Mar 17, '24

Royal Mansour,Marrakech

Set amid the bustling streets of Marrakech, there lies an oasis of calm and rejuvenation. The Royal Mansour is nothing short of a voyage into Moroccan opulence and timeless allure. Meticulously crafted by over 1,500 local artisans, this medina in the medina stands as a testament to traditional Moroccan architecture overlaid with modern luxury. Upon arrival, I was greeted by an enchanting open-air courtyard, beckoning me into a world of tranquillity just steps away from the wondrous dusty, yet bright and busy central old town.

Designed by Spanish landscape architect Luis Vallejo and extending over nearly four acres, the outdoor space, dubbed Le Jardin, pays tribute to the palm grove on which it’s set. A recent extension to these gardens welcomed an exquisite kitchen garden, an inspiring Atelier d’Artiste, and an elevated private dining space, adding to the hotel’s allure. The 30-metre-long pool offers a refreshing reprieve from morning shopping or simply wandering through the palettes of colours, fragrances and tastes of Marrakech. 

Private multi-story riads, nestled along petal-pink pathways, offered a sense of seclusion and luxury, while the sprawling 2,500 sqm spa, adorned with an elaborate white birdcage atrium bathed in natural light, awaited with a holistic menu of restorative treatments by world-leading skincare brands.

For my indulgent yet discerning food loving-self, the Royal Mansour Marrakech presented a culinary journey like no other. Four exceptional restaurants, each with its own unique ambiance and culinary delights. Led by multi-award-winning chefs, including Hélène Darroze for the French offering, La Grande Brasserie, and Massimiliano Alajmo for Italian-themed Sesamo, these highly-awarded gastronomic havens offer a symphony of flavours and textures, showcasing the finest Moroccan, Europeans and Asian-fusion cuisines.

The hotel’s collection of 53 private riads, each a masterpiece of Moroccan handicraft, offered a haven of luxury and comfort. From cosy lounges to shaded patios and terraces overlooking the majestic Atlas mountains, every corner exuded a sense of enchantment and tranquillity.

Emblematic Object: The traditional Moroccan teapot filled with strong revitalising mint tea, symbolising the timeless allure of Moroccan hospitality and warmth.

Optimal Timing: Best enjoyed during the cooler months of the year, to seamlessly blend the hotel’s serene ambiance with morning walks in the bustling city. An ultimate contrast.

Outstanding Space: The 2,500 sqm spa, with its intricate white birdcage atrium and holistic menu of rejuvenating treatments, a sanctuary of relaxation and wellness.

Best Enjoyed With: A special someone who needs a time away from time. An oasis of replenishment for the mind, body and soul. 

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