Need to know
Fifteen suites and one apartment.
Flexible. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $322.48 (€286), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast and airport transfers in a luxury car, but exclude a 10 per cent tax and €1.50 a night local tax.
L’Orangerie Hall can be booked for glittering events; an orange tree-lined path leads to this Andalusian-style space, which has high ceilings and glass walls and can host up to 350 guests. The hall has it's own large-scale kitchen, separate entrance and a small boudoir at the back of the building for pre-event prep. Be sure to spend a while in the garden – scented by beds of herbs, flowers and fig and olive groves, its a sense-stirring spot.
The tennis court is currently out of action for renovation, with no set reopening date.
At the hotel
Billiards room, cigar club, Berber-style barbecue pit, vaulted library, DVD/CD, one public pool and four private pools, tennis court, wine cellar, hammam and massage rooms, gym facilities, beauty treatments using Anne Sémonin products, Internet access, boutique.
Our favourite rooms
Number 14, the apartment at the top, has its own terrace and swimming pool. Room 6 has a big living room and is a beautiful light space. Room 3 has a private garden with a pool. Book out the Tower – a whole floor with five bedrooms – and you'll be showered with freebies: a private driver, a doorman to serve mint tea, and a butler.
A dip in the hotel's 34-metre pool feels rather dramatic – spotlit palm trees line each side and the hotel's crenellated façade presides over one end. There are plenty of day-beds to stretch out on too.
The quiet subterranean spa has a red-marble hammam and treatment rooms offering massages, facials and other primping and priming options. Therapists are extremely nimble-fingered (unless you prefer a firmer touch) and will dote on you from de-robing to de-stressing in the cushion-lined relaxation space post-treatment.
Bring tennis whites, and possibly some lavish ornamentation to keep up appearances.
Ksar Char-Bagh has its own herb garden and farm, with wheat for fresh bread, their own olive oil, and orchard fruit to make jam.
Not a child-friendly property, but cots available free of charge, and babysitting can be booked for €15 an hour. An extra bed can be added to some suites for €125 a night, subject to availability.