Your chauffeur-driven car will turn off from the wide boulevard into a driveway, and after cruising through the entrance porch; palm trees, flowerbeds and a peaceful fountain can be seen stretching out in front of the palace, which looks like something straight out of A Thousand and One Nights. Porters and valets await your arrival, of course. As the double doors open, you will be hit by the sweet and delicate scent of frangipani trees as the staff bring you a refreshing towel and sweet date juice. This luxury hotel opened in October 2007 and, being only 7 floors high, it has managed to keep to a moderate size, contrary to the majority of the hotels found in this part of the world. The long reception hall is decorated with tall black earthenware jars and panels fringed with Moorish arabesques. Several different spaces have been arranged for you to sit down in comfort, divided up by wooden archways and heavy khaki drapes. The cosy, cocooning and calming feel of the setting is enhanced by the soft music, the fountain, the majilis seats and the wooden ceiling and marble floor with its rug. The furniture, which comes from various parts of the Middle East, is sumtuous and gives the hotel a charm that is hard to rival. The warm colours blend perfectly with the wood in the different matching areas of the hotel. Sipping a drink or nibbling on a pastry in the 3rd-floor reception café, guests can enjoy a fine view over the (supervised) swimming pool and artificial lake. Tidy palm trees are dotted along the large, geometric swimming pool, and each side is lined with rows of handsome wooden deck chairs with thick cushions. The spa is decorated in shades of cream, gold and dark brown and its curved design brings to mind the shapes of a human body. It is a superb area, bright and spacious, but not too big, and its four treatment rooms (with a bathroom) for women and two for men are housed on two levels. In one of these rooms, there is a large heated marble table used for the Moroccan Scrub ritual in which black soap is used. Even the different styles of music, which are chosen for their relaxing qualities and stored on an Ipod, are listed on a menu. The treatment products used are Decleor, Carita and Essences de Marrakech. You will not want to miss out on the hot stone massages and the treatment combining techniques from Japan, Thailand, China, Bali and the East.