Palais Namaskar, Marrakech appeals to all five senses
Iconic masterpiece in Marrakech built on Feng Shui philosophy
Marrakech, November 20, 2012: With over 3,500 years history, Feng Shui is an ancient system of aesthetics based on Chinese philosophy of energy that surrounds us. Feng Shui, meaning ‘wind and water’, deals with using positive ‘chi’ or energy to channelize success and widely believed to bring harmony to the environment.
Hence, when Palais Namaskar - the iconic masterpiece of Oetker Collection - was conceptualized in Marrakech, the owner of the property Mr Philippe Soulier, along with renowned French-Algerian designer Imaad Rahmouni, set out a dream destination based on Feng Shui philosophy – to make it as close to nature as possible.
An idyllic resort of 41 suites, villas and palaces, every aspect of Palais Namaskar has been meticulously crafted in line with the Feng Shui beliefs. Backed by a highly qualified and experienced team of experts, Mr Soulier brought about the most important energetic aspects of comfort and design to guarantee the ultimate relaxation.
All the elements at Palais Namaskar are aimed at optimizing the energy flow and enhancing harmony with the nature. Each facet has been thought out in detail – be it the organic and balanced architecture to décor to water bodies to ample open space – Palais Namaskar follows the principle of ‘yin and yang’ for absolute harmony.
“Feng Shui can flummox the best of us. It is a combination of common sense and good taste, of intuition and logical thinking. Imagine this: A luminous crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, a colourful rug at your feet, a stylish side table, an exquisite curtain, a large mirror, an fresh bouquet of flowers and a gorgeous painting of Tuscany on the other side. Everything and anything that exists has an energy going through it. When we understand how to channelize this energy, than we are at our best and Palais Namaskar offers these in abundance,” said Mr Soulier.
Needless to say, in hotels, the sense of arrival is paramount, and Palais Namaskar gives guests a royal welcome with its archways. The water bodies at strategic locations within the property is aimed at bringing in harmony, complemented by 50,000 square metres of scented and manicured Balinese-inspired gardens with cascading waterfalls and lakes.
“The main objective of our gardens is to raise the level of energy and make sure that it moves seamlessly throughout. Giving this free, open, natural, unimpeded energy-flow amidst the greenery, we extend a unique feeling of absolute comfort and relaxation for our guests. The philosophy is to provide our guests with a magical and unique setting in which to disconnect from the world,” added Mr Soulier.
In each of the 41 rooms and suites, Palais Namaskar offers a serene, uncluttered environment with no disturbing details. The rooms offer a smooth, sleek view, and perfect harmony in colour, with décor, beds, curtains, spa going in tandem with the surroundings. All these is based on the belief that the correct positioning of objects and thoughtful use of light and water produce harmonious and positive energies in the immediate environment.
In short, Palais Namaskar is so well orchestrated so as to touch all the five senses – see, hear, touch, taste and smell – a place where energy of the universe is embraced!!! In China, there is a common proverb which goes like “You have the house you deserve.” Palais Namaskar creates a new adage – “You have the hotel you deserve.”
Palais Namaskar marks the Oetker Collection’s first hotel in Africa and the second to be located outside Europe, following the announcement to open Le Bristol Abu Dhabi in 2013.
Yoga Retreat Experience
Palais Namaskar also offers a unique programme dedicated to Yoga, thanks to Perumal Koshy, a world-renowned specialist. Born in India, Perumal began his teaching career at 12 years of age. A path that lead him to develop Dynamic Progressive Fusion Yoga. Frequently published in ‘Yoga Journal’ and ‘Esprit Yoga’, Perumal delivers his message and methodology through retreats, conferences and festivals all over the world.
In this retreat, the 7 chakras integrating asana practice are explored. Balanced chakras help feel a greater sense of well-being, clarity and ‘interconnectedness’ with humanity and the universe. Palais Namaskar seeks to rejuvenate the body as completely as it refreshes the mind.
Every aspect of the guest experience is guided by the revered principles of Feng Shui, channelling natural energies and rhythms to heal and revitalise from within. The retreat aims at cultivating a sense of a wider reality that is always there but rarely seen and leading to a sense of personal and social freedom.
Chef Antoine Perray offers a selection of Vegetarian / Dietetic menus to complement the spiritual activity.
About The Oetker Collection
In 1891 Dr. August Oetker, a pharmacist from Bielefeld in Germany, invented baking powder in a room at the back of his shop, an invention that led to the creation of the ‘Dr. Oetker’ brand. It was the beginning of this empire that led to the ‘Oetker signature’, a mark of guaranteed success and quality. During the course of the company’s successes and financial opportunities, the ever-expanding Oetker Group diversified into food products, beverages, sea transport and grand hotels.
The Oetker Collection is one of the most inspiring selection of hotels in the world. The name “Masterpiece Hotels” includes a pledge; a commitment to provide service of the highest quality, every hour of every day. The pearl as a symbol combines singularity, beauty and quality. The individual pearls bind together to form a unique pearl necklace, consolidate the establishments by making a statement in harmony with nature.
Each property is one-of-a-kind, reflecting the unique European heritage, sharing the highest level of service, exceptional and historic architecture and interiors as well as a great attention to details.
The Collection embraces:
· Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa - in Baden-Baden, a unique urban oasis, set in a sprawling park
· Le Bristol Paris - ideally located on the prestigious Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, at the heart of the city’s arts and fashion district, close to the Champs-Elysées and Place de la Concorde
· Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc – located on the Mediterranean at the tip of the Cap d’Antibes
· Château Saint-Martin & Spa – located in Vence, the romantic part of the French Riviera
· Palais Namaskar – an iconic, modern-day Palace in Marrakech, Morocco
· Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France – ideally located in Flamands Bay, combines the charm of the French West Indies with a sophisticated European touch.
· Le Bristol Abu Dhabi – superbly located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, due to open in 2013
Biographies and further information available on www.oetkercollection.com