Hotel in Tamuda Bay

What about an off-season weekend in the North? Luxurious, comfy, and relaxing, The Saint Regis La Bahia Blanca is the new resort to escape to in Tamuda Bay. Shoelifer has tested and approved it.

The editorial team wanted to test The Saint Regis La Bahia Blanca, a brand-new hotel in Tamuda Bay. This luxury resort is the first of its kind opened by Marriott International in the Maghreb, choosing the Moroccan Riviera. In total, 35,000 square meters along the Mediterranean, 83 rooms, and 17 suites create  “havens of serenity.” 


Double panoramic view

Most importantly, it boasts  a breathtaking geographical location. It is a  beachfront hotel on the white sands  of Tamuda Bay (one of the most beautiful in the region) surrounded by lush gardens, while also offering a double panoramic view of Cabo Negro on one side, and Ceuta and Spain on the other. If you dream of an escape, you’re in the right place. From the hotel, you can enjoy a long walk along the water (about an hour) to the Al Andalus complex (for those familiar with the region). Thenyou can continue to Marina Smir, its bay, and various water activities.

The taste of authenticity

In terms of architecture, this hotel in Tamuda Bay draws inspiration from Hispano-Moorish architecture, with Tetouan, “the daughter of Granada,” being a perfect setting. The Saint Regis is particularly inspired by the most luxurious riads and palaces in Morocco, incorporating historical  elements characteristic of the north. For the sake of authenticity, The Saint Regis La Bahia Blanca has collaborated with local artists and artisans from the Royal Artisanal School and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan. Among them is Amine Asselman, a multidisciplinary Tetouani artist, who has created several exclusive and high-design pieces of zellige.

Hotel in Tamuda Bay

The Hollywood Regency Style

Inside, the decoration is inspired by American bourgeois interiors, also known as Hollywood Regency style:, opulent, very bright, and at the same time, incredibly cozy. It contributes to a bubble of comfort that is perfect for an off-season “wellness” stay, whether with a partner, family, or friends. This hotel in Tamuda Bay is also a great option for the holiday season, as it offers a fitness center with a spa, pools, and massages. And don’t forget the ultra-comforting “tea time” at the Library, inspired by the American Café Society, for a journey into the past. Be sure to also stop for drinks at the St Regis Bar, inspired by the iconic King Cole Bar at the St Regis New York, where champagne is popped  every evening at 7 p.m., preserving a sacred ritual, inspired by the Napoleonic wars, to celebrate the transition from day to night. Another must-try? The Bloody Mary cocktail, unique and specific to each St Regis hotel worldwide.

Hotel in Tamuda Bay

Fine Dining

On the dining side, the editorial team particularly enjoyed La Baie Blanche, the brasserie of this hotel in Tamuda Bay, which combines French craftsmanship with Moroccan influences — and where seafood reigns supreme.

At the Bahia Vista Beach Bar & Grill, an intimate and casual beach restaurant, Shoelifer enjoyed succulent lamb chops and ceviches, all skillfully led by executive chef Salim Aït Ezzine, a graduate of the Hotel School of Marrakech. Having worked in the kitchens of the Relais Château Ksar Chagh-Bagh and the Fairmont Royal Palm, located in the Red City, Salim Aït Ezzine has notably collaborated with world-renowned chefs: Yannick Alléno, Jean-François Piège, Philippe Jourdain, and Giancarlo Morelli. That’s quite a pedigree.

One small, but important detail: this hotel in Tamuda Bay likes to highlight seasonal products. We stayed there during the clementine season, which was featured in chocolates, macarons, and gazelle horns. Yum. Open to the public since the fall (after a soft opening on July 15), the establishment could become one of your favorite spots — ummer or winter.

The Saint Regis La Playa Blanca Resort
267 Route Fnideq, Restinga El Manzah, 93200 Fnideq, Morocco
Tel.: +212 5396-66060
Special holiday prices: starting from 2500 Dhs per room with breakfast included.

Picture (c) : The Saint Regis

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