Fresh Picks: Selman Palace

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

“Fresh Picks” features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we take a closer look at the palatial Selman Palace in magical Marrakech set to open May 1, 2012.

Where: In Morocco, a few minutes outside Marrakech’s Medina, the Palace occupies a 15-acre park angled towards the Atlas mountains. Nearby are three golf courses.

What: The Jacques Garcia-designed hotel contains 56 rooms and suites plus five private riads. The spa facilities are fitted with 15 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools (one of which is 75 meters, the longest in Marrakech), hammam, Turkish bath, and gym. Then there’s two restaurants and a library bar for wining and dining. But perhaps the most unique feature is the stable of 16 Arabian horses kept on site; ten thoroughbreds and six others for guests to hire and ride ’round the grounds.

Who: Horse lovers, golf lovers and Moroccan spa lovers.

Why: Because who can say no to the nay of a regal Arabian horse. Don’t tell us War Horse didn’t make you tear up.

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