Your luxury trip to Morocco will be taken to dizzying new heights if staying at the Royal Mansour Marrakech, a palace truly fit for a king. In fact, the property is owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco who regularly visits, so you’ll be in esteemed company during your stay. That regal influence is there to be seen throughout this one-off Marrakech hotel, as nowhere can compare to its grandeur, the ornate mosaic tiles, marble pillars, keyhole archways, latticed stonework and perfectly fitting furnishings; just a taste of what’s to come. And though entirely modern deep down – with its gym, state-of-art spa, in-rooms mod-cons and Michelin-standard food – the Royal Mansour does feel like a real step back in time. This is true whether you’re wandering through the grand, colonnaded communal spaces, oasis-like courtyard gardens or the approach to your private Riad, each of which has been designed to emulate the private, elaborate homes of a bygone Arabian age.
As atmospheric and evocative as it is extravagant and unashamedly lavish, the Royal Mansour Marrakech is just one of those unique five-star hotels that truly leaves its mark on anyone lucky enough to stay here. Not least, this is thanks to that enthralling décor and design, the decorative fountains, silk drapes and traditional tapestries used throughout, though it goes far further. For example, the hotel enjoys an enviable setting within the Medina (Marrakech’s ancient walled city) and staff that not only look the part in their native dress, but also operate with the highest possible service standards. Your every need will be subtly attended to when required, though the Royal Mansour team are well used to dealing with kings and sultans alike, so they move around the complex via a discreet network of underground tunnels, leaving guests to simply admire their surrounds during quiet times of day.
In such moments, you have your pick of equally appealing spaces to linger, beginning with the Riads themselves; your opulent, gated living quarters. Each of the 53 Moroccan Riads at hotel Royal Mansour feel entirely individual and fully authentic. Think moody, dark wood furniture and panelling, white marble bathrooms, thick handwoven rugs and soft light emerging from in-built wall cavities or behind bookshelves. Being a mini-residence in its own right, these decadent spaces – split over three floors – go on to provide a private roof terrace and log burner, plunge pool, courtyard, lounge and dining room too as well as those spectacular views. Some of the larger Riads also feature a fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor dining area and retractable roof that lets in light and air, though will automatically close at the first sign of rain, whether you are there or not, plus a whopping floorplan of up to 9,150sq ft. Hidden among this apparently age-old majesty, the Royal Mansour certainly does not scrimp on modern-day amenities, so touchscreen room controls, super-speed Wi-Fi and walk-in showers come as standard.
If all that weren’t enough, the spa at Royal Mansour could be straight from a fantasy film, with its all-white ‘bird cage’ atrium being something to truly behold. So too the hammams, indoor swimming pool and dreamy list of relaxation therapies, remedies and beauty salon services. Then, at the end of each heavenly day spent either among the hotel grounds, elsewhere in the walled city or visiting the highlights of Marrakech, there are three fine dining restaurants and three sophisticated lounge bars to unwind in, where Michelin-star chefs ensure that the gastronomic experience is as memorable as every other element of this remarkable hotel.
Royal Mansour Facilities
53 Riads featuring a furnished roof terrace and wood burner, plunge pool, courtyard, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and walk-in shower. Larger Riads have a standalone bathtub, lounge and dining rooms.
Eastern side of the Medina, near Djemaa el Fna and roughly 10 minutes’ drive from the airport.