Discreetly located some 25 m from the hotel's main patio is the secluded leisure area, on a site formerly occupied by three small houses. Here we find an imposing, renovated 'borj' (watchtower) set into 7m high defensive walls at the foot of which is a 10m x 5m heated swimming pool, its depth shelving from 1m to 2m. Along one side is a south facing sunbathing terrace with loungers and parasols.
On the opposite side of the pool from the sun terrace is a new building housing the first floor spa and, at ground level, a small poolside bar where drinks are served, including an outstanding range of cocktails, including non-alcoholic options. Snacks and light meals, prepared in the hotel's kitchen, may also be taken here. Adjacent to the bar are two changing rooms with showers and toilets for pool users. Towels are provided.
Please note: the hotel's dress code requests pool users not to frequent public spaces such as patios, lounges and dining room in the hotel itself, in swimwear or other inappropriate attire.
Le Spa aux Borjs de la Kasbah
Set in the peacefully secluded leisure area, some 25m from the hotel's main patio, our spa, L'Arganier, includes a classic, marble-clad, domed hammam and separate sauna plus two treatment rooms and a rest area, each having traditional latticed windows (menze) overlooking the swimming-pool and sun terrace.
A hammam session in a traditional steam bath involves a washdown and numerous dousings with hot water and concludes with an invigorating bucket of cold. This is followed by a 'gommage' (a vigorous scrub down using black beldi soap made from olives and eucalyptus leaves) and then by a gentle massage of back, neck and shoulders administered by a spa therapist to relieve muscular tension.
During pre-booked hammam sessions wear the kind of clothing in which you feel comfortable, a swimsuit, ideally, or underwear. In the Spa you will find changing cubicles, lockers for your clothes and personal effects, bathrobes, sandals and towels. Allow 15 mins following your treatment to relax and recover, sipping some mint tea or refreshing iced water before returning to the outside world.
In addition to hammam sessions, a range of invigorating and soothing massages is offered in the spa, most of them derived from ancestral tradition and an understanding of the beneficial effects of herbal therapies. At each treatment session plant oils are carefully selected by our qualified, experienced therapists to suit different skin types and the needs of each client i.e. massages can act both as a stimulant and to generate a feeling of total relaxation.
Caesar Salad with chicken Salade niçoise with tuna
A selection of sandwiches
Oriental pizza (spicy merguez, aubergine)
Traditional bolognaise lasagne
Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and parmesan
Tagliatelle with creamy spinach
Iced red wine with lemonade. Iced tea or iced coffee
and, of course, a full bar service is available
A Hammam Bath with 'gommage' (max 4 persons): 30 mins 180 dh
Hammam & Gommage with rhassoul full body mask of volcanic clay to purify the skin 45 mins 260 dh
Hammam & Gommage with full body seaweed mask to aid weight loss and eliminate toxins 45 min 270 dh
MASSAGES - a range of treatments is available, each taking between 25 and 50 mins; here are just three:
Traditional foot massage (welcome after pounding the streets or shopping in the souks!): 20 mins 190 dh
Back massage, with rosemary oil and warm towels: 30 mins 200 dh
'The Relaxer', with verbena oil, reduces stress and heightens a feeling of well being: 45 mins 320 dh