I joked before I left for Marrakech that I might find myself in the midst of a scene similar to a James Bond movie. That has not really been the case, but the Golf Palace, where I’m now staying, comes close to being a James-Bond-like hotel. It’s lush, and I plan to enjoy the pool a bit today, once the conference wraps … I also hope to have some time to get in more blogging and journal writing. Well, I also need to do some reporting, perhaps poolside!
Just a few highlights: The gym here, which I’ve visited twice, has an incredible view! While on the treadmill, one can see the mountains through full-length windows that run from ceiling to the floor. Techno music booms and an area in the center of the workout area is dedicated to step and kick-boxing classes … which never seem to be going on while I’m there, but that’s OK. I have my own routine. The coolest bit about the gym, however, is that personal trainers are on standby to offer workout tips and monitor the heart-rates of the guests.
To the right: A view of the facade of the entrance to the golf course lounge and check-in. (Thought my brother would enjoy this one. The Palmaraie has, shall we say, an uber golf course!)
To the left: A view from the wall of the golf course of the “new” city, meaning outside the medina or city walls, with the mountains as a backdrop.
What can I say, it’s close to paradise. It’s been busy here, but I’ve gotten some rest in, thankfully! Sleeping has not been much of an issue. Perhaps it’s all the sun I have been getting. I hope the boss believes me when I tell him I really have been, um, covering the conference. It’s just impossible not to get a tan-line. The sun and heat are very intense, but so are the moon and the evening breeze. I’ve never seen such an incredible view of the moon!