Selman, Marrakech & Espace Vitalité Chenot Spa
- Thermal Facilities
- Horse riding
- Pool – Indoor
- Pool – Outdoor
Blending Moorish architecture with splendid baroque flair (none other than Jacques Garcia designed the interiors), this red-brick palatial residence is one of Marrakech’s swankiest yet most serene spa retreats.
Pass your time lounging next to the hotel’s 75 metre freshwater pool – the longest in Marrakech – or getting to know the owner’s pure-bred Arabian ponies. There’s also the cool climes of the Henri Chenot spa to which to retreat.
Just 10 minutes from Marrakech airport, The Selman has ‘luxury wellness break’ written all over it.
Espace Vitalite Chenot
A cool haven of flickering candles, ornamental Arabian lanterns and soaring brickwork arches, the stunning Henri Chenot outpost is dedicated to the art of detox.
The experts at Espace Vitalité Chenot at Selman Marrakech will advise you on the best programme, based on your personal needs and requirements.
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool and sunbeds
- Fitness centre
- Hair and beauty salon
- Treatment rooms
- Changing rooms
60 rooms including 25 Suites and five luxury Riads span the retreat. Riads boast private gardens and swimming pools.
Rooms are designed by Jacques Garcia and decorated in traditional woods, leather and mosaic tiles.
The Selman is a chic dining venue designed by Jacques Garcia offering international cuisine. Assyl pays hommage to traditional Moroccan cuisine with devilishly decadent Moroccan feasts laid out on white table linen. Head to The Pavillion for poolside Mediterranean fare.
Facilities and Activities
- Olympic sized swimming pool
- Selman Bar
15 minute drive from Marrakech airport.
Blending Moorish architecture with splendid baroque flair (none other than Jacques Garcia designed the interiors), this red-brick pleasure palace is one of Marrakech’s swankiest yet most serene spa retreats.
Pass your time lounging next to the hotel’s 75 metre freshwater pool – the longest in Marrakech – or getting to know the owner’s pure-bred Arabian ponies, then when the mercury hits scorchio, there’s the cool climes of the Henri Chenot spa to which to retreat.
Just 10 minutes from Marrakech airport, The Selman has ‘exotic spa break’ written all over it.
Espace Vitalite Chenot
A cool haven of flickering candles, ornamental Arabian lanterns and soaring brickwork arches, this ravishing Henri Chenot outpost is dedicated to the art of detox.
There are plenty of pampering treatments to choose from, but to see real results the ‘no pain, no gain’ approach is recommended: that means firm scrubs, eyebrow-raisingly powerful hose-downs and facials that will make your eyes stream (if you give your therapist the green light for extractions). Grit your teeth and you’ll come out gleaming though – and for afters, there’s sweet mint tea on tap.
Hydro-Energetic Cure Session – Giving spa-goers a strong taste of what the Henri Chenot philosophy is all about, this 60 minute invigorating treatment combines three important detox elements: a deeply nurturing hydro-aroma bath filled with essential oils and warming jets, a nourishing heated phyto-mud wrap, followed by a powerful hydro-jet treatment aka a good old-fashioned hosing (not for the faint-hearted).
Anti-Ageing Regeneration Facial, Chenot Connective Massage, Hammam Selman Signature, Hydro Energetic Cure Session, Manicures and Pedicures.
The equivalent of a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, rooms are bold, colourful yet wonderfully straightforward.
Lashings of velvet, suede, studs and tassels combine with vivid pomegranate and saffron hues to create jewellery box-chic surroundings yet, barring a mirror that transforms into a flat-screen TV, these quarters are largely void of mod-cons. Instead, you’ll find a 1920s luggage trunk filled with drinks and nibbles, a love-worn chess table inviting challenges long into the night and a splendid terrace overlooking the pool or the Atlas mountains.
Anyone hoping to shed a few pounds should stick to the Henri Chenot ‘Biolight’ menu for the duration of their stay.
Featuring an array of daily changing rainbow-coloured micro-chopped salads and delicately crafted stacks of steamed vegetables, each plate arrives as pretty as the clientele eating them (mango tartare with fresh mint, crudités with citrus zest and lemon vinaigrette, green vegetables with pesto).
Facilities and Activities
The Selman is just 10 minutes’ taxi ride from the city’s main square Jemaa el Fna, famous for its snake charmers, smoking food stands and labyrinthine souk. For a breath of fresh air, Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle is a must-visit.
Alternatively, why not take a stroll round the brand-new Jardin Secret designed by British gardening supremo Tom Stuart-Smith?
Prefer to avoid the medina entirely? The Selman’s next-door neighbour, Beldi Country Club does a wonderfully rustic lunch which includes access to its swimming pool for just €30, and there’s a miniature souk on-site where you can pick up beautiful ceramics, glassware, cushions and rugs, all handmade on the premises.
From September to May, lavish al fresco Sunday brunches are accompanied by spectacular shows performed by the Selman’s flamboyant show ponies.