The charms of Casablanca reveal themselves slowly, as you dig beyond the bustling enormity of the Moroccan city to discover art deco buildings, atmospheric medina streets and the second-largest mosque in the world. And after a busy day exploring, you’ll need some TLC to boost your energy levels and revive those tired limbs. Enter Morocco‘s hotel spa and wellness scene. From traditional hammam steam baths to muscle-melting massages, thrilling Casablanca has it all.
The waterfall-style rock feature frothing down from the corner of the indoor pool is a focal point in this spa. And when the spa is near-empty it can bring a sense of serenity, mirrored by the moodily lit sauna and the traditional hammam lined in marble and colourful Zellige tiling. After a couple of hours of unwinding, follow with a steaming Moroccan mint tea platter in the lounge, one of the many dining spaces in the hotel.
Directly across from Place des Nations Unies, the modern heart of the city with shops and restaurants at its fringes, the Hyatt Regency is a prime jumping-off point for exploring Casablanca. When you return from a long day pounding the pavement, make for the attractive hotel spa, decked in cool grey marbles and corresponding geometric tiles – a look that feels simultaneously traditional and fresh. There’s a hammam, of course, but if that’s not your thing, head for the hot tub and sauna.
Within walking distance of some of the most impressive historic sights in Casablanca – the Hassan II Mosque (the largest in Africa), the atmospheric old medina and the French-period King’s Palace – the spa at the Radisson Blu is the perfect place to duck into and break up a busy sightseeing day. The spa comes with an indoor pool and fitness centre, plus the obligatory hammam. And should you decide to stay longer than a few hours, stylish and modern bedrooms in neutral greys can be booked at reception.
If it doesn’t feel like a proper spa day without a few hours spent by a pool, look no further than this modern hotel in the city centre, operated by a popular Spanish hotel chain. When you’ve had your fill of front-crawling through the blue, more relaxing activities await you. Classic steamy hammams will cleanse your pores after a day exploring the city, or try a de-stressing massage to soothe mind and muscles.
Taking up two floors of the Sofitel is the So Spa, with a peace-inducing design of Moroccan tiles, white sofas and dim lights. At its core lies a dazzling column-lined pool, while a traditional hammam, sauna and fitness suite will help you get your sweat on. End your day of indulgence on the 24th floor, with a drink on the rooftop bar accompanied by views over the White City.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Yasmine.