In 1952 Casino Marrakech was founded and after two years Jean Bauchet has placed a cornerstone of the place with the name of Casino Hotel, later the venue was renamed as Es Saadi. The hotel looks like it was suspended in time, and this idyllic place conveyed authentic emotions to visiting travellers. The resort has quickly become a haven, an oasis for people and travellers.
About Es Saadi Marrakech
The Es Saadi Resort can be found in the residential Hivernage neighbourhood, which overlooks the Atlas Mountains. The resort is just a few steps from the walls of the old city and the Menara gardens, and there is a short 10 minutes drive from the airport. The neighbourhood is peaceful, where visitors can forget about crowded, tiny streets of the Medina.
The Hivernage neighbourhood has wide avenues with lined palms and olive trees that are graced with luxury hotels and terraces. The most famous avenue in Hivernage is the Mohammed VI, modelled after the famous Parisian Champs-Elysees. The avenue is home to the Royal Theatre, the Palais de Congres conference centre and the Multiplex cinema. Also, the neighbourhood is quiet during the day and during the night the area becomes full of life with some of Marrakech’s trendiest nightlife hotspots.
The Es Saadi Hotel looks like is part of a legend, where you can imagine a young Mick Jagger posing by the pool, or see a dancing show done by Josephine Baker. Josephine is one of the artists that had the start of their career at the old Casino Theatre. Today, the theatre is called Theatro, which is Morocco’s most exclusive discotheque. For restorative breaks, the discotheque welcomed artists such as Jacques Brel and The Rolling Stones. Besides, Es Saadi’s legend is kept alive by the walls and furnishings that have the feel of the 50s.
Casino De Marrakech
The Casino De Marrakech is a living legend in the heart of Es Saadi Resort and it is Morocco’s first casino, inaugurated in 1952. In 2003, the casino was fully renovated, however, the iconic establishment has preserved its historical facade. The Casino de Marrakech has a plush setting with soft lights, vintage decor and of course, games.
The casino has an international poker hotspot, which gives a leading destination for poker professionals. Each year, the casino welcomes the biggest names in the games at its tables. The Casino de Marrakech welcomes every year poker tournaments like World Poker Tour National, the World Series of Poker Circuit, the Winamax Sismix and the Marrakech Poker Open. Besides the yearly tournaments, guests can also enjoy all sorts of poker games like Stud Poker, Ultimate Texas Poker and Texas Hold’em. Besides poker, the casino also has other table games like roulette, Black Blackjack, Omaha and Dealer’s Choice. There are also some virtual games like slots, video roulette and video blackjack.
The Palace & Villas
Besides the casino, discotheque and hotel, there is another building called The Palace. It has up to 10 villas with private pools, eight Ksars and a communal luxurious Palace Spa. The building is just a few steps from the city ramparts and it is surrounded by 8 hectares of lush greenery. Here, guests can enjoy the ultimate relaxation, wellness and luxury. Besides, guests can sunbathe at the turquoise waters of one of the largest swimming pools in Marrakech.
As a destination place, The Palace pays tribute to all Oriental styles, from lounges to suites and there is a drawing inspiration from Persia that has the architecture of Andalusia and Egypt without losing the sights of Moroccan traditions. Opposite of the Palace, there is a preferential area of villas that offer direct access to the 3.000 sqm lagoon swimming pool.
The villas are nestled in a quiet area of the resort, the design of these guest houses give the idea of time standing still. The design has a drawing inspiration from Andalusia, Persia, Art Deco and other themes, each villa has its special charm. Besides the villas, there are the Ksars, which they can be found opposite the Palace. The Ksars are private villas that are built in a Berber architecture. These private villas are surrounded by plant life, birds and give utter tranquillity.
All the villa guests have access to the Palace hydrotherapy and Oriental Thermae. The spa is a novel concept space in Morocco, and it was opened during the 2000s. Within the spa, a Phyto salon and a Dior institute also opened. The place has been built around a 100-year-old eucalyptus which gives a holistic feeling of philosophy within the walls.
The Palace Spa features a unique oriental theme steam bath concept and it offers signature massages which are exclusively developed by a physiotherapist-osteopath. The spa has a team of therapists with body, health and beauty expertise which are at the service of guests.
Those who come to visit the hotel will see that Marrakech has plenty to offer from bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square to the city’s calm and abundant flora. Marrakech can offer to its visitors centuries of history and culture to explore and these are just moments away from the Es Saadi Resort. Marrakech offers excursions that suit all tastes, like historic monuments such as Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs or Koutoubia Mosque.
Besides, garden lovers will learn that Marrakech is surrounded by all sorts of oriental and french themed gardens like Majorelle Garden, The Secret Garden and Menara Gardens. And if they want to learn a bit of history, they can also visit the well-known museums like the Museum of Marrakech, the Museum of Photography and the Dar Si Said Museum.