Need to know
Sixty, including five suites and five luxurious villas.
Noon, late check-out is available up to 6pm for 50 per cent of the room rate, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $418.25 (€369), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
Breakfast isn’t usually included in the room rate; a Continental breakfast is MAD220 a guest and an American buffet is MAD250.
Selman's Arabian horses are their pride and joy – and they are handsome beasts to behold. The hotel has luxurious stables (also the work of Jacques Garcia) and five grassy paddocks where guests can watch the horses frolic. Alongside the show at Sunday brunch, it's possible to book a private show at breakfast or dinner.
At the hotel
Spa, paddocks, stables, landscaped gardens, gym (personal-training sessions available), library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar. Villas have private heated swimming pools, a garden and a personal butler.
Our favourite rooms
With monochrome mosaic tiles, burnt siena-coloured furnishings and the Atlas Mountains framed in your window, the 120sq m Suite is one of the most regal in the hotel. Be sure to order breakfast in your room, sit on the low chairs by the window and watch the ponies prance in the show at the Andalusian Pavilion. If a suite stretches just beyond your budget, the Superior rooms showcase old-school glamour, with cream and aubergine colour schemes, mosaic-tiled bathrooms and discreetly hidden tech.
Three. The main 80-metre infinity pool – lined with Guatemalan marble – runs through a gauntlet of neat rows of palm trees and day-beds, with views of the tree-framed hotel and the landscaped grounds. The spa has a two heated pools: one surrounded by white arches and a black day-bed filled gallery, and a 20sq m outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi.
The 1,200sq m Henri Chenot spa is theatrically decorated, with pierced metal chandeliers, oxblood and aubergine Zellige tiles and Majorelle blue doors, and a central heated pool. There are seven treatment rooms (including one for couples), four hydrotherapy rooms, plunge pool, hammam, gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, hairdresser, barber and a boutique. Treatments include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, and light therapy and mud wraps in the medi-spa. Specialist spa journeys run from three, to five, to seven days – an excellent excuse to top up the number of nights you're staying for.
You can’t ride the blue-blooded stallions on-site, but there’s plenty of horsing about on site. Pack some sturdy riding boots for saddling up, but don’t worry if you forget; the souks stock suitable attire.
The hotel has two ground-floor Deluxe Rooms suitable for disabled guests; however, public areas are not wheelchair accessible.
Dogs and cats under 3 kilogrammes can stay; beds and bowls are provided. Pets can stay in all room categories, but are not allowed in the restaurant or pool area. See more pet-friendly hotels in Marrakech.
The hotel have a sweet candy-coloured kids' club for 4–12 year olds. Free baby cots and extra beds (free for under-4s, MAD600 for over-4s) can be added to all room types. Babysitting is MAD150 an hour and must be booked 24 hours in advance.
All ages are welcome and the hotel has plenty of child-friendly features.
The villas are the most private, with a heated pool and terrace where kids can play (watch novice swimmers); however, extra baby cots and beds can be added to all room types.
The heart-stealing kids' club has a packed activity programme, including arts and crafts workshops, horse-and-carriage rides and visits to Selman's stables – My Little Pony fans will have their tiny minds blown. Even adults might want to hang out in the club itself – the space is pastel-hued and decorated with delghtful Aladdin-esque touches. It's crammed with toys, games, stuffed animals, art equipment, and books, and it has a foosball table, slides and swings. Children, tweens and teens aged from four to 14 are welcome, and it's open every day from 9.30am to 5pm.
The hotel's main pool will keep kids splash happy, and it's supervised by a lifeguard.
The hotel has a handful of restaurants, so you're guaranteed to find something they like – Le Pavillion is a little more casual, so perhaps the best suited to family dining. The dedicated Little Horse Rider's Menu has simple pasta dishes, healthy salads and sandwiches.
Babysitting is MAD150 an hour, and at least two hours must be booked.