“A romantic and luxurious spa hideaway at the secluded edge of Oualidia’s mesmerising lagoon”
A good distance from the village, with outer walls almost lapped by the tidal waters, this spa hotel offers an exclusive and pampering beachside experience. La Sultana’s most remarkable features are its decked infinity pool - ringed with Jacuzzis, loungers and daybeds - whose waters seem to merge with those of the lagoon, and an exotic, terraced garden which leads up to 12 drop-dead gorgeous rooms, including a treehouse. The thatched roof of the beachside restaurant and spa give it a distinct South-Sea-island look; the dressed stone walling of the suites, spa and restaurant are simply spectacular, and a high staff-to-guest ratio means you get treated like a pacha throughout your stay.
- The isolated position and romantic Arabian Nights atmosphere, heightened by the subtle lighting of the palms at night
- An unusual sunken restaurant and bar, with windows giving on to the lagoon
- A stunning stone-carved spa with excellent treatments, traditional Moroccan hammam and glittering indoor pool
- Beautifully styled rooms and suites, all with private terraces and seawater Jacuzzis!
- A beautiful garden: cacti, tall palms, euphorbias, colourful daisies, geraniums, oleander, bougainvillea and datura
- La Sultana is by no means cheap, but you get a whole lot of comfort for your dirhams
- ...And rates are accommodation only, so extras can add up
- It's a bit of an ivory tower - a walled luxury complex next to a local fishing village
- You’re a good 20-minute walk from the village and nearest restaurants
Best time to go
The area is renowned for its excellent birdwatching, particularly in March/April and October/November when migrants pass by. Expect to see avocets, warblers and godwits”
Our top tips
- Spa Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Cooking classes
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 Panorama Room also had an aromatic garden. If you want those lagoon views, you'll have to book a Lagoon Suite, the Ocean Suite or the most recent addition: the Tree House. 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.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
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.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Part of La Sultana Oualidia’s charm is that it encourages you to do very little. While away a day with a book, watch the colourful fishing boats and flamingos at the water's edge, or take a dip in the outdoor infinity pool, the warm indoor pool or the beautiful turquoise lagoon
- Indulge at the spa: steam a few pounds away in the hammam, leave your skin silky-soft with a full savon noir treatment, have a manicure or massage, then head back to your terrace Jacuzzi
- A boat trip along the lagoon is an absolute must. Head north through a series of narrow channels to an isolated marabout’s tomb at the edge of the ocean then head to the salt flats
- Walk along the beach to Oualidia, past the extraordinary remains of a palace that was built for the previous king, visited just once, then abandoned
- Make the most of the natural environment, there’s fantastic birdwatching and watersports to be had here
- Head down the coast to Safi (just an hour's drive to the south) and visit the colline des Poitiers (spectacular hills) then haggle for Morocco’s most attractive ceramics
- Find out more about our favourite activities on the Atlantic Coast
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
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)
Family friendly accommodation:
Excluding the Tree House, 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
Kids Activities on site:
- The walled garden
Kids Activities nearby:
- Swimming in the lagoon
- The beach
- Boat trips
- Airport: 2.5 hours (Casablanca); 3 hours (Marrakech)
- Shops: 5 minutes
La Sultana is in Oualidia, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, equidistant between Casablanca and Essaouira.
Fly in to Casablanca Mohammed V (200km), Essaouira (200km) or Marrakech Menara (210km). The hotel can arrange a transfer from Casablanca or Marrakech, or if you want more freedom you could hire a car. It's a 2.5-hour drive from Casablanca; 3 hours from Marrakech; the hotel has a car park and valet service.
There are buses from Casablanca to Oualidia (changing at El Jadida) or from Essaouira to Oualidia (changing at Safi) - but both are quite slow (5+ hours). There are also buses from Marrakech to Safi and connections to Oualidia (4+ hours).
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to Morocco and getting around
- Casablanca Mohammed V 200.0 km CMN
- Marrakech, Menara 210.0 km RAK
- Beach 0.1 km
- Shops 2.0 km
- Restaurant 2.0 km