Ensconced within the medina in Marrakech and overlooking the historic Saadian tombs lies La Sultana. Its once well-kept secret, Spa La Sultana, is now a haute favorite with spa goers. This delightful member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World has pulled all stops out by emphasizing on myriad wellness and relaxation treatments at its oasis of tranquility.

Before you head off to the medina or after you are done with your exploration of the city, head over to Spa La Sultana. You will realize why  you needed to step into this luxury wellness haven when you leave rejuvenated.

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Cocoon yourself in its beautifully designed relaxation rooms and submit your mind and body to therapists who do a wonderful job of soothing your tired body. They zap all the sluggishness and in no time you’ll be putty in your therapists hands. Don’t say we didn’t warn you: it is all too tempting to stay put here and spend the entire day lazing in the spa and its plunge pool.

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The Moroccan lanterns cast a series of swiveling shadows over the plunge pool, while the spa’s décor – large columns in warm pastel hues and soft turquoise walls –reflects a fusion of inspiring Moroccan tradition infused with a liberal dollop of modernity. It subtly sets the mood for exotic relaxation.

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The spa has a variety of massages and body treatments for you to choose from. Start with a facial massage with some rose flower argan oil or perhaps an effective deep-tissue massage. Then, try one of the lovely the scrub options – cinnamon body scrub, sugar with spices and honey, Balneotherapy with essential oils or a moisturizing wrap with argan cream.

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Bliss at its best comes in the form of massages and hammam treatments. It has a cozy atmosphere that allows you to relax. The hammam experience with traditional black soap scrub is followed by a rinse off with warm water. Next is the gentle exfoliation with coarse mittens while you lie on the warm tiled hot room. This is a detoxing experience as you feel the warmth envelop you as the room fills with wisps of steam. As soon as you step out of the hammam, you are ushered to lounge on the daybeds and offered Moroccan tea and sweets. Additionally, the fragrant towel covering your eyes lull you to sleep. You are woken only when it’s time for the next pampering session – massage.

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For the signature La Sultana Massage, you could choose ylang ylang, verbena or orange blossom. Should you want something less aromatic, go for the argan oil – either in the essential form or pure version. There is hardly any way you could go wrong with any of the spa’s offerings. Soft music wafts through the massage room as the masseuse gently works the oil into your skin, eliciting a sense of calm.

If you think your hair is a mess, fret not. Head to the hairdressing salon and have their team blow dry your hair and style it just the way you like it most. After this decadent treatment, you’ll be ready to take the mayhem of Djemaa el-Fna square in your stride and wander through the medieval lanes. For more details, visit the website: www.lasultanahotels.com