HVS recently released a report on Marrakech's luxury hotel pipeline, with some major developments in the works. After delays caused by the global recession and then the Arab Spring, many projects are back on track and scheduled to debut in the coming years.
Upcoming luxury hotels include:
- The Taj Palace's remaining rooms will be added to the market by the end of the year.
- The Royal Palm Beachcomber will be located within the Domaine Royal Palm Resort, which is currently under construction. The plan is southwest of Marrakech's city center and faces the Atlas Mountains. The resort will include villas and an 18-hole golf course designed by Cabell Robinson. Construction is underway on the hotel and should be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
- The Mandarin Oriental, in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech, is under construction and expected to open in 2015.
- The Baglioni is expected to be completed by mid-2015, and will have a Six Senses spa. (Construction on the hotel has already begun, but because of slower-than-expected villa sales, the project has experienced delays.)
- The Park Hyatt, within the Al Maaden Golf Resort, is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015, delayed from a previous estimate of 2014.
- A management contract is reportedly in place with Rocco Forte for the operation of a hotel within the Assoufid Development. The boutique hotel is expected to open in 2016.
- The Ritz-Carlton Resort will be developed around the Jenan Amar Polo Fields, with construction slated to begin in the last quarter of this year and an opening tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
In its report, HVS noted that some of the above projects might experience further delays and "might not enter the market in the near future." Read the full report here.