Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
Located away from the hub of central Marrakech, the Mandarin Oriental is a true sanctuary hotel found within 20 hectares of lush green gardens, though still lies close enough to the city’s most enticing hotspots and highlights. A picturesque expanse of olive trees, man-made lakes and rose beds exude a dose of peace here, so too the heavenly spa and exclusive services delivered by a team of 300 members of staff, no less. Once here then, there’s nothing left but to spend your days unwinding around the grounds of this exquisite boutique Marrakech hotel, by a private pool or under a shady gazebo, safe in the knowledge that every wish is there to be met by the resort itself.
Designed with an aesthetic in mind that fuses Moorish, Andalucian and East Asian styles, the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech sees a backdrop of marble, stone and wood combine with intricate latticework and archways to create an evocative sense of place, highlighted by blue wooden shutters, ornate local artwork and pottery. The hotel is peppered with inviting armchairs and sofas, ideal little hideaways to enjoy a respite from the intense heat of the day or bustle of town. A choice of outdoor and indoor swimming pools awaits anyone needing an invigorating swim to cool down, while four fantastic restaurants provide lucky guests with a myriad of mouth-watering dining options too. Le Salon Berbère, for example, puts on an immense breakfast buffet complete with fresh fruit, pastries and cereal, while Mes’Lalla fuses old-world regional cuisine with new, and Ling Ling serves flavoursome Chinese plates that place equal importance on the accompanying drinks menu as it does on the food. At each restaurant, there’s also a special kids’ menu for little ones, and staff will gladly provide drawing books to keep them entertained, and you enjoying your delectable meal.
Children are indeed well-catered for at Mandarin Oriental Marrakech if visiting Morocco as a family, particularly with their fantastic kids’ club. Here, let them play all day and learn about the local culture through immersive activities such as Berber carpet weaving or Arabic calligraphy, cookery classes and even gardening! Together with the outdoor pool, complimentary amenities and books available to borrow from reception, the resort is a real hit with its miniature guests.
When it comes to the accommodation at Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, guestrooms are split between Suites, Villas and one splendid Penthouse, each of which features a weighty king-size bed, marble bathroom and terrace with beautiful views across to the mountains. The Atlas, Royal and Panoramic Suites come with their own plunge pools and intricately carved shutters and doorways, underscoring an influence of local design while retaining a true sense of modernity and absolute comfort, in one. Villas do see a significant step up in size however, flaunting a private pool, Jacuzzi and open-plan kitchen-dining area, while the living rooms are lit by classical Moroccan lights and an inviting firepit. Then, the Penthouse goes above and beyond even the highest of expectations, sporting eight enormous bedrooms, countless terraces with staggering views of the resort and beyond, even an in-built hammam just for good measure.
In case the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech hasn’t already succeeded in making you feel totally at peace within moments of arrival, a trip to the five-star onsite spa at some point soon should eliminate any remaining pre-holiday strains. Taking inspiration from Morocco’s Andalucian connections, the spa emulates an enormous cathedral, stretching away from the reception in a twist of brick hallways and charming courtyards, with an indoor pool at its core. A collection of treatment rooms and suites feature private gardens and vitality pools, where you can take your pick from traditional Thai and Moroccan therapies. There are also two hammams (for men and women), a hair and beauty salon, yoga studio and gym, hitting all the high notes for wellness seekers. So, whether travelling with the family, as a couple, solo or with friends, Mandarin Oriental Marrakech ensures a memorable holiday to Morocco; as authentic as it is entirely sumptuous and thoroughly unique.
Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Facilities
54 Villas featuring plunge pools, kitchens, Jacuzzis and private walled gardens. 7 Suites with rooftop plunge pools, and 2 Infinity Pool Suites with direct spa access. The Penthouse possesses 8 bedrooms, a hammam and multiple pools.
Marrakech, 10 minutes to the Medina and 20 minutes’ drive from Marrakech Menara Airport.