This legendary Marrakech hotel opened its doors in 1923 and since then it has delighted thousands of visitors with its authentic Arabic-Moorish architecture, opulent décor and lush 20-acre park. A popular celebrity haunt – guests have included Princess Caroline of Monaco and Winston Churchill – this unique and secluded oasis is steeped in glamour. Overlooked by the Koutoubia Mosque and close to Djemaa el Fna square, it’s convenient for the bustling city centre, and is just a 15-minute drive from Marrakech-Menara airport.
The hotel is home to one the most highly regarded spas in Marrakech – with exquisite decoration throughout and a deeply calming atmosphere. A range of treatments are available using Shisedo, La Ric and marocMaroc products – for instance, a Hammam ritual, a sweet rose body wrap, a Mamounia massage or a Japanese scalp and shoulder massage. The hotel also has a superb beauty salon.
There are lots of good golf courses in Marrakech – ask at the hotel.
The rooms and suites are everything you’d expect from this award-winning hotel: marble bathrooms, Jacuzzis, rich fabrics, authentic Moroccan décor and luxury finishes throughout. Depending on the choice of room – on offer are Hivernage, Koutoubia, Park and Agdal rooms, as well as a range of suites, including Duplex, Executive, Churchill and Marqueterie options as well as Riads – amenities include balconies, original local art, air-conditioning, satellite TV, wifi, minibar, walk-in showers, work desk, bathrobe and slippers.
The focal point of your trip may well be the hotel itself, which features original art throughout and carefully chosen music, and the gardens are a joy to behold. The hotel even holds its own literary prize. There’s also an ozone-treated outdoor pool and a beautifully decorated indoor pool, as well as two clay tennis courts and a fitness pavilion in the garden – here you can take classes in Pilates, yoga and aerobics, work out on the gym equipment or play ping-pong . You can also arrange a guided tour of Marrakech to help you get to know the area, the people and the culture. The delights of Marrakech include the Majorelle Gardens, Djemaa el Fna square – the city’s heart and soul – El Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs.
Guests can choose from a number of elegant dining options: Le Marocain presents both traditional and contemporary menus in a fine riad setting within the gardens; French gastronomy is the theme at Le Français; southern Italian cuisine is on offer at L’Italien; and there are buffet breakfasts and lunches and Sunday brunches served on the terrace at Le Pavillon. In addition, room service is exceptional at La Mamounia, should you wish to dine à deux, and there’s Bar Menzeh for ice cream and pastries. The hotel’s wine cellar is second to none, and there are also a number of exquisite bars, including wood-panelled Bar Churchill and the welcoming Bar Marocain.
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