La Sultana is the perfect pitstop on a tour of Morocco, although there’s also a good argument for simply making a beeline directly to the hotel. There’s a calm tranquillity here that you don’t associate with Morocco, and many find the briny air, mind-expanding vistas, excellent service and cosseting spa a great way to relax. Its coastal location means views stretch over the lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean, which crashes over the peninsula where there’s a rocky opening forming small surf breaks that are ideal for beginners and children. The calm lagoon is full of bird life, and boats putter between the oyster bays and the village of Oualidia.
Serenity continues at the hotel. Just 12 suites and a treehouse are spread out across the fort-like sandstone building which occupies a commanding spot amongst fields of agricultural land and the hotel’s lush palm-tree clad gardens. The suites are roomy with large bathrooms, and sun-terraces come with Jacuzzis and views of the ocean. The turquoise, beautifully curved infinity pool, surrounded by breezy, draped cabanas is the perfect spot for afternoon mint tea, and the pontoon with oyster bar is a must for cocktails and sunset. Fresh seafood continues at dinner – there’s a huge choice of crab, oysters, lobster and freshly caught fish.
The hotel has its own hammam and stunning indoor pool, located in the subterranean spa, which is heaven to while away a few hours in the cooler months. Although there is no kids’ club, childcare can be booked by the hour, giving parents precious time at the spa. The hotel can also organise boat trips, paddle boarding and picnics on deserted beaches and we recommend walking into Oualidia via the crumbling palace to experience an authentic Moroccan seaside village. Safi, the pottery capital of Morocco is under an hour away, making it an easy half-day trip for those looking for intricately painted plates to take home.
La Sultana brings all types of people to enjoy its ever-changing seascape and coastal pleasures. And with kind staff always happy to help, no one is in doubt that this is a very special place.