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Morocco business travel: Holiday Inn Marrakech

Palmeraie Hotels & Resorts is carving a niche as a most viable business complex- and its newly introduced concepts Holiday Inn-Hotel du Golf and Pavillon du Golf are only set to increase its status among business travellers


Having made the breathtakingly beautiful spot that is Palmeraie in Marrakech its home, the hospitality group Palmeraie Hotels & Resorts encompasses four notable hotels, a park of villas, and a residential complex housed within a 220 hectare resort. Catering to many different types of guests, each hotel concept nestling within the complex displays its own unique character. Business travellers with a penchant for golf are likely to find Golf Hotel and the exclusive boutique contender, Pavillon du Golf, the most alluring options.

Appearing like a green oasis in the midst of the Moroccan landscape, Holiday Inn-Hotel du Golf opened its doors in June 2011. The launch of the luxurious and business focused hotel – which operates under the Holiday Inn umbrella – marks the last step of the Palmeraie Hotels & Resorts group’s exciting development. Albeit its tender age, Holiday Inn-Hotel du Golf has already made a name for itself as a prime business travel haven.

Contemporary in style, the hotel’s aesthetic identity brings together clean modernity and Moroccan influences, fusing them with acute care. “The Moroccan touches are suggested in a subliminal way,” explains Jean-Baptiste, the celebrated interior designer behind the project. “They are incorporated to be merely sensed, and are not added to overpower the concept.” Some of the Moroccan undertones that can be detected are ground red marble elements that bring to mind the signature colour of Marrakech, and a smattering of black and white photographs telling the history of the fascinating city.

All of the 315 rooms come with the added benefit of a balcony. The room type options range from generously proportioned standard rooms to suites featuring spacious terraces. Bathrooms are bright and equipped with shutters, while the latest technology has been put in place across IP telephony, wireless internet and sound and heat insulation.

With the comfort of the business traveller as its main agenda, the hotel can be reached from the airport in a mere 15 minutes by car. Upping its business conference credentials further, the property directly interlinks to a carefully executed congress centre with capacity to seat 1,500 people. A vast dining room is made available to corporate guests, and the space can be adapted to suit business functions of any format. Another key aspects is the enormous lobby spreading over two levels, one of which spills into a large oasis-like terrace studded by exotic trees and greeneries

While the hotel itself is certainly enticing enough to stay put within, its surroundings are just as palatable. The 27-hole golf course of Palmeraie Golf Club is one of a kind and its panoramic views are arguably one of the best in Morocco. The course itself is designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and although it is planned to perfection, the aesthetic is marked by natural beauty. Water has been used to great effect, and no less than eleven lakes stud the green space.

Pavillon du Golf – a pint-sized gem with luxury at its heart
If a smaller scale establishment is the preferred option, Pavillon du Golf should provide the perfect solution. Fusing tradition and refinement, this new and exclusive boutique hotel nestles at the centre of the palm grove, and the setting incorporates panoramic views across the golf green.  Visible in the horizon are the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, an aspect that makes for a pleasingly surreal experience.

In keeping with the universal boutique hotel concept, the property merely comprises 44 deluxe suites, all of which have been created with the most sophisticated traveller in mind and with a design concept that is decidedly Moroccan throughout.

A string of different suites are available. “Suite Junior” covers 45sq m and comprises a lounge featuring a romantic fireplace, as well a bar and lush garden views. Next in line is the slightly bigger “Prestige Suite” which consists of a spacious lounge with fireplace and an impressive bar constructed using cedar wood and zellige tiles.  Grander than them all, the “Diplomat Suite” spreads across all of 60sq m and serves up two separate bedrooms and a large sitting room overlooking the lake.

In addition to the awe-inspiring suites and an eminent level of service, Pavillon du Golf offers a swimming pool with stunning golf-course views. An acces to the Palmeraie Spa have also been incorporated to invite guests to enjoy a spot of pampering via a range of different treatments.

No holiday or business trip is complete without good food. Guest will undoubtedly delight in the varied menu offered across the hotel’s restaurants. Covering any culinary preference, guests are free to choose from dishes from kitchens as diverse as Moroccan, Italian or French.

Email: reservation@pgp.ma; Tel: +212 (0) 524 33 43 43; www.palmeraiemarrakech.com

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