Looking to book a romantic getaway at the luxurious La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech?
The luxury resort in Morocco’s favourite city is ranked as one of the best hotel’s in the world. The architectural marvel is located in the heart of Marrakech and surrounded by lush gardens. A quiet oasis in the heart of a bustling city.
La Mamounia Hotel offers chic suites and villas, award-winning restaurants, soothing spa and high end retail shops from the likes of Dior and Pierre Hermé.
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La Mamounia Hotel History
Opened in 1923, the legendary La Mamounia Hotel stands on the site of a residence that, in the 18th century, belonged to the son of the Alaouite sultan Sidi Mohammed. All that remains of that residence is the magnificent 32 acre garden, planted with olive and orange trees and containing a pavilion that is presumed to have been built by the Saadian ruler in the 16th century.
The original hotel was designed by Henri Prost and Antoine Marchisio, who achieved a pleasing mix of Art Deco and Moorish styles. In recent years the hotel underwent a massive renovation by famed French architect, Jacques Garcia, and re-opened in 2009.
Garcia wanted to return the magic and mythical nature to La Mamounia in the reconstruction, while adding modern touches alongside traditional Moroccan design. During the three year, $180 million-dollar renovation, Garcia worked with thousands of local craftsmen who created the mosaics, hand-carved and painted ceilings, crafted tile, and engraved plaster, which can be found throughout the resort.
Celebrity Spotting in Marrakech
Many famous people have loitered in luxury at the La Mamounia, including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Catherine Deneuve, The Rolling Stones, Yves Saint Laurent, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Orlando Bloom, and Andrea Boccelli.
With the hotel’s impressive list of VIPs, it’s no wonder that La Mamounia was ranked as the Top Hotel in the World via 2018 Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List. Wander around the property and you’ll find fashion boutiques by Dior and YSL, a famous French pastry shop filled with a rainbow of macarons, a serine spa, massive outdoor pool, and trilogy of fine dining restaurants serving elevated fare inspired by kitchens in Morocco, France and Italy.
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Behind the hotel’s iconic entry gate and beyond its majestic wooden doors lies one of La Mamounia’s many gems: the lobby. By harnessing the mood of a palace and the power of traditional Moorish architecture and craftsmanship, world-renowned interior designer, Jacques Garcia has created an oasis in the heart of a culturally vibrant and bustling city.
Once inside, one’s senses are subtly seduced by the essence of cedar and dates (La Mamounia’s signature scent), while Baccarat crystal chandeliers hanging from a hand-painted, wooden ceiling and traditional Moroccan lanterns illuminate the room. Marble columns, topped with artisan-carved plaster adornments divide the lobby in various seating areas lined with dramatic fabrics and plush furnishings, providing an attractive space in which to linger. The space is decorated with inspiring artworks that depict energetic street scenes in Marrakech alongside vase’s filled with fresh flowers.
Best Tours in Marrakech
If you’re spending your holiday at the La Mamounia Hotel be sure to book a tour of the city’s top attractions.
- Marrakech City Tour: Private Half-Day Guided Tour: Discover the best of Marrakech with a private driver, from Moorish palaces to royal tombs and the winding paths of Jardin Majorelle.
- Desert Agafay and Atlas Mountains & Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech: On this full-day tour, soak up the scenery as you travel through the High Atlas Mountains, stop to explore the local villages and visit a Berber souk, then mount up for a thrilling camel ride through the rocky desert of Agafay.
- Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls – Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech: Go on a camel ride, and then stop for a cup of Moroccan tea and cake in Imlil Valley. Journey to Morocco’s Atlas Mountain area and spend the day exploring the Three Valleys with this private, full-day tour.
- Moroccan Cooking Class Marrakech with Chef Khmisa: At the arrival, you will be welcomed with a traditional mint tea and the chefs will discuss the menu choice which will be composed of the most typical best Moroccan dishes.
La Mamounia Accommodation
It’s perhaps no surprise that one of the world’s best 5 star hotels offers several accommodation options. Guests can chose from Moroccan-inspired rooms, suites, “exceptional suites,” and riads.
All rooms at La Mamounia include air-conditioning, free WiFi, cable TV and welcome cocktail. Marble bathrooms offer soothing mood lighting and are all completed with a Moroccan style walk in shower.
Indulge in the 5 star hotel’s signature scent via bathe amenities crafted by French perfumer, Olivia Giacobetti. The aroma is a combination of citrus elements and woody notes of Atlas cedar.
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La Mamounia Rooms: The hotel’s most basic rooms are beautifully decorated in the Moroccan style. Deep colours match the wood and tadelakt in the corridor, creating an elegant contrast with the white bedroom.
La Mamounia Suites: With deep red taffeta curtains, sculpted wood, and zellige and marble in the bathroom, the Suites at La Mamounia promise a luxurious stay surrounded by all the elegance of the orient. Suites include a walk-in wardrobe, Moroccan pastries and bottle of wine and views overlooking Agdal Gardens or Koutoubia. Executive suites offer a spacious lounge while Prestige Suites sprawl across 1076 sqft and include 2 lounges, perfect for entertaining guests.
La Mamounia “Exceptional Suites”: Each of the 5 star hotels signature suites offers a unique character and vibe. These are the truly magical luxury accommodations you want to splurge on to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary. The hotel’s most coveted suites are named Baldaquin, Koutoubia, La Suite Churchill, Majorelle, Marqueterie and Al Mamoun.
La Mamounia Riads: The resort’s most opulent accommodations are the 3 riads, which sit nestled within La Mamounia’s lush gardens. Guests are greeted by a beautiful patio, terrace and private pool. Pure, arabesque lines intermingle in complete harmony and with great balance with the lounge on your left and the dining room on your right. Three bedrooms are arranged around the central patio, offering a seamlessly fluid interior. The multi-bedroom riads are perfect for traveling families or visiting celebrities keen to cocoon in privacy.
Hidden within the walls of the legendary 17-acre royal gardens, La Mamounia offers its 7,500 square foot outdoor swimming pool as an intimate, Mediterranean oasis. While rejuvenating poolside in the Moroccan sun, guests find serenity underneath a canopy surrounded by 700-year old olive trees, amaranth agaves, and periwinkle of Madagascar. The water in the pool is treated with non-irritating ozone instead of chlorine, imparting a fresh post-rainstorm smell throughout the pool gardens and nearby grounds.
Looking to treat yourself to a relaxing spa day in Marrakech? La Mamounia Hotel’s luxury spa is is a vast space devoted to wellness, offering massages, body treatments and a hairdressing salon.
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The spa’s decor comprises zellige tilework, tadelakt plaster and wooden panelling. The architecture features beautiful windows, arcades and alcoves, creating a perfect balance between open and closed spaces. The spa is also connected to a state-of-the-art gym.
If you’re looking to indulge in a slice of rest and relaxation, La Mamounia Hotel’s award-winning spa offers a perfect retreat. Likely the most Instagrammed spot on the property, the spa’s indoor pool features Moroccan inspired arches which exude a regal feel while guests make their way to comfortable loungers. The iconic 3m-high four-post marble bed seemingly “floating” over the edge of the pool is the perfect place to relax after a long day spent in the bustling souks of Marrakech.
Romantic couples have the option to splurge on a private spa experience, a secluded private haven of tranquility. The hotel’s private spa features a hammam, jacuzzi, hair salon, couples treatment room, shower and dressing room.
Shopping at La Mamounia Hotel
The 5 star hotel’s lobby offers luxury retail outlets for visiting fashion and food fans.
French pastry lovers swoon for La Mamounia Hotel’s Pierre Hermé boutique, the first ever opened on the African continent. It’s a carefully thought out space where macaron lovers can indulge themselves in edible inspirations dreamed up by the best pastry chef in the world (2016’s Academy of World’s 50 Best Restaurants)
The hotel also features several luxurious fashion boutiques featuring everything from expertly crafted contemporary Moroccan designs to French faves Yves Saint Laurent and Dior.
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The gardens of La Mamounia Hotel are nothing short of magical. Let the gardens work their magic as you wander around their 8 hectares, sit on a bench to listen to the birds chirp in peaceful calm while a refreshing breeze gently blows or grab a racket and play a game of tennis in the garden’s immaculately kept courts.
Within the park, the Menzeh Pavilion invites visitors to enjoy a quiet calm amongst the dozens of orange and lemon trees perfectly aligned against an arrangement of cacti. Beyond the Menzeh Flag sits a beautiful vegetable garden of 1,500 square meters where gardeners and chefs meet every day to pick and care for a parade of multi-coloured produce.
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Stroll through the hotel’s gardens and orchards and you’ll find 700 orange trees, 5,000 rose bushes, 21 cactus species, 6 palm trees species and 200 olive trees – impressive numbers, but together they combine to create a myriad of colours, fragrances, shapes and textures.
You’ll also find lemon trees, jacarandas, bougainvillea, amaranth, agaves, and prickly pears. The gardens of La Mamounia are unique and wonderfully natural, crafted by the hands of passionate gardeners for almost a century.
The garden’s most impressive feature is the massive purple wall which thousands of people capture each day via smiling selfie. You’ll also find lush reeds slowly tossing in the wind and friendly turtles who play in a nearby lily pad pond.
La Mamounia Hotel Restaurants
The best hotel in Marrakech features 4 romantic restaurant concepts.
- Le Marocain: La Mamounia Hotel’s signature Moroccan restaurant. Enjoy a tajine on the cool terrace, in a romantic setting, with candles and the gentle sound of water from the ponds and the three fountains.
- Le Francais: The hotel’s French restaurant is located on a shaded terrace near the pool. Guests enjoy gourmet dishes such as caviar, oysters and foie gras.
- L’Italien: Warm and romantic, L’Italien offers a contemporary take on Italian cuisine, always prepared with fresh seasonal products from La Mamounia’s vegetable patch and selected producers. Its baroque style, dark purple tones and beautifully lit terrace offer an undoubtedly classy and intimate atmosphere.
- Le Pavillion de la Piscine: is located perched over the hotel’s pool. Each morning hotel guests arrive here to enjoy a decadent buffet brunch featuring a mix of traditional European dishes and Moroccan classics. The restaurant is particularly buzzy during its weekly Sunday brunch.
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