La Mamounia, a luxury hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, has announced French pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé will head the property’s new patisserie. Beginning on November 1, La Mamounia’s bakery will offer classic Moroccan pastries, including some exclusive to the property.
Pierre Hermé was The World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. The new concept combines La Mamounia’s traditional Moroccan aesthetic and the refinement found in Pierre Hermé boutiques. All new creations and desserts will be served in all on-property restaurants including Le Marocain, L’Italien, Le Français, and Le Pavilion de la Piscine.
Members of the collaboration include Pierre Jochem, general manager of La Mamounia, Pierre Hermé, and Charles Znaty, CEO of Pierre Hermé Paris.
The hotel opened in 1923 and has hosted Winston Churchill (who has a suite and bar named after him), Charlie Chaplin, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and other important statesmen and celebrities.
The property offers a tennis court and both an indoor and outdoor pool. And for guests who need some privacy, the private spa allows guests to have a secluded space to themselves complete with a hammam, Jacuzzi, shower, and dressing room.
There are two gardens on the property. The park has 700 orange trees, 5,000 rose bushes, 21 cactus species, 6 palm trees species and 200 olive trees. There are also lemon trees, jacarandas, bougainvillea, amaranth, agaves, prickly pear trees and more to explore.
The vegetable garden, which produces food for the restaurants, grows lemongrass, carrots, tomatoes, leeks, beetroot, and more. There are also olive trees in the garden, some of which are several centuries old.