Feeling like a Princess at Palais Namaskar

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Pool Palace at Palais Namaskar



This is exactly what I thought when I got my first glimpse of the pool palace at Africa's number one hotel, Palais Namaskar.

Morning Swim

I was originally meant to go on this trip with my boyfriend but very unfortunately some issues at work got in the way and he couldn't make it. Thankfully all the bookings didn't go to waste as my lovely friend Prima who also happens to live right next door, came to the rescue and a few hours later we jetted off for a girly holiday to Marrakech!



From the moment we landed in Marrakech Prima and I felt like celebs as waiting for us was Yusef, our immaculately dressed driver, and a super slick black mercedes with tinted windows and wifi.

 Yusef even stopped traffic to take a photo of us!

Just as a side note, to keep things interesting I thought I would start including more fashion related content on Liakada, as you can see in the photo my plane gear isn't exactly catwalk worthy but for comfortable travel I would recommend Massimo Dutti jeans and Tod's to anyone.

TOD'S

Palais Namaskar is a luxurious retreat hotel located a 20 minute drive outside Marrakech with views of the Atlas Mountains. We arrived rather late at night so we saved our exploring for the next day and instead ventured straight down to dinner.

No Mad Bar at Palais Namaskar

The restaurant at Palais Namaskar overlooks the pool palace and with dimly lit candles and soft lounge music in the background the vibe is ultra-relaxed.


Though not to confuse you, when I say 'relaxed' I don't mean relaxed as in lets wear flip-flops and ripped denim shorts, it's more peaceful but in a very classy way... would hate to mislead you all and have you turn up in sweats (worst nightmare!).



For starters I ordered foie gras which came with some of the most divine bread, no matter what I did I just couldn't stop myself eating it!

Foie Gras

Prima went for the Moroccan tasting menu which included a selection of starters, of course I nibbled on them too and they were superb.

Selection of Moroccan Starters

Next came a traditional Moroccan dish called Pastilla or Bisteeya which is essentially a meat pie. You can have all different kinds of meat but this one came with chicken and the filo pastry around it was sweet with a cinnamon flavour.

Chicken Pastilla

After eating all the bread and half of Prima's food I was so stuffed by the time the main came... terrible mistake!


For the main I had a lobster linguine with a lovely light and bubbly sauce.

Lobster Linguine

Prima's main was a Sea Bass Tajine.

Sea Bass Tajine


The next morning I took advantage of the light to take a proper snoop around the room.


Every thing about Palais Namaskar whispers zen which I love, I am the biggest fan of zen though the only thing to bear in mind is zen means there are very few lights in the room so don't plan on rooting through your bag at night trying to find your hairbrush!


Just let it be tangled, be wild, young, and free.... and zen obviously.


Prima and I really lucked out, our suite was incredible! We had TWO balconies!! One overlooking the Atlas mountains... perfect spot for morning coffee.

Balcony 1

The other had a HOT TUB.... Can you sense my excitement?!

Balcony 2

After breakfast... yes we eat a lot, I know!

We only had the fruit of course, no croissants.. never



We decided to take some serious exercise.

Paddling is exercise

Of course I then had to send a few essential snaps to people I knew were in work.. mwahaha.

Then we actually did go for a stroll.

The dress is from a tiny shop in Nairobi but the sandals are from River Island
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With pit-stops.

Prima in her element

The grounds at Palais Namaskar are so incredibly beautiful. It is impossible not to embrace the wonderful calm that all the greenery and water gives off.

Gardens at Palais Namaskar

It was perfect zen-spiration for my Instagram poses.

"Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet"

To round off our day of lounging and feasting we arranged to have the hot tub filled as we reckoned it would be the perfect spot for some pre-dinner cocktails.

The product placement is noteworthy... hire me Moet

The jacuzzi was set up as more of a bubble bath, a Bvlgari bubble bath with rose petals because as new Moroccan royalty we couldn't have it any other way ;)


All the roses and bubbles were fantastic but a tad too romantic for our friendship so to change the vibe a bit we made sure to blast some hip hop!


Nothing better than a little bit of Drake... "started from the bottom"


Bliss! In fact I liked Palais Namaskar so much that I entered a competition to win a trip there... Pick me Conde Naste, pick me!

Of course it wouldn't be complete without a Vlog

Ash xx
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23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this trip looks heavenly! It's a pity you couldn't enjoy this with your boyfriend but a great excuse to enjoy a girls' holiday together :) I adore your River Island sandals and the 'morning swim' photo is incredible, along with the photo of your breakfast. Amazing travel post!! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

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    1. Thank you so much Gabrielle! It was real a shame he couldn't make it, but Prima and I had such a fun girly weekend, I was delighted she was able to come :) I am really glad you like the sandals, I am trying to branch out slightly an include more fashion stuff but I am definitely not an expert at all haha ;)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  2. I have heard such great things about Palais Namaskar, shame your boyfriend couldn't make it but looks like you had a great time with your friend. I love pastilla, so delicious!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. I had never had it before, I was definitely missing out! I know it was such a shame but it turned into a great girly weekend with Rosé and souk shopping :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  3. What a shame that the boyfriend couldn't make it but what a lovely friend to step into the breach looks like a superb hotel I love Morroco Lucy x

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    1. It was such a lovely hotel Lucy, Prima and I couldn't quite believe where we had ended up!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  4. Stunning photos and the food looks incredibleeee. Definitely reminded me I'm super hungry and need food now haha

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Hahaha photos of food always make me so hungry, terrible for the beach body diet ;)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  5. Beautiful place, looks like you had a great time!
    www.norawears.com

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    1. It was such a fun weekend, so relaxing! Thanks for stopping by :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  6. Just look at all the decadence that is. Absolutely beautiful views as well. I am so loving this palace. And the food looks amazing. Beautiful post.

    K / The House of KTS (formerly of Pure & Complex)
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    1. Thank you so much! I really loved the palace as well, wish I could move in haha :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  7. Wow, how beautiful is this! I want to go there now.

    Corinne x
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    1. The architecture was amazing, there needs to be more like it! Thanks for stopping by Corinne :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  8. Such a gorgeous place, like a vacation fit for a queen. :)
    Although I'm curious how that bubbly lobster linguine tasted lol

    Miss Eleigh Neux | Bloglovin

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    1. It was delicious :) I was just so full at that point that I couldn't eat that much of it, pasta probably wasn't the best choice for late at night.

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  9. Don't you just love pastille?! This place looks magical - I wish I'd seen the competition myself! What a lovely balcony and view - I can just picture myself sipping a morning tea there

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    1. It was really good, can't believe I have been missing out all this time! Morning tea was excellent, we felt so regal for the weekend :) When are you off to the Seychelles? I hope you have a terrific time!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  10. looks amazing there!! now this is making me crave for a vacay!

    Animated Confessions

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    1. It was so nice! I need another holiday :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  11. What a fabulous place to stay at! I love Marrakech and I would really like to return there soon.

    LUXESSED

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    1. It was amazing, such a fun weekend.. really helps get through the dull days in work ;)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  12. Wow, this looks like paradise! I'm so jealous that Prima got to go with you! If you win that contest, please take me ;) That dinner looks amazing

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