The Oetker Collection is inspired by a total dedication to passion for living
The Palais Namaskar luxury Hotel & Spa in Marrakech, Morocco, the latest Oetker Collection ‘Masterpiece Hotel’ to open its doors, is an the idyllic mix of Oriental architecture and contemporary developments.
Featuring 41 suites, villas and palaces, Palais Namaskar has been beautifully developed following Feng Shui principles and lies in a picturesque setting between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills. Imaad Rahmouni, renowned French-Algerian designer and former associate of French designer/architect Philippe Starck, and the owner and creator Philippe Soulier are behind the exquisite architecture, enhanced by subtle Moorish and Andalusian touches.
Nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills, the Palais Namaskar hosts a total of 41 units, comprising of guestrooms, suites, villas and palaces. The décor is a vibrant combination of eastern-inspired architecture infusing Feng Shui principles with a contemporary interior design. Almost all residences offer either a private pool or an outdoor Jacuzzi, and the Palaces offer up to four bedrooms.
Hotel décor: Eastern-inspired
Palais Namaskar sits amidst 50,000 sq m of scented and manicured Balinese-inspired gardens complemented by cascading waterfalls and lakes; water flows through over 1.5 hectares of Palais Namaskar’s grounds. The philosophy behind the property is to provide guests with a magical and unique setting in which to disconnect from the world and experience their perfect moment.
“Palais Namaskar has been beautifully constructed following Feng Shui principles, a concept studying the energy inside your body, as well to the energy inside and outside of buildings,” said Frederic Picard, the general manager of the hotel.
“There were no guidelines followed to build the Palais Namaskar. The owner and the architect, while also striking up a friendship, confronted their instincts at length, with no time or financial constraints, in order to fulfill their obsession,”
Many kinds of materials were used for the interiors, including wood, metal and crystal. Finishing and furnishing have been sourced mainly from Europe:
• OT for all carpets, also tailor-made by a German company;
• Minotti for the sofas in all rooms, suites, villas and palaces;
• B&B for the chairs and sofas in the restaurant and public areas (with Hermès-style finishing);
• Beach concept for all wood furniture, also tailor-made in Bali;
• Main bar and minibars tailor-made by a French artisan with mirrors made in Murano;
• Dedar for all curtains (more than 7 km)
Wellness and spa
Palais Namaskar’s spa has two double-treatment rooms with private hammam and four individual cabins with private outdoor terraces. Treatments are by Guerlain and ILA, focusing on both spiritual and physical healing. The property’s stunning grounds also provide the perfect setting for an indulgent treatment or guests can request an in-room spa experience.
“And at the Palais, you’ll not only live like a king, you’ll dine like one too. The exotic gourmet restaurant serves inspired Moroccan, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine,” he said.
F&B outlets include ‘Le Namaskar’ Restaurant, which overlooks the main pool and is set to be the place to be seen in Marrakech. The Tea Lounge, ‘Espace T’, provides a more relaxed setting for light snacks and afternoon tea featuring the Parisian tea house Mariage Frères and the ‘No Mad Bar’, which comprises an amazing evening bar and a stylish rooftop bar, whereas the latter affords stunning views across both the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills.
Palais Namaskar marks the Oetker Collection’s first hotel in Africa and the second to be located outside Europe, following the announcement to open Le Bristol Abu Dhabi in 2013. It currently operates the Brenners Park-Hotel in Baden-Baden (Germany) and three hotels in France: Le Bristol (Paris), Chateau Saint-Martin and du Cap-Eden-Roc (Cote d’Azur).