Luxury Hotel Report: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco
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Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has 54 villas that come with swimming pools and hot tubs.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has 54 villas that come with swimming pools and hot tubs.

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has just opened, and we are happy to set the scene for you. Imagine walking along the resort, with almost 50 acres of landscaped gardens, all the while inhaling the fragrance of 100,000 roses. Yeah, we think it sounds pretty romantic, too. Guests will also get some of those roses all to themselves in the secluded gardens that are a part of the 54 private villas, which come with swimming pools and hot tubs. Sweet.

Want a view of the gardens? We suggest one of the seven suites with a rooftop plunge pool and 360-degree views of the landscape. Nice Touch: The Atlas Mountains provide a dramatic background.

The hotel’s architect is Pascal Desprez, while the design, which uses natural, local materials, was created by French architects, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. Guests can get a full grasp of the atmosphere at one of the restaurants or bars. Mes’Lalla serves a spin on traditional Moroccan under the helm of Chef Meryem Cherkaoui. However, Le Salon Berbère is where the views are. Pay attention to the view of the blue and green pools as well as those Atlas Mountains — it’s a real showstopper. Another dining option is at the Pool Garden, next to the main swimming hole, which serves locally sourced produce (yes, please).

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If guests want to spend most of their time outside, and they will, they should have their spa treatments in the spa suites’ private terraces or gardens. Hint: The spa also has two hammams. Advisors should contact Michaela Tocea ([email protected]).

More in Marrakech: Aman just reopened Amanjena after a three-month refurbishment, which added a two-bedroom “Maison Jardin” and two restaurants (one serving Japanese cuisine, the other, Mediterranean).

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