This luxury Aman resort, in the style of a sultan’s palace and surrounded by olive and palm trees, reflects traditional Moorish architecture. It’s situated just outside Marrakech’s lively city centre, on the road to Ouarzazate, which leads to the Sahara Desert. The name means ‘peaceful paradise’ and is an accurate depiction of the beauty and splendour that lies behind the red-brick walls. Guests arriving at Marrakech-Menara Airport receive a complimentary 20-minute transfer – passing by Agdal Gardens and the king’s palace on the way– and the hotel will also collect those staying three nights or more who come in to Casablanca (two and a half hours away).
Amanjena’s spa centres round the traditional Turkish hammams (separate areas for men and women) – each with a whirlpool area that opens out onto a walled courtyard with a fountain. You can book a treatment – everything from massage, wraps and scrubs to facials, pedicures and manicures.
Amelkis Golf Course is the setting for golf with a view – as you play surrounded by the High Atlas Mountains. You can also arrange a round at the Royal Golf Course and Al Maaden. Special golf breaks are also available.
Guests can stay in one of the enchanting rose-hued pavilions or maisons, all radiating out from the ancient irrigation pool (bassin) at the core of the resort. The pavilions feature domed ceilings, peach-coloured walls, king-sized beds, living areas with wood-burning fireplace, air-conditioning, wifi, daybeds, marble bathrooms, stepped and colonnaded bathing areas, Berber carpets on tiled floors throughout and sliding doors leading on to private courtyards with gazebos. Some, the pavilions piscine, have their own heated pools. The two-storey maisons feature a living area and bedroom on the ground floor, with a master bedroom above. The largest maison is the Al-hamra, which provides butler service, two bedrooms connected by an open passageway and two gazebos for dining and relaxing, as well as a larger pool.
If you can be persuaded to leave the hotel – with its lovely 33m swimming pool, tennis courts, library and boutique – Marrakech medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undoubtedly worth a visit. You can see such renowned sites as Koutoubia minaret, Ben Youssef Mosque, Djemaa el Fna square, a lively shopping area that becomes an open-air diner’s delight by night, and El Badi Palace. You can also head for the Atlas Mountains for a breathtaking hiking or cycling trip, visit the famous gardens at Agdal, Menara or Majorelle, or head for the coast at Essaouira.
Authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine is on offer in the softly lit Restaurant, where you can also eat outdoors in fine weather, alternatively, there’s an extensive Thai menu at The Thai Restaurant. You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch eaten by the side of the pool at The Pool Terrace, and there are opportunities for private dining at the Caidal Tent, or served in your own accommodation. Drinks and cigars can be had at The Bar.
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