Four Seasons Marrakech: Pool Days for Tourists and Expats

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Last Monday the temperature in Marrakech reached 108 Fahrenheit/42 Celsius making it the hottest day so far this year. Here pools can be enjoyed year round, but in May when temps typically range in the 80s and low 90s, the burning question expats and tourists are asking is where to find a cool pool. In my Southern -Girl -Gone- Global Guide to Marrakesh (to be released later this summer)  I will feature the best pools and, of course, hospitality in town.  A Mermaid in Marrakesh, I love doing this kind of research.

At the end of March I returned to Morocco from spring break spent in Italy, packed away the down jacket I’d been wearing, and grabbed my bathing suit.  I was treated to a pool and spa day at Four Seasons Marrakech.  Truly, the name of the world- revered brand couldn’t be truer than in the Red City.  Here spring, summer, fall, and even most of winter, there’s nothing but blue skies, green gardens, and birdsongs.  I relaxed by the Quiet Pool…a peaceful place for adults.

Four Seasons Marrakech offers a safe haven and the best of all worlds… a place to gather with friends and family…a romantic retreat…a space of one’s own. The 5-star luxury resort is designed with the serene, palatial gardens of the Palmeraie yet is only minutes from the magical medina, Marrakech landmarks, and New City of Gueliz.  Here  tourists– especially solo travellers– concerned about navigating a new city will feel secure and experience exceptional service for which the brand is known.  Expats living in Marrakech seeking a way to spend a birthday or simply self-care day can choose from many services the spa offers.

A single mom for twenty years, I decided to fly to Morocco when my children left the nest.  Such a move two years ago could only happen after learning self-care in increments.   It began, when single again, I went to movies alone, then restaurants, then a B and B annually in the Tennessee mountains.  It progressed as I went to Ireland and Italy with people I’d never met, then culminated when I went to Costa Rica alone and later landed here.  Four Seasons is not only for weddings, honeymoons, or anniversaries.  It offers a way to celebrate the sacred relationship we have with ourselves.  Currently the  pool day package for guests not staying in the hotel includes lunch–a starter, entree, and dessert ordered à la carte–and pool use for 800 Dirhams/$80 USD.  For further information contact Concierge.MRK@fourseasons.com.

Years ago I began taking the advice found in Veronica Shoffstall’s poem, “Comes the Dawn” (printed below).   I wanted–and would still like–to be be married again, but until that person comes along I don’t wait for a honeymoon or husband to enjoy beautiful escapes, to live the life I’ve been given.  Shoffstall writes, “Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”  In Nashville I once had a garden of fifty roses.   Here, I enjoy them, too.

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“Comes the Dawn”

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.

And you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.

After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…

© 1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall

Thank you to Four Seasons Marrakech for a wonderful pool and spa day.  As always, the opinions here are my own.

 

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