Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech marks the debut of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Africa. A modern and elegant resort nestled in the heart of 50 acres of olive groves and gardens featuring 100,000 fragrant roses, the property celebrates Morocco’s rich heritage through subtle Berber references.
This stunning five-star resort is just a 20-minute drive southeast of Jemaa el-Fnaa, in Marrakech’s medina quarter. A complimentary shuttle ferries guests to the medina when required. Various golf courses are within easy reach and the Museum of African Contemporary Art is next door.
Rustic yet sophisticated, the design of Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech was undertaken by the French duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. With its Berber and Andalusian/Arabic influences, the feel is of relaxed luxury for the cosmopolitan traveller. Interior and exterior spaces complement each other and the focus is on essential materials rather than ostentaion, with a particular emphasis on light.
Morocco’s cultural diversity has been fused with Eastern and Western touches to give a sensation of travelling around the world as one moves through the main building. The villas, meanwhile, whose architecture recalls that of intimate riads, lend a timeless feel, while the suites, with their scenic views of the Atlas Mountains, immerse guests in the heart of the landscape. The architecture of the spa — a tribute to the ancient mosques and cathedrals of Andalusia — encourages spiritual contemplation and deployment of the senses.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is set amid lush, lavish gardens surrounded by a walkway that allows guests to fully appreciate their charms. Scattered among the palm trees, pink bougainvillea are cut into Japanese shapes in a nod to the group’s Asian origins. No less than 100,000 different coloured roses of 30 different varieties adorn the garden, and each villa has a rose colour of its own. The gardens are home to orange trees, almond trees and many fragrant plants such as jasmine, rose geranium and night-blooming cestrum. At nightfall, illuminated by countless candles and lanterns scattered throughout the property, the gardens hold a particular magic as the flowers and plants release their essences.
The garden’s centuries-old olive trees (some of which are more than 500 years old) are now yielding a promising crop for olive oil. Cactus and prickly pear, traditionally used as natural fences in mountain villages, also dot the area, and their fruits can be enjoyed in ice cream in the restaurant, while the oil is incorporated into traditional rituals at The Spa. The hotel also has its own vegetable garden, which supplies the kitchens with dozens of varieties of fruit and vegetables.
VILLAS AND SUITES
With accommodation made up exclusively of villas and suites — there are 54 villas, seven suites and two infinity pool suites — Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech promises a new luxury experience, combining comfort and space, in total privacy. Each villa is built in the Moroccan style, around a private pool in a lush garden with fig, apricot and other fruit trees. The interior decor is a tribute to the fascinating culture and Berber tradition as depicted by tadelakt motifs, mouth-blown vases and handwoven wool rugs.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech features four restaurants. Mes’Lalla serves fine international cuisine combined with traditional Moroccan gastronomy, prepared by chef Salim Ait Ezzine. This restaurant has a strong focus on the organic products grown in the resort’s vegetable garden with a sense of perfection and precision.
Ling Ling, meanwhile, offers a vibrant, social experience that fits well with the Marrakech lifestyle. Ling Ling provides a creative twist to the renowned DNA of London’s Hakkasan restaurants, resulting in an experience that encompasses cocktails, dining and dancing
— in no particular order. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese izakaya concept, Ling Ling offers an innovative cocktail list and smaller plates of Chinese dishes.
Beside the main pool, the Pool Garden offers a refreshing spot to enjoy lunch outdoors. The menu includes a selection of healthy dishes designed around fresh fruit and vegetables sourced directly from the vegetable garden. The small islands on the water ponds can be used for a quiet drink or a more private lunch, while a handful of tables in the shade of the bougainvillea complement those of the adjoining garden.
THE SPA AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MARRAKECH
A sanctuary of wellbeing, the design of The Spa was inspired by the architecture of the cathedrals and historical mosques of Andalusia. The sun-drenched entrance opens onto a pool and fountain, engendering a cool and soothing atmosphere, while Marrakech’s ubiquitous red bricks cover the walls and columns. The overall effect lends a warm and elegant atmosphere to this temple of wellbeing where the architecture and layout are designed around the five elements and play with the five senses.
The newly launched immune system-boosting Wellness Programme and series of serenity-inducing yoga retreats
NEED TO KNOW
• 54 villas and seven suites
• Two infinity pool suites
• The Mes’Lalla restaurant
• The Ling Ling restaurant
• The Salon Berbere
• The Pool Garden
• The Spa
• Heated swimming pool
• Jogging trail
• Kid’s club
• Tangerine Delights Hammam
• Oriental Qi Therapy
• Therapeutic Argan Massage
• Rose Infinity Facial
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