Leave the world behind after entering the Royal Mansour hotel’s monumental gate after which almost four hectares of fragrant, manicured Moorish gardens await dotted with lily ponds and fountains. This opulent luxury hotel is an architectural masterpiece adorned with the finest zellij (geometric mosaic), carved cedarwood, stained glass, dripping stuccowork, beaten bronze and inlaid marquetry. If you want to leave this oasis behind, the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’ famous Djemaa El Fna square is just a 10-minute walk away.
All accomodations are set in lavish, 3-level Riad-style houses and come with one-, two- or three-bedrooms. Each has a courtyard pation and a roof terrace shaded by a Bedouin tent and a plunge pool. Interiors feature suede and silk carpets, velvet brocade sofas and crystal do-dads and chandeliers from Lalique, Baccarat and Venice. Room facilities include a flat-screen TV, a minibar and air conditioning. Larger houses have kitchens with personal butlers, steam rooms and hammams. Service is polished and discreet: there is an underground system of tunnels leading to the individual guest riads, accessed only by staff, ensuring absolute privacy and quiet.
The three restaurants (a formal French and Maroccon dining room and a more informal Mediterranean eatery) are overseen by Yannick Alléno, formerly of Paris’ Le Meurice. There is a chic bar, a sleek piano bar and a cigar bar/fumoir. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a kids’ club, and possibly Marrakech’ most beautiful spa. There is also a library and an art gallery.
• 53 villas (140-1,800m2)
• Hotel opened: 2010
• Architecture: OBMI
• Interior Design: 3BIS Interior Architecture