food, pastries, cheese and salads.Ã‚Â A good start to the day.Ã‚Â ooh and smoked salmon, always a winner with me.Ã‚Â The lunch and dinner courses included a range of local dishes and international dishes.Ã‚Â The lunch included avocado with shrimp, salmon tartare with mango, a selection of tagines along with different grilled meats and prawns and a good range of desserts.Ã‚Â For dinner there was a set menu and an ala carte menu and these included a lovely selection of Moroccan starters, the traditional soup Harira.Ã‚Â There was a choice of tagines of meat and fish and again a good range of desserts.Ã‚Â It was nice to go into the city a couple of times to try the market food but reassuring to know that when we went back we could get a good meal at the hotel.Ã‚Â The staff were delightful and without a doubt I would go back to this hotel, very tempted to have a room with its own pool, the owner knows his stuff and obviously cares very much about what he has created.