“A romantic and luxurious spa hideaway at the secluded edge of Oualidia’s mesmerising lagoon”
The rooms' decorative cues follow that of the rest of the hotel: ceilings of dressed sandstone, beautiful zellig floors and walls of honey-coloured tadelakt. Plus you get a full range of creature comforts including a plasma TV, sound-proofing and a minibar with free soft drinks. The meticulous craftsmanship is also in evidence in the woodwork of doors, windows and bedside tables: intricate geometric carving is lightened by a fresh, light blue wash, which dovetails beautifully with the nautical paintings above the kingsize beds.
Each room has a private terrace with a corner Jacuzzi - our stunning Junior Suite also had an aromatic garden. If you want those lagoon views, you'll have to book a Suite Deluxe, the Exclusive Suite or the most recent addition: the Treehouse Suite. Just a short stroll from the main building, this chic wooden structure is built around an existing tree, grabbing panoramic lagoon views and tempting honeymooners no end. Bathrooms are every bit as swanky as you might expect, with marble-topped vanity units twin basins, luxurious power showers, loads of shelf space and heated towel rails.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are moveable feasts at La Sultana: you can eat on your private terrace, in the sunken Lagoon Dining Room which has the same amazing stonework as the rest of La Sultana, in the more ornate Mast Restaurant further up the hill or, best of all we reckon, on the decked terrace next to the lagoon and the hotel’s private pier.
Being so close to the sea, fresh fish is the mainstay. You are literally yards away from Morocco’s best oyster beds and the lagoon provides an abundant supply of lobster, crayfish, spider crabs and sea urchins. Their signature dish, sea perch cooked in a salt crust, is a guest favourite. If you prefer meat, a range of classical Moroccan dishes is also on the menu - kefta, tagines and pastilla. Masses of TLC goes into the presentation of the food, overseen by a top Marrakchi chef, and there’s an extensive wine list as well as an impressive range of cocktails.
Breakfasts are rather less elaborate: freshly baked bread, Moroccan and french crêpes, fresh fruit juice, cheeses, cold meats and yoghurts. Ask if you’d like eggs, too. It would be tempting to have your breakfast delivered early to your private terrace: the lagoon is uniquely beautiful in the early morning light.
La Sultana Oualidia is an excellent choice for families with young kids as it has safe swimming in the lagoon from its sandy beach - a very gradual drop-off and few waves. You’d feel a real sense of security within the walled gardens of La Sultana where there are always plenty of staff about to keep an eye on your little ones. And, of course, any kid would enjoy a boat trip on the lagoon.
Babies (0-1 years)
Excluding the Prestige Deluxe rooms and the Treehouse Suite, all rooms can take at least one extra bed and a baby cot (which are free for children under 2 years old)
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking